The Lakeshore Junior AA Panthers shut out the Deux-Rives Dauphins 2-0 Sunday night at the Sportplexe 4-glaces in Pierrefonds. It was a third meeting between the first-place Panthers and sixth seed Dauphins this season. The Panthers had had the best of the two previous confrontations including one the day before.
Both teams had good scoring opportunities in the first period. The Dauphins’ Francis Aube had a breakaway at 1:30 but he was stopped by the Panthers’ goalie. At the other end of the rink, Lakeshore had more luck when Ryan Lemay scored by taking his own rebound at 4:03. The first period ended with a score of 1-0 for Lakeshore.
The second period saw Lakeshore obtaining the best scoring chances. Nicolas Magnan had a great chance on the power play at 4:07 but his shot from the slot was stopped by the Dauphins’ goaltender.
The Panthers kept on knocking on the door and they scored again towards the end of the period. Dimitri Lappos took a blistering wrist shot that left no chance to the Dauphins’ goalie with 3:25 left in the period. Both goalies were put to the test for the remainder of the game but neither team was able to score another goal.
Panthers’ assistant coach Richard Van Gameran praised his boys’ tenure after the game ended.
“We had lots of shots going on net, we got some traffic going in front and good things happened for us. We also concentrated on the defensive side of the game to get that shutout,” he said.
Deux-Rives’ head coach Jimmy Mancuso on the other hand had good words for his starting goaltender and his team in general.
“Our goalie has been good all year long. He has been holding up some games for us. But I also think the team played very good. We have to respect Lakeshore, they’re a good team. We know that we might meet them in the playoffs and at one point we’ll have to make sure that we beat them,” he said.