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The Nottingham Panthers beat Coventry Blaze 4-1 at the Skydome in their third game of pre-season.

Mike Hammond scored twice while netminder Alex Dubeau was given his second start of the season in goal.

Kelsall and Brassard give Panthers first-period lead
Panthers took an early lead as Craig Moore's deflected pass found Jordan Kelsall, who broke into the zone and produced a superb shot across the body of Paavo Hosla (2:16).

Coventry hit the pipes through Jack Billings moments after a powerplay, while Dubeau produced a point-blank save from Johnny Curran.

Nottingham made it 2-0 on a five-on-three powerplay as Luke Ferrara - against his former club - fed JC Brassard for a one-timer from the slot (13:57).

Hammond's brace increases Nottingham lead
Panthers made a quick start to the second session when Hammond created room for himself on the left wing, cut inside and fired home from the top of the left circle (20:56).

Dubeau made a huge stop to deny Billings on a breakaway, before a well-worked goal increased Nottingham's lead to four.

Brett Welychka and Adam Brady combined to set up a three-on-two and Hammond, who was the trailling man, rounded Hosla with ease (31:42).

Curran breaks Dubeau shutout late in third period
Dubeau made two successive excellent point-blank saves as the Blaze pushed to get on the board in the early stages of the third period.

But his shutout was broken on a Blaze powerplay as a nice move saw Curran score at the backdoor (54:11).

After Nathanael Halbert tripped Dubeau, a mini brawl broke out in the closing stages which saw the Panthers netminder given a game misconduct for illegal equipment.

Jack Berry was called into action for the final five minutes and made a couple of good saves on the Blaze powerplay.

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Panthers back in action at home on Saturday
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Photo credit: Andy Burnham.