Nottingham Panthers 1-2 Fife Flyers (Elite League) 06.02.22
The Nottingham Panthers found themselves on the end of another overtime defeat on home-ice on Sunday afternoon against Fife following Saturday’s loss against Glasgow Clan.
Kevin Carr got the start between the pipes for the Panthers opposite Shane Owen for the Flyers.
A lengthy five-on-three powerplay for Fife early in the first period gave them a chance to forge ahead but a resolute Nottingham penalty kill, which was the special teams unit that had the best opportunity when Ollie Betteridge used his speed to get a partial breakaway, stood firm and the home team returned to full strength.
Mark Matheson, Brady Norrish & Christophe Boivin all had good opportunities to put the Panthers ahead but couldn’t find a way by Owen who was in stubborn form.
The Panthers had to kill another late powerplay & this time it was Carr who took a starring role, the netminder denying the Flyers at the top of his crease & from the face-off circles to send the teams into the first intermission deadlocked.
A much more disciplined Panthers’ performance in the second period saw them dictate most of the play.
Brassard & Boivin both had early chances before Nottingham went on their first powerplay of the night, Fife kept them to the perimeter though & there was to be no breakthrough on the man-advantage.
Mathieu Tousignant & former Panther Chris Lawrence got acquainted with one another during a goal mouth scramble & Thow tested Owen from a good shooting position as Nottingham continued to beat down at the Flyers’ door.
That pressure finally told when Josh Tetlow’s (36.23) shot from the point had eyes only for goal to put the Panthers up by one going into the final frame.
Matt Carter (45.44) got Fife back on level terms after getting in behind the Panthers’ defence early in the third period.
Nottingham had a chance to seize the initiative when Chris Lawrence was thrown out of the game on a five & game boarding penalty but once again were thwarted by the Flyers’ penalty killers and the game went to overtime.
A turnover in the defensive proved disastrous for the Panthers & Greg Chase (63.56) capitalised on the two-on-one opportunity to condemn Nottingham to their second overtime defeat of the weekend.
*Main image @PanthersIHC another frustrating evening for the Panthers at home.