Peninsula Panthers hold onto second place in south

Junior B hockey team hosts the Westshore Wolves this Friday night at Panorama

Cody Breitenstein clears the puck out of the Panthers’ defensive zone during last Friday night’s game against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings. Twenty-year-old Breitenstein will be counted on heavily for offensive punch and leadership this season.

The Peninsula Panthers managed a split in games this past weekend as they faced the Victoria Cougars and the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.

Last Thursday night the Panthers travelled to the Archie Browning arena to battle their cross-town feline foes.

After staging a torrid comeback in the third period, the Panthers’ effort fell just short when the Cougars iced the game with an empty net goal with only seven seconds left in the game.

The final was 7 to 5 for the Cougars but there was plenty to be optimistic about, said Panthers’ head coach Brian Passmore.

“We did a lot of good things this past weekend. We had a lot of different players figure in the scoring and that to me was important,” he said.

“I was disappointed with our effort and our physical play in Victoria for parts of that game. But our kids are coming around . . . I would love to see our boys reel off a bunch of wins. We are capable of doing that.”

The Panthers returned home the following night and after soundly beating the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 6 to 3, the Panthers remain undefeated on home ice.

The club has gained 10 points and are currently sitting in second place in the South Division of the VIJHL behind the Cougars.

The Panthers will host the Westshore Wolves this Friday evening, Oct. 4 at the Panorama Recreation Centre at 7:30 p.m.