Belfast Giants fall to clan in Braehead on Boxing Day
Braehead Clan 3-2 Belfast Giants
The Belfast Giants lost out to the Braehead Clan with a late powerplay goal in Glasgow on Boxing Day.
Cameron Burt struck with just over six minutes remaining after the Giants had mounted a comeback from 2-0 down following the opening period.
The Boxing Day game saw the Giants without Stephen Murphy, Dustin Johner and Mark Garside through injury.
Despite the loss, which was the first in seven games, the Belfast team remain in second place with 37 points from 28 games - four points behind the Cardiff Devils with 41 points from 27 games.
Two first period goals from the hosts gave the Braehead Clan a commanding lead after the opening 20 minutes.
Tyler Shattock broke the deadlock for the Braehead Clan at 7:43. assisted by Adam Brace and Mike Embach.
The Giants conceded their second of the game with one second remaining in the first period as Tyler Scofield doubled the home side's lead at 19:59 assisted by Brendan Brooke and Ryan Nie.
Fighting back in the middle period and in the last minute, the Giants got their reward. It was John Kutz who netted the Belfast side's first goal of the game, assisted by Spiro Goulakos and Matt Towe.
Cheered on by a large travelling contingent, the Giants dominated the opening stages of the final period and Jonathan Ferland netted early on. Ferland grabbing the equalising goal at 45:21, assisted by John Kutz.
The Clan recovered from losing their two goal advantage with Cameron Burt edging the home side in front with a powerplay goal at 52:38.
Belfast Telegraph Digital