Peninsula Panthers take win in lone weekend game

Second game cancelled due to issues with the ice surface

Panthers’ goaltender Josh Round makes a huge save in the dying minute of play on Dec. 7 to net a 4-3 win for the Panthers over the Westshore Wolves.

The Peninsula Panthers prevailed in what turned out to be their only game this weekend against the Westshore Wolves.

Panthers’ goalie Josh Round, who is the newest member on the team’s roster, was put to the test during Friday night’s game when he was given the start by new head coach Brian Passmore.

Although it took a full 60 minutes for Round to prove his worth, in the end his net-minding skills were the difference maker for the Panthers as he was forced to make a huge save in the final second of play to give the Panthers the 4-3 win.

Marking goals during the game were Daniel Welch in the first period and Cole Golka, Josh Adkins and Cole Glover during the power-play.

Adkins, who had a three-point night, picked up the first star honours. Spencer Loverock who added two assists during the game was named third star.

Round, who blocked 19 of 22 shots by the Wolves, was named the game’s second star.

With the win over the Wolves, the Panthers have once again pulled into a third place tie with Westshore in the Southern Division of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.

On Sunday afternoon, a large crowd showed up at Panorama Recreation Centre as the Panthers planned to host their South Division rivals, the Saanich Braves as well as the Peninsula Minor Hockey appreciation game.

Unfortunately, the first puck was never dropped as the ice resurfacer broke down and caused significant damage to the ice which forced the cancellation of the match.

Instead of the scheduled game, the Panthers held an impromptu skills competition and, as planned, gifted their special third jersey that was made up for the game to 23 lucky Peninsula Minor Hockey winners.

The regular season game against the Braves will be rescheduled for a later date.

The Panthers are now preparing for a what should be a tough game against the league-leading Victoria Cougars on Friday night.

The last home game before Christmas will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Panorama Recreation Centre.



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