THE Braehead Clan support crying out for consistency made their frustrations known on Saturday night during another Jekyll and Hyde weekend.
A chorus of jeers came from some sections of the Braehead Arena crowd on the buzzer after their team were turned over 7-4 by the Coventry Blaze, bringing to an end their unbeaten three-game league run.
The act of booing off your team following a below-par performance may be common place in football but it is an unusual act in the ice hockey world, something no doubt founded in the fact Ryan Finnerty’s team sank down to seventh as a result.
Thankfully for those who followed Clan through to Kirkcaldy on Sunday night, a much-needed and morale-boosting 4-1 scalp of east coast rivals the Fife Flyers went some way to making up for what was witnessed the evening before.
Much of the chat in the build up to Saturday’s visit of blaze had surrounded the possible visit of Rod Stewart to the Braehead Arena. Instead, it was his son Liam that rocked the place with two short-handed goals that put the visitors out of sight.
Coventry held a two-goal lead at various stages of the encounter as Braehead chased, only for the English side to pull away at the death.
Moving on to Sunday night, it was a much more aggressive and fluid performance from Finnerty’s team as they moved on to 11 wins from 24 Elite League games.
Mike Hammond rattled Clan into a first period lead early on converting a Corey Cowick pass.
Fife levelled five minutes and 22 seconds into the second period, but it didn’t last long as Braehead’s former NHL enforcer Jay Rosehill stepped up with less than a minute and a half to go before the final break to give the visitors a massive psychological edge.
It was the boost Finnerty’s men clearly needed as they made the two points safe in the last 20, Zach Sullivan and Clan man of the match Alex Leavitt putting the game beyond doubt.
Next up for Clan is the visit of the Flyers to Glasgow on Friday night.