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The Peninsula Panthers can't seem to scratch out a win.
Currently they sit in last place in the South Division of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and…well…sit in last place overall with a record of 3-16-0-3.
After just four periods of hockey, they lost one of their best players in Trevor Owens. He finally returned Friday, November 11th on his comeback from a broken leg. Owens earned an assist and was even on the +/- column for the night, which is pretty good considering the Panthers lost the catfight by the score of 7-2 to the Victoria Cougars. Five of those goals were even strength, a stat which could play havoc with a hockey player’s numbers.
The Cougars currently prowl around first and second place, depending on what the Saanich Braves are doing, which is usually winning.
The night of Owens’ return was the night two regulars sat, injured. Michael Sproule and backup goaltender Liam Tutte were out. Sproule sits third in team scoring with 16 points in 19 games. The lowly Panthers need everyone playing, teeth bared; claws out.
The Panthers will pounce on the opportunity this coming weekend as they play two games. On Friday the 18th they host the Comox Valley Glacier Kings and Sunday they pay a visit to the North Division cellar dwellers, the Oceanside Generals, in a matinee game at 2:30 PM.
For Victoria area teams, the Cougars will host the Oceanside Generals on Thursday, while the Westshore Wolves try to take a bight out of the Saanich Braves at Pearkes on Friday. Saturday the Cougars head to Kerry Park.
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