Panthers’ Captain Thomas Spink (#3) looks for the loose puck which is under the leg of goaltender Connor McKillop as the Panthers beat the Oceanside Generals 5-3 Friday night. (Gordon Lee/Submitted)

Peninsula Panthers jump the Victoria Cougars for third straight victory in 4–1 win

The VIJHL club also beat the Oceanside Generals 5-3 to stay within two points of league lead

The Peninsula Panthers are starting to turn the tables on their arch-rivals Victoria Cougars with their recent 4–1 win Thursday night.

The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League club won their third straight game against Cougars, who had earlier dominated their head-to-head match ups. The match against the Cougars was notable for the fact that they did not necessarily rely on their three big scorers (Tanner Wort, Riley Braun and Josh Lingard) in their road victory.

While Wort and Lingard combined for four points, the Panthers also received secondary scoring during the game, which saw them take an early two-nothing lead less than seven minutes into the contest. The Cougars pulled one back in the second period, but Drew Coughlin, who entered Thursday’s game with six goals in 13 games, restored the Panthers’ two-goal margin less than two minutes later. Wort’s empty-net goal late in the third period concluded the scoring.

The Panthers then followed their winning performance against the league’s top team with a 5-3 victory against the Oceanside Generals, the team chasing them in the standings.

Fans at Panorama Recreation Centre saw two goals from Tanner Wort and overall dominant performance as the Panthers outshot the Generals 34-26.

RELATED: Peninsula Panthers beat league leaders but lose to Saanich over the weekend

With their two victories, the Panthers edged within three points of the Cougars, who have two games in hand, while distancing themselves from the rest of the field. This said, team officials still believe the team can play better.

“We are really trying to get into the playoff mode and I thought this group took a big step towards that end this past weekend,” said Pete Zubersky, general manager. “Winning in the playoffs is about eliminating mistakes. We gave up four goals in two games against the [first and third-placed teams] in the league. I thought we could have cut the Generals down to one or two at the most, there is still work to be done.”

The Panthers also took care of some business off the ice, as the Panthers added 20-year-old goaltender Andrew Rocha, who has played Junior A in his native Ontario for the past three seasons. The club is also expected to sign an additional player in preparation for the playoffs.

“There are four or five teams that have a legitimate chance to win in the playoffs and advance to the BC Championships and we know we are one of them,” said Zubersky. “It’s important to keep winning games right now so that we get the best possible seeding in the playoffs and so that we move into the second season on a roll. We improved a lot on paper the past few days and now it will be getting everyone into and accepting their roles.”

The Panthers return to action Friday, when they host the Saanich Braves at Panorama Recreation Centre, with the puck dropping at 7:30 p.m.


Like us on Facebook and follow @wolfgang_depner

wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Bacteria levels lead to swimming advisory at Saanich park

Craigflower-Kosapsum Park among regional beaches with swim advisories

Victoria’s Raging Grannies to demonstrate against public funding of for-profit senior homes

Group says COVID-19 has revealed ‘sad state of extended care’ in B.C.

Plans for pot shop in Sidney spark back to life

Changing provincial regulations could clear the way for Sidney’s first ever pot shop

New ECG will diagnose life-threatening emergencies in ‘timely manner’ in Sooke

Machine funded by the Sooke and Juan de Fuca Health Foundation

Woman who talked to unconscious husband, a Victoria police officer, for 30 years focus of study

Ian Jordan suffered a head injury when he and another officer were on their way to a call in Victoria in September 1987

VIDEO: Dashcam footage shows Victoria police-involved crash

Video shows VicPD officer strike another vehicle at intersection

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 7

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Would you get a vaccine for COVID-19 when it is available?

With the number of positive COVID-19 tests skyrocketing across much of the… Continue reading

Time to protect B.C.’s unique glass sponge reefs, conservation group says

Climate change is a “serious and immediate threat” to the 9,000-year old sponges: study

Time to protect B.C.’s unique glass sponge reefs, conservation group says

Climate change is a “serious and immediate threat” to the 9,000-year old sponges: study

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Indigenous leader Ed John pleads not guilty to historical sex charges

Ed John’s lawyer entered the plea by telephone on behalf of his client

RCMP investigate threat against Indigenous totem poles on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast

Police describe the nature of the threat as ‘sensitive’

Ex-Okanagan Mountie forfeits 20 days’ pay after sexual misconduct review

A former Vernon RCMP constable made sexual comments, grabbed genitals of male officer in two incidents 10 years ago

Most Read