Junior B Hockey

Hunter Jensen looks to make a pass during Game 4 of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League final Monday at Panorama Recreation Centre. The Panthers lost 5-2 to miss a chance to sweep the Oceanside Generals. (Christian J. Stewart Photography/Twitter)

Brooms set aside, but Peninsula Panthers still in driver’s seat in VIJHL final

Generals avoid sweep with 5-2 win Monday at Panorama, game 5 shifts to Parksville

 

Parksville Mayor Ed Mayne and Qualicum Beach Mayor Brian Wiese drop ceremonial pucks to before game 1 of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League final between Oceanside Generals and Peninsula Panthers on Wednesday at Oceanside Place. The Panthers won 2-1 and host game 2 on Friday (March 25). (Michael Briones/Black Press Media)

Peninsula Panthers grab early VIJHL final lead with 2-1 win in Parksville

Riley Braun scores winner late against Oceanside; Panthers host game 2 Friday

 

The Quality Foods Oceanside Generals celebrate their win against Campbell River Storm in their VIJHL North Division final series. They now face the Peninsula Panthers in the VIJHL final. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville, Qualicum Beach mayors issue friendly wager ahead of VIJHL final

Mayne, Wiese make bet with North Saanich’s Geoff Orr as Peninsula Panthers face Oceanside Generals

 

Peninsula Panthers’ Logan Speirs (21) and Payton Braun (11) find themselves in a squeeze Monday against the Kerry Park Islanders at Panorama Recreation Centre. The visitors tied the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League South Division final with a 3-2 game 2 win. The series resumes Friday in North Saanich. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart Photography)

Panthers look to regain lead in VIJHL South Division final in North Saanich

Peninsula drops a narrow 3-2 decision to Kerry Park after lopsided win in opener

Peninsula Panthers’ Logan Speirs (21) and Payton Braun (11) find themselves in a squeeze Monday against the Kerry Park Islanders at Panorama Recreation Centre. The visitors tied the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League South Division final with a 3-2 game 2 win. The series resumes Friday in North Saanich. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart Photography)
The Peninsula Panthers, here celebrating a double overtime 3-2 win on home ice in Game 5 at Panorama Recreation Centre, clinched the series win over Westshore Wolves on Wednesday with a 4-2 victory in Colwood. (Christian J. Stewart Photography/submitted)

Peninsula Panthers scratch way into next round of playoffs, beat Westshore 4-2

Riley Braun powers attack with 4 points in Wednesday VIJHL playoff clincher in Colwood

The Peninsula Panthers, here celebrating a double overtime 3-2 win on home ice in Game 5 at Panorama Recreation Centre, clinched the series win over Westshore Wolves on Wednesday with a 4-2 victory in Colwood. (Christian J. Stewart Photography/submitted)
Peninsula Panthers team captain Riley Braun, in action during Friday’s 6-0 home victory over the Westshore Wolves, broke the modern-era VIJHL career scoring record with his four-point effort that night. He is closing in on the single-season record of 118 points, held by current Victoria Cougars head coach Brody Coulter. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart Photography)

Panthers seal home-ice advantage with victory over Westshore Wolves

Team success comes as captain Riley Braun breaks career scoring record

Peninsula Panthers team captain Riley Braun, in action during Friday’s 6-0 home victory over the Westshore Wolves, broke the modern-era VIJHL career scoring record with his four-point effort that night. He is closing in on the single-season record of 118 points, held by current Victoria Cougars head coach Brody Coulter. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart Photography)
The Peninsula Panthers celebrate after scoring against the Victoria Cougars Sunday afternoon. (Courtesy of the Peninsula Panthers)

Victory over Victoria Cougars pushes Panthers into first place

Captain Riley Braun also cracks the three-digit mark in points

The Peninsula Panthers celebrate after scoring against the Victoria Cougars Sunday afternoon. (Courtesy of the Peninsula Panthers)
The Peninsula Panthers and the hockey community at large are mourning the death of 18-year-old Grant Gilbertson, who died in a collision Monday night near the intersection of Sooke and Humpback roads. (Courtesy Christian J. Stewart Photography)

Greater Victoria hockey community in mourning after Panther player dies in crash

VIJHL junior B team planning special ceremony Friday to honour Grant Gilbertson, who was 18

The Peninsula Panthers and the hockey community at large are mourning the death of 18-year-old Grant Gilbertson, who died in a collision Monday night near the intersection of Sooke and Humpback roads. (Courtesy Christian J. Stewart Photography)
The Peninsula Panthers are all smiles head into the Christmas break, having won a pair of tough road games last week. They return to action on Dec. 29 with a home game against the Kerry Park Islanders. (Photo courtesy of Christian J. Stewart Photography)

Peninsula Panthers on the prowl for first; winners of five straight VIJHL games

North Saanich-based junior B squad enters holiday break on a roll, returns to action Dec. 29

The Peninsula Panthers are all smiles head into the Christmas break, having won a pair of tough road games last week. They return to action on Dec. 29 with a home game against the Kerry Park Islanders. (Photo courtesy of Christian J. Stewart Photography)
Peninsula’s Riley Braun carries the puck during Friday’s 5-4 home loss to the Port Alberni Bombers during Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart)

