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PREVIEW: Port Moody Panthers vs. North Van Wolf Pack (Game #30)

Scott Ismond is credited with the first Wolf Pack shutout in history against the Panthers. Since that game on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 seven other Wolf Pack goaltenders have earned shutouts against Port Moody. Charlie Tritt was in net for the wolves last night and earned his first shutout in the PJHL and seventh in team history against the Panthers.

This afternoon, the Panthers (9-18-1-0) head to North Vancouver (14-13-1-1) with aspirations of snapping a two-game scoreless drought and three-game losing skid.

 

PORT MOODY PANTHERS

OVERVIEW

GM: Brian Wiebe
HC: Terry Morrison

Road Record: 5-8-1-0 

Record: 9-18-1-0 

Streak: 3L

Last Game: A 7-0 loss to the Wolf Pack at home last night.

Goals For/Goals Against: 75 GF/114 GA (-39)

Power Play: 12/109 (11.01%)

Penalty Kill: 20/115 (82.61%)

Leading Scorers: Derek Leroux (28GP – 12G – 11A – 23PTS), Ryden Mathieson (23GP –  10G – 11A – 21PTS), Dylan Emerson, (20GP – 3G – 13A – 16PTS), Bruce Grey (27GP–2G–4A– 16PTS)

 

WELCOME HOME ‘SON’

Tonight, marks the second time that Panthers’ forward Jobey Pearson is playing in the wolf den since being traded. Pearson was traded to the Lake Cowichan Kraken of the VIJHL earlier this year on Monday, January 10. He produced 9 goals and 4 assists for 13 points in 32 games with North Vancouver. The Wolf Pack also gave Cowichan future considerations in exchange for 2001-born forward Donovan Bellmond-Griffin. Pearson is from North Vancouver and ended up back in the PJHL as the Panthers acquired him for future considerations from the Kraken. 

The 5’1” and 175 lbs forward, currently sits seventh in team scoring with 5 goals and 8 assists for 13 points. The 2004-born and left-shot player has registered one point in his past twelve games. It is the goal of the Panthers organization including their General Manager, Brian Wiebe, to help land Jobey a spot playing Junior A hockey.

 

A PANTHER CLASSIC

The PJHL Winter Showcase is back for another season. The event takes place over the span of a few days in Richmond at Minoru Arena. The Panthers will play the Grandview Steelers on December 30 at 10:00am and Ridge Meadows Flames on January 1 at 1:00pm.

 

NORTH VANCOUVER WOLF PACK

OVERVIEW

General Manager: Dean Samson

Head Coach: Mike Borrelli

Record: 14-13-1-1

Home Record: 6-6-1-0

Streak: 6w

Last Game: A 7-0 win in Port Moody last night.

Goals For/Goals Against: 108 GF/127 GA (-19)

Power Play: 30/144 (20.83%)

Penalty Kill: 37/131 (72.76%)

Leading Scorers: JJ Pickell (30GP – 25G – 21A – 46PTS), Andrew Casellato (24GP – 11G – 21A – 32PTS), Tanner Terness (24GP – 8G – 19A -27PTS)

 

‘BAR’ DOWN

Born in Squamish, Trevor Baron has only been part of the Wolf Pack for the past three games. In that span he has one goal and three assists for four points. Baron was acquired from Aldergrove Kodiaks in a trade for Dario Zitko. The right-shot forward had 51 points in 50 games as a Kodiak. He adds more offensive firepower up front for the Wolf Pack.

 

IT’S ALMOST TIME

On December 17, the North Vancouver Wolf Pack is partnering with Family Services of the North Shore to present Teddy Bear Toss night. The game will take place at the Harry Jerome Recreation Centre at 6:45PM against the Abbotsford Pilots. The team is partnering with the North Shore Christmas Bureau where they will be gifted to families and children to ensure that every child in our community has a smile on their face come Christmas Day.

 

NOTES

  • Derek Leroux leads Port Moody in points (23), but has one point in his past eight games.
  • With a record of 9-18-1-0 the Panthers are last in the Tom Shaw Conference and third last in the PJHL.
  • Port Moody has been shutout three times this season. White Rock defeated the Panthers 3-0 on November 5, Ridge Meadows won 3-0 on December 9 and the Wolf Pack earned a 7-0 road victory last night.
  • Port Moody has not scored in their past two games.
  • North Vancouver has won their past six games. Port Moody has lost their past three games.
  • With last night’s 7-0 win the Wolf Pack now have a winning record for the first time this season.

 

Final Words

This is the final time that these two clubs will face one another in North Vancouver this season. The Wolf Pack have won the past two games including a 3-1 victory at home on November 19 and a 7-0 win last night in Port Moody. The final game of this season series will take place at Port Moody Arena on February 12.