Clan’s Beca retains BIH Player of the Week award

Beca picked up four goals and three assists for Glasgow Clan this week (PHOTO: Al Goold)

Glasgow Clan forward Matt Beca has successfully retained his British Ice Hockey Player of the Week award.

The Canadian topped the BIH poll for the second week running, despite a mixed weekend for the club where they lost two of their games.

But Beca’s haul of four goals and three assists was enough to get him on the shortlist again, taking 35% of the vote, just 3% ahead of Robert Dowd of Sheffield Steelers, who scored four in Fife on Saturday.

MK Lightning’s Tim Wallace got 23% while Darcy Murphy of Belfast Giants came in with 10%. There were special mentions for Mike Hammond of Manchester Storm as well in a week where he scored the winning goal after suffering the loss of his father.

Beca was the man who came out on top and he admits his upturn in scoring form recently has led to a boost in confidence.

“Any player will tell you they’re always more confident when pucks are going in for you and you’re able to contribute,” he said.

“You just have to keep doing the same things, work hard, play the right way and the rewards will come. You just have to take the good with the bad.

“I said last week that the opportunities I was getting hadn’t been going in before and now they seem to be, which is a nice feeling and it’s helped us picked up some points.”

Beca got two on Friday in Clan’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Steelers then added to it with another brace and three assists as the Glasgow men beat MK Lightning 6-3.

The 32-year-old also picked up man of the match in the three games involving Pete Russell’s side this week.

And he reflected on the last few days as Glasgow picked up three points from their games.

He added: “Going down to MK on Wednesday wasn’t fun for anyone and we wanted to come back strong at the weekend. I felt we did that for the most part until the second half of the game on Saturday.

“It showed we were all tired from the late return from Milton Keynes, but we found a way to get the win on Saturday.”

Thanks to all who voted in this week’s poll.