Glasgow’s Braehead Clan’s hopes of qualification in the Challenge Cup are still alive after an overtime point kept them in the mix despite losing 3-2 to Sheffield Steelers.
With Nottingham Panthers and Manchester Storm still with two games to play in the group, Clan needed victory to keep them involved.
While John Tripp’s side didn’t get the win, they’ll be hoping for a favour from other games as well as win in the final group game in Nottingham in two weeks.
The visitors opened the scoring when Joonas Roonberg did enough to put the puck beyond Clan goalie Ryan Nie for the opener.
Clan hit back in the opening minute of the second period when Tyler Scofield was assisted by Ryan Potulny and managed to squeeze the black disc into the net from close range.
Ben O’Connor’s net-ripper of a shot from inside the Clan defensive zone left Nie beaten as Paul Thompson’s men retook the lead.
Mike Embach levelled again when he chased his own rebound, bundling the puck into the net to set up a nervy end to the game.
Overtime was needed to settle the tie and despite some good forward play by Braehead, Sheffield delivered the sucker punch to claim the extra point.
A turnover allowed Levi Nelson in to rifle a shot into the net and confirm the points to maintain their 100% record at the top of Group A.