Author: Coach


Panthers 3 Mahoney’s Leafs 1

The Panthers had quite a bit more of a fight on Tuesday night in 1 of 2 Semi-Final tilts on Tuesday night, beating Mahoney’s Leafs 3-1 at the BIP. A Mahoney’s Leafs team equipped with a lot more firepower gave a spirited effort, after losing to the Panthers a combined 20-4 in the regular season.

The first period was odd-man rush central as both teams raced up and down the ice, leading to power plays for both teams in the first. The Panthers would cash in first with a tip out front by Fast Drew from Tater on the PP. Two posts by the Panthers, and some sustained pressure gave the Leafs goalie all he could handle. A sold out barn of 9 people were on their feet the whole game.

The second began with more of the same, as the Panthers kept plugging and forechecking down low. The second goal of the game would come on a nice keep in by Tater for his second apple of the game, with Bon finishing the pass off the D-man’s stick out front. Mahoney’s would cash in on a nice 1 on 1 goal by one of their “late season” pickups. I mean, really really late season. With some renewed life, the Panthers got hemmed in for a few shifts before finally the Drew-Drew-Matty line finished the period out with a strong shift.

The third started out with Mahoney’s taking the play to the Panthers, but couldn’t break through Newy as some great saves and stingy backchecking by some Panther veterans kept the lead. Philly would cash in on a great play by Matty from behind the net. Once again, the Drew-Drew-Matty were the most effective line at generating scoring opportunities, while the Bon-Petey and Mikey-Jay line pairings locked it down in the neutral zone. Duran, the Panther workhorse all season was creating chances on both ends of the ice. As they have done all season, the Dog Pound locked it down as for the 6th time this season, the Panthers held their opponent to one goal or less, and for the 11th time, two goals or less, including both playoff games. A total team effort.

MVP jacket went to Tater as his veteran presence really showed up in the post season, with two apples and hard play.

The Panthers meet perennial rival Bill’s Auto for the Championship next week at 9:10PM at the BIP! Needless to say, I don’t think Noonan will be lending Bon his gloves for that matchup.

EDITOR’S NOTE – Our previous goalie (3 seasons, 0 playoff wins) didn’t like that I used “quite a bit” twice in the first two sentences. I fixed it. 


Panthers 7 Busch League 2

The Panthers just keep rolling. After securing the best season in franchise history, the Panthers now have their first ever playoff win in the Tuesday Night League.

For the second week in a row, the Panthers held Busch League to two goals and this week, sent them and their cages to the golf course for the rest of the summer. After a spirited effort for the first two periods of last week, Busch League couldn’t put together much of a sustained attack against a much more seasoned Panther squad, which boasted the highest goals-for in all 3 BIP summer leagues.

The first period started off at a torrid pace as the Panthers started the game with the Petey-Pat Man-Bon line, and good two-way play kept it even. That was, until mid-way through the first, Philly cashed in on a Bnags pass, putting one by the goalie on the ice. Busch League would answer right back with a fast break snipe far side coming down the right wing. Stevie would give the boys the lead with 9 seconds left in the first, on a pass from Philly.

The second wasn’t much different, as the Panthers kept it pouring on with one from Pat Man and one from the Silent Assassin. Pat man, Petey, and Drew provided assists in the second.

The third period was pretty much a formality as the Panthers outscored Busch League 3-1 in the third, with goals from Stevie (2) and Pat Man (2). Matt B also played. He had a goal. Other players recording assists were Tater, Silent Assassin, and Petey (2).

The real MVP was Russ Noonan, and more importantly, Russ Noonan’s gloves, which Bon used to secure an assist in the tilt, and provide the little jump the Panthers needed to get going.

Box Score

In other playoff action, the Chiefs (reigning league champions) were knocked off by 8th seed Mahoney’s Leafs, who showed up with 18 skaters, 2 goalies and a full front office staff for the big tilt. Bill’s Auto added another playoff win to their resume, as the squad formerly known as G.W. Gately took down The Pub 7-6. An exciting end to the night, as Boston Sword, Knife, Lamb, and Tuna Fish blew a 7-5 lead with 5 minutes left in the third to Team Carter, who would eventually win 13 seconds into overtime.

Next week, the Panthers take on Mahoney’s at 9:10 at the BIP, with Bill’s Used Cars taking on Team Carter in a big 10:20PM tilt. Bring ya popcorn.



Regular Season Panther Awards

Adam Oates Award (Most Assists) – Philly (18)

Rocket Richard Award (Most Goals) – Pat Man (13)

Art Ross Award (Most Points) – Pat Man (30)

Ogie Oglethorpe Award (Most PIM) – Fast Drew (13)




Panthers 9 Busch League 2


Date Time League Season
August 16, 2016 6:30 pm Regular Season 2016


Busch League2Loss


# Player Position G A PIM GA
14The Silent AssassinSkater0000
28Fast DrewSkater0011.50
 Total 917182

Busch League

Position G A PIM GA



Panthers 4 Bill’s Auto 4

The Panthers got a flat tire courtesy of Bill’s Auto with a 4-4 tie Tuesday night in Burlington. A perfect storm of mental mistakes, bad bounces, and a spirited effort by William’s Auto held the Panthers back from staying perfect.  A tough played first period that began with Bill’s scoring on their first shot on net which trickled in, ended 1-1 with Brad tying the game to keep the game even.

