Elite League: Nottingham Panthers 3-6 Belfast Giants

Craig Peacock was on target in Belfast's victory over the Panthers
Craig Peacock was on target in Belfast's victory over the Panthers

Belfast Giants got back to winning ways after three straight defeats with a 6-3 victory over Nottingham Panthers.

Darryl Lloyd struck twice for the Giants in the opening four minutes in England and Cody Wild pulled one back before Kevin Westgarth made it 3-1.

The Panthers levelled through goals from Bruce Graham and former Giants player Chris Higgins.

Craig Peacock edged Belfast back in front and Jeff Mason netted before Ray Sawada sealed a much-needed win.

Lloyd opened the scoring, with assists from Mike Kompon and Davy Phillips, in the league encounter at the National Ice Centre on 1:12 and he doubled the visitor's lead at 3:35.

Wild netted for the hosts six minutes later with Giants pair Colin Shields and Adam Keefe in the box after penalty trouble.

Westgarth was on target in the first minute of the second period before Graham netted for Nottingham on the powerplay.

The Panthers scored their second goal of the game on a two-man advantage when Higgins struck eight minutes into the period.

Peacock's shot deflected off Wild and into the net as Belfast moved 4-3 ahead on the powerplay at 32:50.

The Giants scored again with the extra man as Mason made it 5-3 on 44:48.

Belfast netminder Carsen Chubak produced a series of good saves before Sawada's empty net goal with 10 seconds remaining.

The Giants are back in Elite League action on Friday night with Coventry Blaze their opponents at the Odyssey.

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