Panthers open Napoleon Cup with 3-0 win over Kassel from Germany

Miika Wiikman had a 20 shot shut-out as the Panthers turned in a solid display to beat Kassel Huskies in their opening Napoleon Cup game in Amiens on Friday.

The hosts went down 6-1 to Three Rivers University from Canada in the later game.

In the first game of the tournament the German side had a great first shift but Panthers went closest to scoring when Chris Lawrence hit the pipework in the sixth minute. Panthers had several chances to score but the period ended 0-0.

Panthers opened the scoring with some great individual work when Stephen Schultz one-on-one with a defenceman chipped the puck forward and then knocked it down out of the air to fire on target from the slot, the excellent Huskies' keeper got a big piece of it but as it trickled over the line Schultz followed in and ended up wrapped over the crossbar with the puck in the back of the net.

Miika Wiikman denied a Kassel breakaway to get the travelling fans singing his name and the middle period ended with Panthers in front.

Robert Farmer set up Logan MacMillan to double the lead in the third period on a sweet three on one at 52.25 and just over a minute later Jeff Brown scored his first goal for Panthers when he tapped in after a Schultz shot proved too hot to handle.

Nottingham killed off a late five on three powerplay for Kassel and Wiikman kept his shut-out.

Pics from Karl Denham in Amiens.

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Shots on Goal
20
Shots on Goal
28
Goals by Period
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Goals by Period
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Powerplays
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Powerplays
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