Panthers v Storm
The Nottingham Panthers
5 - 1
THE NOTTINGHAM Panthers had a quick chance to return to the win column on Wednesday night as they returned to Elite League action to take on the Manchester Storm inside the Motorpoint Arena.
Kevin Carr got the start in goal for the Panthers opposite Matt Ginn for the Storm.
Carr had to be alert to keep Aulin from opening the coring for the visitors before Malmquist tested Ginn by getting a good defelction on Jason DeSantis' shot from the blue line.
Ryan Horvat, making his Panthers' debut, then came close to opening his account for the team and then Deutsch forced Ginn into a glove save as the Panthers pressed to take the lead.
The teams traded powerplay opportunities, with no success, but as the period came to a close the Panthers took the lead when Jason DeSantis firied a good shot through heavy traffic and Brett Perlini (17.20) was on hand to knock the rebound beyond Ginn to send the hosts into the first intermission with a one goal lead.
Almost three minutes into the second period Nottingham doubled their lead. Gui Lepine (22.52) stepping into one from the blue line and firing a rocket beyond Ginn.
Brett Perlini came close to doubling his personal tally only to be denied by the toe of Ginn, the Storm netminder stretching as far as he could to keep the GB international at bay.
The Panthers did get their third before the period came to a close when Mark Matheson's (34.38) wrister from the blue line eluded Ginn to bring the crowd inside the Motorpoint Arena to their feet once again.
Jake Hansen hit the post and Ryan Horvat again came close but Ginn just about kept the Storm in the game as the second period came to a close.
Just 13 seconds into the third period Ryan Horvat got his first goal as a Nottingham Panthers. The former AHLer taking advantage of Ginn's inability to hold onto Robert Lachowicz's shot from out wide and sweeping into a gaping cage.
Manchester pulled a goal back through Tyson Fawcett (44.22) on the powerplay when he beat Carr high on the blocker side.
Mark Matheson (53.12) restored the Panthers' three-goal advantage after breaking in two-on-one with Horvat after the forward's initial tip was brilliantly saved by Ginn. However, Matheson followed up the attempt and made no mistake in beating Ginn high over his blocker.
The teams traded powerplay chances to close out the game but with no further scoring the Panthers secured a victory by four goals on Wednesday night.