Gameday tomorrow- Blaze visit Nottingham

Gameday tomorrow- Blaze visit Nottingham

Tomorrow sees the arrival of the Coventry Blaze to Nottingham. The game, sponsored by Truelove Lettings, is always a big rivalry clash but the GMB Panthers will be going into it with even more fire this time. That’s because the last visit of the Blaze coincided with them taking a point in a shootout. You can check out highlights of that game here, brought to you by the Nottingham Legend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUPijY0n6bg Geoff Waugh, who spoke to Panthers Radio before the visit to Cardiff tonight, didn’t want to look too far ahead, but was excited about being back on the ice in the team to take on the Blaze. He said “we’re focusing on Cardiff, but Coventry is always a hard game and with Stewart they have one of the best goalies in the league… They’re a feisty, fast, physical team and it’s always a battle with them.” To listen to the interview in full, click on the link to the right or the tab below. Waugh on Panthers Radio: http://www.panthers.co.uk/sites/default/files/Geoff%20Waugh%20Coventry.mp3 Tomorrow also sees the launch of the latest edition of the match magazine featuring Jeff Dimmen, Matt Carter and Erik Lindhagen. There’s a shirt off the back of one of the players up for grabs in the special raffle again. A £1 ticket could see you win one of the shirts from the game and have it presented at the locker room by the player himself. The fifty-50 draw will be in operation too – you could win a big cash prize but you have to be in it to win it! The more tickets you buy – the bigger the prize! Match and season tickets can be used on the Nottingham trams network to qualify for £2 return journeys. Adult season ticket holders can get a meal deal special from McDonald's in Nottingham all week long (after 10.30am). The shop and the merchandise stalls on the concourse carry a full range of Panthers branded goods. <><><> WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF NEW FANS COMING TO GAMES THIS SEASON. TO HELP THEM - a newcomers guide to some of the rules for the fastest team sport in the word: The rule book is hundreds of pages thick but there are some basics that help newcomers understand what’s going on around them. To start with, its five skaters and a goalie per team. Two skaters on defence, three up front. If the ref gives a team a penalty then the offending player sits in the penalty box. If an opponent takes a penalty at the same time the penalties cancel each other out. Penalties lead to power-plays and penalty-kills. One team has to skate short-handed while the other has a man-advantage. If a team scores on a power-play a player serving a minor (two minute penalty) returns to the ice. If he’s serving a major (five minute penalty) his team goes the full five minutes without him or a replacement regardless of whether the opposition score or not. Offside is different in ice hockey to football. The puck must enter the attack zone (beyond the blue line) ahead of any attacking players. Simple as that. A team that is caught offside may be given the chance to “float” back onside without a whistle if they don't play the puck 'in the zone'. The team that scores most goals wins! There’s ALWAYS a winner at ice hockey, if the score is tied at the end of sixty minutes we will have a period of sudden-death overtime (three skaters v three skaters) and if no-one scores we go to penalties! Other rules will be explained by the announcer along the way or ask a neighbour, Panthers have some of the most knowledgeable spectators in the game. <><><> The puck travels fast and is very hard. Please keep your eye on it at all times. Panthers’ games are covered by copyright law. Unauthorized photography, filming, broadcasting and streaming of home matches is prohibited. Offenders will be excluded and could be subject to legal proceedings and or c