League win at Coventry by five goals to three

The GMB Nottingham Panthers made it a four point weekend when they followed up Saturday's home cup success against Sheffield with a 3-5 victory at Coventry in the league on Sunday night.

Panthers held a two goal advantage four times in the game with Blaze getting back to within one goal on three separate occasions before the last minute empty-netter settled the game beyond doubt.

Clever stick-handling by Stephen Schultz led to a shot on goal which was kicked to the corner but Schultz kept the puck alive for Nottingham and Brad Moran fed the incoming Geoff Waugh who rattled in the opening goal just past the 13 minute mark.

Clinical passing on the powerplay saw Moran and Carter set up Jeff Dimmen at the back door and two goal lead, but Blaze broke down the ice to snag one back with 68 seconds left in the first period.

After killing off an overhanging powerplay to the home side at the start of the second period Panthers broke down the ice two-on-one and Robert Lachowicz slipped the puck inside for Jeff Brown to find the bottom corner at 21.59 but a deflected long range shot reduced the lead back to one goal again in the 24th minute.

Schultz and Brian McGrattan broke away two-on-zip in the 35th and Schultz used the big guy as a decoy before slamming on the brakes and nailing the roof passed the prone Brian Stewart in the home net so Panthers held a two goal advantage again (2-4) at the second break.

On a late powerplay Blaze pulled their keeper to go six skaters against four and they forced a goal with 70 seconds left on the clock but with their keeper back on the team bench after the resulting face-off defenceman Dan Spang banked a clearance off the half-boards in Nottingham's zone and the angle took the puck down the ice and into the empty-net for a 3-5 final scoreline.

Pics: Scott Wiggins

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Shots on Goal
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Shots on Goal
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Goals by Period
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Goals by Period
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Powerplays
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Powerplays
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