Panthers Tamed As Belfast Giants Hit Nottingham For Six

Nottingham Panthers 3-6 Stena Line Belfast Giants
The Stena Line Belfast Giants completed a fine performance in Nottingham on Sunday with a 6-3 win against the Panthers. The win was much deserved by the Giants and needed, following a run of three straight defeats including on Saturday night in Hull against the Stingrays.

The Giants showed determination and creativity throughout the opening period in Nottingham as they dominated their opponents from the off, and, after 72 seconds – they had their reward with #72 Darryl Lloyd firing past Panthers goalie Mattias Modig, assists from Mike Kompon and Davey Phillips, to give the visitors the lead. Then, little over 2 minutes later, it was 2-0 and it was that man, Darryl Lloyd, again – passing the puck neatly through Modig’s pads to double the Giants lead in Nottingham for his 9th goal of the season at 3:35, assisted by Adam Keefe and Mark McCutcheon.

Mid-way through the first period, the home side pulled a goal back with Cody Wild, assisted by Graham and Higgins, shooting past Carsen Chubak while the Giants were on a 5-on-3 penalty kill with Colin Shields and Adam Keefe sitting in the penalty box – although the Giants took the 2-1 lead into the first period break.

It took the Giants 72 seconds to open the scoring in the first period through Darryl Lloyd and the visitors were even quicker off the mark in the second period with Kevin Westgarth scoring his second goal in as many nights with only 36 seconds of the second period gone – assists to Craig Peacock and Mark McCutcheon. However, the Panthers again pulled a goal back, this time Bruce Graham took advantage of a Robby Sandrock charging call at 23:36, scoring 25 seconds into the Powerplay, assisted by Nottingham Captain David Clarke.
Chris Higgins added his name to the scoresheet at 27:13 – scoring his 3rd goal of the season unassisted on yet another 5-on-3 powerplay, this time Cheverie and Kompon being sent to the penalty box by Referees Tom Darnell and Stefan Hogarth.

Then, at with Nottingham Defenceman Bryan Schmidt sitting out 2 minutes for Interference, a Craig Peacock shot deflected into the home side’s net at 32:50 to give the Giants the go-ahead goal and a 4-3 lead going into the final period.

With the home side pressing for the equalising goal, Chris Lawrence, Nottingham Panthers top scorer so far this season, took a slashing penalty at 3:38 and they were punished – with Jeff Mason finishing well following a Robby Sandrock shot to extend the Giants lead at 44:48.

The Panthers outshot the Giants in the final period, 11-7, as they went in search of a goal to bring themselves back into the game – however they found no way past Carsen Chubak and a resolute Giants defence and at 59:50, with Mattias Modig pulled for the extra attacker, Ray Sawada scored the empty net goal to seal a famous win for the Stena Line Belfast Giants in Nottingham.

Final Score
Nottingham Panthers 3-6 Stena Line Belfast Giants

Up next for the Giants is a ‘double header’ at home against the Coventry Blaze on Friday 19th December and Saturday 20th December at the Odyssey Arena.



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