Clarke’s hat-trick enough to see off Capitals

Capitals could not repeat their victory over Panthers earlier this month. Picture: Jan Orkisz
Capitals could not repeat their victory over Panthers earlier this month. Picture: Jan Orkisz
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EDINBURGH CAPITALS lost 4-1 at Nottingham Panthers last night, a hat-trick from GB international forward David Clarke the difference between the two sides.

Caps were outshot 11-3 in the opening period of the Elite League encounter as the Panthers, who showed no ill-effects from last weekend’s Continental Cup exploits in Italy, skated to a 2-0 lead through Clarke and a power-play goal from Czech winger Petr Kalus.

Edinburgh were a much brighter attacking threat for the remainder of the game, but crucially it was the home side who increased their lead when Clarke scored his second in the 32nd minute. Capitals’ Latvian sniper Marcis Zembergs, who won man-of-the-match for the visitors, scored on the power-play, assisted by Jade Portwood, at 39.51. However, that was as close as the Murrayfield men came to causing an upset at the National Ice Centre.

With less than three minutes to play and Edinburgh still trailing by two, player-coach Richard Hartmann took the decision to pull goalie Tomas Hiadlovsky for an extra attacker, but it was Clarke who reaped the rewards completing his hat-trick into the empty net at 58.10.