Storm lose three-goal lead and suf­fer late heart­break

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - ICE HOCKEY By CAL­LUM SCHORA

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

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