Panthers v Clan
The Nottingham Panthers
2 - 3
THE NOTTINGHAM Panthers and Glasgow Clan returned to battle less than 24 hours after their first encounter on Saturday night and despite picking up a point it was to be another victory for the team from Scotland.
Kevin Carr once again got the start in goal for the Panthers, who were without Alexis Loiseau (upper body), opposite Patrick Killeen for the Clan.
The Panthers cashed in on an early powerplay opportunity (0.37) when Sam Herr (1.24) fired home from the slot to put the hosts one goal to the good.
A turnover in the defensive saw Carr have to be at his acrobatic best to pull off a tremendous split pad save before testimonial man Robert Lachowicz rang a slapshot off the iron down the other end of the ice.
Carr was soon again in the thick of things. With a Clan skater bearing down on him the Panthers’ netminder was called for delay-of-game (7.50) and the Clan tied the game though Scott Pitt (8.58). The Panthers found themselves immediately back on the penalty kill though as Carr voiced his frustrations to the officials picking up a two minute minor in the process (8.58) but there was to be no joy on that man advantage for the visitors as the home team returned to full strength.
Glasgow went to their third powerplay of the period (11.13) and thought they’d took the lead but after a video review it was determined the puck was kicked in and the goal was washed out before the Panthers returned to full strength.
Nottingham had a powerplay chance of their own as the period wound down (14.58) but there was no way through and the teams went into the first intermission tied at one apiece.
Robert Lachowicz fired home a one-timer (25.28) from Brian Connelly’s picture-perfect cross-ice feed early in the second period to put the Panthers back into the lead.
The Panthers then had a chance to extend their lead as great work from Ollie Betteridge in the defensive zone saw him draw a hooking penalty (28.23). As the Panthers broke up the ice on the delayed call Patrick Killeen made an incredible split-pad save to deny Herr at the back door and keep the deficit at one for his side.
Killeen wasn’t done there. That man Herr broke-in on a partial breakaway and his wicked wrist-shot was deflected up and out of play by the glove hand of the Clan netminder as his team returned to full strength.
Glasgow had not one but two powerplay opportunities to close out the period but they couldn’t solve the Panthers penalty kill and the hosts went in the third period holding a one goal lead.
The visitors went to an early third period powerplay and they made no mistake in tying up the game. Mathieu Roy (42.29) tipping in at the backdoor.
Nottingham had a third period powerplay of their own when Scott Pitt (49.59) was sent to the box and despite calling their time-out the Panthers couldn’t find a way through and Glasgow returned to full strength. Mark Matheson coming the closest but his slapshot through traffic flashed just wide.
Neither team was able to break down the other in the final stages of the game and the Motorpoint Arena saw it’s first three-on-three overtime period of the season.
Despite Robert Lachowicz, Sam Herr and Jason DeSantis all going close a winner couldn’t found in overtime and the game went to a shootout.
In the skills competition it was the Clan who took the win, scoring three shots to the Panthers none and securing a four point weekend.