Panthers Snatch OT Win In Scotland

Fife Flyers 3-4 Nottingham Panthers *aot (Elite League) 09.03.22

The Nottingham Panthers made it two wins in a row with a dramatic overtime win against the Flyers in Fife on Wednesday night.

Kevin Carr started in goal for the Panthers opposite Shane Owen for the Flyers.

Fife forged ahead in an evenly contested first period through Jacob Benson (14.26) before Jeremy Welsh (18.05) brought the Panthers level with a slapshot from the point.

An unfortunate bounce took the puck over the stick of a Nottingham defenceman and Craig Peacock (18.31) was on hand to restore the Flyers’ lead before the end of the first period.

The Panthers had to kill a slew of penalties in the second frame but it was Massimo Carozza (28.43) who scored the only goal of the period, the forward left all alone in the slot, to pull Nottingham back within one.

Carozza (44.37) was on hand early in the third to draw the Panthers level and, when the teams went to the extra frame, he completed his hat trick to seal the extra point for the Panthers.

Panthers fan Rob Astbury said after the game “Well done Massimo Carozza. Some performances against Fife have been less than  complimentary this season and this is always a fixture that can become a banana skin, so a win is most welcome here.” Whilst fellow supporter Mike Lee relayed “Carozza was superb at HC Pustertal last season, so it’s brilliant to see him finally (after injury and surgery) show his potential with us. Looks a better player for being more physical too.”

Nottingham will now go into the weekend’s match confident off the back of two wins, it’s another trip to Guildford Flames in Surrey, on Sunday, last time there in late Feb it finished 3-1 to the Panthers, a repeat would do nicely to confirm playoff status.

*Main image @PanthersIHC the Panthers side-line watches on in Fife.

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