The Lac St. Louis midget AAA Lions lost a pair of home games over the weekend bowing to Trois-Rivières 4-2 Friday night and falling 4-3 to Amos Saturday at the Dollard des Ormeaux Civic Centre.
Even though they outshot Amos 40-23 and obtained lots of quality scoring chances, including a second-period three-on-one and two breakaways, the fourth-place Lions fell flat on eight power play opportunities and were unable to overcome 13th-place Forestiers.
Each team shot only eight times on goal in the first period but Amos’ Cédric Lachapelle was able to open the score at mid-period nonetheless. Well-positioned in the slot, he accepted a pass from near the end boards and buried it.
The Forestiers doubled their lead on the power play in the opening seconds of the second period. Defenseman Keven Larouche scored with a weak wrist shot from the blue line.
The Lions’ Malik Johnson replied less than two minutes later. He took advantage of a favourable puck bounce to put it top shelf with goalie Mathieu Bélanger-Hudon down on the ice. Johnson got an assist on the equalizer at 4:46. After a shot from the blue line hit the post, Jordan Ty Fournier put the rebound behind Bélanger-Hudon.
For a few minutes, the Lions held the momentum. First, defenseman Jeremy Davies and Fournier obtained a two-on-one which they failed to capitalize on. Then, Brandon Kosik had the goalie beat as he took a shot from the faceoff circle but he was off target. A little later, Fournier, Johnson and Trevor Lorber broke in on a three-on-one but couldn’t put it past Bélanger-Hudon with 8:50 remaining in the second.
The Forestiers proved more opportunists less than a minute later. After a quick rush down the ice, Cédrick Rochefort-Thibaul’s big slap shot was stopped by goalie Nicholas Gavrielatos but the puck bounced back directly on Maxime Presseault’s stick who netted his 14th of the season at 11:51.
Jérémy Lauzon made it 4-2 when his screen shot left no chance to the Lions’ goaltender at 15:43. Winger Vincent Watt tightened the score at 4-3 when he pushed a rebound past Bélanger-Hudon less than a minute later.
The Lions shot on goal 14 more times in the third period after the 18 shots they put up in the second while the Forestiers managed only three attempts but the score would remain unchanged and the Lions lost.
“We took advantage of the opportunities we had in the second period to score goals. Having taken twice a two-goal lead in the second period, we made sure no mistake was made in our zone in the third period and we did that well,” said Forestiers’ head coach Martin Rondeau.
Lions head coach Jon Goyens was unavailable for comment after the game.