Hull Stingrays 2 Nottingham Panthers 5

Traffic chaos on the M1 meant the game faced off late at 6.15, defensive chaos on the Stingrays blue line meant Panthers were 2-0 up after two minutes!
The first was scored by cult hero Bruce Richardson, tapping into the net at the far post with Tommy Sandahl nowhere. 17 seconds later Cameron Mann made it 2-0, again easily beating Sandahl in the Stingrays net. Panthers were comfortably on top and continued to slice through the Hull rearguard at will, Mann was particularly rampant during this period, the puck seemed to be glued to the end of his stick!
The now obligatory fight happened in the middle of the first, though not from the usual protagonists! This time it was Marc Levers and Lee Mitchell who dropped the gloves. I’d say Levers edged it and the video appears to back that up: Panthers continued to cruise and the period ended 2-0.
The second started similar to the first, Richardson scored his second and Panthers third after some great work by Jade Galbraith, who beat two defenders and drew Sandahl wide before slipping the puck across for Bruce to fire into an empty net. Panthers continued to dominate, but started to run into penalty trouble which gave the Stingrays a route back into the game. Lee Mitchell scored two power play goals to give the Panthers a far narrower lead of 3-2 going into the final period.
Stingrays started to up their game and hit the pipework as they cranked up the pressure looking for an equaliser. However Panthers finally made their superiority count as Dominic D’Amour blasted in the fourth from the blue line. As the Panthers went to celebrate, Adam Knight caught Bruce Richardson, which saw Knight’s evening end with a 2+2+10 for attempted spearing, idiot!
From the resulting powerplay Sean McAslan made the game safe, firing home from a tight angle, making the final score 5-2 in Panthers favour and consolidates our position at the top of the Elite League.
Full video highlights of the game by the Stingrays are available below.

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