Goals not the priority for Braehead Clan captain Matt Keith

By Craig AndersonBBC Sport Scotland
Edinburgh beat west coast rivals Braehead at the weekend

Skipper Matt Keith is happy to sacrifice scoring goals as long as league-leaders Braehead Clan continue to win games.

The Glasgow outfit secured home wins over Fife Flyers and Hull Stingrays at the weekend to stay top of the Elite League.

And Keith said: "I'd love to be scoring more goals, but at this point in my career, it's about winning and taking pride in the other elements of the game.

"Playing against Fife is tough because of the rivalry, but that was probably our best effort in 60 minutes while Hull was a game that was end to end, but one we had to win.

"Contributions from everybody and players stepping up are making the difference and winning us games. It's a complete team effort and I think the one key thing we have is desire."

Chris Frank netted the crucial second goal in the 2-1 win over Fife on Saturday, after Chris Auger had levelled Leigh Salters' opener for the Clan.

Braehead then beat Hull 6-4 on Sunday in Glasgow.

Weekend results
Saturday:Braehead Clan 2-1 Fife Flyers;Dundee Stars 2-3 Edinburgh Capitals
Sunday:Braehead Clan 6-4 Hull Stingrays;Edinburgh Capitals 3-2 Dundee Stars;Fife Flyers 1-4 Sheffield Steelers

Matt Haywood's opener for the Clan was cancelled out by Cory Tanaka before a Salters double made it 3-1.

Carl Lauzon replied but Neil Trimm restored Clan's two-goal lead before Jordan Mayer hit back for Hull.

Jamie Fritsch added Clan's fifth before Lauzon got another for the Stingrays, but Scott Pitt's late empty-net goal sealed the victory.

Fife's miserable weekend was complete when they lost 4-1 to Sheffield Steelers in Kirkcaldy on Sunday.

Matthieu Roy's hat-trick proved clinical for the Steelers, with Tyler Mosienko adding an empty-net fourth late on.

Scott Fleming had scored to equalise Roy's first, but Flyers then had Kyle Horne sent off.

Edinburgh Capitals and Dundee Stars squared up in a weekend double-header and it was the Murrayfield men who came up trumps with 3-2 victories on both occasions.

Richard Hartmann's men have seven wins from their last eight games now and have defeated the Stars four times in that run.

Greg Collins fired the Caps into the lead on Saturday but Ryan Grimshaw squared it.

New Stars' signing Sean Ringrose scored his first goal to put the Tayside men in front, but Riley Emmerson drew Edinburgh level with Jade Portwood adding a winner in the third.

Ringrose sent the visitors ahead on Sunday at Murrayfield before Portwood and Hartmann put Edinburgh in front.

Collins made it 3-1 and Shane Lust added a consolation for Dundee, who have won only once in nine games.

But Stars' forward Martin Cingel reckons the Tayside men will come good.

"We've lost a couple of players in the last couple of weeks, which can have an effect, and it's asking a lot of the guys still here as we are playing shorthanded," he said.

"We're losing games by a goal, but everybody is working hard and I feel we're not far off. We outshot them in both games and a couple of breakdowns cost us.

"This year, I believe we have an even better team on paper, but sometimes things aren't clicking and we need to find our way out of this."