Giants go top after penalty shootout

Belfast Giants 3 - 2 Nottingham Panthers
Published Sunday, 07 October 2012
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The Belfast Giants enjoyed a hard-fought win over the Nottingham Panthers on Saturday night, needing a penalty shootout to give them the victory.

Giants go top after penalty shootout
The Belfast Giants celebrate their home win over Nottingham Panthers. (© Michael Cooper)

The Odyssey Arena played host to the clash and first blood went to the home side, with Noah Clarke netting for the Giants just after 14 minutes gone.

While it looked like they'd take that lead into the second period, the Panthers went level barely more than a minute before the break courtesy of a David Ling goal.

Belfast's second came via a powerplay effort from Gregory Stewart, but seconds later Nottingham were also back on the scoresheet through Bruce Graham.

And the goalless third period left the teams facing sudden death overtime and then a penalty shootout, with Robby Sandrock eventually firing home the crucial winner.

The result means the Giants extend their winning streak to four games and top the Elite League table.

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