The Panthers entered the Arch at the top of the VIJHL standings. Their record of 12-2, while impressive, isn’t unique in the VI thus far. The Cougars actually have a better winning percentage with their record of 10-1. With a light schedule to start and a postponed game in Westshore, the Cougars will have a few games in hand for a while.
The first period wasn’t what you would expect from the top of the league. Mostly slopping ill-timed passes led to a plethora of give-aways from the Cougars. Luckily for the home team, their tender kept them in the game. 23 give-aways from the Cougars in the first period alone. The Panthers jumped out to the lead very early. Logan Speirs took one of those give-always and buried it. Jonah Chambers, though, played fantastic for the rest of the period. Then with a scramble out front Trey Anderson tied the game 4 minutes later. Evan Easton gave the Cougars the lead late in the period with another goal that had several players crowding the crease. Cougars lead 2-1 after 1 in a period that they could easily been down a few.
The second almost looked to be a carbon copy of the first. Josh Lingard opened the period with a goal only 4 minutes in and the Panthers were right back in it. But, either that goal, or the coaches words during the intermission sparked the Cougars. Evan Easton grabbed his second of the game shortly after and then Hark Gill grabbed his 2nd of the year on the power play mid-way through the period and the Cougars were up 4-2. The Panthers had plenty of shots, but not quite the same quality as the 1st period. Cougars were out-shooting the Panthers 23-18 after 2, and held a 4-2 lead.
The final frame had the Cougars add to their lead a few minutes into the period. 16 year old Trey Anderson grabbed his second of the game and the Cougars had a 5-2 lead over the VIJHL leading Panthers. Peninsula pressured hard in the 3rd trying to get back into the game. The top line of Lingard-Wort-Braun saw a lot of ice-time in the 3rd. Those 3, plus Sparrow, are the top 4 league leaders in points. But the combination of Chambers and his defence held strong and held the leagues top attack at bay. The Cougars would take this one by a score of 5-3.
Players of the game
Jonah Chambers – Victoria
Logan Speirs – Peninsula
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