The Lac St. Louis midget AAA Lions lost a heartbreaker to the Collège Notre-Dame Albatros Saturday night at the Dollard des Ormeaux Civic Centre. The Lions lost 2-1 in the shootout after Vincent Watt failed to score against Jason Rioux in the third round. For Lac St. Louis who had played in Quebec City the night before, mental fatigue took its toll.
"For 15- and 16-year-olds, it's definitely not easy to travel to Quebec City and come home at 1:30 in the morning and play the next day. We were mentally fatigued. We made mental mistakes. Our style is quick short passes, playing with all five guys in all three zones and when you get mentally tired, you get a bit cranky," said Lions' head coach Jon Goyens.
The game started well for the Lions who scored on their first shot of the game, a goal by Matthew Cusson only 13 seconds in.
The Albatros tied the score early in the second period on a four-on-four situation. Defenseman Alexandre Drapeau took a blistering shot from the blueline which was partially blocked by goaltender Nicholas Gavrielatos but Jean-François Lavoie was there to pick up the rebound and bury it for his 12th goal of the season.
The rest of the second period was dominated by the Albatros. They shot a total of 17 times on Gavrielatos but weren't able to capitalize on many quality scoring chances. Drapeau and Lavoie obtained a two-on-one at 9:00 but failed to beat the goalie.
Less than two minutes later, Alexis Allard and Raphaël Gavioli got another two-on-one break, but Allard broke his stick trying to take the shot.
The third period was more evenly played although the Albatros really pushed to obtain the go-ahead goal in the final minutes. With 20 seconds left, defenseman Jeremy Davies had to lie down on the ice to block Xavier Desy's dangerous shot.
The game went to the shootout. While Gavioli and Gendron scored, only Vimal Sukumaran was able to score for Lac St. Louis giving Collège Notre-Dame a 2-1 victory.
"The first period wasn't so good for us but we put the pedal to the metal in the second period. We paid the price to win: we were firsts on loose pucks, we worked really hard. I think we were the hardest working team on the ice tonight," said Collège Notre-Dame head coach Martin Ouellette.