Port Moody Black Panthers peppered more shots Wednesday at the Ridge Meadows Flames' cage than what reputedly hit depression-era gangsters Bonnie and Clyde.
All but one back-fired on them.
Despite their 56-shot barrage, the Cats were dropped 4-1 by the host Flames to even their best-of-seven Pacific International Jr. 'B' hockey league playoff series at a game apiece. Game 3 is tonight (Friday) in Ridge, with Game 4 set for Saturday at PoMo Rec Complex, 7:45 p.m.
"We came at them so hard but we just couldn't put the puck in the net," said Cats GM Ron Luniw, whose squad out-gunned the Flames by a lopsided 25-5 count in the second period and 56-34 in the game.
Ryan Panichelli's powerplay tally late in the middle frame was the only one to beat Flames' goalie Mackenzie Skapski, who was the hands-down choice for first star.
The Flames led 2-0 after the first period and 2-1 entering the third, where they killed off an early Cats' powerplay before scoring twice more.