Sunday, 18 January 2009

Panthers get it done versus STU

The Tommies' long season continued this afternoon at the LBR as they entertained the UPEI Panthers. The Tommies came out strong early in the game, but special teams for UPEI were STU's undoing in the first period, as Justin Donati scored on the powerplay at 6:44 to make it 1-0. Then at 10:40 goaltender Matt Davis mishandled a puck bounce off the back boards and Panthers captain Rick Steadman was in prime position to make him pay, depositing the easy backhand into the net for a shorthanded goal and a 2-0 Panthers lead.

Ryan Murphy gave Tommies fans some hope, pulling STU to within a goal after a nice feed from Maxim Chamberland at 3:36 of the 2nd period, but the Panthers connected again on the powerplay with a blistering Howie Martin wristshot at 5:41. UPEI rounded out the second period scoring with an Iain McPhee point shot to make it 4-1.
Neither team would score in the third period, and the Panthers leave Fredericton with a 4-1 victory over STU, who fall to 2-14-3 on the season.

Next up for the Tommies - a pair of weekend tilts against Nova Scotia opponents at the LBR; Saint Mary's on Friday night and St. F-X on Saturday night. Both games are 7:00 pm starts.

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