HOOK ON TARGET AS PANTHERS BEAT STORM IN OVERTIME

Lewis Hook

British forward Lewis Hook scored his second goal of the tournament as Nottingham Panthers came from behind three times to beat Manchester Storm 4-3 after overtime in the Elite Series.

GB international Josh Batch got one of the assists on the opening goal of the night – scored by Scott Simmonds after only 89 seconds (1:29) – to give the Storm a first-period lead.

Panthers drew level in the second session as Nick Dineen tipped in Mark Matheson’s shot on the powerplay (27:49), before Ben Lake and Joe Hazeldine created the chance for Martin Gran to put away a rebound (32:33).

Johno May reacted first to a loose puck after Matheson’s shot was saved at 40:35 (powerplay) for Nottingham’s second equaliser, but the Storm regained their lead when Maxime Fortier scored on the rebound after Jackson Whistle saved Batch’s shot (47:08).

Hook’s one-time shot after a face-off win by Jordan Kelsall drew the Panthers level for a third time (55:14) and they won it in the extra period when Austin Cangelosi set-up Christophe Boivin in the slot (63:14).

Four teams – Coventry Blaze, Manchester Storm, Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers – are competing in the 2021 Elite Series at the National Ice Centre.

The event has been organised under the government’s Elite Sport Guidance, with regular testing and a full covid-19 protocol in place.

All games are available to watch on a live stream – click here for more details and to purchase the webcasts.

Photo credit: Karl Denham.