Match report

#RobboMania runs wild on New Year's Eve

Panthers 5
Blaze 6

Genting Casino Coventry Blaze grabbed a 5-6 overtime victory in Nottingham on New Year’s Eve, Canadian forward Brett Robinson with two goals, including the extra time winner the hero.

Coventry were again without Shawn Boutin and Ben Davies, the Panthers welcoming back Jeff Dimmen, but minus Geoff Waugh, David Clarke and Miika Wiikman. 

Blaze fell behind at 3.04, Stephen Schultz with the opening goal in front of a sold-out Nottingham crowd.

Josh Godfrey tied things at 10.43, the Canadian's 8th goal of the Elite League season, his 7th on the powerplay. 

A big moment came early in the second period, Czech netminder Henry Pacl taking a puck to the mask before Brett Robinson grabbed a second Blaze goal at 29.51.

With Pacl leaving the game, Dan Green took the net for Nottingham as the Panthers found an equaliser. Alex Nikiforuk tipping in for 2-2 at 34.06.

British forward Ross Venus gave Blaze another advantage at 35.20, Jason Williams hitting right back for 3-3 at 35.41, the former NHLers 4th goal in as many games. 

Nottingham took a lead into the second period break, Matt Carter registering on the powerplay (4-3) timed 38.26. 

Into the third and Swede Robin Bergman grabbed an equaliser for the away side for 4-4 (44.17).

With just 2.13 remaining in the game, a slashing penalty to defenceman Marc Cantin put the Panthers on the powerplay.

Blaze’s Liam Stewart though broke free with just 33.3 seconds left, firing past Dan Green to give Blaze a 4-5 lead.

Panthers coach Corey Neilson called a time-out, with the goalie pulled, former Blaze forward Chris Lawrence then beating Brian Stewart in dramatic fashion 6-on-4 with just 3.9 seconds to go to seal a point for the home side.

Into overtime, and Brett Robinson made himself a hero firing the game-winning-goal, his second of the night at 61.31 for a final score of 5-6.

Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “It was a rollercoaster game. Gutsy performance from the guys. There was an unfortunate call towards the end of the third and they capitalised on it but the main thing, no matter what came our way we found a way through it.”

HC Danny Stewart

Highlights via Nottingham Panthers