Panthers’ big stopper Chris Akerman blocks the puck as well as Wolves’ Forward Jake Calnan in VIJHL action Friday night. Akerman and his mates knocked off the South Division leading Wolves 5-2. (Gordon Lee Photography)

Panthers poised to pounce on prey

Peninsula’s Junior B hockey team goes 2-1 on the week; ready to host Braves Friday night

The Peninsula Panthers are playing their best hockey of the season as they just reached the halfway mark in their 48-game schedule.

And the timing could not be better as they prepare to welcome in the visiting Saanich Braves for a rare Saturday night affair.

Due to another event taking over the Panorama on Friday night, the Panthers’ home game was moved to Saturday however it is shaping up to be a big one for both the Braves and the “Cats” from the Peninsula.

“We play in Saanich on Friday and then back at home on Saturday night,” said Panthers’ GM Pete Zubersky.

“We have really been playing well as of late and everyone is chipping in. I think this is one of the most balanced teams we have fielded and when all four lines are going, we have something special.”

This past weekend, the Panthers (11-12) knocked off the visiting Westshore Wolves (14-9) on Friday night before bowing to the Oceanside Generals (10-13), 4-3 on Saturday up in Parksville.

The Generals avenged a 4-3 loss to the Panthers on the Monday night before (Nov. 20).

“We played well enough to beat the Generals and a win on Saturday would have given us four games in a row,” said Zubersky. “These games against the Braves (10-13) are huge. There is a real logjam in the South Division standings and we are hoping that we are the ones that can put up a string of wins in a row and break away from the pack.”

Tanner Wort scored a couple goals in the win against the Wolves while Marshall Brown, Cianan Briscoe and Matt Lawrence added a marker each. Netminder Chris Akerman blocked 35 of 37 shots and collected the win. Wort, Brown and Akerman were selected as the three stars on the night.

The Panthers were set to host the Victoria Cougars on Tuesday evening, well past the PNR’s press deadline on Monday. With a win on Tuesday, the local squad would have moved into second place in the South Division, jumping over those same Victoria Cougars (12-10).

The VIJHL has never seen such parity, Zubersky noted, adding he expects more of the same in the weeks to come.

The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening at Panorama Recreation Centre.

— with files from the Peninsula

Panthers

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

Comments are closed

Just Posted

UPDATED: Motorcyclist escapes fire uninjured after onlookers sound alarm in Sidney

First ride of the season ends in flames for one motorcyclist

Loaded gun, hundreds of rounds ammunition seized in Victoria

Victoria police focus on Project Burnside Gorge Connect

Saanich police break up Canada Day gathering of nearly 200 youth in Mount Douglas Park

Officers observed underage drinking, public intoxication, lack of physical distancing

Stelly’s grads shocked after ‘anonymous friend’ pays for dinner

Friends took limo to Deep Cove Chalet to celebrate after graduation festivities cancelled

Undercover operation exposes prominent human trafficking problem in Greater Victoria

VicPD’s Operation No More took place in mid-June at a local hotel

All community COVID-19 outbreaks declared over in B.C.

Abbotsford manufacturer cleared by Dr. Bonnie Henry

Nestle Canada selling bottled water business to local family-owned company

The Pure Life bottled water business is being sold to Ice River Springs

Major B.C. salmon farm tests new containment system to curb sea lice infestations

System “essentially eliminates” contact between wild and farmed fish stocks, says Cermaq

Major B.C. salmon farm tests new containment system to curb sea lice infestations

System “essentially eliminates” contact between wild and farmed fish stocks, says Cermaq

US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

President Donald Trump said the jobs report shows the economy is “roaring back”

Ottawa jail inmates argue anti-COVID measures a breach of charter rights

The prisoners allege guards did not wear masks until April 25

Epstein pal arrested, accused of luring girls for sex abuse

Ghislaine Maxwell was in an intimate relationship with Epstein for years

B.C. repairs COVID-19 emergency order for local government

Ombudsperson shut out as his recommendations implemented

No doctor assisted death allowed at Hamlets in Duncan

Faith-based company that owns facility believes in sanctity of life

Most Read