Sheffield Steelers 4-3 Nottingham Panthers (Friendly) 28.08.22
For a second night in a row Nottingham were beaten 4-3 by Sheffield Steelers, this time at the Utilita Arena in their latest pre-season action.
Jack Berry made his first start for the Panthers while Matt Greenfield was in-between the pipes for the hosts and just like last night, Panthers took the lead moments after the opening face-off as Mike Hammond fed Adam Brady in the slot after only 23 seconds.
Steelers had a powerplay goal by Scott Allen disallowed for a high stick with just over five minutes remaining of the first period before equalising with the man advantage early in session two through Daniel Ciampini’s blast off the crossbar (20:36), while at the other end, Greenfield made a superb save from Tanner Sorenson.
The Panthers peppered shots on the Steelers goal on successive powerplays, but Sheffield went ahead through Matt Petgrave’s rebound at 34:26.
Nottingham equalised when Mathieu Gagnon burst down the right wing and the defenceman cleverly combined with Hammond to set-up Stephen Anderson to score from close range (43:49).
Hammond was at the heart of Nottingham’s go-ahead goal as his no-look pass set-up Brett Welychka to fire past Greenfield from the slot (52:31).
But Steelers hit straight back with two goals in 19 seconds to win the game as Sebastien Piché’s one-timer on the powerplay (55:51) was followed by Robert Dowd’s breakaway finish which deflected in off Berry (56:10).
Panthers thought they’d levelled through Hammond in the closing stages, but the goal was disallowed for the net off its moorings.
Pre-season action continues for Panthers on Wednesday when they travel to Coventry Blaze, before they return home to host Cardiff Devils in the Aladdin Cup on Saturday.
*Main image @PanthersIHC Hammond thought he scored but was denied late on.