Clan’s Beca clinches BIH Player of the Week award

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Glasgow Clan forward Matt Beca has won the latest British Ice Hockey Player of the Week award after his team picked up maximum points.

He won with 35% of the vote, ahead of Mike Cazzola of Fife Flyers and Belfast Giants pair Tyler Beskorowany in the Twitter poll.

But he admits despite a winning weekend, he’s been frustrated with his own form, particularly in front of goal and hopes it changes soon.

“It’s frustrating when you’re expected to score and you know you can produce a bit more, but it’s not too good when you’re not scoring and the team aren’t winning.

“You’re thinking you could have done more for the team, but as long as the team wins, that’s the important thing.

“I’m getting the chances certainly and hopefully they’ll start to go in eventually.

“I’ve not got anything against Coventry, considering my two goals this season have been against them, but I’d certainly love to score more against other teams, that’s for sure.”

He reflected on the weekend that saw Clan win back to back over Coventry Blaze, where Beca picked up the winning overtime goal on Saturday and three assists in a successful two games for Pete Russell’s team.

And he reckons getting the maximum four points was huge to get the Gardiner Conference side back among the pack in the middle of the Elite League standings.

He added: “It felt really good to get those wins and we’ve been a little up and down throughout the season so it was important for us to battle back on Saturday then finish off the weekend was big and get the momentum rolling.

“It’s always nice to score in overtime and I think we deserved to win the game so there was a little bit of relief that we were able to get the victory.

“We were hoping to come back in those games against Coventry. Against Cardiff, we felt we should have got something from it after playing so well.

“Then the Belfast game didn’t go so well, but we definitely wanted to bounce back and looking at the standings, we didn’t want to get too far behind that middle pack so getting four points was big for us.”