Storm tie it late, win in OT

Manchester Storm made it two wins over Nottingham in as many nights with a 5-4 overtime victory over the Panthers at the Motorpoint Arena, tying the game late before wining it in overtime.

Storm, who took the Friday night when when the teams met in Manchester 4-2, went ahead with a Loren Ulett powerplay goal 2:28 into the game. Alexander Lunsjo tied the game just before the 12-minute mark of the game to make things all square after 20 minutes.

Stephen Johnson had the visitors back ahead 4:43 into period two, although the Panthers were almost level shorthanded but for a bobbling puck stopping Otto Nieminen on the breakaway. Lunsjo tied things up at 26:53 after Alex Oldale had made an excellent save but the puck dropped out behind him and over the line. With 7:35 in the middle frame, and Cam Critchlow in the box for Hooking, Didrik Henbrant got on a rebound from an Ollie Betteridge shot to put the Panthers into the lead for the first time in the game. Johnson made sure things were be tied heading into the third with the goal for 3-3 at 35:19 in close, but Lunsjo had two chances to hit a hat trick and put the Panthers back ahead before the period was out.

Hugo Roy wired a shot into the top corner of Oldale’s net with 49:05 on the clock to put the Panthers ahead, a fantastic finish from the edge of the circle. Matt Ginn pulled Oldale with 1:59 left in the game to go 6-on-5, and the gamble paid off when Cam Critchlow fired the equaliser past Rok Stojanovič just 22 seconds later.

With both sides taking a point at the end of regulation, it was an ex-Panther who won Manchester the extra point. A fantastic turn of speed from Zack Phillips put him through on goal to beat Stojanovič top shelf and win the game for the Storm.