Come from behind win over Hull extends lead in the standings

The GMB Nottingham Panthers came from behind to beat Hull 8-4 on Sunday night and extend their lead at the top of the Rapid Solicitors Elite League standings.

Jason Beckett pounced in the first minute to pop home a rebound to put the new league-leaders in front after just 29 seconds but Stingrays hit three without reply to lead at the first break.

In the second period two goals in 27 seconds just past the half-way mark got everyone on their feet with Jon Weaver blasting home low on a powerplay, quickly followed by man of the match Bruce Graham ripping one home from the same spot upstairs, tying the game up at 3-3.

David Ling forced home the go-ahead goal off the keeper to squash any lingering doubts about the home side's intentions and the third period started with the GMB Panthers' noses in front.

A double-powerplay strike by Bruce Graham at the back post, followed by a one-man-advantage sweet as you like finish by Brandon Benedict stretched the lead to 6-3 in the fiftieth minute and the game was as good as over.

Matthew Myers squeezed home the seventh to see off Bowns in the visiting net. It was Matthew's 501st Elite League game of his career having celebrated his 500th league game in the penalty shoot-out win at his hometown of Cardiff on Saturday.

Less than a minute later Dan Green took over in the home net from Craig Kowalski.

Both back-ups made some saves but both were beaten once, Pat Galivan scoring for Nottingham from close-range and Stingrays managing a consolation effort in the last minute of the game.

Head Corey Corey Neilson looks back on Panthers TV whilst Matthew Myers is with us on Panthers Radio, with Xynomix.

Katie Chadburn took the match action pictures.

You can next see the GMB Panthers, who were missing Steve Lee through injury, on Wednesday night when the Edinburgh Capitals visit Nottingham for a league game at 7.30pm.

SEE YOU THERE!

8 - 4
Shots on Goal
55
Shots on Goal
19
Goals by Period
1,3,4
Goals by Period
3,0,1
Powerplays
3/4
Powerplays
0/2