Corey Neilson says Nottingham Panthers showed they can compete with Zurich Lions after brave performance


Corey Neilson says Nottingham Panthers showed they can compete with one of Europe’s true elite clubs as they went toe-to-toe with Zurich Lions.

Panthers were beaten 3-1 in the first leg of the last 16 of the Champion Hockey League tie, but they were far from disgraced as they put up an impressive showing.

Head coach Neilson was pleased with their efforts, especially in an even second period.

Nottingham Panthers goaltender Mike Garnett was excellent

“In the first period they took it to us and we defended as hard as we good,” he told the CHL website.

“Then in the second period we came out and showed we can play. We were very aggressive.

“We do a lot of things other teams don’t do. We try to flush people out from behind the net and disrupt.

“I thought in the second period we showed what we’re made of. We didn’t come here to lose.

“We didn’t come here to play slow. We came here to play our game and I thought we did that.”

Lions head coach Hans Wallson says there is all to play for in the second leg, especially as he is expecting Panthers fans to turn out in big numbers.

“We found our game in the third period and I’m happy with the result. We know it will be tough in Nottingham,” he said.

“They have a huge fan base but we’re in the lead when the puck drops.”



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