Nottingham Panthers battling spirit impresses Clarke

David Clarke
Clarke has scored 16 goals this season

Forward David Clarke says Nottingham Panthers showed some great spirit in their comeback against Coventry Blaze at the weekend.

Panthers took a point from a penalty-shot defeat but had been 3-0 down and came back to tie the game 3-3.

Clarke told BBC Radio Nottingham: "It was good to see the way we bounced back and continued to battle.

"That's the sign of a good team. You see a lot of teams shut it down in that sort of situation."

Three goals in just over two minutes from David Phillips, Dustin Wood and Greg Owen gave Coventry a three-goal first-period lead.

Panthers scored the only goal of the second session through Marc Levers and player-coach Corey Neilson netted in the third session.

David Alexandre-Beauregard pounced with 67 seconds remaining and, with no score in overtime, the game went to penalty shots with Robert Farmer and Owen Fussey converting the crucial penalties.

"We dug in and got ourselves a point. We all wanted it to be two but unfortunately that was not the case," added Clarke.

"Everyone will have big games at Christmas and that's a time when the big players need to step up and get the job done."