GMB Panthers take a point but no more at home to Belfast

The GMB Nottingham Panthers had their chances to beat Belfast at home on Sunday in the league in front of another big crowd but they failed to take them and although they took a point from a 1-1 scoreline in regulation it was the Giants who went on to snag a winner in sudden-death overtime.

David Clarke was back from injury for Nottingham and Panthers started brightly but Belfast took the lead when they latched on to a rebound off a Miika Wiikman pad save in the seventh minute. Nottingham equalised seven minutes later when Brad Moran jammed the puck goalwards off the left wing and Matt Carter stuck out a stick behind himself to deflect it home. There was no further scoring in regulation time although Nottingham came closest with an Andy Sertich shot that rattled the crossbar in the second and the puck lay agonisingly in front of a gaping Belfast net on a late powerplay in the third period.

When the final hooter came Panthers were on penalty-kill duty so the overtime period couldn't start with three skaters against three and Belfast had 46 seconds of four-on-three powerplay which Nottingham saw off and then dominated four-on-four action until visiting netminder Murphy grabbed the puck. From the resulting whistle the sides reverted to three-on-three action and within seconds the visitors forced the puck down the left wing and then towards goal where they jammed home for the extra point at 63.06.

Pics: Adam Gouldson and Karl Denham

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