Evan Mosey on form as Nottingham Panthers beat Manchester Storm to record first Challenge Cup win of the season


Nottingham Panthers picked up their first Challenge Cup win of the season as they beat Manchester Storm 3-2 at the Motorpoint Arena.

Panthers, who lost their first outing in the competition to Sheffield Steelers, produced a controlled performance against a disciplined opponent.

Evan Mosey scored one and made two, while there were further goals for Dan Spang and Yann Sauve.

Panthers dominated the early going in terms of territory and possession but struggled to create the flurry of clear chances of recent games.

Mike Clemente was the busier of the netminders though and he made a good stop from Zach Phillips when Phillips and Mark Derlago broke two on one.

Enforcers Mathieu Gagnon and Jay Rosehill exchanged words soon after, but it went no further.

Dan Spang got the first goal

Panthers took the lead after 7.41 when Spang joined the attack and fired a wrist shot across Clemente after being fed by Mosey.

Storm levelled after 12.47 when the puck was turned over and they broke into the zone well before Matt Beca beat Mike Garnett.

Panthers stepped it up in the second period and opened up a two goal lead as they penned Storm back.

Good vision by Robert Farmer set up Josh Shalla, who was denied on a mini breakaway. Mosey added to his assist with a goal after 25.03 when he tipped in Erik Lindhagen’s shot from the blue line.

Alexander Mokshantsev then set up Jeff Brown with a beautiful backhand pass, but Brown lifted his shot over the top.

It was all Panthers, but Garnett was called upon to save well when the visitors broke three on one, while Dane Byers hit the post for Storm.

Panthers continued to press with Phillips denied, before Sauve smashed in with 51 seconds left in the period.

It was an unstoppable shot from a tight angle as Mosey picked up his second assist of the night.

Mike Hammond missed two good chances to pull a goal back early in the third period, either side of Mosey finding Derlago in space, but Clemente saved well.

The Storm netminder drew the ire of home fans when he pulled his net down when Panthers were about to score but they could not get a goal on the resulting penalty.

Mosey then incurred a four minute penalty for accidental high sticks going into the final 10 minutes. Panthers produced an exceptional penalty kill though and even missed a chance to put Mosey in for a breakaway when he came out of the penalty box.

Mosey was contentiously penalised again for holding and Storm pulled one back through Byers with 22 seconds to go. Panthers held on and should have scored again, but Lindhagen missed an open goal with a second left.



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