The Goodwin Group Manchester Storm suffered a second defeat in the group stages of the Challenge Cup, as the visiting Nottingham Panther took the 2-1 decision.

The first period of play saw the hosts take the lead at 10:01 with a smart play from captain Ehrhardt, passing to Hughesman – who tapped the puck past Whistle. The lead would last just over five minutes, as the Panthers immediately made use of the man advantage, Simmonds was adjudged two-minutes for slashing at 15:03 and just six-seconds into the powerplay, Rheault beat Matt Ginn to tie things up.

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A couple of minutes later, the Panthers would find themselves ahead; an error from the Storm powerplay unit allowed Betteridge to skate-in on the Storm goal and the British forward finished with aplomb.

This slender advantage would remain throughout the remaining two periods, as the hosts couldn’t find a way to beat the impressive Whistle, who cleaned up all rebounds. Although a brief 5-on-3 opportunity in the third for the Storm did look threatening, the visitors somehow managed to keep hold of their one goal lead until the final buzzer sounded.

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Man of the Match for Nottingham Panthers – Samuel Herr

Man of the Match for Manchester Storm – Cameron Critchlow

The Goodwin Group Manchester return to EIHL League action tomorrow, as they face-off against the Dundee Stars at 5:00pm.