Panthers v Blaze

Sat 24 Aug - 19:00 Aladdin Cup

The Nottingham Panthers

The Nottingham Panthers

4 - 2

Coventry Blaze

Coventry Blaze

Match Report

A three goal second period saw The Nottingham Panthers to victory over the Coventry Blaze on Saturday night inside the Motorpoint Arena.

Kevin Carr got the start in goal for the Panthers opposite Jamie Phillips for the Blaze.

Jordan Kelsall had the games first chance of note after breaking in down the right wing but his effort just crept wide of Phillips' blocker side post and the Blaze escaped unscathed.

The Panthers continued to attack and Georgs Golovkovs showed off his wheels down the left wing to tee up Player-Assistant Coach Mark Matheson but his shot from between the face-off circles went wide and Alexis Loiseau couldn't force the rebound home.

Coventry took the lead (7.58) when a bad bounce in front caught out Kevin Carr and the puck trickled home with the netminder looking to find his feet.

Adam Deutsch tied the game when he ripped a shot from the top of the left face-off circle (12.10) when Brett Perlini found him in acres of space and there was no further scoring in the first 20 minutes.

GB prospect Joseph Hazeldine (upper body) left the game after the first period.

Ollie Betteridge started the second stanza off with a bang, delivering a crunching hit behind the Blaze goal to bring the Panthers' fans to their feet.

Kevin Carr, snagging the puck out of the air, and Jamie Phillips, padding aside Alexis Loiseau's shot from the point, traded saves before William Quist sprang Brett Bulmer (29.26) and the big power forward showed tremendous patience to deke around Phillips and deposit the puck into the back of the Blaze goal.

Brian Connelly hit the post before Georgs Golovkovs used his speed to draw the games first penalty (32.06) and it took the Panthers just 19 seconds to stretch their lead. Ollie Betteridge sweeping home (32.25) on the doorstep to make it 3-1 in favour of the home side.

The Panthers weren't done there, Danny Fick delivered a big hit next to the Panthers bench and Jens Jakobs forced Phillips into a smart pad save before Sam Herr marauded into the Blaze zone and beat Phillips on the backhand (36.53), with a Coventry defenceman draped all over him, to make it a 4-1 game.

Coventry pulled a goal back before the end of the period (39.41) but the Panthers went into the second intermission with a 4-2 lead.

Nottingham got an early powerplay in the third (43.52) but couldn't find a find way through. Coventry switched netminders after their successful penalty kill.

Kevin Carr was forced into a glove save before the Panthers went back to the powerplay (52.07) and despite Georgs Golovkovs and William Quist coming close they couldn't extend their lead and the Blaze returned to full strength.

Brett Bulmer showed great patience once again to power his way to the net only for the Blaze netminder to close the five-hole just in time to stop him doubling his nights tally.

There was no further scoring in the game and The Nottingham Panthers lifted the Aladdin Cup on home-ice after a 4-2 victory.