Panthers v Flyers

Sun 3 Mar - 16:00 League

Nottingham Panthers

Nottingham Panthers

4 - 3

Fife Flyers

Fife Flyers

Match Report

The Nottingham Panthers returned to home ice action on Sunday when they welcomed the Fife Flyers to the Motorpoint Arena on Sunday.

Patrick Munson got the start in goal for the Panthers opposite Shane Owen for the Flyers.

The visitors jumped to an early lead (1.20) when Danick Gauthier, in acres of space, tucked home a rebound after Munson made an initial pad save from a point shot.

Nottingham had a chance to tie things up when they were awarded 35 seconds of five-on-three powerplay time and they did just that. Chris Stewart (7.29) zipping the puck through the wickets of Owen to make it 1-1.

Less than 30 seconds later the Flyers were back in front. A turnover in the neutral zone led to a two-on-one break in and a short-handed goal (7.57), Munson getting the majority of Joe Basaraba’s deflection but not enough to keep it out of the goal.

Farmer fed Perlini at the back door as the Panthers looked to tie the game once again, but Shane Owen went east-to-west to deny the GB forward with an incredible pad save, the first of many sparkling saves from the Flyers’ netminder.

With Alex Bolduc in the box for holding (13.13) Kevin Henderson went close not once, cutting inside to forge a shooting opportunity, but twice, from a narrow angle, as the Panthers looked to get a short-handed strike of their own.

Chris Stewart found Jaynen Rissling pinching down from the blueline, the defenceman’s attempted move disrupted but Robert Farmer was on hand to pounce on the free puck and backhand it into a gaping goal (19.18) to send the teams into the first intermission tied at two.

Gauthier had the chance to repeat his early first period goal early in the second period but, with the goal wide open, he sent his effort wide.

The Flyers made so much mistake on their next attack, Evan Bloodoff re-directing the puck past Munson (23.07) following a pretty passing play.

Shane Owen then took centre stage for the Flyers, first making a flashy glove save on Luke Pither (27.48) then denying Alex Bolduc’s, who was hooked on a short-handed breakaway, penalty shot (31.07).

The Flyers’ netminder then stuck out a pad to deny Alex Guptill’s deflection in front to preserve his teams lead. He wasn’t done there either, the Panthers worked the puck to the back door and Justin Kovacs (36.14) saw his effort snagged out of the air with Owen prone on the ice.

A slew of penalties to end the second period saw Fife head into the intermission with 22 seconds remaining on a four-on-three opportunity to begin the third.

Just as both teams returned to full strength in the third Jon Rheault walked out from below the goal line and his quick shot beat Owen down low (41.59) to tie the game at three.

Patrick Munson then had to be alert to keep the game tied, stretching out the right pad to keep the Flyers at bay.

Both sides killed penalties as the game crossed the halfway mark and inside the final five minutes Patrick Munson provided the save of the game. Fife broke in two-on-one and after making the initial save he stacked the pads, losing his helmet in the process, to deny the trailing Flyers attacker and bring the Motorpoint Arena to it’s feet.

There was to be no further scoring in regulation time and for the second consecutive night The Nottingham Panthers went to overtime.

Just 57 seconds into the extra period the Panthers hit the game-winner, Luke Pither’s face-off win going to Jaynen Rissling and his bomb from the blue line was tipped home by Robert Farmer to seal the two points for the home side.