Ice Hockey
Beleskey treble not enough as Blaze lose in Nottingham

By Steve Carpenter Thursday 06 December 2012 Updated: 07/12 14:23

NHL star Matt Beleskey netted a hat-trick but it was not enough as Blaze lost out 4-3 to Nottingham Panthers in their Elite League/Challenge Cup clash at the National Ice Centre.

Blaze fell behind 3-0 behind mid-way through the middle session, but two goals from Beleskey kept Paul Thompson's side in the match.

Panthers restored their two-goal cushion before Beleskey's third goal of the game set up a tense finale but the visitors were unable to force a game-tying goal.

Thompson slammed his side's performance in the opening half-an-hour but found time to praise his NHL forward.

Thompson said: "For 30 minutes we were dire but after our five-on-three goal we stepped it up and came back into the game.

"They came at us hard but we were flat and we can’t play for 30 minutes in here.

"We were coming on strong and got a powerplay with a couple of minutes to go and then we thought they should have had another penalty which would have put us on a five-on-three powerplay. I was disappointed we did not get that opportunity.

"I thought Matt Beleskey was outstanding and he scored three huge goals for us, they were nice goals too, and it gave us a chance. But it was not to be."

Popular »

1 More shots from M6 crash scene

2 Barclays announce bank holiday opening

3 Traffic chaos following early morning M6 closure

4 Vote them out! Fans urged to hijack council elections

5 Brothers jailed for bank card con

More sport »

Former British Under-18 Champion signs for Bees

FORMER British Under-18 Champion Brendan Johnson has joined

Speedway: James Sarjeant to get his chance at Coventry Bees

HOT prospect James Sarjeant will be part of

Football: Mark Robins praises Sky Blues supporters

PHENOMENAL was the word used by Mark Robins

Greyhound Racing: Holdem Spy tipped to continue good form

SUCCESSFUL gambler Harry Findlay gives our readers his

Regional sport »


Rugby Observer
Ashlawn win the cup

FOOTBALL: THE showpiece U16 Boys Warwickshire County Cup Final took ...

Solihull Observer
Moors season peters out

Skrill Conference North Solihull Moors 0 Barrow 2 FOOTBALL: WITH ...

Leamington Observer
Brakes earn a point on the road

LEAMINGTON fought hard to bring home some reward from their ...

Redditch Standard
Busy Easter for Alvechurch

PRIOR to Thursday's fixtures, Alvechurch were sitting in 12th place ...