Panthers Show Dundee No Love

Nottingham Panthers 5-1 Dundee Stars (Elite League) 14.02.24

The Nottingham Panthers continued their impressive form with a commanding performance against the Dundee Stars on Valentine’s Day. Fresh from a 3-2 victory against the Glasgow Clan (if you missed that game, you can view my match report here)  The Panthers were eager to maintain their momentum in a special game that saw goaltender Kevin Carr absent for the Stars, replaced by the young netminder Lucas Brine. Young Joe Hazeldine returns for the Panthers, but Lemay was unfortunately sidelined with an injury. Rok Stojanovic got the nod in the Panthers’ net.

Period 1 – Purring Panthers

The game kicked off with the Dundee Stars earning an early powerplay opportunity due to a tripping call on Jordan Kelsall. However, the Panthers’ penalty-killing unit stood firm, denying the Stars any advantage. The Panthers responded with vigor, creating multiple chances off the rush. Logan Neilson broke the deadlock at 12:42, capitalizing on a turnover forced by Alexander Lunsjo’s forecheck, with Westin Michaud providing the crucial pass. Shortly after, at 18:10, Otto Nieminen and Anthony Luciani combined to set up Hugo Roy, who extended the lead with a well-placed shot from the high slot. The Panthers closed the period as deserved leaders, displaying composure and effective execution.

Period 2: Panthers Extend Dominance

The Panthers continued their dominance into the second period, quickly gaining control over the Stars. Despite Alexander Lunsjo missing an early chance, he swiftly redeemed himself by scoring over the right shoulder of Lucas Brine at 24:08, assisted by Westin Michaud and Logan Neilson. The Panthers maintained relentless pressure, and Myles Mcgurty’s shot was tipped in by Otto Nieminen, further extending the lead to 4-0, with Hugo Roy credited with the second assist (34:14). The Panthers’ defence shut down the Stars effectively, providing a relatively comfortable night for Rok Stojanovic.

Period 3: Panthers Seal the Win

In contrast to their struggles in third periods throughout the season, the Panthers looked professional and in control. Didrik Henbrandt showcased his skill at 46:00, sidestepping his defender and placing a shot in the top left corner, making it 5-0. The Panthers continued to control the game, and although Alexander Lunsjo received a tripping penalty, the Stars’ powerplay yielded no results. However, the Stars capitalized a minute later, through Jake Elmer, breaking the shutout with a net-front scramble that beat a stickless Rok Stojanovic, making it 5-1. The game concluded with a notable moment as Zaine Mckenzie hit the ice for the first time this season as a Panther, receiving a resounding cheer from the crowd.

The Panthers displayed dominance throughout the game, controlling play, utilizing their speed effectively, and successfully shutting down one of the league’s potent offenses. The entire team showcased exceptional performances, making it challenging to single out a standout player. However, the Man of the Match honor was ultimately awarded to Rok Stojanovic for his stellar 38-save performance in the Panthers’ net.

*Article provided by Joe Maciag (Ice Hockey Correspondent).

*Main image @PanthersImages pretty in pink – the Panthers celebrate a lovely night’s work


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