Dundee Stars 8-3 Nottingham Panthers (Elite League) 06.04.22
The Nottingham Panthers were again left seeing Stars in another heavy loss this time in Dundee on Wednesday night.
After huge defeats to Sheffield (2-6) and Coventry (4-10), due to injury last week to regular netminder Kevin Carr, Will Kerlin again got the start in goal for Nottingham opposite Brython Preece for Dundee.
The Panthers came out flat allowing Dundee time in the zone but Kerlin stood tall, the netminder making three or four solid saves (including one going post-to-post to deny a backdoor tap-in) to keep the scores level.
Nottingham started to grow into the game as Sean Richards tested the pads of Preece before Christophe Boivin (6.28) gave the visitors the lead with a smart finish.
Phillipe Sanche (7.44) pulled Dundee level before familiar problems crept into Nottingham’s game giving them a mountain to climb.
First Gabriel Desjardins (10.47) got in behind the Panthers’ defence to but the Stars into a 2-1 lead before penalty trouble hit.
With J.C. Brassard & Brady Norrish in the box the home side doubled their lead on the two-man advantage.
Nottingham killed off the second half of the five-on-three Stars powerplay, Kerlin making multiple spectacular saves whilst prone on the ice, but when the teams returned to five-on-five Dundee struck again.
Dillon Lawrence (16.39) was given time & space in the right wing face-off circle & he picked his spot to give the Stars a 4-1 lead going into the first intermission.
Morgan Clarke-Pizzo & Sean Richards were denied on the doorstep inside the first two minutes of the period before hard work from Matthew Myers & Mathieu Tousignant along the boards earnt the Panthers a powerplay opportunity.
Dundee would steal the puck on that Nottingham powerplay though & Spencer Dorowicz’ (23.59) short-handed marker made it 5-1 to the hosts.
The Panthers enjoyed plenty of puck possession after returning to full strength but it was once again the home side who found the back of the net on their next real scoring chance, Sanche (28.46) getting his second of the game.
Myers & Boivin both tested Preece with one-timers but the Stars’ netminder was equal to both chances and Dundee went into the final frame holding a 6-1 lead.
Mathieu Tousignant (40.25) pulled a goal back early in the third period but a holding call against Sean Richards gave Dundee a chance to restore their five-goal lead & they did just that through Charlie Combs (44.19).
Jeremy Welsh (45.38) scored on a Nottingham powerplay shortly afterwards but another defensive breakdown saw the Stars add an eight, Sebastian Bengtsson (50.09) and, despite being denied on his initial effort on the breakaway, picked up his own rebound & slide it over the line.
Tempers started to fray as the period wore on & that led to Kevin Massy & Kyle Haas dropping the gloves (57.28), the Panthers’ man getting the better of it early before his Stars’ counterpart scored the takedown.
With no further incidents the Stars recorded the two Premier Sports Elite League points on offer to keep the pressure on the Panthers in fourth spot in the table, for Nottingham they next face Coventry with four regular season games remaining of the campaign to play, it seems already the side has downed tools ahead of the playoffs.
*Main image @PanthersIHC not the result or performance Nottingham wanted in Dundee.