ICE HOCKEY: Belfast Giants undone by two late goals against Nottingham Panthers

Mike Willson in action for the Belfast Giants.
Mike Willson in action for the Belfast Giants.

Nottingham Panthers 4 Belfast Giants 3.

The Belfast Giants fell to two late Nottingham Panthers goals and a 4-3 loss at the National Ice Centre.

Despite leading 3-2 going into the third period, two goals inside 24 seconds saw the Panthers take the win and move above the Giants into first place in the Elite League.

The Giants scored first with a powerplay goal after 7.24 with Kris Beech firing the puck past Miika Wiikman in the Nottingham net.

Soon after, the Giants were on the powerplay again - however it was the Panthers who would benefit as Lachowicz scored shorthanded at 11:12. Then Cam Janssen and Adam Keefe dropped the gloves for a centre ice battle, which proved an even affair.

The visitors drew first blood in the second period after 21.40 as Mike Radja let fly with a wrist shot into the roof of the net.

After 31.21 it was 2-2 with David Ling’s deflected snapshot ending up in the Giants net. Although, soon after, Ling took a Match penalty for a kneeing incident on Darryl Lloyd. Following the penalty, the Giants regained the lead as Beech rounded Wikman on a breakaway to make it 3-2 after 36:13.

With the clock counting down into the third period, the Panthers turned up the heat and scored twice in 24 seconds. First, through Betteridge’s low shot at 48:24 and then Mosey at 48.48 as the home side moved into top spot.