Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Comeback Not Enough to Snare Panthers; ICE HOCKEY

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Comeback Not Enough to Snare Panthers; ICE HOCKEY

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Nottingham Panthers................................ Newcastle Vipers ......................................

AFTER threatening to stage a third period comeback, Newcastle Vipers were sunk by two late goals, writes PETER ADAMS.

With nine minutes left to play, the Vipers had recovered from a 4-0 deficit to put themselves back in with a chance of getting something out of the game.

But on 54 minutes Guillaime Lepine let fly from just in front of the Vipers'' bench and the puck''s direction was successfully altered by Billy Ryan to make it 5-3 to the home side.

Then on 57 minutes Danny Meyers struck the Panthers'' sixth goal of the night, firing high from the left hand face off circle.

Two young Sheffield Steeldogs' players, LLoyd Gibson and Adam Radmall, were given an opportunity to play hockey at a high level by the Vipers, who on their last visit to the National Ice Centre in January were heavily beaten 15-0. At the end of the first period another severe defeat looked possible as the Vipers left the ice trailing by three goals, all scored on the powerplay.

The Vipers had the better of the opening exchanges and their player coach Danny Stewart tested netminder Craig Kowalski with a fierce wrist shot. Then Kowalski had to used his blocker to prevent Toms Hartmanis scoring and after Mike Prpich attempted a wrap around, defenceman Kyle Sibley fired the puck at the Panthers net through traffic.

Unfortunately the early promise didn't amount to anything and the Vipers found themselves in trouble when Prprich was ordered off the ice for holding an opponent's stick. On the powerplay Jade Galbraith picked out David Clarke between the two face off circles and the Panthers' No. 5 hit the puck instantly, sending it on course into the net close to the right hand post.

The Vipers went further behind on 13 minutes while their top scorer Jarsoslav Rzeszutko was serving a minor hooking penalty. Prprich blocked Corey Neilson's long range shot, Galbraith controlled the puck which had shot upwards and Matthew Myers poked it home from short range. …

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