Panthers pounce to outslick Oilers

Youth hockey is rolling along in Cayman and a number of solid results continue to come through.

The Logic Youth Roller Hockey League at Kings Sports Centre played their second round of games last Saturday. After shaking off the cobwebs from the long winter break back in week one, the players were in top form.

Opening up the day in the Peewee division, the KPMG Senators suffered their second straight loss with a 4-1 final in favour of the Appleby Sharks. Appleby players of the game included Amanda Alexander and Alex Slocock, meanwhile netminder Dylan Bostock of the Senators earned his team MVP status for his strong performance between the pipes.

Game two saw the Stuarts Panthers pull off a solid victory against the Vampt Oilers, defeating the strong Orangemen 8-5.

The Oilers skating with a short bench, managed a late game rally, but were simply unable to score against Elizabeth Johnson who was solid for the Panthers in goal. Johnson, along with Marc Reid and Bryce Towell of the Oilers, was the game MVP.

In the Atom division, the Eats Blazers defeated the WestStar Wild in an exciting 3-2 finish that had spectators virtually on the edge of their seats.

As one fan put it “the excitement during the last 10 minutes was amazing. I’m not sure my blood pressure could have taken much more.

The kids on the Wild team deserve to be credited for their attempts at goal in the last few minutes of the game, but props to the Blazers defence and their goalie Matty (Cooke) who kept them in it for the win.”

Turner Johnson (Eats) and Ethan Finlason (WestStar) each received their team’s MVP status on the day. In game two of the Atom league, the Cedrus Capitals, lead by young defender Megan Thompson, defeated the Animal House Penguins 7-0.

Goaltender Joe Allom along with Megan Thompson were awarded their team’s player of the game.

In the Novice 8U league, game one saw the Walkers Blue Iguanas tie their second game of the Spring against the Dart Ducks with a final score of 5-5. In game two the dms Bruins continued their winning ways, defeating the mighty XN Financial Flames 8-5.

MVP honours on the day for their respective performances were awarded to: Gabriel McDermott (dms), Graeme Madison (dms), Ryan Godwin (XN Financial), Will Geldard (XN Financial), Dylan Lewis (Walkers), Nick McCallum (Walkers), Marin Hughes (Dart) and Oliver Burnstein (Dart).

Coming up this Saturday, the league will not only see the third round of games in the league but also the first stage of tryouts for the 2011 C.I. Kings Travel Hockey Team programme.

The C.I. Kings, which is part of the School of Fitness programme, has seen a few modifications since their launch last year and are proud to announce the addition of a new assistant coach to the Travel Team programme in Jean-Louis Beaudet.

Beaudet expressed his enthusiasm about the new venture.

“I’m eager to get going with the programme,” Beaudet said.

“Having played for the Kings last year I’m happy to be able to continue on as a coach. After seeing the tournament level of play, I think our players can compete, but we need to work on our skating game. This will be our focus from day one.”

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