Braehead Clan lose again despite stirring comeback

By Craig AndersonBBC Scotland
Ice hockey

Braehead Clan's winless streak stretched to four matches - despite a third period comeback against Cardiff Devils.

The first session did the damage as sloppiness and basic errors saw the Welsh side surge into a 4-1 lead.

It's not only worrying that they've lost their last four games, but the fact they've conceded at least five goals in those four games.

Stuart Macrae set up new signing, Phoenix Coyotes' Paul Bissonnette, another victim of the NHL lockout, to finish for the opener.

The home side responded, though, as the Devils failed to clear their lines, allowing Bobby Chaumont to tap-in to equalise.

Former Edinburgh Capitals' man Bari McKenzie put the visitors ahead again, getting the final touch on Ben Davies's shot.

Macrae scored Cardiff's third with a great solo effort, taking advantage of Matt Hanson's miscontrol and smacking his shot home.

Clan mounted a comeback and it was captain Ash Goldie who led by example as he tucked in Farmer's pass.

Then at the halfway point, a thunderous blast from player-coach Jordan Krestanovich beat the Devils goalie Phil Osaer. But with a minute to go of the second period, a two-goal lead was re-established with Davies turning the puck in following a scramble.

Jade Galbraith scored the goal of the night as he came in from wide left and cutting inside. Braehead levelled it at 5-5 as Goldie got his second of the night, tapping in after Chaumont's shot.

But the visitors killed the home side when Phil Hill turned in from a face-off Mac Faulkner finished into an empty net with five seconds remaining.

"We threw away two points again and it just can't happen anymore," Clan forward Jade Galbraith said afterwards. "We're losing games in the first period and we can't do three goals in every game.

"I don't know what we're going to do, but we've got to fix. We did the hell of a job to get it back to 5-5, but we need four points next week to kick start our season."

Cardiff's Scots forward Bari McKenzie said: "I'd never won at Braehead in my two years at Edinburgh, so it was nice to finally come and get a victory here.

"We were short on guys due to bans and they gave us a scare and played well. But we showed terrific character to push ahead and get the goals we needed to win."

Elite Ice Hockey League - Friday 2 November

Nottingham Panthers 5-4 Braehead Clan

Saturday 3 November

Braehead Clan 5-7 Cardiff Devils

Dundee Stars 3-4 Sheffield Steelers

Fife Flyers 2-1 Edinburgh Capitals

Sunday 4 November

Edinburgh Capitals 4-2 Cardiff Devils

Hull Stingrays 3-2 Fife Flyers

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