Flyers v Panthers

Sun 24 Mar - 18:30 League

Fife Flyers

Fife Flyers

4 - 3

The Nottingham Panthers

The Nottingham Panthers

Match Report

The Nottingham Panthers wrapped up their double header north of the border on Sunday night, after defeating the Glasgow Clan 0-4 on Saturday, when they paid a visit to the Fife Ice Arena in Kirkcaldy.

Michael Garnett got the start in goal for the Panthers, opposite Shane Owen for the Flyers.

The home side killed an early penalty before taking the lead inside the first ten minutes of the game, Marcus Basara given the freedom of the Fife Ice Arena to pick his spot as he went bar down (6.37) to make it 1-0.

Basara was on hand to double Fife's advantage just after the ten minute mark, beating Garnett in close (11.15) to bring the home fans to their feet.

It didn't take long for the Panthers to answer back, Ollie Betteridge's quick shot (13.43) from the right wing eluding Owen to bring the travelling Panthers within one.

Just before the period came to a close the Flyers restored their two goal lead, Carlo Finnucci banking the puck in off Garnett (18.08) from below the goal line. The goal signalled the end of Garnett's night and he was replaced between the pipes by Patrick Munson, fresh off of a 37 shut-out last night in Glasgow, as the Panthers saw out the remainder of the period without any further damage.

A late first period penalty picked up by the Flyers (19.28) proved costly as Jon Rheault tipped home Dylan Richard's shot from the top of the left wing face-off circle (21.12).

Shortly after killing a penalty to Alex Guptill the Panthers' Steve Lee (two minutes for roughing) dropped the gloves with Fife's Brett Bulmer (two plus two for roughing), the bout seeing the Panthers' defenceman taken to a local medical facility, an update on his condition will be provided in due course.

On the resulting powerplay the Panthers tied the game, Jon Rheault and Alex Guptill exchanged passes in front of the goal and the latter fired into the yawning cage (30.15).

Patrick Munson had to be alert when goalscorer Guptill was sent to the box (32.47), making a nice glove save through traffic to keep the scores level before the Panthers returned to full strength.

The Panthers went back to the penalty kill when Jaynen Rissling was ejected from the game (36.35), leaving only Gui Lepine, Josh Tetlow, Tim Billingsley and Tommy Hughes as the recognised defenceman, after a collision with Bari McKenzie but the game went into the second intermission with the teams tied at three.

Nottingham killed the remainder of Rissling's major penalty to begin the third period but faced a nervy few moments when a potential Flyers goal went to review, after checking the 'no goal' call on the ice by the officials was confirmed.

The visitors had to kill three late Flyers powerplays, including an extended period of five-on-three, for the home side before the game went to overtime, Patrick Munson standing firm whilst Ollie Betteridge threw himself in front of a one-timer just prior to the Panthers returning to four men.

An overtime powerplay gave the Panthers a route to the extra point, after Fife had the puck in the Panthers net but it was overturned due to goaltender interference, but they were met with stubborn resistance from the Flyers defence and netminder Owen as the Kirkcaldy side returned to full strength.

With just twelve seconds of the game remaining Marcus Basara secured the extra point for the Flyers, beating Munson from the tightest of angles to complete his hat-trick.

The point moves the Panthers within a cat's whisker of cementing third place in the EIHL standings.