Storm v Panthers
4 - 5
The Nottingham Panthers
THE NOTTINGHAM Panthers concluded their weekend road trip with a visit to Altrincham to take on the Manchester Storm on Sunday evening.
Kevin Carr got the start in goal for the Panthers opposite Matt Ginn for the Storm.
Sam Herr came close to an early goal for the visitors before Danny Fick (4.31) was sent to the penalty box for tripping. The Panthers' penalty kill unit stood firm though and the Storm couldn't make their first man-advantage count.
Herr again came close, in a period of very few chances, before the Panthers found themselves back on the penalty kill, this time for having too-many-men on the ice. Once again there was no way through for the Storm powerplay, as Carr turned aside anything that made it's way through to him, and Nottingham returned to full strength.
Just before the period came to close Brett Perlini (18.03) found a loose puck in the slot and his quick shot beat Ginn high over the glove to send the Panthers into the first intermission with a one-goal lead.
Despite starting the second period on the penalty kill, after Jullian Talbot picked up a late first period tripping penalty, the Panthers doubled their lead just 12 seconds after the restart. Sam Herr (20.12) taking advantage of a turnover in the Storm defensive zone before finishing low on Ginn to bring the travelling fans to their feet.
Less than three minutes later the Panthers had a three-goal lead when Brett Perlini (23.02) one-timed the puck through Ginn, on a slick feed from Captain Herr.
Former Panther Mathieu Gagnon (23.16) immediately pulled a goal back for the home side despite clear contact with Carr by a screening Kyle Hope. After a video review the officials deemed the contact not enough to overturn their original call and the goal stood.
An incident packed start to the period continued when William Quist (24.01) was called for tripping and just six second later the Storm pulled within one, Mario Puskarich (24.07) applying the finishing touch at the back door.
Nottingham couldn't convert on their first powerplay opportunity of the game (24.54) before Talbot skated through the Storm only to see his wrist shot saved by Ginn.
Ollie Betteridge tried his luck from a tight angle and the teams traded powerplays inside the final five minutes of the period but it was the Panthers, thanks to Kevin Carr denying Adam Hughesman one-on-one with less than a minute remaining, who went into the second intermission with the lead.
Just 33 seconds into the third period the Panthers had a two-goal lead when Brett Bulmer and Jullian Talbot combined, the former feeding the latter who finished with aplomb beyond Ginn.
Two quick goals saw the Storm tie the game before the third period was five minutes old. Kyle Hope (42.30) getting a tip on a shot from the blue line and Hughesman (44.42) tucking away a rebound after a bad bounce had allowed the Storm to break-in two-on-one.
Dylan Malmquist, bidding for his first professional goal, and Sam Herr tested Ginn but the Storm netminder flashed the leather on both occasions and the game remained tied.
With less than five minutes remaining in the game Jullian Talbot (55.51) hit his second of the game, finding a soft spot in the slot and beating Ginn after great work from Malmquist saw the Notre Dame alum hit the tape of the former DEL champion.
Both sides had further opportunities with the man-advantage, Manchester pulling their netminder to make there's a two-man advantage, but there was to be no further scoring and The Nottingham Panthers took the two points on offer to complete a three-point weekend.