The Alaska Goldpanners rallied in their half of the eighth inning to defeat the Bercovich 35 on Wednesday at Growden Memorial Park. 

The scoreboard told an uneventful tale for the first five innings, with Bercovich finally scoring one run in the top of the sixth. 

In the bottom of the eight, the Panners scored a formidable eight runs, shutting out the 35s for an 8-1 game. 

Brandon Leitgeb led the Panners’ offense, hitting 2-for-3 with one run and 3 RBI’s. 

Panners starting pitcher Derek Alumbaugh kept Bercovich at bay for six innings, before being relieved by Zach Johnson, who closed out the night. 

Wednesday’s game also played host to Hockey Night, which featured St. Louis Blues player and former Nanook Colton Parayko, as well as Washington Capitals player Pheonix Copley, who hails from North Pole. 

Parayko left an impression on the ballpark, throwing the honorary first pitch of the game. A beer garden, autograph signings with the NHL stars and giveaways also added to the festivities. 

The Goldpanners will play the Bercovich 35 again at 7 p.m. today at Growden Memorial Park. 

Contact News-Miner sports assistant Brian Ely at 459-7589.