Nottingham Panthers ended their three games in three days tour of Scotland last night with a second win in the Elite League north of the border weekender as the Panthers followed up Friday night’s 4-1 defeat of Glasgow Clan with a disappointing 1-4 reversal at the hands of Dundee Stars on Saturday before bouncing back with victory against Fife Flyers on Sunday, winning that match 4-2.
An enduring weekend started at Glasgow where the team based themselves over all three days and despite going down a goal to the Clan in the second period, two quick responses, first by Baillargeon and then from Tousignant, turned the game around going into Q3.
As Glasgow attacked the third period in search of a leveller, Nottingham picked off and in the thirteenth minute of the remaining twenty, Jeremy Welsh fired home a third before Simon Suorata finished into an empty net to complete a well earned win.
On Saturday, Nottingham travelled from Glasgow up to Dundee before returning back having been beaten 4-1 by the stars.
Dundee scored the only goal of the first period when Phillipe Sanche (13.37) converted on the powerplay, the first of seven man advantages an ill-disciplined Panthers gave the Stars, to send the hosts into the second period holding a one-goal led.
Matt Lane (23.38) pulled one back for Nottingham early in the middle frame but Sebastian Bengtsson (32.03) broke in all alone out of the penalty box to restore Dundee’s lead.
The Stars scored their second powerplay of the night when Spencer Dorowicz (35.31) tapped in in close following a scramble in front of Carr and Dundee went into the final frame with a two-goal advantage.
Nottingham piled on the pressure in the third period but couldn’t make the all-important breakthrough and Bengtsson (54.52) scored his second of the game to ensure the two Premier Sports Elite League points on offer were staying in Dundee.
Better news on Sunday night however as the Panthers bounced back to beat Fife.
In a 4-2 win Michael McNicholas (08.08) took advantage of a breakdown in coverage in Nottingham’s defensive zone to give the hosts the lead but powerplay goals from Mathieu Tousignant (09.58) & Matthew Myers (12.11), who both deflected pucks over the line from the top of the crease, meant it was the Panthers who went into the first intermission in front.
The only goal of the second frame came early when Simon Suoranta (21.54) beat Owen with a sublime finish from the the right wing.
Another early goal in the third from Matthew Myers (44.34), his second of the night, who tapped a loose puck over the line all but sealed the points for the Panthers.
Fife opened the door briefly when McNicholas (56.47) converted on a late powerplay, Carr almost making a spectacular stick save on the shot, but there was no comeback to be had for the home side and the Panthers left the auld barn with two Premier Sports Elite League points in the bag.
The weekends results mean Nottingham are now fifth in the Elite League table with 14 points from 12 games played but having played less than all those above them, they have four games in hand on second placed Guildford Flames who they play next, having played two less than leaders Sheffield Steelers who are on 22 points.
*Main image @PanthersIHC the Nottingham players celebrate in Fife.