Panthers Beat Devils After OT Defeat At Sheffield

It was one point earned and one point lost on Saturday night in the cup as Sheffield Steelers beat the Panthers 4-3 in over time before a winning return to Elite League action with a comfortable 5-2 victory over Cardiff Devils on Sunday.

Against Sheffield in the Premier Sports Challenge Cup on Saturday night, Kevin Carr started in goal for the Panthers opposite Barry Brust for the Steelers.

Christophe Boivin got Nottingham off to the perfect start when he cut across the slot and fired high over the glove of the Steelers netminder before Ollie Betteridge brought the travelling Panthers’ fans to their feet once again before the five minute mark, the GB international tipping Taylor Doherty’s shot from the point into the back of the net to give his side a two-goal lead.

Sheffield pulled a goal back before the end of the period but the Panthers stood firm to hold onto a one-goal lead.

Two quick goals around the midway point of the game saw the Steelers take the lead but a full two-minute five-on-three penalty kill helped the Panthers build momentum and Christophe Boivin, with Kevin Domingue hacking & whacking in the crease to free up the puck, scored his second of the night to send the teams into the final period tied at three.

Both sides pushed for a winner in the final 20 minutes, Nottingham’s penalty killers having to come up big once again during a long stretch short-handed, but both netminders were in fine form and would not be beaten to send the game to sudden death overtime.

Sheffield scored the game-winner in the extra period, after Brady Norrish was tripped up on his way out of the defensive zone leaving the Steelers two-on-none with Kevin Carr, to take the extra point on the night.

Against Cardiff, the Panthers scored in bunches to pick up two important points in the Premier Sports Elite Ice Hockey League on Sunday afternoon, eventually winning the match 5-2.

Kevin Carr started in goal for the Panthers opposite Mac Carruth for the Devils.

Both netminders were in sparkling form in the first period, turning aside 17 shots each, as neither team was able to break the deadlock.

Robbie Baillargeon (23.16) showed some sweet hands in close to give Nottingham an early second period lead and less than 40 seconds later the home side were up by two when Mathieu Tousignant (23.54) crashed the net, Steve Lee’s shot hitting the forward on it’s way to the back of the net.

Nottingham got themselves into some penalty trouble after taking their two-goal lead though and Brodie Reid (29.53 & 32.57) made them pay on one occasion before netting a second straight from a Devils’ face-off win.

Cardiff continued to press in the period but found Carr in stubborn form and the teams went into the third frame locked at two goals each.

Nottingham started the third period short-handed by Ollie Betteridge (40.24) capitalised on a turnover in the Devils’ zone and beat Carruth high on the glove side to restore the Panthers’ lead.

Just over five minutes later Captain Steve Lee (45.32) pinched in from the blue line, cut to the goal and turned in his own rebound to give the Panthers a two-goal cushion.

27 seconds later Kevin Domingue (45.59) ripped a wrist-shot over the glove of the Carruth to stretch the lead to three and send the Panthers’ fans in attendance into delirium.

A professional performance throughout the rest of the third period saw Nottingham seal the two Premier Sports Elite League points on offer.

*Main image @PanthersIHC Nottingham celebrate a goal at Sheffield.

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