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Panthers slip past Huskies in AUS exhibition hockey action

UPEI Panthers goaltender Simon Hofley steers the puck to defenceman Andrew Picco during the second period of an AUS exhibition game against the Saint Mary’s Huskies on Wednesday in Truro.
UPEI Panthers goaltender Simon Hofley steers the puck to defenceman Andrew Picco during the second period of an AUS exhibition game against the Saint Mary’s Huskies on Wednesday in Truro. - Joey Smith

TRURO, N.S. – A third-period goal by Riley Whittingham lifted the UPEI Panthers to a 3-1 victory over the Saint Mary’s Huskies on Wednesday in Atlantic University Sport pre-season hockey action.

Whittingham scored at 14:36 of the final period. Nathan Yetman added an empty netter with 26 seconds remaining to seal it for the Panthers.

After a scoreless first period, Gabe Guertler got UPEI on the board with a power-play goal at 3:17 of the second. Jacob Friend replied for Saint Mary’s on a two-man advantage at 16:14 to send the teams to the second intermission in a 1-1 deadlock.

Panthers goaltender Simon Hofley was brilliant and made 38 saves, while his teammates fired 22 shots at Huskies netminders Eric Brassard and Marc Therriault.

The game – played at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro – was a fundraiser for the Truro Bearcats major bantam hockey team. 

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