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7 - 5
Manchester Storm

Glasgow’s Braehead Clan got the new season off to an ideal beginning as they overcame a tough Manchester Storm side to win 7-5 in a Challenge Cup thriller.

Clan got the best of starts when a Storm penalty saw a powerplay opportunity open up, from which Mike Embach scored from a central position, with Jacob Doty providing the assist.

The home side were soon two from two on the powerplay as Doty swept in a rebound from Matt Haywood’s shot, which was initially saved by Storm goalie Mike Clemente.

Ryan Finnerty’s side began to find their rhythm in the game and were soon back on the scoresheet as Mike Hammond was set up by Matt Beca to pull them back in it.

Then they levelled on the powerplay as a low, diagonal Matt Bissonnette shot fizzed past Ryan Nie in the home goal to gain parity for the visitors.

Goal line technology was needed for the first time ever to determine whether a Manchester chance had crossed the line, which it hadn’t, giving Clan a let off.

But Dane Byers made up for it with Manchester’s third on the powerplay, as Beca again was the provider.

Braehead got themselves level in the second when a shot from Embach in a central position flew into Clemente’s net.

Then they went ahead when Embach’s effort rebounded off Clemente, into the path of Doty, who sniped in from close range for his second of the game.

The visitors moved level again through Byers, with his second of the game before simmering tensions boiled over with Craig Cescon and Dallas Ehrhardt coming to blows.

John Tripp’s side alleviated the pressure with two quick goals as Cameron Burt and Christoffer Bjorklund opened up a two-goal gulf.

Although Beca managed to pull one back late on for Storm, it wasn’t enough as Braehead got their first Challenge Cup points on the board with Adam Brace finishing an empty netter to confirm the win.