The 2011 Texas Cup playoffs did not go quite as planned for the Midlothian hockey team as the Panthers finished 1-2 over the March 25-27 stretch for seventh-place.
Play opened with a 4-0 loss to division rival Keller, the third loss to Keller in the last six games. Midlothian finished one shot on net behind the Indians at 22-21 but could not get anything past Rutger Kesling in net. The Panthers added to their woes by being hit with seven penalties for 14 minutes. Keller had eight infractions for 16 minutes.
Things didnít get any better on Saturday as the team fell to The Woodlands of Houston 7-4. After falling behind in the first 21 seconds on the match, Trent Williams scored to tie the game and Blake Parkerís powerplay goal off assists from Brent Jones and Trent Newman gave the Panthers a lead.
It was a brief celebratory moment as The Woodlands scored three goals in the second and another to start the third to take a commanding lead. Jones used a McClain Williamson assist to start a small rally and make it a two-goal game but The Woodlands responded with two more goals in the third. Jones scored off a Trent Newman assist for Midlothianís final points of the night.
The Panthers (16-9-1) outshot The Woodlands 41-23. Midlothian was penalized six times for 12 minutes while The Woodlands had seven infractions for 14 minutes.
Texas Cup action closed on Sunday as the Panthers got one last chance to get in the win column and did just that via a 6-5 victory over Clear Lake of Houston. The two teams combined for seven first period goals with the Panthers holding a 4-3 edge.
Kyle Carpenterís shorthanded shot off a Williams assist put the boys on the board but the lead lasted all of 30 seconds as Clear Lake tied the game. Midlothian responded by firing off three goals in a five-minute span starting with Joseph Dancyís goal off assists by Parker and Carpenter. Trent Newman followed that with a goal off a Williamson assist while Williams capped the flurry moments later on an unassisted score.
Clear Lake tightened the game with two goals to close the period and tied things just over two and a half minutes into the second period. Williams answered with a powerplay score off a Dancy assist just over two minutes later and Jones put the Panthers up for good with 8:17 gone in the second off assists by Newman and Williamson on a powerplay goal.
Clear Lake scored a final goal late in the third period but the Panthers got the win. Midlothian was saddled with 11 infractions for 30 minutesí worth time in the penalty box while Clear Lake had eight penalties for 24 minutes.