GMB PANTHERS come from behind to take a point in Coventry

Panthers came from two goals down to tie Sunday’s league game in Coventry and battled hard but had to settle for a point when the Blaze snagged a winner in a sudden-death shoot-out.

Former Panthers Ashley Tait ripped the only goal of the first period off the left wing.

The puck rebounded home at the start of the second period for Nottingham but the referee had already blown his whistle and the goal was washed out. After another Panthers attack the home side carried the puck deep into Nottingham territory and fed the front to double their lead at 23.25 but just ten seconds later Panthers were on the board when an exquisite pass by Robert Lachowicz found Robert Farmer to turn in at the far post.

Four minutes later the sides were tied at 2-2 when Chris Lawrence threw the puck on net during a powerplay and it ricocheted home.

There was a series of mad scrambles at both ends but there was no further scoring in regulation and the match went to three-on-three sudden-death overtime where Nottingham came closest to breaking the deadlock but the match went on to penalty shots.

It was tied at 1-1 after the round robin section and when Blaze scored their fifth attempt and Panthers didn’t the game was finally decided.

X-rays had shown no fracture for Robert Farmer and defied suggestions to rest to play but Stephen Schutz joined David Clarke and Geoff Waugh on the injured list for this one.

Pics-Scott Wiggins

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