Goals by David Clarke, Stephen Schultz, David Ling and Logan MacMillan saw Panthers open up a 4-0 lead by the end of the period, before Clan fought back in the middle session through Stefan Meyer and Matt Keith.
Matthew Myers made it 5-2 midway through the third, but Keith again and Thomas Nesbitt closed the gap to one to set up a fascinating second leg at Braehead.
Brandon Benedict, Craig Peacock, Mitch Ganzak, Mike Radja and Darryl Lloyd got the Giants’ goals.
Fife won 4-3 in Sheffield last night, but Sheffield’s 4-2 first leg success in Kirkcaldy was just enough to see them through.
(Image permission: Karl Denham)