MATCH REPORT: STORM 1-2 PANTHERS
The Goodwin Group Manchester Storm suffered a second defeat in the group stages of the Challenge Cup, as the visiting Nottingham Panther took the 2-1 decision.
The first period of play saw the hosts take the lead at 10:01 with a smart play from captain Dallas Ehrhardt finding Adam Hughesman on the goal-line ready to tap the puck passed Jackson Whistle. Although, the lead would last just over five minutes at the Panthers immediately made use of the man advantage, Scott Simmonds was adjudged two-minutes for slashing at 15:03 and just six-seconds into the powerplay Johnathan Rheault beat Matt Ginn to tie things up.
A couple of minutes later, the Panthers would find themselves infront; an error from the Storm powerplay unit allowed Olly Betteridge to skate-in on the Storm goal and the British forward would finish with aplomb.
This slender advantage would remain throughout the remaining two periods, as the hosts couldn’t find a way to beat the impressive Whistle. Although, a brief 5on3 opportunity, in the third, for the Storm, did look threatening but the visitors somehow managed to keep hold of their one goal lead until the final buzzer sounded.
The Goodwin Group Manchester return to EIHL League action tomorrow, as they face-off against the Dundee Stars at 5:00pm.