BRAEHEAD CLAN had another weekend of mixed fortunes, winning one and losing one EIHL match against their great rivals, Fife Flyers. The Glasgow team have had something of a disappointing start to the year, winning only two of their ten matches in January but despite those losses, their performances have been steadily improving.

And as the Clan chase a spot in the play-offs in what the club is calling “Operation Play-offs”, they put their January form behind them to record an impressive 3-2 home win over their Gardiner Conference rivals on Saturday.

Going into Saturday’s game, Braehead had lost six consecutive matches to Fife but they put a stop to that in impressive style. The Clan took the lead midway through the second period when Adam Brace fed Christoffer Bjorklund, with the Swede sending a powerful shot into the net. Fife levelled and then went ahead but Braehead refused to give up and equalised through Brace before Felix Poulin scored the winner.

It was a different story on Sunday night though, with Fife overturning the result to record a 5-2 victory on their home ice. The Flyers went ahead in just the third minute but Braehead recovered to go take the lead 2-1. From there though, the home side took control and never looked back, with their win taking them to fourth place in the EIHL. Braehead, meanwhile, are in eighth place in the league, one spot above Dundee Stars, who they play next.

Braehead Clan head coach John Tripp was not disheartened though and as his side go into a double-header against Dundee this weekend, he is optimistic that his side can put in some good performances. “The belief we’re building is something special – it’s getting bigger and bigger,” the Canadian said. “Now we’re playing solid and we have more confidence and confidence is a big weapon to have. You don’t get results unless you work hard though.”