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The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League South Division standings have tightened-up over the past weekend with the Westshore Wolves and the Saanich Braves winning their only games, while the Peninsula Panthers won both of theirs.
The Panthers defeated the visiting Comox Valley Glacier Kings Friday, by the score of 5-2. They followed up that game Saturday, in game two of their home-and-home, two-game set in Comox by the score of 4-2.
In both games, the Panthers outshot the Glacier Kings, scored first and won the special teams category as well. Friday, they outshot Comox 44-28 and scored one in eight opportunities on the powerplay, while holding the Glacier Kings special teams off the board. Saturday the shots were 38-33, while the visitors went 1/6 on the man advantage and again held Comox from scoring on the powerplay.
The Panthers spread the points around between the two games as Josh Lingard, who earned the third star and Marshall Brown the first star picked up four points each Friday, it was Tanner Wort scoring a hat-trick Saturday.
With the win, the Panthers do not move up in the standings, they continue to occupy the last spot, but are now tied with the Victoria Cougars with 14 points and are just one point shy of both the Braves and the Islanders and five points shy of the Wolves. The Panthers have two games in-hand over the Braves and one game in-hand over the Islanders.
The Kerry Park Islanders losing 2-0 to the Braves and 7-3 to the Wolves helped make it a near four-way tie for second place of the five-game division. A shuffling of the South Division deck could happen over the next few days.
Wednesday the Oceanside Generals visit the Westshore Wolves. Thursday, the Wolves visit the Victoria Cougars at Archie Browning. Can the Cougars take advantage of a tired Wolves Thursday, if so; they can leapfrog from second-to-last to second place in the South Division.
Friday and Saturday, the Braves visit both the Panthers and the Oceanside Generals in Parksville. While the Panthers visit the Islanders Saturday and the Cougars visit the Islanders.
With the right combination of wins and losses, there could be a complete reshuffle of the division.
Meanwhile, in the North Division, the Nanaimo Buccaneers continue to lead with 28 points in 15 games with a record of 14-1-0-0 over the second-place Campbell River Storm who are three points back and have played two more games. The Buccaneers are likely to just pad their lead over the weekend with games against Glacier Kings in Comox and at home against the Islanders.
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