After a long holiday break, rink rust affected the Lac St. Louis midget espoir Tigers who took two periods to get their stride going against the Laval Patriotes Sunday morning at Vincent Lecavalier Arena in Ile Bizard. After battling Laval to a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes of play, the Tigers exploded with five goals in the third period to obtain their 14th win in 19 games.
“We hadn’t played a game in two weeks because of the holidays. It takes a couple periods to adjust, to get our game back. In the third period, we decided to step our game up it really helped us, especially on the power play,” said Tigers’ assistant coach Samson Mahbod.
After a scoreless first period, the Tigers started to pound the opposition in the second period. After a few missed scoring chances, Sam Dove-Mcfalls set up Massimo Luciani perfectly near the crease but the latter failed to put it in. On the Tigers’ next rush, Luciani would get another crack at it and not miss, scoring with a superb wrister at 8:17.
Lac St. Louis dominated the period in terms of scoring chances, but failed to take advantage of many odd-man rushes. Laval evened the score at 13:49 when Félix DaPonte scored assisted by Philippe Patenaude and Marc-Antoine Beaumelle.
The Tigers came ready to play in the third period. Luciani scored his second of three goals after only 23 seconds of play. Taking advantage of a two-man power play, Chris Chaddock scored two minutes later to double his team’s lead. Luciani obtained an assist on the play.
Lac St. Louis’ power play struck again 10 minutes later when Chaddock got a hold of a loose puck at the corner of the crease and buried it. The Tigers put the game out of reach for Laval when JD Pogue deflected an incoming shot past goaltender Guillaume Briand-Brière with 6:43 left in the game.
William Chartrand-Ramos tightened the score at 5-2 when his perfect wrist shot beat goalie Raffael Izzo 20 seconds later. However, Luciani completed his hat trick with a powerful slap shot with less than five minutes remaining. It was Lac St. Louis’ third power-play goal. The game ended 6-2 in favour of the Tigers, who also dominated in the shots-on-goal department with 37 against 24 for Laval.
“We didn’t come out to play in the third period as we did in the first 40 minutes. They had had more scoring chances than us but we had managed to hold them off. Our goalie really kept us in the game in the second period. In the third period, we took a few chances. I told my guys to keep playing defensively but they did the contrary. We cheated and took some bad penalties and the Tigers got three power-play goals,” said Laval’s head coach Mike Barrette.