The Stena Line Belfast Giants fell to their first league regulation defeat of the season on Sunday evening in Glasgow. Despite taking the lead during the middle period and outshooting the hosts, a late strike from Matt Haywood and an empty net goal from Scott Tanski ensured a home win.
The league leaders posted their eighth win in-a-row and a second in as many days over the Giants following Saturday’s Challenge Cup shootout victory. Shane Owen started in the Belfast net with the Giants missing Patrick Mullen.
Netminders On Top In Opening Period
Just as in Saturday’s clash – the game in Glasgow would remain scoreless at the end of 20 minutes. Both Owen and Killeen standing firm in net as the Giants outshot their opponents 20-6 in the opening period.
Farnham Edges Belfast Ahead
Belfast earned a well deserved lead early in the middle period to break the deadlock. Curtis Leonard and Jordan Smotherman combined well to feed the puck to Bobby Farnham at the back door who finished well past Killeen at 24:34.
Clan Edge Out Giants
The final period saw more entertainment as both sides went in search of a valuable next goal. It was the home side who would equalise as Nolan Laporte slotted home at 42:39, assisted by Chad Rau.
Clan Captain Matt Haywood grabbed the go-ahead goal for his side at 51:31, assisted by Craig Peacock, before Scott Tanski made sure of the home win with an empty net finish with 12 seconds remaining.
Glasgow Clan 3-1 Stena Line Belfast Giants
Player of the Game
#46 Bobby Farnham (1 Goal)
The Giants return to Champions Hockey League action on Tuesday 15th October against Lulea of Sweden for their final game of this season’s European campaign.
Next at home are back-to-back games against the Manchester Storm in Belfast on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.ie