Before the game, parent Paul Steadman was tapped to be the official scorer, and was herded to the officials' box rinkside. "You have to be impartial," he was warned. That proved harder than expected because of the exciting play that came next.
The first period started with a closely-fought scrimmage. Alexander Babich was penalized 1:30 at 7:32 for tripping. Just as the Leafs powerplay ended, center Sammy Holy scored on a nice pass from winger CJ Kruger and the Panthers were off to a 1-0 start. With 2:17 to play Hanulik made a huge stop on a three-on-one Leaf breakaway and the period looked to be in the bag. But you can never let down your guard in hockey -- the Leafs scored their first goal with just 27 seconds left in the period, and the teams went to the bench tied 1-1.
Then with only 57 seconds left in the period, Kruger made a brilliant, unassisted steal and goal right in front of the Leaf goal, and the Panthers went into the second intermission with a 3-2 lead.
Panthers won, 4-2 for their first victory of the season -- and the first of Steadman's career. "It was terrific," she said after winning a skull-and-crossed sticks sticker on her helmet for hustle. "I was terrific. Where's the next team? We are ready!"