The site of this one was the Activa Sportsplex and those in attendance saw the first regular season action for the Sun County Panthers as they took on a Kitchener team still searching for their first win of the season. It was a game that shifted period to period as the Panthers came out strong with lots of pressure in the first period. The second period saw the Rangers battle back and shore up some of their weaknesses on defense while the third period was complete domination for Kitchener en route to a 6-1 victory.
For Kitchener, it was a much needed win while for Sun County it was a learning experience early in the season.
Giveaways, Giveaways, Giveaways
The story of the first period for both teams, and the entire game for Sun County was the excessive amount of turnovers in the defensive zone. The first period saw Kitchener with an abnormal amount. Outlet passes that were picked off or attempts to clear that didn’t have enough steam on them led to a few chances and the Jake Nimmo goal for Sun County.
While Kitchener improved on their lapses in defense, Sun County’s continued throughout the game. Catalin Morin, who was the only goalie dressed for the Panthers with Kody Williams out, was hung out to dry on several occasions and a few big saves made this score closer than it could have been.
The Panthers defense really struggled with the forechecking of the Jr. Rangers and saw many of their passes intercepted or just completely fanned on. Puck control in their own zone definitely one of the more important things the Panthers will be working on in upcoming practices.