Jonathan Levy obtains first shutout of the season
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The Dollard des Ormeaux bantam BB Vipers shut out the Versant Ouest Ouragans 5-0 Sunday night at ville Mont-Royal arena.
The Dollard des Ormeaux bantam BB Vipers mangled the Versant Ouest Ouragans 5-0 Sunday night at ville Mont-Royal arena. Goalie Jonathan Levy obtained his first shutout of the season while forward Mark Abdelnour shone offensively with two goals.
Even though the Ouragans obtained many quality chances during the game, they weren’t as opportunists as the Vipers who also outmatched them in speed.
“We were just pretty motivated. We had just won a tournament last week. I think they (players) took everything they wanted from last weekend and brought it into this game. So they really moved their feet,” said Vipers head coach Alex Essaris.
Quick start for the Vipers
Abdelnour and Zachary Kert allowed the Vipers to take a 2-0 lead after only 6:04 of play. Massimo Raso obtained his second point of the game at 11:20 of the second period when his persistence during a scramble in front allowed him to score the Vipers’ third goal.
Michael Mahfouz nearly tightened the score with a little less than six minutes remaining in the second period when he deked Levy on a breakaway and slid the puck between his legs. The puck did not cross the red line however as a defenseman would clear it before it was too late.
The Ouragans obtained the best scoring chances early in the third. During the second minute of play, John Amanatidis served a perfect pass from the bottom of the offensive zone to Christopher Pelletier who was standing unchecked on the other side of the crease. Pelletier had an empty net but missed his chance.
Less than two minutes later, David Lattuca caused a turnover at Versant Ouest’s blue line while the Vipers were on the power play. Lattuca had a shot at breaking away but was caught up by a defenseman before he could take a quality shot on net.
The Vipers would prove to be more opportunistic later on. Abdelnadour obtained his second goal of the game when he got a hold of a loose puck in the crease and beat goalie John Moraitis with a powerful slapshot that went five-hole to put the score at 4-0.
“The puck popped out near the hash marks. I was very close. I skated up, winded up for a slap shot and got it,” said Abdelnour after the game.
Harley Michaels would complete the scoring for Dollard des Ormeaux with 6:05 left in the game. Versant Ouest’s David Kronish missed a golden opportunity to spare his team from a shutout loss when he wasn’t able to complete teammate James Hatzepetros’ slick set up with just over 4:20 to go.
"We lacked timing. The effort was there. But the timing was not. For example, we missed a one-timer shot when we had a pass go through the slot but we missed with an open net. These were goals that we had to score like when we had a breakaway. The score doesn’t give a fair picture of how the game went, " said Ouragans head coach Vic Franco.