TC v Panthers
3 - 2
The Nottingham Panthers
THE NOTTINGHAM Panthers second game of their 2019-20 Continental Cup campaign saw them take on Hungarian side Ferencvárosi TC in Saturday's early game.
Jackson Whistle got the start in goal for the Panthers opposite Gergely Arany for Ferencvárosi.
Nottingham pressed early but after they couldn't forge ahead the team from Hungary took a surprise lead when Gergo Nagy (5.12) deflected a shot from the blue line beyond Whistle and into the back of the Panthers' net.
Whistle was in the thick of things just minutes later when he has to make a good glove save after a turnover in the defensive zone gave the Hungarians a golden opportunity to double their lead.
Brett Perlini (8.55) tied the game after Jake Hansen dangled through the Ferencvárosi team and laid the puck on a plate for his line mate, the GB international tapping into the gaping cage.
Arany denied Quist with his glove before the Panthers went to their first powerplay of the game (13.39) but the Panthers couldn't find their way through a stubborn Ferencvárosi penalty kill unit and they returned to full strength.
Sam Herr, after going on a tour of the offensive zone, came closest to giving the Panthers their first lead of the game as the period came to a close before Whistle had to make two good saves inside the last 30 seconds to see the teams tied at one after twenty minutes of play.
William Quist shot on the backhand as the Panthers looked to take the lead early in the second period but Arany was equal to his effort and the game remained tied.
Nottingham went to their second powerplay of the game when Ollie Betteridge (28.02) showed great strength and desire below the goal line to draw a holding the stick penalty but Arany was on hand to deny Herr and DeSantis whilst Bulmer hit the post as the Ferencvárosi penalty kill unit bent but did not break and the Hungarian side returned to full strength.
Ferencvárosi hit the post as they started to apply some pressure and they re-took the lead shortly afterwards when Deszo Roczanov (32.14) applied the finishing touch at the back door.
Just over a minute later the Hungarian side doubled their lead, Nagy (33.42) finding a rebound off a shot off the crossbar and sliding it into the goal beyond a stranded Whistle.
DeSantis came close to getting the Panthers back into the game but Arany stood tall before a scramble in the crease somehow didn't see the puck cross the line and Nottingham had it all to do in the third period trailing by three goals to one.
Nottingham killed the remainder of late second period penalty to Brian Connelly (38.54) to begin the third and when they returned to full strength Bulmer and Herr both went close but couldn't find a way by Arany in the Ferencvárosi goal.
Gui Lepine delivered a crunching hit below the Panthers' goal line before Jackson Whistle had use his head to save a Ferencvárosi shot as the Hungarians broke in two-on-one.
A late period priod powerplay, once again drawn by Ollie Betteridge (52.23), came to no avail and the Panthers pulled Whistle with just under three minutes remaining. The tactic worked as Sam Herr (57.40) found a loose puck and fired it into the goal to make it a one goal game.
The Panthers used their time-out and pulled Whistle again but couldn't find another goal and suffered defeat in their second match of the 2019-20 Continental Cup.