Nottingham Panthers 4-3 Sheffield Steelers (final score)

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Nottingham Panthers broke Sheffield Steelers' run of form tonight.

Paul Thompson's men, riding a wave of four consecutive victories, dipped 4-3 at the NIC in a Challenge Cup group game.

Challenge Cup contest

Challenge Cup contest

It was the first domestic, competitive loss of the season.
Steelers, who had come from behind to beat Panthers 7-5 six days earlier, conceded to David Clarke at 9;31.
Adventurous Sheffield d-man Mike Ratchuk levelled just over a minute later.
Panthers went to work in the midle period with Alex Nikiforuk scoring two in just over three minutes, to make it 3-1.
Another Sheffield d-man got on the scoresheet at 36;39 - but Anders Franzon's effort only triggered a Chris Lawrence reply from the home team.
Steelers' winger Mathieu Roy gave the visitors hope with seconds left of the middle period.

He made it 3-4, but Panthers hung on to the winning margin in a goalless last session.

Steelers had outshot their hosts 37-32, but on the night it was not enough.

*Attendance: 6,813
*Sheffield host Cardiff Devils on Sunday night.

RESULTS

Saturday 24th September

Elite League

Manchester Storm 3 Braehead Clan 5

Challenge Cup Group A

Belfast Giants 3 Dundee Stars 4 (OT)

Fife Flyers 2 Edinburgh Capitals 3 (OT)

Challenge Cup Group B

Cardiff Devils 6 Coventry Blaze 3

Nottingham Panthers 4 Sheffield Steelers 3

FIXTURES

Sunday 25th SeptemberElite League

Coventry Blaze v Nottingham Panthers – 5.15pm

Edinburgh Capitals v Manchester Storm – 6.00pm

Challenge Cup Group A

Braehead Clan v Belfast Giants – 6.00pm

Dundee Stars v Fife Flyers – 6.30pm

Challenge Cup Group B

Sheffield Steelers v Cardiff Devils – 5.00pm