Panthers Beat Fife In OT Thriller

Nottingham Panthers 3-2 Fife Flyers *aot (Elite League) 19.02.24

After a narrow 6-4 loss against the league leaders Sheffield Steelers, the Nottingham Panthers sought redemption against the Fife Flyers, the only other team outside the playoff positions. The Flyers, coming off a disappointing shootout loss to the Cardiff Devils, aimed to bounce back. With Rok Stojanovic in net for the Panthers and Dominik Salama for the Flyers. The Panthers still missing key players in Lemay, Betteridge, Welsh and Tetlow, they still eyed a crucial win in their playoff push. 

Period 1 – Perfect Panthers 

The Panthers displayed dominance from the opening minute, applying relentless pressure on Salama. Westin Michaud’s offensive zone faceoff win set up Alexander Lunsjo, who rifled the puck past Salama at 2:54, giving Panthers an early lead. Despite a powerplay opportunity, the absence of powerplay expert Mathieu Lemay limited their advantage. The first period ended with Panthers leading 1-0 and outshooting the Flyers 17-5, showcasing their remarkable dominance. 

Period 2 – A Foot off the Gas 

The Flyers, rejuvenated in the second period, responded with increased hunger and were fortunate enough to get a few lucky bounces but still no score. Michaud remained a threat, creating opportunities, but both teams struggled to convert. Panthers maintained their 1-0 lead, displaying solid defensive play, ending the second frame as they started. 

Period 3 – A Flyers Comeback  

The Panthers looked dangerous early in the third period, but Salama made crucial saves. Fife’s Aleksi Makela capitalized on a passing play with Lucas Chiodo and Vitalijs Pavlovs, tying the game at 1-1 (45:49). Logan Neilson’s individual brilliance restored the Panthers’ lead as he cut to the hash marks and beat Salama at 49:01, his third straight goal. However, a defensive lapse allowed Max Humitz to equalize at 52:54. Despite both teams’ efforts, the game headed to overtime.  

Overtime – OT Hero Otto 

A mere 32 seconds into overtime, Carl Neill, Hugo Roy, and Otto Nieminen combined seamlessly. Otto Nieminen’s precise shot past Salama secured the crucial extra point for the Panthers, continuing their positive momentum and newfound form. 


The Nottingham Panthers demonstrated resilience and offensive prowess in a hard-fought battle against the Fife Flyers. Despite challenges and a brief Flyers comeback, the Panthers secured victory in overtime, showcasing their determination and ability to capitalize on crucial moments. As they continue to ride the wave of recent success, the Panthers aim to solidify their playoff push in the highly competitive EIHL. 

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

*Main image @PanthersImages a hard worked overtime win is much to celebrate.

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