Edinburgh Capitals came just short of causing another upset in this season’s Elite League, going down 4-3 in overtime at Nottingham Panthers.
However, they picked up a valuable league point for their efforts.
Edinburgh, through goals from Paul Zanette and a 16th of the season from Ryan Hayes, led 2-0 at the midpoint of an entertaining game, marred by what looked a serious leg-injury to Panthers forward Stephen Shultz who was stretchered off the ice in the final minute with the assistance of players from both teams.
Edinburgh had goalie and man-of-the-match Carsen Chubak to thank early on making 17 saves in the first period but Panthers eventually got on the board in the 35th minute, NHL veteran David Ling pulling a goal back for the home side who trailed 2-1 going in to the final 20 minutes.
Nottingham came out hard in the third period, turning the game and they appeared to have broken the resistance of a short-benched Caps side with two goals just 20 seconds apart from GB internationalists David Clark and Matthew Myers to lead 3-2 before Zanette, with his second of the game, equalised with ten minutes left.
A frantic finish with chances for both sides was brought to a halt by the late injury to Schultz then Clarke popped up again to score Nottingham’s OT winner.