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PREVIEW: Clan v Sheffield Steelers THIS FRIDAY

NEXT HOME GAME: The current EIHL playoff champions the Sheffield Steelers are the visitors to Braehead Arena THIS FRIDAY (7:30pm face-off). Don’t miss out on another exciting home game at intu Braehead. Tickets are available NOW via TICKETMASTER, by calling 0844 499 1700 or direct at the Braehead Arena box office.

Glasgow’s Braehead Clan will host the Sheffield Steelers in Elite League action this Friday night. This will be the Steelers’ second visit to the Braehead Arena this season. The visitors came away with a narrow 3-2 victory when the sides faced off in the Challenge Cup in October.

John Tripp’s men will have revenge on their mind. They will also look to get back to winning ways after the Clan’s six game winning streak came to an end at the hands of the Nottingham Panthers last Sunday.

Our Match Night Live Reporter, David Marshall (@marshalldave38) takes a look at the key men for the Steelers.

#1 Robert Dowd (F)

One of the most decorated players in Elite League history. The 29-year-old Englishmen has once again proven to be a useful weapon in his fifth season at the Steelers. Dowd has racked up 21 points, with nine goals and 12 assists to his credit.

A player that has a medal haul that would make most players envious. Dowd has five Elite League titles and four Play Off tiles to his name. He is also more than accomplished through his time representing Great Britain and was apart of the D1B Gold Medal winning side at this year’s World Championships.

He comes into Friday night’s match on a good run of form. Dowd had one goal and one assist in the Steeler’s 6-1 win over the Milton Keynes’ Lightning this past Sunday. From his last six games, he has racked up a total of eight points. Certainly, one to watch for the Clan defence.

#2 Levi Nelson (F)

Another Steeler who has bags of experience and experience in being a winner too. Nelson was a sixth-round pick for the Boston Bruins during the 2006 NHL Draft. The 29-year-old Canadian has found success in Sheffield as he helped the Steelers to the league title in 2016 and Play Off title in 2017.

Before signing for the Steelers, Nelson found more trophy success in Italy. He was apart of the Ritten Sport side which completed a league and cup double in 2014.

The centre has been an important player for the Steelers so far this term. Playing in his third season as a Steeler, Nelson has amassed 21 points with six goals and 15 assists. 

#3 Mark Matheson (D)

An accomplished Veteran, the 33-year-old is playing his first season in the Elite League after spending the majority of his career in the AHL.

Matheson is a physical presence on the Ice standing at six-foot-two. He has played his part in seeing the Steelers sitting near the top of the league and progressing through to the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup.

Before coming to Sheffield, Matheson went on somewhat of a European tour since leaving the Chicago Wolves in 2013. He has both French and Norwegian league title medals in his pocket and helped Rouen HE to Continental Cup success in 2016.