The Stena Line Belfast Giants fell to their first Elite League defeat in eight games as the Nottingham Panthers scored in overtime on Sunday at the Motorpoint Arena. The Giants still boast a five point weekend following weekend wins on Friday and Saturday over the Guildford Flames in Belfast and maintain their chase for the Elite League title.
Tyler Beskorowany started in the Giants net with the Belfast side missing Jonathan Boxill, Guillaume Gelinas, Pat Dwyer and Andrew Dickson.
McFaull Strike Edges Giants Infront
Belfast opened the scoring at 12:12 with Chris Higgins picking out Kendall McFaull, who’s ferocious shot from the blueline crashed into the Nottingham net.
Panthers Equalise In Middle Period
Nottingham drew level at 38:16 with Tommy Hughes’ effort deflected past Beskorowany by Alex Guptill.
Honours Even In Final Period
Dustin Johner struck the first blow in the third period, scoring on the powerplay at 41:17, assisted by David Rutherford and Kyle Baun.
However the Panthers hit back little under three minutes later through Ollie Betteridge, assisted by Alexandre Bolduc at 44:11.
Panthers Take Extra Point
It was the hosts who would take the extra point when Brett Perlini was on hand to finish at the back door at 62:21, assisted by Chris Stewart and Kevin Henderson.
Nottingham Panthers 3-2 Stena Line Belfast Giants (Overtime)
Giants Player of the Game
#15 Darcy Murphy
The Giants now turn their attention to the Challenge Cup. Thursday night sees the Giants face the Glasgow Clan in the Semi-Final 2nd Leg on Thursday in Belfast followed by an Elite League clash on Saturday night at The SSE Arena against the same opposition. Sunday’s game takes place in Glasgow, face-off 4pm.
Tickets are now on sale from the Arena Box Office in person or by calling (028) 9073 9074 as well as online from ticketmaster.ie.