Lions post fourth win in a row

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Lac St. Louis Lions edge first-place Lévis 7-5

After having fallen behind by two goals after less than five minutes of play, the Lac St. Louis midget AAA Lions rallied up following a timely time-out to defeat the league’s first place team, the Lévis Commandeurs, by a score of 7-5 Friday night at the Dollard des Ormeaux civic centre.

“I told them to wake up because in the first five minutes, we gave turnovers, there was too much individual play. We were really far from our game plan. I don’t know if we were all of sudden too relaxed because we had just won three in a row but the message was really to wake up and make sure that at the end of the day, those first five minutes weren’t going to be the definition of the game,” said Lions head coach Jon Goyens.

First period

The Commandeurs came out strong in the first period, opening the scoring at 1:08. Justin Bernier obtained the goal assisted by Mathieu Nadeau. Defenseman Taylor Ford took a necessary penalty when he tripped left winger Alexandre Pouliot who was looking to flank him a couple minutes later.

Nadeau scored on the ensuing power play as he took advantage of a weird bounce that brought the puck back in front of the net too fast for goalie James Povall to reposition in time. With a bit less than five minutes of play and two goals against, Lions head coach Jon Goyens called the time-out that changed the momentum of the game.

The Lions came alive when play resumed. Defenseman Jeremy Davies embarrassed the opposing defence when he was able to attract enough coverage for left winger Trevor Lorber to get open in the slot about a minute after the second Lévis goal. Davies was able to make the pass as he fell on the ice and his teammate put the puck right past goaltender Antoine Samuel.

The Lions kept momentum for the rest of the period but couldn’t capitalize again. Paul Gionis made a great pass to Vincent Gavrielatos who was well placed in front of the net but the latter shot wide at the twelfth minute.

Maxime Fortier created trouble in the Lévis zone on a Commandeurs power play but wasn’t able to capitalize like he had in the last Lions home game. Fortier, with a nice pass to Jordan Ty Fournier, almost allowed the Lions to tie the game with less than five minutes to go in the period but the latter missed.

Second period

Luka Piccolo scored with a precise shot 33 seconds in the second period to tie the score at two. Gionis did all the work to allow Fortier to score the go-ahead goal at the seventh minute.

They scored seven goals. We had not given up seven goals in a game before (this season). We took advantage of our power plays but the turning point of the game was really that time-out they took in the first period. The momentum changed from that moment on Lévis Commandeurs head coach Adam Thériault

He went far left as he entered the offensive zone and connected with the Lions’ number 9 who was standing completely unchecked next to the Commandeurs goalie. Fortier put the puck five-hole in what was probably one of his easiest goals this season.

Fortier took the Commandeurs by surprise when his backhanded pass from behind the net to Gionis in front allowed the sturdy forward to score his first goal of the game. At 10:18 of the second period, the Lions were suddenly up 4-2.

The Commandeurs narrowed the score with a power play goal with 8:41 left in the period. Forward Luciani Massimo gave the Lions a two-goal lead back when he caused a turnover at the Lions blue line during a Lévis power play towards the end of the period.

He fled with Luka Piccolo on a two-on-one. Piccolo netted his second of the game on Massimo’s perfect setup with 5:02 left in the period. Trevor Lorber tipped in defenseman Trevor Butler’s shot from the point with 1:14 to go in the second period to give Lac St. Louis a commanding 6-3 lead.

Lévis’ Christopher Lanouette and Mathieu Nadeau were penalized with 39 seconds to go in the second period, giving the Lions a two-minute five-on-three power play. The Commandeurs held the fort however.

Third period

Lévis scored a goal after a scramble in front early in the third period to tighten the score to 6-4. At 8:20, Maxime Fortier was tripped on his way to the net by Pier-Alexandre Lagrange, giving him a chance to put the Lions ahead by three again. Fortier, who leads the league in goals, hit the post at Anthony Dumont-Bouchard’s left however.

Nadeau obtained his second goal of the game at 12:30, making this a one-goal game but the Commandeurs weren’t able to tie the score. They pulled their goalie with under two minutes to go and obtained some good chances but the Lions held on for the win. Fortier was awarded an empty-netter when he was hooked by a defenseman as he was about to shoot the puck into an empty net with 11 seconds to go.

“They scored seven goals. We had not given up seven goals in a game before (this season). We took advantage of our power plays but the turning point of the game was really that time-out they took in the first period. The momentum changed from that moment on,” said Lévis head coach Adam Thériault.

Geographic location: Lac St. Louis

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