Some nights, certain line combinations have it. Other nights, all 3 lines have the feet moving, and dominate both ends. Tonight was one of those nights. The game started with an early strike less than a minute into the game, with a battle won in the corners by the first line of Coach-Jay-Stevie. The puck made its way to BNags at the point, who fired a well placed shot for a tip in the slot by the Silent Assassin. He was anything but silent on this night. That was BNags first point since the 2015 campaign, when he transitioned from power forward to D, a la big Dusty Buff. After a small lapse in defensive play, Newy would hold strong to keep the score 1-0 after 1.
The second period was where the Panthers really put on a clinic for their own bench on puck control in the offensive zone. Amassing roughly 11 minutes of O-Zone time in the middle frame, the Panthers would score 2 goals on plays coming out of the cycle in the corner, including Jay (2) and Drew. The Panthers also carried the play in the neutral zone, with the Dogpound™ keeping tight gaps, which would eventually lead to a fast break goal by the coach. 4-0 going into the third.
The third was just a barrage of shots by the Panthers, who again, carried the play in the Black Duck end for most of the third. Coach would score another to make it 5-0, but the real story was Jay, who had to serve a few minutes in the sin bin for a vicious hit on a Black Duck. Some were calling it a 50/50 puck, and others were calling Jay the second coming of Ulf Samuelsson. Either way, he’ll have to find time between recruiting calls to have a call with the department of player safety. They don’t call him the Silent Assassin for nothing.
- POTG went to Newy with a 4 save shutout. The POTG snack this week was Airheads.
- This might be the first game in Panther history where Philly didn’t record a point, since statistics have been kept. Elias Sports Bureau is researching.
- Stevie, while not showing up in the goal column, had 3 points and a dominating performance from the left wing on the first line.
- Tater was named Assistant Captain of the week, with a quality performance on the ice, and an even better one off. Kid ordered pizzas which showed up 10 minutes after the game ended. Savvy veteran move.
Panthers look to keep the train rolling next week against another league newcomer Labatt Blues. 8:50PM at the BIP.