The Motorpoint Arena was the home of an intense clash between The Panthers and The Giants.

A gruelling run of one win in 11 games was extended to 12 after the Nottingham Panthers struggled to overcome the fire power of The Belfast Giants.

The loss marks the ninth consecutive defeat to the Northern Ireland based team for Jonathan Paredes’ side.

After the intense and physical performance, assistant coach Kevin Moore labelled the display as ‘tough to take’ after a convincing start to the match.

Moore said: “We collapsed in the second half of the game, and we just have to be better.

“We have to be harder on them, we have been the last few weeks.”

The match begun with the Panthers taking an early lead in the first period after just four minutes of play through Jordan Kelsall.

Refusing to back down, The Giants found themselves with an equaliser ten minutes later courtesy of Ara Nazarian after the team’s consistent pressure.

Towards the end of the first period The Motorpoint Arena lit up as Westin Michaud and Will Cullen got their hands on each other and fought, setting the tone for the rest of the match.

The relentless physical action continued through to the second period as The Giants took a 2-1 lead after a couple minutes of play with Oliver Cooper’s powerful shot.

Otto Nieminen got the hosts back into the game with his goal making the score 2-2 but this was short lived as The Giants hit back with three goals before the end of the second period.

Goals from Josh Roach, Greg Printz and Oliver Cooper gave the visitors a three-goal lead heading into the third period with the score 5-2 to The Giants.

The three quick-fire finishes put the Panthers in a bad position and left them with a mountain to climb in the final 20 minutes.

Despite two amazing saves from Roj Stojanovic in the third period, it would not prove to be enough to rally the team to another comeback.

Will Cullen put another shot past net minder Stojanovic with a great first-time effort making the score 6-2 and

With six minutes left Jacob Friend found the net rounding up a super performance for The Giants as the match finished 7-2 to the Adam Keefe led side.

The Panthers put on a courageous performance but could not find the finishing touch to keep within distance of The Giants and their ruthlessness in front of goal.

They finished the third period goalless whilst The Giants scored seven across sixty minutes.

The result of the physical encounter between the two sides moves The Belfast Giants up to second in The Elite Ice Hockey League whilst The Nottingham Panthers remain bottom.