Nottingham Panthers 5-4 Sheffield Steelers *aot (Elite Series) 24.04.21
The Nottingham Panthers overcame a sluggish start to beat the Sheffield Steelers in an enthralling game on Saturday night.
Ben Bowns got the start in goal for the Panthers opposite Ben Churchfield for the Steelers.
Nottingham got off to the worst possible start when Tanner Eberle got in behind the defence and gave Sheffield the lead after just 12 seconds.
Things got even worse when Eberle (7.11) got his second of the game before Liam Kirk (10.39) made it 3-0 to the Steelers when he beat Bowns with a quick shot form the left wing.
On their third powerplay of the period the Panthers finally got themselves into the game, Christophe Boivin drew the attention of the entire Steelers’ team and he found Brett Perlini (14.51) arriving late into the slot and he fired high into the back of Churchfield’s net to reduce the deficit to two.
Nottingham killed a late tripping penalty given to Bowns (15.24) and despite dominating the final two minutes, in which Kevin Domingue hit the iron with a vicious shot that lifted it’s goal off of it’s hinges, they couldn’t find another way through and went into the first intermission trailing by three goals to one.
The Panthers had to kill an early second period penalty to Lewis Hook (21.29) and with both defences on top of their games inside the first half of the period there was no further scoring.
That changed when Dominic Talbot-Tassi sprang Austin Cangelosi (29.22) who made no mistake one-on-one with Churchfield to bring Nottingham back within one.
Bowns came up big on a couple of occasions to keep the deficit at one as Sheffield looked to answer back and inside the final minute Ollie Betteridge (39.04) beat Churchfield high on the blocker side with a heavy wrist-shot to send the teams into the second intermission tied at three.
The Panthers opened the third period by successfully killing a late second frame penalty to Brett Perlini but just after Lewis Hook, serving a “too-many-men” penalty, left the box Tanner Eberle (43.53) pounced on a rebound to put the Steelers back in front.
Christophe Boivin kept his feet moving to earn the Panthers a powerplay and just 15 seconds into the man-advantage Dominic Talbot-Tassi (48.19) scored his first professional goal from the right-wing face-off circle to make it a 4-4 game.
There were nervy moments for both sides as the third period wound down but both netminders stood tall and overtime was needed to separate the sides.
Sheffield never touched the puck in the extra period.
Austin Cangelosi won the opening draw and the Panthers got set. Cangelosi sped down the right wing and his picture perfect pass hit the tape of Christophe Boivin (60.17) who guided the puck into the back of the Steelers net to seal the extra point for the Panthers.
*Main image @PanthersIHC the Panthers players celebrate an over time victory.