Discipline key to Nottingham Panthers start - Kowalski

Craig Kowalski
Kowalski is in his second season with the Panthers

Nottingham Panthers netminder Craig Kowalski says good discipline has been key to the club's good start to the season.

Panthers, who host Dundee on Wednesday at the National Ice Centre, are second in the Elite League and through to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.

Kowalski told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We've been playing very well, we've been playing very disciplined.

"If a team wants to take penalties against us, we're going to capitalise."

Panthers beat arch-rivals Sheffield Steelers on Saturday to reach the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup, a competition they have won in three of the last four years.

But their seven-game winning streak was ended with a narrow 4-3 defeat to Coventry Blaze in the league on Sunday.

Forward Jeff Heerema has returned to training following a broken nose and could return to the line-up for Wednesday's match.

Coach Corey Neilson told the club's website: "Dundee lost three in three nights in three countries over the weekend, getting beat in Northern Ireland, Wales and then narrowly at home in Scotland.

"That's a tough schedule and they had nothing to show for it. I can just imagine how they're going to feel getting on the bus again on Wednesday morning, so we will have to be ready."

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