Their import, Rick Brebant, was also out injured but Panthers showed their strength in depth with an 8-4 win, taking a 3-2 lead and weathering a Hawks revival which saw them pull back to within a goal.
They showed the same resilience against Bracknell Bees: it was 2-2 after the first period but four goals in the second secured a 6-3 win.
Panthers are still leading Sheffield Steelers at the top of the Premier Division, but now by four points and with their two-game advantage gone.
Milton Keynes Kings, second from bottom with six wins in 33 outings, took a welcome three points from their two weekend outings. A 5-5 draw with Bracknell, the only club below them, was followed by an unlikely victory at Whitley Warriors, who led 3-0 before Doug McCarthy's hat-trick brought the scores level, Kings eventually running out 7-5 winners.Reuse content