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Panthers U11HL champs

 Panthers Prowl to a gold medal


  St. Thomas undefeated in the U11HL division at home tourney


  December 3, 2023


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By Rob J. Ross

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas U11HL Panthers are tournament champs.

Kinley Taylor was credited with the game's only goal, an own goal, in a 1-0 shutout of London Devilettes Green, in the U11HL final, today at the Panthers on the Prowl tournament. Goalie Molly Payne stopped all pucks her way.

In the semifinals, Allie Harvey had a hat trick as the Panthers defused the Ayr Rockets, 5-1. Claire Brokenshire and Addison Bogart, rounded out the scoring for the Panthers.

"They have improved as individuals and as a team," Panthers head coach Mark Payne said. "The defence has been a solid five player rotation. They can all skate the puck out of our end with confidence. They also make it very tough on the other team by keeping pucks in at the blue line in the offensive zone. We have a first year goalie that has been very confident and competitive."

The Panthers scored 22 goals in five games.

"Offensively, we have a well balanced attack," Payne added. "All of our nine forwards have scored this year, so we are not just replying on our top forwards to carry the team every game."

In pool play the Panthers skated to a 3-0 record.

The Panthers opened with a 6-1 win against rival London Devilettes Red, with Brokenshire and Harvey each scoring twice and Michaela Jones, one goal.

Brokenshire had two more goals, while Harvey, Eva Lounsbury, Kinley Taylor and Paisley Llic, one each in a 6-2 dumping of Tecumseh.

Claire Thomson with two goals, Addison Bogart and Brokenshire, netted pucks in a 4-2 win over Oakville.

Over 40 teams from as far as Kincardine, Windsor and Nepean are playing in eight divisions in the three day tournament.

The Panthers advanced to the U13C final, before falling 5-2 to the Nepean Wildcats.

Ilderton (U18C), Stratford (U11C), Stoney Creek Black (U15HL), Windsor (U15HL) and BAD Blazers (U15C) were division winners. Stoney Creek Black and

Kitchener Red battled for U18HL gold.





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