PeeWee AA Royals hang on for the win

François Lemieux
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Royals edge Aigles 4-3

The West Island PeeWee AA Royals edged the Trois-Lacs Aigles to a 4-3 in a game presented at Bob Birnie Arena in Pointe Claire on Sunday. After having taken a 4-0 lead, the Royals gradually sat back on their lead and came close to dropping the game as the Aigles pressed on for the tying goal in the final minutes of the game.

Obtaining the best scoring chances in the first period and first half on the second period, the Royals scored four unanswered goals. Jake Gagnon got two tallies while Nicolas Gomez and Kevin Pitts both scored on the power play. The Royals were in general able to get closer to the net and that made their shots more dangerous than the Aigles’.

The second period saw Trois-Lacs coming back hard on the Royals who seemed to put the foot on the brake pedal as soon as they were up by four goals.

“We came out strong in the first period. We capitalized on all of our chances and then in the second period, when you’re up 4-0, it’s easy for the kids to fall into the trap where they think the game is over. They let up a bit in the second and the other team had more gas than we did in the third,” said Royals’ head coach Richard Gagnon.

The Aigles doubled up the West Island on scoring chances in the second period and were able to score on a five-on-three power play when Laurent Gauthier put Charles Antoine Lemire’s pass top shelf at 5:20. Nathan Picard scored another power play goal for the Aigles on a rebound from Benjamin Martel’s shot at 5:01 of the third period. As time dwindled in the period, the Aigles were taking advantage of more and more scoring chances as the Royals were merely defending their one-goal lead.

The Aigles’ Charles Bédard scored at 10:09 on a nice pass from Camelo Gulloti. With a score of 4-3 for the Royals, the Aigles kept on pushing for the equalizing goal but time ran out before they could get it.

“We didn’t start the game well. We were soft on the two first shifts. We kind of came back after that but it was a little late. On their goals, we missed concentration defensively and this is what cost us the first period. The guys stepped it up afterwards but we lacked time and opportunism for the rest of the game,” said Aigles’ head coach Jocelyn Martel.

Geographic location: Pointe Claire, Trois-Lacs, West Island

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