A strong offensive surge early in the contest helped the Midlothian hockey team roll past Denton County in summer league action, 4-0.
Last week, the Panthers (2-1) got on track with a 5-3 victory over Southlake Carroll. A week later, the offense showed no signs of slowing down as the team rattled off 45 shots. Midlothian attempted 37 shots on goal last week.
The first points of the night came when Trent Williams took a Brent Jones assist into the net at the 9:41 mark for a powerplay goal to put the team up 1-0. Jones, one of last seasonís scoring leaders, kept the scoring coming as he put in a Brooks Blackburn assist just 30 seconds into the second period for a 2-0 lead even though the team was shorthanded.
Blackburn earned his second assist of the night about seven and a half minutes later as Joseph Dancy scored the teamís second powerplay goal of the night for a 3-0 lead. Daniel Deweerd closed the scoring with a goal off assists by Jones and Tyler Colburn.
While the offense surged, the Panthers did run into control issues as the team was issued seven penalties including two unsportsmanlike misconduct calls for 10 minutes each. Denton County was also issued an unsportsmanlike misconduct call in the third. The seven infractions totaled 30 minutes for Midlothian. Denton County had 20 minutes worth of penalty time on six penalties.
Conner Graham worked all 45 minutes in goal, picking up 26 saves for the shutout win.