Panthers even series with 5-2 win over Braves

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League semifinals shift to Peninsula for Games 3 and 4

Matt Biagoni and the Saanich Braves suffered a 5-2 loss to the Peninsula Panthers at Pearkes arena in Game 2 of their VIJHL semifinal series on Wednesday. Game 3 is 7:30 p.m. at Panorama

Coach Brad Cook had to wonder where the Saanich Braves’ game plan was against the Peninsula Panthers in Game 2 of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League semifinal series on Wednesday (March 7).

The Panthers used a dominating, four-goal second period to win the game 5-2 and even the best-of-seven series at 1-1.

“We played well, put a lot of pressure on the Braves and did a good job of stopping the way they like to play,” said Panthers coach Rob Armstrong.

Tyler Porteous, Jake Bryan and Joe Densmore each scored on the powerplay for the Panthers. Josh Bloomenthal and David Stephens scored at even strength to make it 5-0.

“Our powerplay had been inconsistent most of the season. It had to be better and it was (on Wednesday),” Armstrong said.

Among the many frustrations for Cook was the Braves’ lack of discipline, having repeatedly warned his squad not to give the Panthers powerplay chances.

“We were awful,” Cook said. “Unfocused and undisciplined. We didn’t do what we talked about for our game plan. We had a chance to go up 2-0 in the series and now we’re back even.”

“In saying that, we weren’t good in the first period but, only being down a goal, you’ll take that. “We had a stretch of eight minutes in the second period where we dominated and had five point-blank scoring chances. It could have easily been 3-3.”

James Kellington and Sam McMullen scored for the Braves in the third period but the deficit was too large. Adding to the Braves’ woes, Nick Vanstone earned a minor penalty for a hit-to-the-head in the first period, which comes with an automatic 10-minute misconduct. When it happened again, this time in the second period, Vanstone was ejected from the game.

“They’re stupid penalties,” Cook said.

Brave words: Good news: In both first round losses to the Campbell River Storm the Braves bounced back to win, a habit they were trying to build during the regular season.

Bad news: The flu bug is making its rounds within the Braves’ dressing room. Jack Palmer and Jordan Groenhyde were kept out of the lineup, meaning they were sick enough to forego a playoff game.

Game 3: 7:30 p.m. March 9 at Panorama.Game 4: 7:30 p.m  March 12 at Panorama.Game 5: 8:30 p.m. March 14 at Pearkes.

 

Just Posted

Sidney bank robbery suspect also sought in connect to Abbotsford robbery

Lucas Daryl Bradwell, 28, is known to frequent the Lower Mainland but is believed to be on Vancouver Island

More ideas come forward for Victoria’s Centennial Square

Ideas from over 1,400 residents are being presented to council

RCMP confirm foul play in death of 60-year-old Metchosin man

Police believe crime an isolated incident

Greater Victoria group helps low-income, at-risk seniors stay safe

Victoria chapter of 100+ Women Who Care donate $30,300 to Eldercare Foundation

VIDEO: Dashcam video captures moment Victoria cyclist struck

Police seeking cyclist captured in video

Nine kittens and cats rescued after being locked in bins in northern B.C.: SPCA

SPCA says cats were starving, and matted with feces and urine

High-speed rail link would run from Vancouver to Seattle in under 1 hour: study

Annual ridership is projected to exceed three million

ICBC insurance renewals get more complicated this year

Crash history, driver risk prompt more reporting requirements

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

U.S. tug firm to be sentenced for 2016 spill in B.C. First Nation’s territory

The Nathan E. Stewart spilled 110,000 litres of diesel and heavy oils in October 2016

Asylum figures show overall slower rate of irregular crossings into Canada

Between January and June 2019, a total of 6,707 asylum seekers crossed irregularly into Canada

Wolves not gnawing into Island’s prey population

Forestry practices, not predation, blamed for reduced numbers in prey animals

Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

Most Read