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GLASGOW CLAN 0 GUILDFORD FLAMES 5
(Guildford win 7-3 on aggregate)
Glasgow Clan’s season came to a disappointing end as Guildford Flames shut them out for the third time this season to claim a place in next week’s finals in Nottingham.
After an excellent performance in the 3-2 win in Surrey in Saturday’s first leg, hopes were high that Clan could make the final four for the first time since 2014, but it wasn’t to be.
Jamie Crooks scrambled in the opening goal after four minutes to pull the Flames level on aggregate, giving them the perfect start to the game.
Then soon added to it with a second from Ian Watters, delivered courtesy of a pass from Ben Davies coming in from the right, finding the Guildford man in the right place to despatch the shot into the net.
Travis Ehrhardt’s bullet shot from the blue line was as close Clan came to finding the net, but it wasn’t for the want of trying.
Pete Russell’s men upped the ante in the second period as they lay siege to the Flames zone, trying to find a way through a stubborn visiting defence.
The Purple Army sensed this and did their part to help the players on the ice as the noise was cranked up to 11.
However Flames delivered a killer blow late in the middle frame when Kruise Reddick and Ben Davies combined to tee up Evan Janssen, who flicked his shot into the net.
Clan again went close as Matt Beca struck the bar, but that Guildford remained unblemished, leaving Glasgow 20 minutes to salvage their play-off hopes.
As time ticked down, Fullerton again did what was necessary to keep his team in the right position and as Russell pulled Joel Rumpel back to the bench for the final minutes, Flames finally put the nail in the coffin.
Calle Ackered scored on the empty net to open a four-goal lead on the night and a three-goal aggregate lead, consigning Clan to another heartbreaking quarter final loss.
TJ Foster added a fifth to rub salt in the wounds on a night that promised so much, but just couldn’t deliver the outcome everyone wanted.
It ended the 2018/19 campaign on a low note, but the bigger picture gives so much to look forward to as Clan found their identity again.