Panthers win third straight game on home ice

The Peninsula Panthers have been changing their roster as of late and have been seeing some serious improvements in their game

Peninsula Panther Reece Costain (#11) wheels through the neutral zone in overtime after receiving a pass from #18 Kai Turner. Costain would finish the rush with a slapshot to give the Panthers a 2-1 victory last Friday night.

The Peninsula Panthers have been changing their roster as of late and have been seeing some serious improvements in their game.

Last Friday night, the Saanich Braves invaded Panorama Recreation Centre to play against the Panthers and were downed 2-1 by the Peninsula team in overtime.

The overtime win came after Panthers’ Captain Reece Costain sped down the left side of the ice with four minutes and thirteen seconds played in the extra round. He ripped a slapshot past Braves’ goalie Brandon Ward to finish off the game and the third straight home win for the Panthers.

Recently acquired goaltender Alex Olson was tending the net for the Panthers that night and former Peninsula Panther Nathan Looysen, 18, was inserted into the lineup just hours before the game.

“Olson has given us the goaltending we had been searching for since game one,” said Panthers’ coach Rob Mortin after the game.

“Getting Looysen was a surprise but a pleasant one. We need some scoring and we feel that if we can add one more of the same type of player we should be a club to be reckoned with. I think the kids are pretty excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and we have a pretty tight-knit group right now.”

The Panthers host the North Island Division leading Campbell River Storm on Friday night.

The puck is set to drop at Panorama Recreation Centre at 7:30 p.m.

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