Panther City Loses to Calgary, Donville Status Uncertain

The Panther City Lacrosse Club visited Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary to face the Roughnecks in Week 21 action. Panther City clinched a playoff spot as a result of Halifax’s win over Colorado. However, they still could climb as high as the #3 overall seed and host a first-round playoff game. Although eliminated, the Roughnecks aimed to play spoiler in the only edition of the Cowtown Showdown this season.

The Roughnecks overcame deficits of 7-3 at halftime and 9-8 in the fourth quarter to win 11-9. Calgary finishes the season at 8-10, having been eliminated from playoff contention two weeks earlier. Panther City drops to 9-9 with the loss; they will be the #7 seed, and travel to San Diego for a first-round playoff matchup against the Seals next week. More importantly, the status of PCLC forward Jonathan Donville is not known, as he left the game late in the first half with a lower body injury and did not return.

Panther City controls the tempo in the first half

Tyler Pace kicked off the scoring, giving Calgary a 1-0 lead. Panther City responded with goals from Mathieu Gautier and Will Malcom to go up 2-1. Josh Currier leveled the game at 2-2, scoring with just 15 seconds remaining in the first quarter. PCLC broke the game open with a three-goal run to start the second quarter. Dylan Hutchison, Brandon Goodwin, and Gautier’s second gave Panther City a 5-2 edge. Tanner Cook got one back for Calgary, but power play goals from Callum Crawford and Will Malcom pushed the PCLC lead to 7-3 going into halftime.

Late Roughnecks run buries Panther City

With Donville ruled out for the remainder of the game, Panther City’s offense seemed to falter in the second half. Calgary closed the gap in the third quarter with two goals from Jesse King and one from Logan Schuss. Early in the fourth quarter, a goal from Haiden Dickson and a second from Schuss put the Roughnecks back in front 8-7. Within 45 seconds, Jason Knox and Goodwin’s second goal had Panther City up 9-8. But Calgary goaltender Christian Del Bianco would shut the door the rest of the way. Pace scored his second with just over seven minutes left to tie the game, then put Calgary ahead for good with 92 seconds left. Cook added a power play goal in the dying seconds to secure the victory.

Other Stats of Note

Panther City: Will Malcom (2g, 3a); Goodwin (2g, 1a); Gautier (2g); Crawford (1g, 4a); Knox (1g, 1a); Hutchison (1g); Donville (2a)

Calgary: Pace (3g, 2a); King (2g, 6a); Cook (2g, 3a); Schuss (2g, 1a); Dickson (1g, 1a); Josh Currier (1g); Zach Currier (2a)

Power Play: PCLC 2 for 5; CGY 2 for 4

Nick Damude (PCLC): 46 saves; Christian Del Bianco (CGY): 39 saves

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and covers NLL, PLL, WLA, and Major Series Lacrosse for the network.