Panthers 1 Blaze 3

After an excellent win and an enjoyable trip to Cardiff on Saturday, Iwas really looking forward to this one, especially as Blaze had conceded six goals on Saturday in a 7-6 overtime win over Manchester Phoenix.

The first period went to plan. Panthers, minus David Clarke, Johan Molin and Rumun Ndur, carried on where they had left off in Cardiff. Even during Blaze poweplays, Panthers looked most likely to score and it was a short handed goal that gave Panthers the lead. Blaze netminder JF Perras, looking very low on confidence, inexplicably stayed rooted to his crease as Matt Myers chased down a pass from Nick Toneys and threw himself at the puck to poke it through Perras five hole. Much laughter ensued! Despite having several clear cut chances, Panthers failed to add to the lead and went into the interval in the lead.

As has happened so often this season, a different team turned up for the rest of the game! Panthers looked lethargic and short of ideas during the second and Blaze took full advantage. Sylvain Deschatelets scored the equaliser from close range before a horrendous error by Kevin Bergin gifted the puck to Erik Hjalmarsson who squeezed the puck past Robinson. With the crowd subdued Blaze went into the second interval with a 2-1 lead.

The Panthers seemed to have more about them in the third, but with Perras growing in confidence throughout the match and trying our luck from long range and angles, the equaliser would not come. The moment of the period  was a superb, perfectly executed mid-ice check by Danny Stewart on Corey Neilson which knocked both players off their skates! Blaze lost Hjalmarsson to injury shortly after, and incident made worse by several Panthers supporters booing him off. Classless and uncalled for in my opinion, injured players should not have to listen to that, I was thoroughly ashamed!

The killer blow came as Michel Robinson was pulled for the extra attacker, Danny Stewart broke clear and made the game safe. At the end Corey Neilson stormed off to await his team, no doubt the ‘hair dryer’ treatment greeted them as they returned to the dressing room!

Panthers now drop to fourth place and our league title hopes are in tatters. The fat lady has sung once again 😦

2 Responses to “Panthers 1 Blaze 3”

  1. 1 grumpyminer January 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    That is as accurate as you get.

  2. 2 Morley#99 January 26, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Annoyingly accurate.

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