Nottingham Panthers end the season as the third-placed team in the PredictorBet Playoffs after a 9-5 win over Guildford Flames.
Mark Hurtubise opened the scoring for the Panthers little under eight minutes into the first period after nice play from line-mate Jon Rheault found the scorer open in the slot. The Panthers would double their lead over the Flames half way through the first period, Alex Bolduc winning a loose puck in front of Carrozzi’s net. Young Brit defenceman Josh Tetlow added his second goal of the weekend shortly after, giving the Panthers a three-goal lead. The unanswered scoring continued Alex Guptill finding the twine from the doorstep after a good initial save from Carrozzi. The game slowed and scoring stopped from there on in the first period, but entertainment was still provided, not on the ice but off it by the Glasgow Clan fans and an inflatable beach ball, all part of the Playoff festivities.
Both teams changed netminders for the start of the second period- Sam Gospel taking the reigns for the Panthers and Mike Will for the Flames. The Panthers would extend their lead in the second thanks to goals from Alex Guptill and two from Mark Hurtubise to complete his hat-trick midway through the second. The Flames found the net twice past Gospel, Jamie Crooks and Kruise Reddick the scorers for a 7-2 score line heading into the third.
The teams exchanged goals early in the third period Guillaume Lepine and Kevin King with the markers. The Flames came out on top in the third period, but couldn’t quite fight back to force the game further.