Bill’s Auto then took a 2-1 lead in the second, and started to take the play to the Panthers. Bill’s first line looked like the Russians out there with a fury of speed, passing, and shots on goal. The Panthers would hang on, regain some momentum and eventually come back with 2 goals later in the period, one from Brad, and one from Stevie.

The third period was a bit of a gongshow, as play up and down both wings lead to good scoring chances by both squads. Bill’s would score to tie the game 3-3 to set up quite the end of the third. Honorary Panther, and current Bill’s Auto forward Russ Noonan put some pressure on the Panthers with a nice goal off a great pass on the boards late in the third to put Bill’s up 4-3. The Panthers, for the first time in 2016, had to put together a big line to avoid adding a tally to the “L” column. As soon as Newy made it to the bench, perennial clutch D-Man Philly would wreck Noonan’s hopes of a GWG on a great pass from Stevie to tie the game 4-4 with just under a minute to go. The goal put Phil in for a tie of the team lead in points (he has lead the Panthers in each season since the club was established). A late push by the Panthers would result in some chances, but no goals.

Player of the Game jacket only gets passed on for wins.

Next week, 10:00PM vs. the Pub. We’ll see how the Panthers respond to their first bump on the road to getting at least one playoff game win.


Panthers 6 J. Brian’s Grille and Pub 2

The Panthers came out of the gate flying with the Nagle line, scoring less than a minute in, and once again, never looked back. Before the tilt was over, we had goals from The Coach (2,3), Brad(5), Drew(5), Duran(9), and Philly(7).

The game was mostly uneventful, with the Panthers carrying most of the play. The exceptions were a garbage time clap daddy goal from one of the veterans using a cage from the 70’s on the rush, and a late game penalty shot given up on a dirty hook by Stevie, taking the man down on a breakaway. Unfortunately for Newy, a nice shot five-hole would make it a 6-2 affair with less than 2 minutes to go.

The boys improved to 10-0-0, and player of the game went to the Coach with 2 goals. Although the real MVP performance went to The Silent Assassin and the Coach, who came back from 20-0 down to win 21-20 against Pat-Man and Stevie. They believe they won on some win-by-2 shenanigans, but those of us with brains know who won.

8:50PM next week vs Bill’s Auto.


Panthers 8 Who’s your Daddy 1

With an 8-1 dismantling, the Panthers showed Who’s your Daddy who their daddy is. Matty B got on the board early with a goal assisted by the Drews just 4 minutes in, and the Panthers never looked back. BNags, still quiet in the goal department, wouldn’t be held off the scoresheet as he went to the sin-bin for 1:30 at the 9 minute mark. Getting on the scoresheet anyway you can; Bobby Nagle would be proud. Petey continued the trend later in the first with a shorty, his 9th of the year. The Coach showed up fashionably late after a family issue (puppy kindergarten) and as soon as he stepped on the ice, slipped a pass to Philly with just 4 seconds left in the period for his 6th of the year.

The Panthers didn’t waste much time in the second as Snipesy got the scoring going a minute in with a goal from The Silent Assassin and Philly. The Panthers handled a few small pushes in the second, but goals by each of the two Drew’s just a minute apart really knocked the wheels off of the Daddy bus. The Nagle line put on the pressure late in the second capped off by a Silent Assassin goal, his 8th of the year. No more #1in5209 for this guy.

The third period was a formality as the Panthers had already thrown seven up on the board, and the only thing left to do was run the clock and crack a few cold Bud Lights. Mikey B put in a Petey pass midway through the third to make it 8-0. Newy played well, and the only blemish on the record was an around-the-world effort with 5 minutes left in the third to breakup the shutout.

The player of the game this week was awarded to Petey, who had a 3 point performance to put him 4th on the team in scoring. The foot soldiers of the Panthers getting it done going into the bye week. J. Brian’s comes to town in two weeks at 7:40, where the Panthers will hope to move to 10-0-0.


Panthers 13 Mahoney’s Leafs 4

Just another Tuesday night slaughtering by the Panthers vs the
Mahoneys Lawn and Garden Center. The Panthers extend their record to
5-0 for their best start in franchise history with a 13-4 drubbing of
Mahoneys and increase their goals for to 45.

I am pretty sure everyone including the 3 fans in the stands scored
off of Mahoney’s poor goalie. Well everyone except BNags.

Highlights include two Hat Tricks by Nagle, Phil (Player of the Game)
and Richards-Davidson, Brad. Nagle,Jay added 2 goals to extend his
team leading goal total to 7 on the year. Bon (0 G, 2A) and Duran (1G,
2A) now tied for the team lead in points at 13.

Newie (2.20 GAA) put up another solid effort save for a last minute
snipe that even the Panther bench loved.

The Panthers now look ahead to a Week 6 matchup vs the 2-1-1 Boston
Sword and Tuna squad.