Panthers Sneak Up On Cougars


Peter Kung

February 23, 2013, North Saanich, BC (ISN) – Stephen Heslop made 28 saves and Connor Logan scored his second goal of the night to break a second period tie as the Peninsula Panthers came from behind to beat the Victoria Cougars 5-3 on Friday night.

Peninsula, who dropped a 6-2 decision in Game 1, trailed 2-1 before a goal by Reece Costain midway through the opening frame tied the penalty filled affair.

Both teams were unable to capitalize on the numerous power play opportunities handed to them.

Victoria and Panthers went 1-for-6 with the man advantage.

Sam Rice opened the scoring unassisted at 1:24 but the lead was quickly erased at 3:28 on Logan’s first goal of the playoffs.

The Cougars regained the lead when Brody Coulter found the back of the net three minutes later. But again, it did not take long for Peninsula to respond when Costain answered the bell at 8:47.

After Logan put the Panthers ahead for good, disaster struck for Victoria five seconds later when Nathan Looysen’s goal gave the home side a 4-2 lead.

Evan Roch, who allowed four goals on 16 shots, was replaced by Michael Herringer.

There was no scoring until a third period power play marker at 12:54 by Coulter pulled the Cougars to within a goal.

Victoria pressed for the equalizer but were handed the loss when Josh Adkins scored into an empty net.

Herringer stopped all nine shots in relief.

Game 3 goes Sunday, February 24. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 3:00 p.m.


1st star, Connor Logan (Goals: 2, Assists: 1)

2nd star, Stephen Heslop (Saves: 28, Save Percentage: .903)

3rd star, Nathan Looysen (Goals: 1, Assists: 2)