Panthers v Flames
3 - 1
Guildford Flames were the visitors to the Motorpoint Arena on Wednesday night for an Elite League game with The Nottingham Panthers. The last time Guildford came to Nottingham they skated away with a dominating 6-2 victory and the Panthers were determined not to let that happen again.
Michael Garnett got the start in goal for the Panthers, who welcomed Kevin Henderson back to the line-up, opposite Chris Carrozzi for the Flames.
The Panthers had the first chance of the game but Brett Perlini fired over from the slot after a great feed from Mark Hurtubise, Guildford broke up the other end and Michael Garnett had to be alert to make a brilliant save with his right pad.
Alex Guptill was sent to the penalty box (10.02) for interference but the Flames couldn't take advantage, the Panthers' penalty killers blocking up the passing and shooting lanes before the puck could find it's way to Michael Garnett's cage.
Just over a minute after returning to the ice Guptill gave the home side the lead (13.37), Brett Perlini finding the league's leading goalscorer arriving late into the slot and firing a one-timer past a helpless Carozzi. Guildford killed a late penalty to Waller and the period ended with Nottingham holding a one goal lead.
Early in the second period Brett Perlini was called for tripping (21.31) but much like the first powerplay opportunity for the visitors the Panthers' penalty killers kept them to the outside before the home side returned to full strength.
With teams skating five-on-five Guildford found themselves on an odd man rush, however, the slapshot from the left wing cannoned back off the post to the safety of Michael Garnett's glove.
The penalty killers of the Panthers were once again called into action when Steve Lee was called for elbows (27.15) and once again they stood firm to keep the Flames at bay.
The Panthers used the momentum built from the penalty kill to generate some substantial offence for the remainder of the period, Ollie Betteridge forcing Carrozzi into a good blocker save before Guptill fired wide on the shortside on a partial breakway as the home side swarmed the Guildford goal.
Dyaln Olsen hit the ice to prevent a tap in at the backdoor for the Flames as they broke in one and when play transitioned into the Guildford end Carrozzi was called into action by Guptill again, this time the Flames netminder extending the pad to deny the EIHL's leading goalscorer as the period with the Panthers still holding their one goal advantage.
Guildford went back to the powerplay when Josh Tetlow was called for hooking (43.43) but it was the Panthers who had the best chance with the visitors on the man advantage. Luke Pither was hauled down as he bore down on goal and a penalty shot was awarded (44.30), however, his effort trickled just wide before the Panthers killed the remainder of Tetlow's penalty.
The Flames tied the game through Calle Ackered (48.11) as the period approached the halfway mark and the Panthers had to kill another penalty before that point was reached, this time to Bolduc (48.45).
Gui Lepine found himself in the slot with time winding down in the game and he made no mistake roofing a backhand over the glove of Carrozzi (57.24) to put the Panthers back in front. Guildford pulled the netminder in a bid to tie the game again but Justin Kovacs scored into the empty net to seal the two points for The Nottingham Panthers.