Brae­head bomb out of Chal­lenge Cup af­ter maul­ing by Pan­thers

Paisley Daily Express - - The Neil Deal - Not­ting­ham Pan­thers......................5 Brae­head Clan..................................1

Brae­head Clan crashed out of the Chal­lenge Cup on Sat­ur­day night fol­low­ing a 5-1 de­feat at the hands of the Not­ting­ham Pan­thers.

John Tripp’s side had al­ready fo­cused their at­ten­tions on league du­ties, but still headed south hop­ing to pick up a re­sult against a side who re­cently reached the last 16 of the Cham­pi­ons Hockey League.

Clan held their ground well in the open­ing ses­sion as the two sides went in goal­less fol­low­ing a tight open­ing pe­riod.

Tripp’s men looked to push ahead in the sec­ond pe­riod and were gifted a gilt edged op­por­tu­nity at the start of the sec­ond pe­riod when Tyler Scofield was sent fly­ing af­ter be­ing hooked by Ste­vie Lee.

Clan were awarded a penalty shot as a re­sult but Scofield couldn’t make it count as Pa­trick Gal­braith made the save in the Pan­thers goal to en­sure that the dead­lock was yet to be bro­ken.

Gal­braith’s hero­ics were fi­nally re­warded at the other end of the ice shortly af­ter­wards as Dan Sprang opened the scor­ing with a rasp­ing drive into the top cor­ner of the Clan goal.

But Brae­head hit back straight away as Ryan Po­tulny lev­elled the tie af­ter be­ing teed up by Bren­dan Brooks to make it 1-1.

De­spite the quick-fire re­ply, Pan­thers seized the ad­van­tage and soon raced away with the points.

Alexan­der Mok­shant­sev fin­ished off of a re­bound, with Ryan Nie left with no chance of stop­ping the go-ahead.

Robert Farmer then added the hosts’third goal of the game with a blasted strike be­yond Nie to open up a two-goal ad­van­tage at the end of the mid­dle pe­riod.

And the third ses­sion proved to be a fore­gone con­clu­sion as Corey Neil­son’s side took con­trol by killing the game off with two more goals.

Mark Der­lago struck the first with a low re­bound shot, be­fore Evan Mosey com­pleted the scor­ing as Pan­thers pro­gressed to the next round.

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