Pickering Panthers playing for Ontario Junior Hockey League title

ByLois C

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Members of the Pickering Panthers celebrate after the team won the North-West Conference title by beating the Milton Menace 3-0. The Panthers are now playing for the Ontario Junior Hockey League title.

The Pickering Panthers are the North-West Conference Champions and now playing for the Buckland Cup and the Ontario Junior Hockey League title.

The previous time the Panthers battled for the league championship was in 1985, when the workforce played in the Metro Junior B Hockey League.

The Panthers knocked off the Milton Menace in three straight video games, winning the 3rd game 7-2 on Wednesday, April 27.

Coach and General Supervisor Rob Pearson reported, “We received ourselves a acquire, which is pleasant.”

“They in fact came out and played incredibly bodily, quite fast. They experienced a fantastic match plan and they ended up finding up on us 2-. We were being really back again on our heels and probably very not completely ready for that very first period. They outplayed us,” Pearson said.

“Then we caught to it. Got again to our video game system, received our legs going and we pushed again in the next period and close up tying at 2-2. Then we took it over in the 3rd,” he famous.

The league finals was set to commence on Monday, May possibly 2 and it is a best-of-seven series.

The Toronto Junior Canadiens led the Cobourg Cougars 2-1 in the other conference ultimate, heading into Activity 4 Friday in Cobourg.

Pearson does not have a preference on which staff his will participate in.

“I assume the two are good quality groups and they’re evenly matched, so both a single would be evenly matched. It’s likely to be a good finals, a good grind, so, no, I really don’t seriously have a preference,” he reported.

Likely into the league finals, the Panthers have yet to reduce a match in the playoffs.

The initially two rounds were being finest-of-three, and the conference finals best-of-five.

“We’ve bought a workforce of superior veterans that can enjoy the activity,” Pearson claimed. “They can enjoy speedy. They can participate in several designs of games that have been assisting us. The final two collection have been quite physical and just weighty and tough, but they’ve been terrific.”

“We had a superior staff from the get-go. We have a good goalie in Zach Roy and (Andrew) Ballantyne, so we’ve been pretty lucky there. (Roy) came from the OHL, from Hamilton, to end his junior job out. To have a big backstopper like that is fantastic for us. It gives us self-confidence,” Pearson famous.

In the lineup, there’s veteran gamers, he explained.

“Starting with (Matthew) Altomare, who’s a regional boy, Pickering community boy who’s been with the staff for a prolonged time, and (Brendan) Tomilson, who arrived from the Q (Quebec Significant Junior Hockey League) and is a Lindsay boy. They variety of run the back conclude for us pretty well,” he claimed.

The staff has 4 sound lines with superior depth, Pearson reported.

Pearson was also named OJHL Mentor of the 12 months, while Tomilson was named Defenceman of the Calendar year.

“It’s a wonderful honour, naturally with 22 teams, some excellent groups and coaches out there. I’m very honoured to have been picked,” Pearson claimed.

As for Tomilson, Pearson stated, “He’s been a substantial element for us. He arrived in right from the get-go. We built a trade (with Lindsay) once he was released from the Quebec league … and he came in as leader. He’s never appeared again. He’s a person that is effective hard in practice and in games and he seriously pushed himself. He didn’t occur down, at times you get gamers who arrive down a stage and type of give up. He is just pushing forward and exhibiting he’s a genuine leader and he’s nicely deserving of successful that award.”

By Lois C