The Nottingham Panthers were the visitors on Friday evening at the Shelter. It was a battle for sixth place as both teams had already guaranteed a playoff spot.

The Storm were looking to build some momentum heading towards their play off quarter finals in a week’s time. An evenly contested opening ten minutes saw half chances at both ends but little to trouble either netminder. The Panthers were awarded a powerplay after DeLuca was called for interference but failed to capitalise as the Storm defence stood strong.

A somewhat uneventful period ended scoreless. Brodeur made a huge highlight reel glove save to keep the score level at the midway point. Storm had their first look on the powerplay in the latter stages of the period and despite working the puck around well in the zone, Jones in the Panthers net would deny any hope of a goal.

A four on four play brought the first goal of the game when Summers scuffed a stick breaking slap shot past Brodeur, assisted by Hammond. The Storm responded with some strong offence but headed into the second intermission one down on the Panthers. The Storm came out all guns blazing in the third period creating chance after chance, but somehow the puck wouldn’t pass Jones in the visitors net.

A shorthanded goal by Izacky put the Panthers up by two with only eight minutes remaining in the game – an unfortunate touch of the linesman let the forward skate up the wing and beat Brodeur with a strong wristshot. Storm responded instantly, on the same powerplay, when Critchlow tapped the puck past Jones at close range. The goal assisted by Carter and Herrmann. An exciting final five would follow with the score 2-1 to the Panthers. The game was killed off by the visitors however with two quick goals scored by Levin and Brady. The game would finish 4-1 in the away teams favour.