Clan gets a dose of reality with 1-4 loss to Storm Clan gets a dose of reality with 1-4 loss to Storm
Manchester Storm 4 – 1 Braehead Clan Jacob Doty’s third goal of the weekend ended up as a consolation as Braehead Clan fell to... Clan gets a dose of reality with 1-4 loss to Storm
Manchester Storm 4 – 1 Braehead Clan
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Jacob Doty’s third goal of the weekend ended up as a consolation as Braehead Clan fell to Manchester Storm in the second of two Challenge Cup ties this weekend. The Clan was handed a dose of reality in Manchester.

Confidence was high in the Braehead camp after the pulsating 7-5 victory over Ryan Finnerty’s men on Saturday.  The Storm were not to be overwhelmed on their home ice at the SilverBlades IceRink in Altrincham.  Despite a good effort in the first period it was Mike Hammond’s goal at about the 15 minute mark to get the lead for the storm.  Hammonds shot slipped between Ryan Nie’s legs.  Up to that point there was a lot of end to end play. Although Clan slowly found their skates near the end of the period, Storm goalie Mike Clemente was able to champion all of

Although Clan slowly found their skates near the end of the period, Storm goalie Mike Clemente was able to champion all of Storms shots.  At the end of the first frame Storm lead 1-0.

Jacob Doty had to wait until the second period to equalize, a shot came off the crossbar, hit the helmet and then the post and then finally dribbled into the net.  Late in the second period Matt Beca picked up Manchester’s second to move ahead 2-1 with 5:56 to go. Clan kept up their pressure near the end of the second period,  but were unable to beat Clemente.  When Clemente was beat the pipes saved for him.  Storm lead 2-1 at the end of the second period.

At 13:30 of the third, Paul Swindelhurst increased the gap for Storm when his shot moved past Ryan Nie to make it 3-1 Storm.  Clan seemed to score near the middle of the third, but the goal was waved off before it crossed the goal line.  Clan did well during various power plays, but were unable to cash in.  Clan’s goalie Ryan Nie was pulled with 3:11 to go and Manchester called a time out at the same time.  With 2:29 left in the period, Captain Jay Rosehill solidified the win for the Storm, when he tabbed the puck into the empty net.  This was how the game ended with Manchester taking a 4-1 home win and the two points.


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