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Cat fight: Panthers battle their way into VIJHL finals

The Peninsula Panthers are in the finals.

The local Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League squad beat out the Saanich Braves in semifinal action on Saturday to clinch a spot in the finals against the division-leading Victoria Cougars.

Earlier in the series against the Braves, the Panthers were down three games to one in the best-of-seven contest, but came clawing back, winning 2-1 in an adrenaline-filled overtime Wednesday, March 14, then 8-5 on Friday and 3-2 in overtime Saturday.

The Panthers played again today in the finals against the Cougars, at 3 p.m. at Archie Browning Arena in Esquimalt.

The Peninsula Panthers were the victors in last year’s VIJHL playoffs.

Here's the playoff schedule:

Game 1    Sunday, March 18       3 p.m. @ Archie Browning

Game 2    Thursday, March 22    7:15 p.m. @ Archie Browning

Game 3    Friday, March 23         7:30 p.m. @ Panorama Rec

Game 4    Saturday, March 24     6:30 p.m. @ Panorama Rec

Game 5*   Sunday, March 25      7:30 p.m. @ Archie Browning

Game 6*   Saturday, March 31     8:30 p.m. @ Panorama Rec

Game 7*   to be determined

*if necessary

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