Match report

Gratton powerplay double defeats Blaze

Clan 4
Blaze 2

The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze were defeated in their first of back-to-back games in Scotland, falling 2-4 to the Glasgow Clan at Braehead Arena.

Blaze travelled to Glasgow at full strength after defencemen Kevin Noble, Chris Joyaux and Justin Hache all overcame injuries during the week.

The night didn't start well though as Scott Pitt combined with Matt Beca to give Clan an early lead on 4.02.

Shortly after having a puck cleared off the line, Coventry grabbed an equaliser with Norwegian blue-liner Nicolai Bryhnisveen registering on the powerplay (15.49), the assist going to Kelin Ainsworth.

A tenth goal of the season for Canadian Ben Lake on his 100th appearance for Blaze gave the travelling side a 1-2 advantage at 23.37. Jake Hansen gathering an impressive 17th assist on the Elite League season, good enough for joint sixth in the league.

Vaclav Stupka, who got a helper on Clan's opener, next grabbed a goal of his own, beating Miika Wiikman unassisted on 26.39 for 2-2.

Just after the half-way mark, Glasgow re-took a lead through Josh Gratton, tipping home a Pitt shot on the powerplay (33.09).

It was 4-2 on 48.13 as Gratton from Pitt again, scored on the man advantage.

Despite having a breakaway opportunity in the final ten minutes and pulling Wiikman for the extra skater, Coventry couldn't beat Joel Rumpel in the Clan net again, meaning their undefeated streak during regulation time in Scotland came to an end at 7 games.