Heavy defeat at arch-rivals Sheffield

The GMB Nottingham Panthers did not have a night to remember when they visited arch-rivals Sheffield on Saturday going down to a heavy defeat and only scoring a consolation goal in the last second of the match.

The 8-1 scoreline was a bitter pill to swallow and assistant coach Rick Strachan spoke afterwards of everyone's disappointment.

Even before the game started Panthers lost their number one netminder Miika Wiikman to injury at warm-up and he was added to the list of players in the treatment room. The match started brightly and Matt Carter hit the post in the first minute with a clever back-hand shot but a four minute spell mid-way through the opening period saw the home side take a strangle-hold on the game. Panthers got one man back after 57 seconds of five-on-three powerplay to Sheffield but they converted on the resulting five-on-four, added a second goal on their next shift and another when keeper Henry Pacl lost sight of the puck.

Jeff Brown dropped the gloves to remonstrate over a hit on Carter at the start of the second and shared five minute fighting penalties with Dave Phillips. By the end of the period Matt Carter joined the others pulled form the game by the medics. In between times, although the home netminder was called into action a few times, the Steelers hit another powerplay and two even-handed goals.

Panthers stemmed the tide for a while only for Sheffield to add further goals in the 57th and 58th minutes. As Nottingham pushed to break the shut-out the home goalie made three last minute saves but was finally beaten with the last shot of the game right on the hooter with Brad Moran scoring (assisted by Dan Spang) - picture Richard Murray.

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8 - 1
Shots on Goal
34
Shots on Goal
25
Goals by Period
3,3,2
Goals by Period
0,0,1
Powerplays
2/4
Powerplays
0/2