Capitals v Panthers
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GMB Panthers’ third game in Scotland in as many nights saw them visit Edinburgh with Patrick Galbraith on netminding duty. Yann Sauve missed the game as he served the first match of a two game suspension from the Department of Player Safety after the game in Fife on Saturday.
Jeff Brown picked a pocket in the slot area, spun and fired home the first goal at 2.15.
As Panthers camped out in the opposition zone an intercepted pass got Caps away on a breakaway and Panthers took a two minute penalty to spoil the chance then comfortably killed off the Edinburgh powerplay.
More Panthers pressure followed and Brown walked out of the corner and fired home across the keeper for his and Nottingham’s second goal at 11.43.
Caps hit the outside of the post on a rare foray into Nottingham’s end but Panthers soon had the puck in the attack zone again where strong forechecking won possession and the puck was slid to Alex Mokshantsev in the circle and he fired home a third at 15.17.
A Dan Spang blueline blast was off target but rebounded off the backboards and Erik Lindhagen pounced for the fourth (also assisted by Robert Lachowiocz – his 200th EIHL assist) and 47 seconds later Evan Mosey drove the right wing and slid the puck to the front of the net where he had two unmarked linemates waiting with Mark Derlago controlling the puck and tapping home a third goal in 100 seconds and a 0-5 scoreline at the first interval.
With game over and done Panthers were in cruise control throughout the second and third periods.
Sam Gospel took over in nets at the half-way mark with the score still 0-5.
Caps asked for a shot off the bar to be reviewed and after a lengthy delay for the review the referees stuck by their original ‘no goal’ ruling.
The period ended with a flurry of goals from Nottingham.
Derlago fired hard to the back post for Luke Pither to turn in at 38.33, Panthers worked the puck to Mosey in the middle channel and he picked his spot at 39.22 and there was still time for Mike Vaskivuo to drift across the face of goal and pop home an eighth goal for the visitors at 39.42.
Josh Tetlow had the puck at his feet on the half-way line in the first minute of the final period, he threw the puck up the ice, on target, wicked bounce in front of the keeper and in. The youngster’s first ever goal in the Elite League. His team mates grabbed the puck for him.
Nottingham made it double figures when Lachowicz rifled home his own rebound at 47.22 and Caps broke the shut-out when a pass off the right wing clipped a Panther’s leg and ricocheted behind Gospel.
Ten goals for Nottingham, nine different scorers and five points out of six on the Scottish road trip weekend.