A tale of two Saaniches: Never say die Panthers are at it again, force Game 7 against Braves

The Peninsula Panthers won 8-5 at Panorama Rec. Centre on Friday to push the VIJHL semifinals to a seventh and deciding game

The Victoria Cougars will have to wait it out as the Peninsula Panthers and Saanich Braves fight to the bitter end. Because the never-say-die Panthers are at it again.

The Panthers staked themselves to a 4-0 lead and won 8-5 over the Braves in Game 6 of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League semifinal series at Panorama Rec. Centre on Friday night (March 16).

It forces a seventh and deciding game at Pearkes arena, 4 p.m. on Saturday (March 17).

Dane Gibson and Trevor Yee put the Panthers up 2-0 in the first period on Friday.

Then came the type of 11-goal second period that makes junior B beautiful.

The Panthers scored two more from Joe Densmore and Josh Bloomenthal to lead 4-0, five minutes in to the middle frame.

The Braves responded with goals from James Kellington and Ty Jones at the eight and 10 minute marks.

But the Panthers poured in three more before the second intermission, one from David Stephens and two from Yee for the hat trick.

Dan Burkmar and Jack Palmer also scored in the second for the Braves.

The VIJHL finals begin Sunday (March 18) at Archie Browning Sports Centre against the host Victoria Cougars. The Cougars defeated the Kerry Park Islanders in five games of the other semifinal.

 

Just Posted

Langford shooting suspect is banned from having firearms: West Shore RCMP

Investigators ask witnesses and occupants of the brown Cadillac Deville involved to come forward

Horgan heckled as gas prices sit at record high, could go up more

Premier John Horgan blames refiners, not taxes

Saanich Police salutes fallen officer

Const. Robert Kirby was killed in the line of duty on April 24, 1960

Good Samaritans rescue Sidney senior trapped under mobility scooter

78-year-old broke her pelvis and spent a week in hospital after the accident

Home care transition could exacerbate worker shortage: Seniors advocate

Advocate fears impact of eight-hour shift model on an industry under stress

VIDEO: Police dog in Oregon struck by 200 porcupine quills during pursuit

The German shepherd had to be sedated and was in treatment for more than two hours

Wanted by Crime Stoppers

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt?

Images of one of the word’s most iconic landmarks were seared into… Continue reading

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

SPCA investigating after newborn kittens found in Vancouver dumpster

The kittens were found suffering from hypothermia and dehydration

Experts butt heads in court, hunter loses case for return of ram

Despite expert testimony, judgement says ram probably underage

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C. man turned to dating site for pimp operation, court hears

In court the details of how Simon Rypiak lured 4 women into prostitution revealed

Most Read