Story and Photos By Devin Milner (ISN)
January 26, 2013, Nanaimo, BC – The Northern Division leading Nanaimo Buccaneers paid a visit to the struggling Peninsula Panthers Friday night at the Panorama Rec Center in North Saanich.
Despite giving it their best efforts, the hard hitting Panthers could not disrupt the superior speed and superb puck handling skills of the Nanaimo Buccaneers. This inevitably turned the tide mid-way through the second period following an errant pass up the middle leading to an odd man rush for the Bucs’, giving Lee Orpen an opportunity to restore the Bucs lead 2-1.
Photo By Devin Milner (ISN)
Off the ensuing draw the Bucs kept up the pressure on the tiring Panthers, entering the attacking zone the Bucs set up men on the points with a crowd in front of the goal. A hard shot from the point was blocked; but was corralled by Riel Gibson who swiftly put it into the top corner for a speedy 3-1 lead.
This spelled the end of the road for the Panthers starting goalie Stephen Heslop, Josh Round entered the game with nine minutes to go in the second period. However, Josh fared no better than his predecessor.
Photo by Devin Milner (ISN)
With four minutes to go, off a deep dump a speedy Beau Blanaru gathered the puck behind the Panthers new goalie for a 4 -1 lead late in the period. Unfortunately for the home crowd there would be no come back this night, Riel Gibson completed a hat trick and Lyndon Eddy added another for good measure.
Beau Blanaru scores Nanaimo’s fourth goal of the game in the 15th minute of the second period. Attached summary of the game – Photo By Devin Milner (ISN)
The final score of the night was 7-2 in favor of the Nanaimo Buccaneers, their record goes to 24-15-3 while the Panthers drop to 21-17-2.
For more information on where you can catch either team next game check out their schedules on www.vijhl.com or their respective websites.