Panthers GM promises better effort Friday after Peninsula loses to expansion Bombers

Junior B hockey team erases four-goal deficit but comes up short; hosts Victoria this week

Peninsula’s Riley Braun carries the puck during Friday’s 5-4 home loss to the Port Alberni Bombers during Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart)
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Delta to host B.C. Junior ‘B’ hockey’s Cyclone Taylor Cup championship next April

The 2021 tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Cody Carlson has taken over as head coach and general manager of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Saanich Predators. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Predators)

Saanich Predators name new coach and general manager

Cody Carlson takes over from Brent Polischuk as Jr. B hockey team’s head coach, GM

Cody Carlson has taken over as head coach and general manager of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Saanich Predators. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Predators)
The Peninsula Panthers, here in action on the road against the expansion Port Alberni Bombers, played four games in six days in the past week. This game ended in a 4-3 loss, after the Panthers led the Bombers 3-0. (Photo by Kaicee Trott)

Peninsula Panthers round out busy week with win over Saanich Predators

Panthers lose two close games vs. Comox Valley, watch 3-0 lead dissolve in Port Alberni

The Peninsula Panthers, here in action on the road against the expansion Port Alberni Bombers, played four games in six days in the past week. This game ended in a 4-3 loss, after the Panthers led the Bombers 3-0. (Photo by Kaicee Trott)
The Campbell River Storm’s Kye Benoche shoots wide of Peninsula Panthers goalie Connor Svienson during Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League play on Saturday. The Storm won 4-3 in a shootout, after the Panthers scored late in the third to tie the game 3-3. (Alistair Taylor/Black Press Media)

Panthers make early season progress, host Kerry Park in North Saanich on Friday

Peninsula head coach Brad Tippett says junior B hockey team heading in right direction

The Campbell River Storm’s Kye Benoche shoots wide of Peninsula Panthers goalie Connor Svienson during Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League play on Saturday. The Storm won 4-3 in a shootout, after the Panthers scored late in the third to tie the game 3-3. (Alistair Taylor/Black Press Media)
Peninsula defenceman Matthew Seale finds himself sandwiched between Victoria Cougars players during the Panthers 4-1 loss Friday in North Saanich. The Cougars won the teams’ season opener 9-3 the night before in Esquimalt. (Photo by Gordon Lee)

Victoria Cougars dampen Panthers’ lofty expectation for VIJHL season start

Cougars post 9-3, 4-1 wins over the Panthers in opening junior B hockey weekend

Peninsula defenceman Matthew Seale finds himself sandwiched between Victoria Cougars players during the Panthers 4-1 loss Friday in North Saanich. The Cougars won the teams’ season opener 9-3 the night before in Esquimalt. (Photo by Gordon Lee)
Payton Braun (in blue), seen here in exhibition action against the Westshore Wolves, is a new addition to the Peninsula Panthers, who open their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season with back-to-back games against the Victoria Cougars, including Friday’s home opener at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Gordon Lee)

Panthers GM expects big things for Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season

Peninsula and Victoria Cougars play home-and-home Sept. 9-10

Payton Braun (in blue), seen here in exhibition action against the Westshore Wolves, is a new addition to the Peninsula Panthers, who open their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season with back-to-back games against the Victoria Cougars, including Friday’s home opener at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Gordon Lee)
Neither the BCHL nor PJHL have yet to decide whether COVID-19 vaccinations will be necessary to enter team’s arenas – such as South Surrey Arena, home of the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles – this coming hockey season. (File photo)

B.C. junior hockey leagues ‘weighing options’ about mandatory vaccinations for fans

Junior ‘B’ league will take cues from government, experts: PJHL commissioner

Neither the BCHL nor PJHL have yet to decide whether COVID-19 vaccinations will be necessary to enter team’s arenas – such as South Surrey Arena, home of the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles – this coming hockey season. (File photo)
The Port Alberni Bombers of the VIJHL have hired Gaelan Patterson as their inaugural head coach and general manager. He will join the team in August 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

VIJHL: Expansion Port Alberni Bombers hire coach and GM

Saskatchewan coach excited to join city’s new Jr. B hockey team

The Port Alberni Bombers of the VIJHL have hired Gaelan Patterson as their inaugural head coach and general manager. He will join the team in August 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Westshore Wolves, along with eight other Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League teams, have been off the ice since last November due to pandemic-related restrictions. The league is awaiting the next round of public health orders, due this week, to plan its next moves. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League awaits next public health order

Junior B league on pause since November due to COVID restrictions

  • Feb 1, 2021
The Westshore Wolves, along with eight other Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League teams, have been off the ice since last November due to pandemic-related restrictions. The league is awaiting the next round of public health orders, due this week, to plan its next moves. (Black Press Media file photo)
VIJHL in action. (file photo)

VIJHL suspends season until Jan. 10

Provincial health order preventing 19- and 20-year-olds from skating

VIJHL in action. (file photo)