GMB PANTHERS START WITH WIN IN HULL IN THE CUP!

Challenge Cup stand-alone games will feature a four man refereeing system this season in an experiment aimed at helping referees' development. Panthers may not be fans of the system after getting just two of the eleven powerplays called in Hull as they started the defence of a trophy they have lifted three seasons in a row.

Matt Francis opened the scoring with the only goal of the first period in tenth minute.

Bruce Graham from the high slot doubled the advantage around the half-way mark but a powerplay goal through traffic put the much-improved from last season Stingrays on the board. They equalised with five minutes to go in the second period.

A highlight reel save by Craig Kowalski kept the scores level and there was to be no need for overtime nor penalties (new in the cup this season) when super work by David Ling on his debut was finished off by Francis with his second goal in the 58th minute and Pat Galivan waited for the keeper to go down before roofing the last goal of the night with 96 seconds left on the clock.

Eric Werner had a solid debut, particularly in the first and third periods. New captain Jordan Fox was named Nottingham's man of the match.

Martin Tuma suffered a reaction to his return to skating and was pulled out by the medical staff before the game.

2 - 4
Shots on Goal
21
Shots on Goal
42
Goals by Period
0,2,0
Goals by Period
1,1,2
Powerplays
1/9
Powerplays
0/2