Panthers Beat Manchester To Close Gap

Nottingham Panthers 4-3 Manchester Storm (Elite Series) 19.04.21

The Nottingham Panthers took five out of six points on offer in the Elite Series last week and as the round robin section of the tournament rolled into its final week they were looking to build on that against the Manchester Storm on Monday night.

Jackson Whistle got the start in goal for the Panthers opposite Sean Bonar for the Storm.

Nottingham got themselves on the board just before the six minute mark when Ollie Betteridge (5.51) danced through the Manchester defence and whilst he was falling to the ice, whipped a shot through the five-hole of Bonar.

The Panthers dominated the period but the Storm had their chances, Jackson Whistle coming up big to make a save on a mid-period breakaway.

When Storm netminder Bonar was penalised for slashing (16.22) Nottingham doubled their lead, Nick Dineen (17.43) hammering a one-timer into the back of the net on a great cross-ice feed from Dominic Talbot-Tassi to send the Panthers into the first intermission two goals to the good.

Brett Perlini showed some great determination early in the second frame to win the puck and he found Kevin Domingue (22.52) who fired the puck into the back of the net to make it 3-0.

Nottingham came close on more than one occasion, Brendan Ellis missing by a whisker, on a long five-on-three powerplay chance but couldn’t add to their lead and some late penalty trouble gave the Storm a way back into the game.

Mark Garside (36.09), Jordan Kelsall (36.54) and Robert Lachowicz (37.32) were all sent to the penalty box and managed to force home a goal before the end of the period, Jacob Lundell Noer applying the finishing touch at the back door to make it a 3-1 game.

Nottingham killed off the remainder of Kelsall’s penalty to finish the second period as they finished the first, two goals ahead.

Just like in the second period Brett Perlini and Kevin Domingue (43.06) combined to hit the back of the net for the Panthers, the French-Canadian ripping a vicious wrist shot into the back of the Storm net.

A turnover by the Panthers in the neutral zone whilst short-handed gave Manchester life, Cam Critchlow (48.23) scoring on the resulting odd man rush.

Manchester then got themselves a third goal when Scott Simmonds (52.45) scored with Josh Tetlow out of position after the defenceman was tripped in the corner, the Panthers’ protests would fall on deaf ears though and the goal stood.

Both teams took penalties inside the last two minutes and Manchester pulled their netminder in favour of the extra-attacker but Austin Cangelosi won two vital draws and the Panthers skated out with the two Elite Series points.

The win takes Nottingham to nine points at the foot of the table but level with the Storm after nine games played, both teams are just one point below leaders Sheffield and second placed Coventry who play tonight.

*Main image @PanthersIHC Storm attack on Whistle but Panthers win out.

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