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Panthers top despite Blaze blow

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Nottingham Panthers remain top of the Elite League after a mixed weekend that saw them fight back to edge out Hull and suffer a heavy defeat at Coventry.

On Saturday Panthers battled back from 2-0 down to beat Hull Stingrays 3-2 in overtime with goals from Marc Levers, Jade Galbraith and Kevin Bergin.

The game doubled as a Challenge Cup tie with Panthers taking a point as the game was level at 2-2 after 60 minutes.

But on Sunday Nottingham suffered a crushing defeat against Coventry Blaze.

Following a tight, scoreless first period, the home side took control in the second period with three goals in six frantic minutes.

Powerplay strikes by Adam Calder, Dan Carlson and a delayed penalty effort by Russell Cowley saw Blaze romp into a 3-0 lead.


Carlson added a fourth in the final period and although Cameron Mann and Dominic D'Amour found the net for the visitors, Greg Chambers grabbed a fifth late on as Blaze sealed a convincing win.

The warning signs were there for Corey Neilson's men against Hull Stingrays at the Ice Centre on Saturday.

A solid defensive display saw the visitors lead 2-0 through powerplay goals by Curtis Huppe and Jeff Glowa.

Levers pulled a goal back on a Panthers powerplay on 48 minutes and Galbraith tied it up in the 54th minute and then in overtime Kevin Bergin won it with another powerplay strike.

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