Keith goal killed Caps’ resistance

Braehead Clan Head Coach Ryan Finnerty says Matt Keith’s goal early in the third period was the one that killed off Edinburgh Capitals last Sunday.

Clan completed a four-point weekend with a 4-1 win at Murrayfield, following on from Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Dundee Stars.

Finnerty said: “Edinburgh are a team that still have plenty of talent, so always carried a threat and Chubak was making big saves to keep them in it.

“They have talent and speed and once they get themselves going, just one win can get them off that slide in form.

“Admittedly, we didn’t play to our standard for the 60 minutes, but we did in stretches and that’s allowed us to pick up the points.

“The goal so early in the third by Matt perhaps unsettled them, but settled us at the same time and having that two-goal lead allowed us to play our game and got us going.

“At this time of the year, it’s all about picking up as many points as you can and moving on and we did that this weekend.

The Clan coach boss looked ahead to this Wednesday’s Challenge Cup decider with Nottingham Panthers.

The tie is finely poised at 5-4 in favour of Corey Neilson’s team, with a semi-final meeting with Sheffield Steelers at stake.

But Braehead’s boss doesn’t plan on changing anything and insists Panthers are still the favourites.

He added: “It will be a good game on Wednesday and it’s only a one-goal game going in. We’re the underdogs and Nottingham have that advantage coming here.

“We’re hopeful of a big crowd in a cup that we’ve got our eye on winning and it’s going to be a big game.

“We don’t change anything going into it. We’re just looking to come out the way we ended the tie in Nottingham last week and put them under pressure early.”

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