A tale of two Saaniches: North dominates south in Game 2

Peninsula Panthers 1, Saanich Braves 1 in VIJHL hockey playoff semifinals after Panthers win on Wednesday

The Saanich Braves host the Peninsula Panthers in Game 2 of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League semifinals Monday at Pearkes arena. The Panthers dominated

The Saanich Braves host the Peninsula Panthers in Game 2 of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League semifinals Monday at Pearkes arena. The Panthers dominated

The Peninsula Panthers are on equal footing with their round two rivals, the Saanich Braves, heading into Friday’s third game of the junior B semifinals after downing Saanich 5-2 last night (March 7).

The Panthers and Braves faced off in Game 2 of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League playoff semifinals at Pearkes arena in Saanich.

Though it took some time for the scoring to start, once it did, it was an all-Panthers show for the first two frames.

Tyler Porteous notched the first Peninsula goal with a powerplay point with just under four minutes left in the first period.

A quartet of scorers – Jake Bryan, Joe Densmore (both powerplay goals), Josh Bloomenthal and David Stephens – amassed a decent lead for the Cats in the second.

Despite a pair of goals in the third the Braves couldn’t come back.

The battle comes to the Peninsula Friday, March 9 at Panorama Recreation Centre for Game 3.

Game 4 is Monday, March 12, also at Panorama. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.

Game 5 returns to Saanich on Wednesday, March 14.