Panthers v Flames
2 - 6
Guildford Flames were the visitors to the Motorpoint Arena on Sunday evening as the Panthers completed a home double header, having fallen to the Dundee Stars in overtime on Friday night.
Michael Garnett got the start in goal for The Nottingham Panthers opposite Chris Carrozzi for the Flames.
With Luke Pither in the box early in the first period (1.25) the Flames took advantage. Jaynen Rissling threw himself in front of the initial shot from the blue line to make a huge block but the puck fell kindly to Jeff Dunbar at the side of the goal who steered it calmly over the line.
It didn't take the visitors long to to double their lead when Ian Watters converted at the backdoor (5.02) after a slick passing play. Before long the molehill the Panthers had to climb became a mountain when Evan Ritt (7.02) made it a three goal lead for the visitors with the game still under 10 minutes young.
Alex Guptill gave the Panthers a lifeline when his shot sneaked through a sprawling Carrozzi in the Flames goal (8.52), good work around the goal between Mark Hurtubise and Justin Koavcs setting up the Panthers' top goalscorer.
Nottingham killed off 35 seconds of Flames' powerplay time when Jaynen Rissling (15.05) and Luke Pither (16.30) were sent to the box before returning to full strength and hooter sounded on the first period with the visitors holding a 1-3 lead.
The Panthers got their first powerplay of the night when Mark Hurtubise was tripped behind the Flames goal (25.51) and that was followed six seconds later by another tripping call to give Nottingham 1.54 with a five-on-three advantage. Mark Hurtubise hit the bar before seeing his one-timer miraculously saved by the Flames' netminder as Guildford returned to full strength.
With five skaters back on the ice the Flames increased their lead to three, TJ Foster (28.12) beating Michael Garnett in close.
Nottingham killed a penalty Robert Farmer (37.05) before getting a powerplay opportunity of their inside the final minute of the period when former Panther Erik Lindhagen was called slashing. Guildford 20 seconds of the powerplay to finish the second period with a commanding 1-4 lead.
Just as the Flames killed Lindhagen's penalty Alex Bolduc went bar down (41.41) from Marek Tvrdon's feed to bring the Panthers within two early in third period.
Michael Garnett had to be alert to deny the Flames in close when he extended his right leg to keep at the bay but he could do nothing when Kruise Reddick broke in two-on-one with Watters and feigned a pass before firing through the Panthers' netminders' five-hole to make it 2-5 in favour of the visitors.
The Panthers saw a route back into the game when Jordan Abt was sent to the box for cross-checking (49.30) but couldn't break down a discipl