Giants v Panthers

Sun 14 Oct - 16:00 League

Belfast Giants

Belfast Giants

6 - 1

The Nottingham Panthers

The Nottingham Panthers

Match Report

Michael Garnett started in goal for The Nottingham Panthers oppposite Tyler Beskorowany for the Belfast Giants as both teams went in search of a four point weekend after wins on Saturday night.

Both teams came out firing on all cylinders but found both netminders in top form, Nottingham testing Beskorowany before Belfast went down the other end to try and find a way past Michael Garnett.

A penalty to Dylan Olsen (4.37) came to an end when Hunter Bishop was called for hooking and after 33 seconds of four-on-four action the Panthers took the lead on a truncated powerplay, Luke Pither skating in from the right wing boards tried to thread a pass to Mark Hurtubise but the puck ricocheted off a Giants defenceman onto the stick of Alex Guptill, who made no mistake at the top of the crease as he scored his third goal of the weekend to make it 1-0 at 7.59.

Steve Lee produced a great poke-check to deny Giants forward Darcy Murphy a breakaway as the period reached the halfway mark.

At 13.26 Justin Kovacs and Tim Billingsley broke in two-on-one and after the former fed the latter Tyler Beskorowany produced a stunning glove save to keep the score at 1-0.

The Panthers killed a penalty to captain Gui Lepine at 14.48 and went into the second period with the lead intact.

Nottingham couldn't take advantage of an early powerplay opportunity and Belfast used the momentum built from the penalty kill to tie the game at 24.16, Kendall McFaull pinching in from the blueline and beating Garnett on the blocker side.

Just over 2 minutes later, with Tommy Hughes in the penalty box for interference, Belfast took the lead when Blair Riley tipped in a shot from the blueline at 35.35.

The Panthers went to the powerplay at 27.31 when David Rutherford was sent to the box for boarding but could not find a way past Beskorowany in the Giants goal.

Belfast again used the momentum gained through their penalty kill to extend their lead at 31.30, Darcy Murphy forcing the puck home from in close to make it 3-1.

Things got even better for the Giants at 34.35 as Josh Roach scored on a two-on-one break in to give the home side a commanding 4-1 lead heading into the third period.

In search of a route back into the game early in third period the Panthers gave up an odd-man rush at 45.47, Hunter Bishop making no mistake to score his first as a Giant and give Belfast a 5-1 lead.

A powerplay at 47.26 proved unsuccessful for the Panthers, the Giants defence standing firm and forcing Nottingham to the outside for the duration of the two minutes.

That proved to be the story of the remainder of the period as Nottingham couldn't find a way through the Giants defence and Beskorowany dealt with any shots that found there way through to his goal.

Lewis Hook rubbed salt in the Panthers wounds as he scored his first Giants goal at 57.07 to seal the points for the side from Northern Ireland by a 6-1 scoreline.