Sturdy forward obtains three points in 5-1 win against Collège Notre-Dame
© Rob Amyot
Maxime Fortier was a spark in offense for the Lac St. Louis midget AAA Lions Saturday night at the Dollard des Ormeaux civic centre. The 16-year-old forward had three points in the Lions’ 3-1 victory. He beat Albatros goaltender Tristan Bérubé on a breakaway early in the third period to put the Lions ahead by two.
Offensive star Maxime Fortier was instrumental in the Lac St. Louis midget AAA Lions defeating the Collège Notre-Dame Albatros 5-1 Saturday night at the Dollard des Ormeaux civic centre.
After the Albatros opened the scoring at the ninth minute, Fortier led the counterattack for the Lions, who scored five unanswered goals to come out on top. Less than a minute after Collège Notre-Dame’s goal, Fortier set up Paul Gionis to tie the game before getting an assist on Trevor Butler power-play tally and put Lac St. Louis ahead by two by netting a short-handed goal early in the third period. The Lions added two goals included an empty-netter to confirm the win.
Lions head coach Jon Goyens claimed his team is more united than ever and that the players are highly motivated by not wanting to miss the playoffs. The Lions were holding on the league’s 12th seed in the rankings before the game, the last spot available for the post-season. Goyens also praised stalwart Maxime Fortier for the quality of his play.
“Honestly, he is in control of his destiny and not just here in our league but in the future as well. When he takes decisions right now, whether it’s with the puck or without it... When he shoots six to eight times per game, he increases his chances to score but at the same time because of his speed, he attracts people and it opens up options for others,” said Lions head coach Jon Goyens.
Lions quick to counterattack
A penalty to Vincent Gavrielatos cost the Lions a goal at the ninth minute of play. The Albatros scored seven seconds into the power play. It was defenseman William Gonthier’s first goal of the season.
The Lions responded quickly. Maxime Fortier showed why he is one of the most dangerous forwards in the league when his perfect pass to Paul Gionis enabled the Lions to tie the score. Gionis tipped in the shot that went past goalie Tristan Bérubé.
Honestly, he is in control of his destiny and not just here in our league but in the future as well. When he takes decisions right now, whether it’s with the puck or without it... When he shoots six to eight times per game, he increases his chances to score but at the same time because of his speed, he attracts people and it opens up options for others Jon Goyens, Lac St. Louis Lions head coach
“I got the puck and immediately turned around and sent it to the net ... I knew he (Gionis) was there... I had seen him. I also knew that if I did not pass it to him, it (the puck) would still go to the net but I had seen him with the corner of my eye that he was going to the net,” said Fortier.
The latter was at the origin of the second goal of the Lions towards the end of the first period. In possession of the puck deep in the offensive zone on the power play, he waited for defenseman Trevor Butler to come down from the point and set him up at the right moment. Butler beat Bérubé with a low shot to put the Lions ahead by one.
In the second period’s last minute of play, Fortier set up Jordan Ty Fournier who was able to get a breakaway. The latter was not able to beat Bérubé however. Fortier obtained a breakaway of his own in the first minute of the third period and easily put the puck past Bérubé to obtain his third short-handed goal of the season.
Centre Ryan Brushett scored with less than five minutes to go in regulation and defenseman Taylor Ford added an empty-netter to complete the scoring for the Lions.
The Albatros head coach Guillaume Chicoine claimed his team’s lack of opportunism in the first period was key in his team’s demise.
“We had good scoring chances but failed to put in it. We made big mistakes, sometimes it was bad luck, we cheated a little... This is our 10th defeat in a row. It's always the same scenario that repeats itself: we miss out on scoring chances and we give up goals because of our lack of concentration,” he said.