Panthers ready for Victoria Cougars

The last time the Peninsula Panthers lost a home game was Oct. 25 but the team is bracing for the Victoria Cougars’ visit on Friday night

Panthers’ goalie Joey Karrer tracks a shot off the stick of Oceanside Generals #7 Chandler Bruyckere as it travels towards him.

NORTH SAANICH — The last time the Peninsula Panthers lost a home game was Oct. 25 but the team is bracing for the Victoria Cougars’ visit to Panorama on Friday night.

Last Friday night Panther Cody Breitenstein sent a 100-foot shot down the ice into an empty Oceanside Generals net to give the team a 3-1 win.

The Generals showed up to Panorama last week in last place in the VIJHL.

Panther Des Bast opened the scoring against the Generals when Connor Logan dished him the puck. Bast was able to send a shot past Generals goaltender Evgueni Makarski at the 13:52 mark.

Four minutes later Jackson Skerratt chalked another one up for the Panthers but General Carlos Grouchy scored on the power play with three minutes remaining in the second period.

After issues with the ice resurfacer, the two teams took the ice for the third period on old ice.

Cody Breitenstein put one more goal past Makarski to round the score out 3-1 for the Panthers.

“We could have put them away early,” said Pete Zubersky, Panthers hockey operations manager, of the Generals.

“When a team hangs around, anything can happen.”

With the win against the Generals, the Panthers are up to ten straight wins at home.

They play the Westshore Wolves at Bear Mountain tonight (Wednesday) and welcome the Cougars to Panorama Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

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