The Peninsula Panthers’ Fab Five Skyler Diamond-Burchuk, Riley Braun, Josh Lingard, Tanner Wort and Thomas Spink led the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League All-Stars Sunday. They lost 7-6 in sudden-overtime against the Pacific Junior Hockey League. (Mark Berry/Submitted)

Peninsula Panthers’ Josh Lingard scores four against Kerry Park Islanders

Lingard and teammates narrowly lose all-star game 7-6 in sudden death overtime

Josh Lingard powered the Peninsula Panthers with four goals in regular Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) action Friday, then led the VIJHL All-Stars against their counterparts from Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) Sunday.

Lingard’s personal performance was part and parcel of a larger showcase by the league’s top-scoring line as Tanner Wort and Riley Braun also added to their point totals over the weekend, which saw the Panthers maul the Kerry Park Islanders 10-5 in front of a large, appreciative home crowd at Panorama Recreation Centre.

The trio combined for 16 points on the night, led by Lingard’s six points. Braun chipped in with two goals and three assists, while league-leading scorer Wort added five assists.

RELATED: Peninsula Panthers ride new goalie, old goalie to pair of victories

“They could not have been more dominant,” said Pete Zubersky, general manager. But they were Sunday afternoon, as the VIJHL all-stars lost 7-6 to their PJHL counterparts at the Ladner Leisure Centre. Joined by the Panthers’ Thomas Spink and Skyler Diamond-Burchuk, Braun led all scorers with three goals while Lingard and Wort each added singles, as the line combined for five of the six VIJHL’s goals during an entertaining game settled in sudden death-overtime.

“These three had an eye-popping game on Friday and then to turn around and dominate in a game that had the best players from two of the three Junior B Leagues in the province, was absolutely amazing,” said Zubersky. “It’s crazy to think about it but these guys are getting better every week. I cannot imagine how much confidence they will carry into the playoffs. It’s not often that fans can see anything like the show these three put on night in and night out. I honestly wonder what is next.”

wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com


Like us on Facebook and follow @wolfgang_depner

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Development will bring 77 new homes to Colwood

Developers preparing land for six-storey, four-storey and two three-storey buildings on Sooke Road

Oak Bay, Esquimalt firefighters headed up the big climb Sunday

Oak Bay firefighter joins former Esquimalt assistant chief for 48-storey stair climb

Kids learn the ropes of business with free UVic entreprenuership training

The second annual Kidovate program is now open for registration

Salmon fishing closures won’t save the whales, say critics

Federal government accused of going after salmon fishery as ‘low hanging fruit’

PHOTOS: BC Children’s lottery offers luxury downtown Victoria home as a prize

The Choices Lotto has luxury homes across the province

VIDEO: Alleged shoplifter caught on camera at Sidney boutique

Staff at Cameron Rose Gifts seek the public’s help locating woman

Cheapest in B.C.: Penticton gas prices dip below $1 per litre

Two stores in Penticton have gas below a dollar.

VIDEO: Outpouring of worldwide support for bullied Australian boy

Australian actor Hugh Jackman said ‘you are stronger than you know, mate’

‘A horror show:’ Ex-employee shares experience at problematic Chilliwack seniors’ home

Workers are paid below industry standard at all Retirement Concepts facilities

Forest industry protests northern B.C. caribou protection deal

B.C. Mining Association supports federal-Indigenous plan

Youth-led report calls on B.C. government to create plan to end youth homelessness

There are no dedicated programs for youth homelessness at federal, provincial level, report says

UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at Nanaimo high school following threats

Nearby elementary school was in hold-and-secure

Wolverines face elimination game at Island finals

Sooke squad lost to Nanaimo’s John Barsby last night

Trudeau: Time for blockades to end and Indigenous leaders to work with government

Prime minister says situation in Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute is ‘unacceptable and untenable’

Most Read