Pan­thers, Raiders clash in opener

Kingston Whig-Standard - - SPORTS -

Fans of the Port Hope Pan­thers and Na­pa­nee Raiders won’t have to wait long to see the top two lo­cal ju­nior C teams over the past three sea­sons clash head to head this sea­son.

The Pan­thers, who are the three­time de­fend­ing lo­cal pen­nant win­ners and play­off cham­pi­ons and who have made three con­sec­u­tive trips to the pro­vin­cial ju­nior C fi­nal, will travel to Na­pa­nee on Fri­day night to take on a team that has fin­ished be­hind them three straight years in league stand­ings and also been the di­vi­sion’s play­off run­ner-up the same num­ber of times.

Game time for the open­ing game of the Pro­vin­cial Ju­nior Hockey League Tod Di­vi­sion sea­son is 7:30 p.m..

On Satur­day night, three other teams will raise the cur­tain on their 40-game sea­sons, with the Amher­stview Jets host­ing the Gananoque Is­landers at 7:30 p.m. at and the Camp­bell­ford Rebels trav­el­ling to Port Hope for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Pan­thers.

Gananoque hosts Na­pa­nee at 7 p.m. and the Pic­ton Pirates travel to Amher­stview for a 7:30 p.m. date with the Jets on Sun­day night to round out open­ing week­end play.

The Pan­thers have won a to­tal of 100 reg­u­lar-sea­son games over their past three pen­nant cam­paigns — to go along with just 16 losses and three ties — be­fore ad­vanc­ing through the play­offs to the Sch­malz Cup fi­nal, only to lose three straight times.

Port Hope posted a fran­chise-best record of 35-3-1 for 71 points as it ran away with the Tod Di­vi­sion pen­nant last sea­son, fin­ish­ing 18 points ahead of the Raiders (26-12-1 for 53 points), who col­lected their most points over their three-year run­ner-up run.

Gananoque (21-18-1) fin­ished 10 points be­hind the Raiders while Pic­ton claimed the last play­off spot with 41 points (20-19-1).

Miss­ing the play­offs last year were Amher­stview (12-25-1 for 25 points) and Camp­bell­ford (0-37-1 for a sin­gle point).

Memo­rial tour­na­ment a girls bas­ket­ball warm-up

Twelve se­nior girls bas­ket­ball teams will take to the court Fri­day in the 10th Tay­lor Al­lan Memo­rial Tour­na­ment.

La Salle is host­ing the two-day tour­na­ment, which is run in hon­our of Al­lan, a stu­dent ath­lete who died in 2008 from ar­rhyth­mo­genic right ven­tric­u­lar car­diomy­opa­thy.

The host Black Knights are one of six teams from the Kingston Area Sec­ondary Schools Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion play­ing.

La Salle and the Loy­al­ist Lancers are in Pool A, the Sydenham Golden Ea­gles are in Pool B, the Bayridge Blaz­ers and Fron­tenac Fal­cons are in Pool C, and the Re­giopo­lis-Notre Dame Pan­thers are in Pool D.

Courts at La Salle and Fron­tenac will be in play Fri­day and Satur­day.

Re­giopo­lis opens tour­na­ment play at noon against Arn­prior, while La Salle plays Loy­al­ist at 1:20 p.m.

The first game at Fron­tenac is be­tween Bayridge and the Fal­cons.

The tour­na­ment is set up with three tier cham­pi­onships, all with their fi­nals at La Salle. The teams that top their pools will meet in Satur­day’s 1 and 2:30 p.m. semi­fi­nals for the Tier 1 cham­pi­onship. The fi­nal is at 5:30 p.m.

Sec­ond-place teams from pool play meet in Tier II semi­fi­nals and the re­main­ing teams are in Tier III semi­fi­nals.

The tour­na­ment serves as a warmup to the KASSAA girls bas­ket­ball sea­son, which be­gins Tues­day with three se­nior games.

The ju­nior girls di­vi­sion of the Tay­lor Al­lan Memo­rial will be played next week­end.

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