A close one in Nottingham on Saturday night with the Nottingham Panthers edging out the Steelers with a last minute goal in sudden death overtime by Kevin Domingue
Steelers had led 2-1 going into the final period after goals by Hodgman and Latal (shorthanded)
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Aaron Fox had a full strength line-up to select from with new signing Matias Sointu making his debute.
Rok Stojanovic started the game following his standout performance in Dundee last Sunday.
It was a first period with little flow as the officials called nine minor penalties in the opening 20 minutes.
Panthers took an early lead at 4.44 with Mathieu Tousignant scoring on a 5/3 power-play with DeLuca and Sointu sitting out penalties
Steelers struck back when Justin Hodgman netted at 9.18
The rest of the period ebbed and flowed as penalties for both sides took away the flow of the game.
Panthers started the second period with 27 seconds remaining on a Tanner Eberle minor.
Steelers killed that early Nottingham advantage but the Panthers were to have four more power-plays in the second period.
Rok was outstanding and whilst shorthanded we saw a burst of speed from Martin Latal as he went end to end to score the only goal of the middle period at 30.59 to give the Steelers the lead.
Nottingham started the final period on the power-play following Brendan Connolly’s penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and whilst they killed that Panthers advantage it was the home team that levelled the game 1.37 in when Massimo Carozza tied the game 2-2
Steelers had the better of the final period but couldn’t find the winning goal, they had a late Panthers power-play to deal with when Ellbery was called for cross checking.
Into overtime and with the Steelers on top Kevin Carr was called for tripping Brendan Connolly – Steelers couldn’t convert in their advantage.
As the game went into the final minute with the Steelers pressing it was the Panthers who broke 2 on 0 with Kevin Domingue scoring the game winner.
Final score on Saturday in the Challenge Cup: Panthers 3-2 Steelers (after OT)