By Ally Harris
It was a mixed weekend for the Panthers, with the hockey and basketball teams in action. Here’s how the teams did.
The men played host to St. FX on Friday night. After a scoreless first period, Tyler Brown got the Panthers on the board 5 minutes into the second for a 1-0 lead. But things went downhill from there, as the X-Men scored five unanswered goals to take a dominating 5-1 win over the Panthers.
They looked for redemption on Saturday as they hosted Saint Mary’s, and this time, the opposite thing happened. The Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the first period, but then a pair of goals from Mason Wilgosh in the second period put the Panthers ahead, and Chris Desousa capped it off with a third period goal to give UPEI a 3-1 win.
The women were on the road this weekend and didn’t fare so well. They were in Sackville on Friday night to face the Mounties, who got the game’s opening goal midway through the first. The Panthers tied things up 13 minutes into the second with a goal from Emma Weatherbie, but Mount A were on the board again a few minutes later to take the lead back. They added another in the third to take a 3-1 win.
On Saturday, the women were in Halifax taking on Saint Mary’s. The Huskies got off to a quick start, scoring 90 seconds into the game, and midway through the first scored another to put them up by two. After a scoreless second, the Panthers were able to get on the board with a power play marker in the third period, but couldn’t find a tying goal, falling 2-1. Laura Bradley scored the Panther goal.
The men’s basketball team has been on a roll lately, and they continued their winning ways on Friday night against Saint Mary’s. They had etched out a 34-24 lead by the end of the first quarter, and extended it slightly in the second to be up 58-47 at the half way point. They came out firing in the third, scoring 8 points to open the quarter and entered the fourth quarter with an even bigger lead. Although the Huskies tried to claw back in the fourth quarter, the Panthers had built enough of a lead to hold on for a 118-109 win, their sixth straight victory. Brad States led the Panthers with 28 points.
On Saturday, their fire was finally extinguished. Although the first quarter was evenly matched, the UNB Varsity Reds came out and outscored the Panthers by 13 points in the second to build a comfortable lead. The Reds continued to slightly extend their lead in the second half of the game, handing the Panthers a 75-96 loss, their first home loss of the season. Tyler Scott led the team with 32 points.
At the other end of the court, the women had a very successful weekend. They too played Saint Mary’s on Friday, building a 13-7 lead by the end of the first. They extended their lead slightly in the second, but the second and third quarters were fairly evenly matched between the two teams. The Panthers had a big fourth quarter, outscoring the Huskies 19-6, to take the game 60-40. Darcy Zinck led the team with 15 points.
Saturday’s game against UNB was even closer. The two teams were separated by just a point at the end of the second quarter, with the Reds having the advantage. The Panthers came out in the third and outscored the Reds by five points, then extended their lead just a little more in the fourth to win the game by eight points, a score of 57-49.
With all basketball games this weekend being worth four points, the Panthers were able to climb into second place in the standings with the wins. They sit just two points behind the Huskies with 22 points.