Men’s Hockey News

In front of a sold-out crowd, the UPEI Panthers upset the top-ranked Calgary Dinos 4-2 to advance to the 2023 U SPORTS Men’s Hockey Championship semifinals.

The Panthers boasted a balanced attack with four players finding the back of the net, including Drake Pilon, Andrew Picco, Kaleb Pearson and Troy Lajeunesse, while captain Kyle Maksimovich had two assists in the win.

Pearson scored the eventual game winner a little over a minute into the third period when he picked off a pass in the neutral zone and went in alone before slipping a backhand by the Dinos goaltender to make it 3-1.

While the Panthers would ultimately be eliminated in the semis, their performance uplifted the Charlottetown community, while turning heads in the U SPORTS hockey community.