Panthers kept going but lose out – just – in Belfast

A slow start for the most traveled team in the Elite League cost them dearly when they battled back but couldn’t quite force an equalizer to go down 5-4 in Belfast on Friday night.

After yet another flight on an early start Panthers hit the ice without Waugh, Clarke, Schultz and Green (Pacl starting as back-up) and fell behind to a blueline blast in the second minute.

Giants added two in 39 seconds, the first off a rebound and the second when the puck got caught in skates behind Panthers' net and Giants fed the front for their third goal at 12.23.

That saw Pacl take over from Wiikman in nets. Soon afterwards Panthers killed off a five-on-three Belfast powerplay and the scoreboard remained the same at the first break.

GMB Panthers came out strong in the second period and created some golden opportunities to score but Whistle in the home net wasn’t beaten until Logan MacMillan fired one to the front for Jeff Brown to turn in early in the third period at 42.33.

Giants restored the three goal cushion with a powerplay rebound but Panthers kept up the pressure and were rewarded when Brian McGrattan and Jeff Dimmen got the puck across to Chris Lawrence who whipped home a second goal for the visitors at 42.25.

Giants got their three goal lead back when they threw one across the face and it deflected in off a D-man’s stick just over a minute later but again Panthers kept at it and on a powerplay Robert Farmer pounced on a loose puck to score at 54.45.

After killing off a late penalty Henry was pulled for the last two minutes and the six skater ploy worked with Matt Carter hitting the top corner.

Panthers got the puck into the attack zone and pulled their keeper again in the last minute. They twice flashed the puck across the face of goal but couldn’t force the much wanted equalizer.

5 - 4
Shots on Goal
29
Shots on Goal
28
Goals by Period
3,0,2
Goals by Period
0,0,4
Powerplays
1/5
Powerplays
1/4