Flyers v Panthers

Sat 24 Feb - 7pm League

Fife Flyers

Fife Flyers

5 - 4

Nottingham Panthers

Nottingham Panthers

Match Report

No sign of any bus legs on their second game in Scotland this weekend and it was the same line-up as played on Friday in Dundee apart from Michael Garnett taking over netminding duties from Patrick Galbraith (Sam Gospel backed up).

Panthers took it to the home team but were to pay the price for finishing their hits later in the first period. They went behind to a one-on-one breakaway which went through the five-hole and then through the back of the net at 3.09. It was reviewed but rightly the goal stood and repairs were made to the net.

Alex Mokshantsev stretched and hustled in the Flyers zone and got the puck out to Dan Spang who adjusted his body position to fashion a shot which flew in to equalise at 6.23.

After a little spat of very much six-of-one half-a-dozen of the other push-and-shove the Scottish referees assessed just a penalty to Panthers for unsportmanlike conduct and shortly afterwards when Tim Billingsley finished his hit up the boards on a Flyer who turned his back at the last moment they added a 2+10 penalty to the scoresheet and Flyers had a 93 second five-on-three powerplay.

It lasted just ten seconds before a shot through traffic put them back in front. Another hit from Panthers had the crowd screaming at the refs. This time Yann Sauve who was jumped afterwards but more than held his own was given a five and game penalty which meant Flyers had another 84 seconds of five-on-three powerplay and a further seven minutes-plus of five-on-four advantage to come.

Just after they got one man back Panthers blocked a shot and Evan Mosey carried the puck up the right wing to equalise short-handed from wide out at 12.40.

During the remainder of the kill Steve Lee, Jeff Brown and Erik Lindhagen all had half-decent shots whilst still short-handed, Panthers got their man back and the scoreboard read 2-2 at the end of the first period.

In the second period Nottingham took the lead for the only time in the game when Brett Perlini stick-handled through to go coast-to-coast and score on the short-side at 27.20.

Flyers had another five-on-three powerplay for a minute but the Panthers’ penalty killers did another great job.

Luke Pither hit the post twice on the same shift as Nottingham put the home net under pressure but the home side smuggled the puck to the back door with 33 seconds left on the period and equalised.

Panthers had another great spell against the tiring Flyers in the third but with sticks from both sides swinging at the puck in front of Garnett, Flyers’ Finucci was credited with his hat-trick goal and Fife took the lead for a third time with seven-and-a-half minutes left.

Keeper Iles was the home side hero as he denied shot after shot from Nottingham but when his opposite number was pulled in favour of an extra attacker the six skater ploy worked for the Panthers with Pither finding Mike Vaskivuo at the back post to rattle home at 58.54 and the game headed to sudden death overtime.

Panthers had the greater part of possession in that overtime period but the extra point was to be decided in a shoot-out where Flyers scored with their first attempt and Panthers were denied on all three of theirs for a final scoreline of Fife 5 Panthers 4 after penalties.