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The Peninsula Panthers, who occupy last place in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, lost to the Kerry Park Islanders tonight by the score of 4-3. They let this one slip away.

With just six wins in 32 games, entering tonight’s action, the Panthers are looking for any positives that they can find. The Panthers were hoping that the Islanders would provide the tonic that they need, as the Islanders sit second-to-last in the South Division and third-to-last overall with a record of 10-19-1-1.

The Panthers got the early lead with a powerplay marker at 4:13 from Duncan Cochrane. Assists went to Thomas Spink and Trevor Owens.

Four minutes and two second later they scored again, this time it was an even strength goal from Kai Turner. Michael Sproule and Drew Coughlin drew assists on the play.

Up 2-0 after one and outshooting the Islanders 16-10 during the first, a seventh win looked possible.

At 24 seconds into the first period Joe Lamoureux scored to put the Islanders on the board. The goal was assisted by Tanner Tiel.

Sproule, with his second point of the night restored the Panthers’ two-goal lead with a marker at 15:49, from Turner and Braeden Hansen. The game was on.

After two, the score was 3-1 for the Panthers.

The Islanders outshot the Panthers 12-11, for a two-period total of 27-2, Panthers.

The Islanders scored three unanswered goals during the third period including a short-handed marker by Caleb Franklin at 8:46. Franklin scored again at 17:22, while the first goal of the period was scored by Dawson Haines at 5:57.  The comeback was complete.

Franklin sits 14th in the league’s points race with 29 in 32 games, including 13 goals, not including tonight’s stats.

Lamoureux, Franklin and Jacob Malloch earned two points each on the night. Malloch got the nod for the games first star.

For the Panthers Turner and Sproule each had two points with one goal and one assist, each.

Shots ended up being 37-31 for the Panthers, who went 1/11 on the powerplay, while the Islanders went 0/5.

Chase Anderson stopped 34 of 37 shots for the Islanders, to earn the win, while Liam Tuttle took the loss stopping 25 of 29.

The next game for the Panthers is on Jan 6 against the same Kerry Park Islanders that they played tonight.

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