Elite League: Belfast Giants edge win over Nottingham Panthers

Mike Forney scored the second goal for the Belfast Giants
Mike Forney was on target for the Belfast Giants

The Belfast Giants shaded a 4-3 win over Nottingham Panthers on Friday night to close the gap on the Elite League leaders to three points.

The Giants got a short-handed opener through player-coach Derrick Walser but Jeff Dimmen pulled the Panthers level.

In the second period Mike Forney's powerplay breakaway goal make it 2-1 with Andy Bohmbach equalising.

Mike Radja scored from an acute angle and James Desmarais made it 4-2 before Nottingham's David Ling got one back.

The teams meet again on Saturday night in the second match of their double-header.

Nottingham lead the league on 28 points, with Sheffield Steelers on 27 and Belfast 25.