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December 8, 2012


Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Cardiff Devils 2 Nottingham Panthers 3

(After Penalty Shootout)

Panthers player/coach Corey Neilson made his first appearance since the 23rd September and helped his team take the extra point in this penalty shootout win. With Belfast going down to Fife this win sees Nottingham going to the top of the league.

Nottingham had the better of the chances as they outshot their opponents 14-5 in the opening session. However, they could not find a way past Oaser and the period ended goalless.

The second period was only 11 seconds old and with Panthers on the powerplay it was the Devils that opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal from Stuart MacRae. The visitors were back on level terms at 22.29 as Pat Galivan was on target.

Just over the midway point the Panthers had a 5 on 3 powerplay. The Devils killed off both penalties, but before the second penalty was up they dealt the Panthers a sucker punch as Mac Faulkner scored a second shorthanded goal at 34.33 to give the home side the lead.

The Panthers restored equality for the second time inside the last minute of the second period as Guillaume Lepine fired home at 39.17.

Both teams went all out in the third period to find a winner. However, neither of them could get that vital goal and the game went into sudden death overtime, but that failed to get a winner and the game was decided by a penalty shootout.

After both teams scored once in the first round of shots. They went into sudden death and it went to the third sudden death shot before there was a winner. Both teams missed with their first two attempts, Matt Francis then scored and Stuart McRae missed for the Panthers to take the extra point.

Period Scores:
Cardiff        0+2+0+0+=2
Nottingham 0+2+0+1+=3
Penalty Minutes:
Cardiff        4+4+4+0=12
Nottingham 4+4+4+0=12
Shots on:
Phil Oaser         14+10+11+3=38
Craig Kowalski  5+13+9+3=30
Cardiff        0/5
Nottingham 0/5
Mike Hicks
Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Fife Flyers 4 Belfast Giants 1

The old barn was more than rocking as Fife made it four straight home wins. Having scored in the second period to put his team 2-1 in front Jason Pitton, went on to get a brace in the third period to complete his hat trick.

Flyers had the better of the first period, however, they went behind as Craig Peacock came out the penalty box at 11.58 and within six seconds he put the visitors in front. The Flyers quickly got over this shock as within a minute they were back on level terms as Casey Haines on the powerplay netted at 12.59.

The only marker in the second period came the way of the home team as Jason Pitton found the net at 26.29 to give his team a 2-1 lead.

With only a goal between the teams the third period was a tense affair. However, two goals in just over a minute for the Flyers ended the game as a contest as Pitton went on to complete his hat trick with strikes at 51.28 and 52.53.

Period Scores:
Fife      1+1+2=4
Belfast 1+0+0=1
Penalty Minutes:
Fife      14+10+2=26
Belfast   8+8+0=16
Shots on:
Bryan Pitton         4+13+11=28
Stephen Murphy 11+11+6=28
Fife      1/7
Belfast 0/7
James Ashton
Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Sheffield Steelers 1 Edinburgh Capitals 2

Without a win on the road this season having lost all 13, Edinburgh produced one of the shocks this season as they went to title chasing Sheffield and came out on top by the odd goal in three.

Steelers had recent signings Simon Ferguson and ex Cardiff player Chris Frank in their line-up. However, they lost the services of another ex-Devil Tyler Michel with only 2.26 on the clock as he was ejected on a 5 plus game for checking to the head. Despite Sheffield being the dominant team in the first period the teams went in at the break at 0-0.

The visitors shocked the home support as Curtis Leinweber put them in front at 25.19 with a powerplay goal. The Capitals looked as though they were going to hold onto this slender lead at the second break. However, with 20 seconds remaining in the period there was relief all round as Matt Stephenson found the net to make it one apiece.

Despite Steelers getting back on level terms it was the Capitals who found the way to goal in the third period. And it turned out to be the game winner as Willie Nicolson scored at 53.46. With goaltender DeCaro pulled for the extra skater in the final minute the Caps held on to record a tremendous victory.

Period Scores:
Sheffield   0+1+0=1
Edinburgh 0+1+1=2
Penalty Minutes:
Sheffield   25+8+0=33
Edinburgh  4+4+4=12
Shots on:
John DeCaro            6+8+8=22
Tomas Hiadlovsky 15+11+6=32
Sheffield   1/5
Edinburgh 1/5
Andy Carson


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