VIJHL

Peninsula Panthers captain and winger Riley Braun and centre Logan Speirs finished one-two in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League scoring while winger Payton Braun finished fifth. (Courtesy Christian J. Stewart Photography)

VIJHL’s top scorers celebrate success on and off the ice

Peninsula Panthers captain Riley Braun, brother Payton and Logan Speirs among elite of VIJHL

Peninsula Panthers captain and winger Riley Braun and centre Logan Speirs finished one-two in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League scoring while winger Payton Braun finished fifth. (Courtesy Christian J. Stewart Photography)
Peninsula Panthers Captain Riley Braun (left) used Friday's 5-3 victory over the Kerry Park Islanders to set a new league record for a single season. He first tied, then broke the previous record of 118 points a season to finish on top of Vancouver Jsland Junior Hockey League scoring with 120 points. (Christian J. Stewart Photography/Submitted)

Peninsula Panther captain Riley Braun sets new league scoring record

Riley sets new record with 120 points in regular season play

Peninsula Panthers Captain Riley Braun (left) used Friday's 5-3 victory over the Kerry Park Islanders to set a new league record for a single season. He first tied, then broke the previous record of 118 points a season to finish on top of Vancouver Jsland Junior Hockey League scoring with 120 points. (Christian J. Stewart Photography/Submitted)
Peninsula Panthers team captain Riley Braun, in action during Friday’s 6-0 home victory over the Westshore Wolves, broke the modern-era VIJHL career scoring record with his four-point effort that night. He is closing in on the single-season record of 118 points, held by current Victoria Cougars head coach Brody Coulter. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart Photography)

Panthers seal home-ice advantage with victory over Westshore Wolves

Team success comes as captain Riley Braun breaks career scoring record

Peninsula Panthers team captain Riley Braun, in action during Friday’s 6-0 home victory over the Westshore Wolves, broke the modern-era VIJHL career scoring record with his four-point effort that night. He is closing in on the single-season record of 118 points, held by current Victoria Cougars head coach Brody Coulter. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart Photography)
Panthers forward Logan Speirs weaves his way through defenders during Friday’s 4-3 loss against the Victoria Cougars. The Panthers will face the Westshore Wolves in the opening round of the playoffs and Friday’s upcoming home game will see the Panthers host the Wolves. (Photo by Christian J Stewart Photography)

Peninsula Panthers look to grab home-ice advantage against Westshore Wolves

North Saanich’s Panorama Recreation Centre Friday will see Panthers host third-placed Wolves

Panthers forward Logan Speirs weaves his way through defenders during Friday’s 4-3 loss against the Victoria Cougars. The Panthers will face the Westshore Wolves in the opening round of the playoffs and Friday’s upcoming home game will see the Panthers host the Wolves. (Photo by Christian J Stewart Photography)
Peninsula Panthers’ forward Lyon Sterling battles for the puck in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) action at North Saanich’s Panorama Recreation Centre where the Panthers lost against the Westshore Wolves 3-1. (Christian Stewart Photography/Submitted)

Westshore Wolves leave Peninsula Panthers howling after loss

The VIJHL suffers narrow loss in home game with high intensity against likely playoff opponent

Peninsula Panthers’ forward Lyon Sterling battles for the puck in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) action at North Saanich’s Panorama Recreation Centre where the Panthers lost against the Westshore Wolves 3-1. (Christian Stewart Photography/Submitted)
The Peninsula Panthers celebrate after scoring against the Victoria Cougars Sunday afternoon. (Courtesy of the Peninsula Panthers)

Victory over Victoria Cougars pushes Panthers into first place

Captain Riley Braun also cracks the three-digit mark in points

The Peninsula Panthers celebrate after scoring against the Victoria Cougars Sunday afternoon. (Courtesy of the Peninsula Panthers)
Captain Riley Braun weaves his way past multiple defenders as the Peninsula Panthers beat the Lake Cowichan Kraken 8-1 Friday night at North Saanich Panorama Recreation Centre. (Christian J. Stewart Photography/Submitted)

Lake Cowichan Kraken, Saanich Predators fall victim to Peninsula Panthers

The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey team won weekend games 8-1 and 4-2

Captain Riley Braun weaves his way past multiple defenders as the Peninsula Panthers beat the Lake Cowichan Kraken 8-1 Friday night at North Saanich Panorama Recreation Centre. (Christian J. Stewart Photography/Submitted)
Peninsula Panthers and Victoria Cougars players link arms around centre ice for a moment of silence in memory of Panthers player Grant Gilbertson Friday night at the Panorama Recreation Centre. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Peninsula Panthers honour fallen teammate as VIJHL season moves forward

Panthers drop first game back 5-2 after the death of player

Peninsula Panthers and Victoria Cougars players link arms around centre ice for a moment of silence in memory of Panthers player Grant Gilbertson Friday night at the Panorama Recreation Centre. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Saanich Predators of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League paused practice this week and cancelled a Jan. 7 home game against the Westshore Wolves due to COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Predators cancel Friday game out of precaution around COVID-19

Many players from hockey team sick this week; only one positive COVID test result received

The Saanich Predators of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League paused practice this week and cancelled a Jan. 7 home game against the Westshore Wolves due to COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Peninsula Panthers are all smiles head into the Christmas break, having won a pair of tough road games last week. They return to action on Dec. 29 with a home game against the Kerry Park Islanders. (Photo courtesy of Christian J. Stewart Photography)

