Storm lose three-goal lead and suffer late heartbreak
MANCHESTER Storm suffered a double defeat at the weekend to leave them second from bottom of the Elite League.
On Friday they claimed a point at Altrincham’s Ice Planet by holding the Glasgow Clan 5-5, before losing in overtime.
Then on Saturday they lost 4-1 at Guildford Flames.
Storm produced an exceptional opening period against the Clan, racing into a 3-0 lead.
A snipe from Mathieu Gagnon on 5:35 opened the scoring, with assists going to Kyle Hope and Cam Critchlow.
Despite Clan netminder, Killeen thwarting multiple goalscoring chances, it was a bounce off Scott Simmonds’ skate that took the puck over line for Storm’s second.
Manchester netted a third on a powerplay when a pass from Jared Aulin was emphatically finished off by Dallas Ehrhardt.
Glasgow clawed their way back into the game through Nolan LaPorte at 26:53 on a powerplay.
An exceptional piece of play from Layne Ulmer and Aulin drew double coverage. Ehrhardt picked his spot and fired home to make it 4-1.
An early goal from LaPorte in the third period closed the gap and when Matt Beca fired the puck between keeper Matt Ginn’s pads at 45:58, it was all the play for.
Clan’s momentum was halted when Cody Thompson scored on the breakaway, but strikes from Craig Peacock and Beca levelled it at 5-5. LaPorte then claimed his third in overtime to seal the win for the Clan.
Action from Storm’s defeat to Glasgow