The Peninsula Panthers continued their upward climb by trumping the Kerry Park Islanders 5-3 last Saturday evening.
Since making sweeping changes at the trade deadline on Jan. 10, the Peninsula Panthers have kept steady and over the weekend they captured 3 of a possible 4 points and 5 of 6 possible points since the trade deadline.
“Quite a number of people I spoke with thought we would end up in the tank after the three deals we made right before deadline,” explained Hockey Operations Manager Pete Zubersky.
“I honestly thought that it would make the remaining kids work that much harder as they would take on more significant roles, and it did. I really like how we’re playing right now.”
Will Finlay opened the scoring for the Panthers with just over eight minutes having passed in the first period. Also scoring for the Panthers were Cole Glover and Nathan Looysen, who is currently scoring a point per game.
He was the lone marksman in the second period, giving the Panthers a 4-2 lead going into the third.
Islanders’ netminder Jordan Hospes gave his team a chance, stopping 52 of 57 Panthers shots directed his way.
Panthers’ goalie Stephen Heslop picked up the win, blocking 22 of 25 shots.
During their home game last Friday, the Panthers lost 6-5 to the visiting Saanich Braves however the team still earned a point for the game.
This Friday, Jan. 25, the Panthers will host the Nanaimo Buccaneers who will be making their last visit of the season. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at Panorama.