Peninsula Panthers on the prowl for first; winners of five straight VIJHL games

North Saanich-based junior B squad enters holiday break on a roll, returns to action Dec. 29

The Peninsula Panthers are all smiles head into the Christmas break, having won a pair of tough road games last week. They return to action on Dec. 29 with a home game against the Kerry Park Islanders. (Photo courtesy of Christian J. Stewart Photography)
Forward Denver Maloney carries the puck during the Panthers’ 3-2 victory over the Victoria Cougars Friday night. (Courtesy of Christian J. Stewart Photography)

Peninsula Panthers remain on hot streak with win against Victoria Cougars

A three-goal outburst in the second period gave Panthers 3-2 win over rival

Forward Denver Maloney carries the puck during the Panthers’ 3-2 victory over the Victoria Cougars Friday night. (Courtesy of Christian J. Stewart Photography)
Peninsula Panther goalie Ashton Lukan was a key contributor to his team’s 5-4 shootout victory against the Westshore Wolves Friday night. (Courtesy of Christian J. Stewart Photography)

Peninsula Panthers leave Westshore Wolves howling and ice Comox Valley Glacier Kings

Forward Riley Braun also becomes all-time leader in games played and points scored for the Panthers

Peninsula Panther goalie Ashton Lukan was a key contributor to his team’s 5-4 shootout victory against the Westshore Wolves Friday night. (Courtesy of Christian J. Stewart Photography)
Peninsula Panther Riley Braun, here seen in action earlier in November, leads the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League in scoring with 24 goals and 42 assists for a total of 66 points. (Christian J. Stewart Photography 2021/Submitted).

Peninsula Panthers lose one Friday but resume their winning ways over Kerry Park Islanders

The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League team plays three games this week

Peninsula Panther Riley Braun, here seen in action earlier in November, leads the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League in scoring with 24 goals and 42 assists for a total of 66 points. (Christian J. Stewart Photography 2021/Submitted).
Logan Speirs scored his 20th goal of the season 40 seconds into the first overtime to give the Panthers a 5-4 victory over the Westshore Wolves. (Photo courtesy of Christian J. Stewart Photography)

Late-game comeback extends Peninsula Panthers’ streak to seven

The Panthers scored with one second left to tie game before beating Westshore Wolves in OT

Logan Speirs scored his 20th goal of the season 40 seconds into the first overtime to give the Panthers a 5-4 victory over the Westshore Wolves. (Photo courtesy of Christian J. Stewart Photography)
A banner honouring Nick Collins hangs in Kerry Park Arena. The Islanders’ annual Nick Collins Game was played at the arena on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Island hockey trio escape serious injury in car crash following memorial game

Kerry Park Islanders players escape serious injury in accident following Nick Collins Game

A banner honouring Nick Collins hangs in Kerry Park Arena. The Islanders’ annual Nick Collins Game was played at the arena on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Goalie Ashton Lukan stopped 37 out of 38 shots Friday night as the Peninsula Panthers beat the Kerry Park Islanders 5-1 for their fifth straight victory with Lukan being the winning goalie during four of those games. (Courtesy of Christian J Stewart Photography)

Goaltending backstops Peninsula Panthers to fifth straight win

VIJHL team is hitting on ‘all cylinders’ as it prepares for Victoria Cougars, Westshore Wolves

Goalie Ashton Lukan stopped 37 out of 38 shots Friday night as the Peninsula Panthers beat the Kerry Park Islanders 5-1 for their fifth straight victory with Lukan being the winning goalie during four of those games. (Courtesy of Christian J Stewart Photography)
There won’t be any action on Friday night due to the Strathcona Gardens worker walk out. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror

Labour dispute cancels Campbell River hockey game

Storm game cancelled due to Strathcona Gardens strike, third day of strike action for union

There won’t be any action on Friday night due to the Strathcona Gardens worker walk out. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror
Peninsula Panther Grant Gilbertson is battling for the puck against Kiernan Strange of the Victoria Cougars during Friday’s 4-1 victory against the visitors. Gilbertson also helped his team Saturday night as he scored the tying goal against the Kerry Park Islanders en route to a 5-4 victory on the road. (Courtesy of Christian J. Stewart)

Peninsula Panthers pounce for two victories over the weekend

Wins against Victoria Cougars and Kerry Park Islander push Panthers up the standings

Peninsula Panther Grant Gilbertson is battling for the puck against Kiernan Strange of the Victoria Cougars during Friday’s 4-1 victory against the visitors. Gilbertson also helped his team Saturday night as he scored the tying goal against the Kerry Park Islanders en route to a 5-4 victory on the road. (Courtesy of Christian J. Stewart)
Peninsula’s Riley Braun carries the puck during Friday’s 5-4 home loss to the Port Alberni Bombers during Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart)

Panthers GM promises better effort Friday after Peninsula loses to expansion Bombers

Junior B hockey team erases four-goal deficit but comes up short; hosts Victoria this week

Peninsula’s Riley Braun carries the puck during Friday’s 5-4 home loss to the Port Alberni Bombers during Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart)
Payton Braun celebrates his goal against the Campbell River Storm Friday night at Panorama Recreation Centre with Logan Speirs. (Christian J. Stewart/Submitted)

Peninsula Panthers moving up in VIJHL standings with league’s top scorer

Two wins and a narrow loss to the league’s top team round out weekend action

Payton Braun celebrates his goal against the Campbell River Storm Friday night at Panorama Recreation Centre with Logan Speirs. (Christian J. Stewart/Submitted)