Panthers Score Four in Wins Over Picton

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By Jeff Gard/Today’s Northumberland

On the strength of four straight goals in both games, the Port Hope Panthers are coming off back-to-back victories over the Picton Pirates in Provincial Junior Hockey League action.

Thursday night in Picton at the Prince Edward Community Centre, the Panthers trailed 2-0 after the first period before holding on for a 4-3 win over the Pirates.

Port Hope scored four times unanswered in the second period, including two goals from Carter Clarke and single tallies from Nolan Stevenson and Camden Stickney.

Owen Dever scored his second of the game for the Pirates on a power play 7:16 into the third, but the Panthers preserved the one-goal lead the rest of the way.

Goaltender Sam Dingle made 29 saves to record the win in net for Port Hope.

The Panthers fell behind 2-0 again Saturday night at the Jack Burger Sports Complex in Port Hope en route to a 4-2 victory.

Dingle made 23 saves for his second straight win in net, but Picton’s Tyler Hayes was the busier of the two netminders as Port Hope outshot the Pirates 46-25.

After a scoreless opening period and trailing by two just under 11 minutes into the second, Nathan Ford answered back for the Panthers at 13:31 of the opening frame and Stevenson scored his first of two in the contest with just 24 seconds left on the clock in that middle frame.

Stevenson struck again 8:22 into the third with his team-leading 15th goal, ninth power-play goal and fourth game-winning goal.

Port Hope maintained the one-goal advantage almost to the final buzzer before Clarke scored into an empty net with one second remaining.

Logan Kelly drew a pair of assists on the Port Hope goals, extending that streak of two helpers to three games.

Port Hope (6-6-1-0) will host the winless Frankford Huskies (0-12-2-0) this Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at the Jack Burger Sports Complex.

Jeff Gard
Author: Jeff Gard

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