Panthers make it a four point weekend with shoot-out win over Blaze

The GMB Nottingham Panthers ended their three games in four nights schedule with a shoot-out come-from-behind victory over Coventry (6-5) on Sunday.

In yet another dramatic home game Panthers took the lead when Stephen Schultz deflected in Kristian Kudroc’s feed from the blueline for the only goal of the first period but two goals for Blaze in 66 early second period seconds had the visitors in front at 21.59.

Robert Farmer from the left wing boards threaded the puck to the back door where Steve Lee had jumped into the play to equalise but a quick-fire text book two-on-one break out saw the Blaze regain the lead a few minutes later and they stretched it to 2-4 with a powerplay goal in the 33rd minute of the game.

Before the second break Panthers reduced the deficit with Alex Nikiforuk making a nuisance of himself in front of goal as Andy Sertich fired home from long range.

Blaze were on fire at the start of the third period and broke through the middle channel straight from the face-off to restore the two goal cushion just ten seconds after the re-start.

But Panthers dug deep and when they worked the puck across the crease on a powerplay Chris Lawrence stretched to poke home for 4-5 at 42.05 and another powerplay after a patient, patient build-up saw Dan Spang bide his time before pulling the trigger from the blueline with Jeff Brown getting the final touch on the equalising goal that took the game to overtime.

Both goalies made big saves in sudden-death and Panthers had to kill off a penalty too. With the sides locked at 5-5 the extra point was decided in a shoot-out.

In the round-robin section Coventry scored once but Schultz and Nikiforuk were on target for Panthers to snag their fourth point of the weekend.

Pics: Karl Denham

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