Panthers 2 Devils 1

Not the greatest game that’s ever been seen at the NIC, but two points is all that matters if we are to continue to stay in the title hunt. Panthers started the match like a team possessed, they dominated the Devils out shooting them 18-9, but had precisely zero goals to show for their dominance. The best chance fell to Bruce Richardson but his stick broke with an empty net at his mercy! The end of the first saw what became a running battle between Dominic D’Amour and Brad Voth. Voth turned down D’Amour’s offers to dance a few times throughout the game. Both got 2 each for roughing right at the end, Voth got a further 10 minutes for an altercation at the end of the period.

Into the second and it was inevitable that Devils took the lead after all Panthers superiority, Phil Hill netting on the powerplay after a rebound by KSP. Panthers found their scoring touch soon after, Cameron Mann finding the net after Corey Neilson had left the penalty box and started the move. Shortly after it was 2-1, McAslan finding the top corner with a beauty of a wrist shot.

The third was a bit dull, I was expecting Cardiff to come out all guns blazing and Panthers to try and grab a game winner, but it never really happened. The most interesting thing to happen was Voth running KSP, then cross checking Neilson (I think) in the face!  Voth somehow only got called 2 for interference, I thought he’d walk for that to be honest, but he didn’t and we move on. I don’t expect there will be a media witch hunt and hysterical fans calling for a lifetime ban because of it! After the hooter had sounded Voth and D’Amour finally dropped the gloves, both fighting to a stand still, both got in some good shots, but I’d call it a draw, perhaps Voth edging it.

Two points is welcome, but we still have issues. The powerplay is a worry and we need to be scoring more for the amount of shots we are having on net. Still, two points keeps us in the hunt and that will do for me.


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