Big first period for Panthers leads to victory over Sheffield

A superb first period from the GMB Nottingham Panthers saw them up by four unanswered goals at the break.

Nottingham started strong and fast and took the lead with a Brian McGrattan rebound after Robert Farmer had picked a pocket to go in one on one.

Panthers doubled the lead short-handed in the tenth minute when captain Brad Moran showed his experience to sit on the puck before setting up Stephen Schultz for a one-timer rocket.

And the scoreboard moved to 3-0 when McGrattan bagged his second on the end of a sweet passing move which was followed by another for two goals 100 seconds apart at the end of the period with Moran finishing upstairs for Panthers’ fourth goal.

Nottingham believe they scored again when Brown jammed the puck over the line and the visiting keeper hauled it back but the referee ruled ‘no goal’ and Steelers began their fightback with goals in the 26th and 29th minutes.

And the visitors made it a one goal game with another goal in the last minute of the middle period.

Nottingham opened up a two goal cushion after some clever passing found David Clarke who rifled home low and hard early in the third but individual work saw Steelers close the gap in the 48th when Fretter fired home to set up a tense finale to a game watched by seven thousand hockey fans.

The visitors fired wide and over the bar after pulling their keeper but five goals and a string of saves by Miika Wiikman proved enough for the home side to win in regulation time.

Pics: Adam Gouldson and Karl Denham

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