Cougars struggle as they fall to the Panthers

Cougars vs Panthers photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras ISN

An injury riddled Victoria Cougars team went into action against the Peninsula Panthers with a strong well played disciplined game,panthers gave the Victoria team fits all night.

Cougars were missing their top two scorers and had called up multiple affiliate players they lacked getting anything going. The Panthers did not sleep on this at all they pounced scoring multiple times.

Cougars vs Panthers photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras ISN
Cougars vs Panthers photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras ISN

The first period was Peninsula dominated as they were looking to get on the board early to make a statement, in which they did. 6:48 into the first period Josh  Lingard of the Panthers scored with an assist from Riley Braun. The rest of the period would remain scoreless as neither teams found the back of the net. The second came around as the Cougars were looking to turn things around in hope to find success. But the Panthers were able to get a quick on that was thrown on net by Alexander Benger from Logan Speirs surprising Cougars goaltender Owen Sikkes only 0:29 seconds into the second period.

Cougars vs Panthers photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras ISN
Cougars vs Panthers photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras ISN

Victoria was able to fight only to find the back of the net once as Tyler Vanuden picked up his 13th goal of the season with assists from Dylan Jessa and Quddus Kalyan. That would be Victoria’s only goal as they were not able to get anything going for them. The Cougars would then be on a few power plays but nothing emerged from them, instead, Peninsula was able to capitalize shorthanded as Thomas Spink scored from Josh Lingard. This would act as a dagger towards the Cougars as if being down wasn’t enough they went down two.

The third came around as Victoria had a change of netminders as Owen Sikkes who usually is very much on top of his game had to take a break, which meant Cameron Stevenson would be in net for the Cougars. Victoria would try everything as the lack of experience within their ‘affiliate players’ team took over, not allowing the Cougars to get anything going their way. The Panthers would collect the empty netter as David Edgar would intercept the puck putting it into the Cougars net.

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