The Midlothian Panthers entered the Metroplex Championship tournament looking to build off of a great regular season.
In the first round, the Panthers topped Prosper 8-3, but lost to Southlake Carroll 4-3 in a shootout.
Against the Prosper Eagles, the Panthers seized momentum in the middle of the second period and did not relinquish it for the rest of the game. †
Prosper and Midlothian volleyed back and forth on the first three goals of the evening and skated to a 3-3 tie five minutes into the second period.†
Midlothian then settled down and began to play their defensive game, added more and more shots on the offensive end of the ice and broke through with two more goals in the second period to take a 5-3 lead at the end of the stanza.
Through two periods, Midlothian outshot Prosper 31-23. Panther goalie Cameron Waggner faced only two shots on goal the entire third period to pick up the win as he stopped 22 of 25 shots on the evening.
Midlothian added three goals in the last period to coast to the win.
Joe Dancy (three goals, and one assist) and Doss Allen (four assists) led the scoring with four points each. Trent Williams added two goals.
Brent Jones, Stanley Estell and Daniel Deweerd each scored a goal.
Tristin Wilson added two assists. Jone, Grayson Ridge and Tanner Dickerson had one assist.
Southlake needed a valiant comeback after trailing 3-0 to win in the shoot out.
The beginning of the game was going all Midlothianís way when Ian Linna found†the back of the net off of an assist from Wilson and goalie Conner Graham.†
Early in the second period, the Williams added to the lead off of a power play pass from Jones and Allen to make it 2-0.†
A couple of minutes later, Midlothian found themselves on a penalty kill when Allen attempted a lob-pass up the ice that hit Jones in perfect stride for a short-handed breakaway chance, that†Jones deposited in the goal with a†backhand shot to win 3-0.
Southlake decided they were not going down easy and without a fight.†
They began an offensive barrage, in which they managed to find the back of the net three times within eight and a half minutes, to tie the score at 3-3, at the end of the second period.†
Shots on net were tied at the end of the second period as well, 15-15.†
Neither goalie allowed anything to†pass them in the third period, and continued their dominance in the overtime stanza also, forcing a shoot out.†
Southlake was able take the victory when the Panthers were not able to match Carrollís goals by its first and third shooters.
Despite the loss, the Panthers qualified for the state tournament, where they will be the No. 6 seed.
The tournament is March 23-25 in Flower Mound with times still to be announced.