Panthers Fall Short To Devils

Nottingham Panthers 2-4 Cardiff Devils (Elite League) 02.03.24

The clash between the Nottingham Panthers and the Cardiff Devils promised to be another intense showdown. With a slightly reduced injury list, the Panthers aimed to face the Devils, who had their sights set on breaking the Motorpoint curse. Rok Stojanovic started in the net for the Panthers, while Ben Bowns took on the goaltending duties for the Devils.

Period 1 – Sloppy Start 

The first period saw the Devils testing Stojanovic early with shots from Ully, Donaghey, and Sandford. Despite a powerplay opportunity for the Panthers, both defenses remained resilient. The Devils managed to break the deadlock on the man advantage as Bode Wilde fired a shot through traffic, assisted by Cox and Arniel at 17:21. Within 30 seconds, River Rymsha doubled the lead with a backhand finish. Assited by Alderson and Crandall.

Period 2 – Stalemate

The middle frame turned into a challenging period for both teams, marked by numerous giveaways, turnovers, offsides, and misplays. Offensive zone time was hard to come by, with neither team gaining control of the play. Hugo Roy had a notable chance, chasing his own rebound and forcing Bowns to make key saves.

Period 3 – Panthers’ Comeback 

The Panthers entered the third period with determination, gradually gaining momentum. Jake Ryczek, highlighted as a top performer in February, displayed composure and nifty footwork to score, assisted by Neilson and Neill at 44:22. Only 46 seconds later, Didrik Henbrandt tied the game with a skilled play, outwaiting the Cardiff defender to slide the puck past Bowns, assisted by Ryczek and Luciani. 

Despite intense pressure, the Panthers couldn’t find the go-ahead goal. In an unexpected turn, Cardiff reclaimed the lead as Jamie Arniel showcased a solo effort, finding the net at 50:27, with Barrow awarded the assist. Cardiff sealed the victory with an empty-net goal, securing a 4-2 win over the Nottingham Panthers. 


While neither coach may be entirely pleased with their team’s performance, Cardiff managed to secure two points. The Panthers had a relatively flat 40 minutes, falling short of the high standard set in recent games. Despite the setback, both teams will likely reassess and regroup for future encounters. 

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

*Main image @adamgouldson action from Panthers loss v Devils.

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