Nottingham Panthers Seek Return to Winning Ways

The Nottingham Panthers

Nottingham Panthers saw a return to winning ways skating out 5-2 winners against Dundee Stars last weekend.

The side saw their unbeaten run of four games ended by the same side mid-way through January.

This followed a difficult month for the club with Tim Wallace being dismissed.

Since his dismissal the Nottingham Panthers have won five games and lost three.

In Wallace’s last eight games in charge the side lost five and won just the three.

Interim Head Coach Mark Matheson must be doing something right as the Panthers sit in fourth.

Fans were understandably upset by Wallace’s dismissal but as this month has shown it may not have been the wrong decision.

New Blood

A boost to the Panthers was the arrival of D-man Kevin Massy from Anglet in France.

Fans were unsure of the new signing with one saying on Twitter:

His stats look solid with his points tally always in or around his appearances.

At his previous side Anglet he earnt himself 22 points in 33 appearances.

The previous season with Strasbourg he had 15 points in 11 games.

And in his four seasons with SAIT he collected 91 points in 105 games.

All this from the blueline, an area that Panthers have needed to strengthen with injuries and fitness.

Gui Doucet Director of Hockey was happy with Massy’s signing, saying: “He’s a guy who’s had ambitions to play in the UK for a few years, he can be physical, I think in France maybe that style didn’t suit him that much.

“I watched him play in France and you could see he’s an elite defenceman in that league, he was their best player there in Anglet.”

Another bonus to Massy’s arrival is the availability of six D-men, Doucet spoke of this, saying: “I knew with the schedule we had it wasn’t going to be easy (playing with five defencemen) and not going to be ideal, but there was not a lot of good defencemen on the market.

“I had to think outside the box and find somebody who was already under contract and try to get him out of that contract to bring him here.”

Massy has joined other new arrival Edwin Hedberg as the Panthers look to solidify a top four finish.

The Panthers do see some fixture re-shuffling as the Elite League season is extended (Click here for more).

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