Ice melts on Panthers, Braves matinee

Victoria Cougars, Saanich Braves remain top two ranked junior B teams in B.C.

A Zamboni malfunction led to a postponed Sunday afternoon game between the home team Peninsula Panthers and visiting Saanich Braves at Panorama Recreation Centre on Sunday (Dec. 9).

With a large crowd in attendance, the Braves and Panthers skated the traditional 15-minute warmup, with the Panthers debuting a new third jersey.

After the warm up, the Zamboni came out for a pre-game flood and broke down inside the Panthers blueline. Hot water emptied onto the ice and melted a spot down to the concrete. The game was cancelled and is to be rescheduled at a later date.

The Braves had defeated the Panthers 3-2 on Wednesday (Dec. 5) and the Sunday game was to be their second of the week. On Friday the Panthers won their first game in three attempts under promoted coach Brian Passmore. The former assistant took over on Nov. 30 when Rob Armstrong left for a post with B.C. Hockey.

Injuries, meanwhile, slowed the Braves (20-4-0-2) up as the second best team in the province fell 4-3 in a shootout loss to the Oceanside Generals at Pearkes arena on Friday.

Top line forwards Josh Gray and Max Mois, who made his Braves debut on Wednesday, both missed Friday’s game. They are part of a long list of injured Braves with Tom Dakers, Jordan Groenhyde and Brandon Parmar.

To make room for Mois, formerly of the Westshore Wolves, the Braves moved 20-year-old Andrew White to the Comox Valley Glaciers, host of this year’s Cyclone Taylor Cup provincial championship.

The Victoria Cougars (27-1-0-1) remained atop the list of B.C.’s best junior B teams this week.

Frustrations boiled over as the Cougars routed the Kerry Park Islanders 10-0 on Thursday and 10-1 on Saturday. The Islanders racked up 164 penalty minutes on Saturday, with the Cougars picking up 75. It was up from 82 for the Islanders and 48 for the Cougars on Wednesday.

sports@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Colwood mayor pitches ferry as commuter alternative

Mayor Rob Martin says different modes of transportation need to be considered

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Victoria residents and businesses could see a jump in property taxes

A change in health premium coverage could prompt an increase in taxes for 2019

Bouquet sales support big dreams in Greater Victoria

Country Grocer features holiday bouquets for Help Fill a Dream

Emerald Gloves boxing brings fights to Langford

Langford’s Matt Daniels dropped weight for debut

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Greater Victoria holiday craft fair roundup for Nov. 16 to 18

Check off all of the items on your shopping list at these great events

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 14

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

Port Alberni convenience store robbed

Police still searching for suspect

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Most Read