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Nottingham Panthers celebrate Elite League win

Nottingham Panthers have celebrated their prestigious win with hundreds of fans at a Civic Reception last night.

The Lord Mayor of Nottingham hosted the event to celebrate Panthers' first Elite Ice Hockey League win since the club reformed in 1980.

The team arrived by bus in front of the Council House and then staged an immediate balcony appearance for the fans outside.

Canadian-born Panther, Brandon Benedict, said the crowd was unbelievable.

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Nottingham Panthers to be honoured with civic ceremony

Stephen Lee, Nottingham Panthers Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Nottingham's ice hockey stars will be honoured tonight with a Civic Reception after winning the national Elite League title.

Players and staff will travel to the city's Council House by double-decker bus this evening, before appearing on the building's balcony with the Elite League trophy.

Fans are expected to gather in front of the council building.

Fife Flyers 3-2 Coventry Blaze

Coventry Blaze came from two goals down to earn a point following a 3-2 defeat after penalty shots to Fife Flyers in Kirkcaldy in the Rapid Solicitors Elite League.

Casey Haines (powerplay) at 12.52 scored the only goal of the first period for Fife, who doubled their advantage at 24.08, also on the powerplay, through John Dolan.

But Brad Leeb pulled one back for Blaze on the powerplay at 30.17 and then tied the game at 41.40.

With no further scoring, including in the overtime period, the game went to a shoot-out with Jason Pitton claiming the winning shot as Blaze missed all three of their attempts.

Blaze take on Hull Stingrays at the Skydome in the Challenge Cup on Saturday September 29 (7pm face-off).

In the shoot-out I looked across at the guys and they all had their heads in their hands they were that exhausted. They were sat in their stalls in the room for 20 minutes after the game and didn’t move.

But I am delighted to pick up three points this weekend (2-1 win over Cardiff Devils on Saturday) with four key guys missing from the line-up.

– Paul Thompson, Blaze coach