Pickering Panthers claw their way back to tie Buckland Cup final after pair of weekend wins

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Published May 9, 2022 at 9:07 am

Zach Roy makes a brilliant save to preserve the shutout Sunday night. Photo by Tim Bates, OJHL Images

After dropping the first two games of their Buckland Cup Junior ‘A’ series to the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and falling behind 3-0 in Game 3, the Pickering Panthers knew their season hung by a thread.

Cue the comeback. The Panthers, thanks to back-to-back second period goals from Lucas Rowe, clawed their way back to beat Toronto 5-4 Friday night. Two nights later in front of a home crowd Pickering put in a complete performance in blanking the Jr. Canadiens 4-0 to square the series at two wins apiece.

Zachary Roy stopped 37 shots for his second shutout of the playoffs in a game that turned a little ugly in the final frame with 54 minutes in penalties.

Game five is Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Pond in Downsview Park.

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