Panthers End Devils Unbeaten Streak

Nottingham Panthers 5-4 Cardiff Devils (Elite League) 21.02.24

The Nottingham Panthers clashed with the formidable Cardiff Devils in a highly anticipated matchup, promising a spectacle for fans. Both teams entered the game with momentum, but the Devils had the additional pressure of not securing a win at the Motorpoint Arena for 675 days. Rok Stojanovic guarded the net for the Panthers, and the return of Mathieu Lemay added firepower. Tyler Wall replaced rested GB netminder Ben Bowns for the Devils. The stage was set for a thrilling contest. 

Period 1 – End to End Chances 

The game kicked off nervously, witnessing the Devils taking an early lead as Brandon Alderson tipped in a shot by Justin Crandell at 2:10. However, the Panthers swiftly responded with Didrik Henbrandt and Stephen Anderson combining for a 2-on-1, resulting in a goal at 5:09, levelling the score. Only 38 seconds later, Logan Neilson capitalized on a loose puck from Westin Michaud and Alexander Lunsjo, giving the Panthers a 2-1 lead. The Devils, though, replicated the play, with Cole Sandford’s long-range shot tying the game at 2-2 (14:42). The first period ended 2-2, leaving home fans satisfied.  

Period 2 – Devils Showing Strength 

Cardiff asserted themselves in the second period, testing Stojanovic’s skills with a 2-on-0 opportunity. They capitalized on pressure, with Jamie Arneil deflecting a point shot at (22:41), and later adding another goal at 29:15. Anthony Luciani’s crucial goal in the final seconds cut the Panthers’ deficit, making it 4-3 by the end of the period. Assited by Ryczek and Lunsjo. 

Period 3 – Panthers Comeback 

Carrying momentum from the second period, the Panthers hit the post through Luciani and Hazeldine. Although, it would be Hugo Roy’s precise shot down the right wing tied the game at 4-4 (50:52). Joe Hazeldine’s shot through a screen was initially ruled out but eventually counted, giving the Panthers a 5-4 lead. An emotional outburst from Devils’ head coach Pete Russell, resulting in his ejection, added drama. The Panthers weathered a late surge, hitting the post and securing a thrilling 5-4 victory, ending the Devils’ impressive 12-game unbeaten streak. 


The Nottingham Panthers delivered an exhilarating performance, overcoming the Cardiff Devils in a closely contested battle. The win not only continued the Panthers’ home success but also halted the Devils’ unbeaten streak. The game’s intensity, emotional moments, and dramatic comeback showcased the essence of EIHL hockey, leaving fans eager for more as the Panthers celebrated a well-earned victory. 

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

*Main image @PanthersImages late joy for Nottingham Panthers against the Devils.

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