PANTHERS CAPTURE SILVER IN TOURNEY
The Panthers next game saw them face off against the Lucan Irish. The game opened with the Irish putting strong pressure on the Panthers. Strong defensive plays from Aaron Lee and Marshall Frederick kept the Lucan offense at bay. Justin Narvaez opened the Panthers scoring, with a second Pelham goal coming just seconds later from Luke Breadner off a beautiful pass from Maxx Veld. Breadner notched another to put Pelham up by 3. Lucan answered with their first goal of the game but were no match for the Panthers offense who delivered two more in the first from Veld and Breadner respectively. In the second, Breadner and Narvaez each notched another but Pelham poured it on with a gritty effort from Austin Wilson to score his first of the game. Pelham sniped another due to Merek Triano’s hard nosed play along the boards, feeding Frederick with a pass that he was able to finish from the point. The third period saw Lucan score their last goal and Pelham’s Ian McQueen finishing out the scoring with 18 seconds left in the game. Pelham earns their second win with a final of 10-2.
Panthers finish up the preliminaries as the top seed with a plus 10 rating, guaranteeing them a spot in the finals. The Panthers came into the championship game against the Creemore Hawks fighting for a win. Aggressive and confident playing from Brody Miltenburg and Caleb Walton helped Pelham to kill off back to back penalties in the first. The Panthers effectively moved the puck out of their own end with a pass from Walton to Doherty to spring Breadner on a break to open the scoring with a goal in the top corner. Creemore replied back to tie the game early in the second. Panthers netminder Leduc continued to battle with several effective poke checks to stave off the Creemore attack. Pelham out chanced and out shot the Hawks but were outmatched by their goaltender who was ultimately awarded player of the game. Narvaez took home player of the game for the Panthers. Pelham ended up proudly taking home the silver prize due to a combined team effort. The Panthers celebrated their second place victory in style on the Niagara Ice Dogs bus on the way home.