BRAEHEAD CLAN’S Hockey and Operations Director Gareth Chalmers has admitted that his team’s 4-3 home defeat to Dundee Stars last weekend was bitterly disappointing.

But he remains confident that the Glasgow side can bounce back from that blow beginning tonight, when they take on Sheffield Steelers at Braehead. Sheffield are in fifth place in the league in comparison to Braehead’s current position of eighth and with the Yorkshire side having won all four of the pair’s previous meetings this season, Braehead will have their work cut out to reverse that trend.

However, with a play-off spot still in the balance, Chalmers is optimistic that the Clan are still in with a fighting chance of claiming it. “I am big believer in not looking back on something we now can’t change,” he said of their disappointing home form this season to date. “So our focus and positivity must remain on the upcoming games as we look to get into eighth and that last playoff spot.”

Meanwhile, IIHF transfer deadline day past on Thursday and Braehead did not make any signings but Chalmers is not unduly worried. “We have continued to look for players to bolster our roster as we look to strengthen for the playoff push, but like most teams we have found the market very dry this season," he said. "We have been desperate for some further offensive firepower for a while now, however that quality of player is very difficult to come by at this time of the year."

Despite the adverse weather conditions, last night’s latest update was that this evening’s game remains on.