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Clan’s Harper And Fulton Upbeat Ahead Of Panthers Playoff Tie

By Stewart Ross

Tristan Harper and Aidan Fulton remain in a confident mood ahead of this week’s quarter final playoff showdown with Nottingham Panthers despite a disappointing final weekend of the regular season for Braehead Clan.

Fife Flyers twice got the better of Clan over the weekend thanks to their shootout win in Glasgow on Saturday and a 4-1 victory in Kirkcaldy on Sunday which sealed a playoff place for the Fifers against conference champions Dundee Stars at the expense of Cardiff Devils.

It means Braehead finish the regular season in fifth place of the Elite Ice Hockey Leaguestandings and set up the playoff quarter final with the Panthers this week.

It’s been a difficult stretch for the Clan of late, but according to Aidan Fulton and Tristan Harper the players are focusing on the two legged playoff tie which starts with a trip to Nottingham on Thursday night.

Clan number 26, Harper is looking forward to facing off against a side that they comfortably beat a few weeks ago:

We’re against Nottingham, that’s the team we wanted to play in the playoffs so we’re feeling pretty upbeat.

Both players agreed that Fife deserved the win on Saturday night at the Braehead Arena, but felt that there were plenty of positives following their third period turnaround. Fulton said:

In the first two periods they outworked us there’s no doubt about that, but we pulled it back in the third and showed some character.

A sell out crowd will be likely at the Braehead Arena on Saturday for the deciding second leg, and Harper described just how important the Purple Army have been to the players throughout the course of the season saying:

We love support from all the fans. It’s always a great atmosphere playing in front of so many fans.

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