The West Island Peewee AA Royals routed the Deux-Rives Dauphins 5-1 Tuesday night at Bob Birnie Arena in Pointe Claire. After having held off the Royals for most of the game, the floodgates opened in the third period when the Royals scored four unanswered goals, including two on the power play, to exit the ice with an eleventh win in 27 games this season.
“It took us a while to get our legs and wake up. We played them before on Sunday and we took it to them so I think our team was overconfident because we won easily then. However, the other team was undisciplined in the third period and we capitalized pretty much on every opportunity on the power play. When they’re playing one or two men down, it’s difficult for them to stay in the game,” said Royals’ head coach Richard Gagnon.
Nathaniel Phillips and Zachary Greenstein scored for the Royals and Dauphins respectively in the first and second period. After two periods of play, the game was tied at one despite the Royals having dominated the game in terms of puck control and scoring chances. The third period was however totally at the advantage of the Royals as the Dauphins did not shoot once on the net defended by Francis Carrier.
The Royals’ Jake Gagnon scored the first of four third-period goals at 9:02, unassisted. Nicolas Gomez made 3-1 as he took advantage of a long rebound given by goaltender Hugo Duteau on a two-man power play. Let down by his defensemen, Duteau was lying on his back completely defenceless after making a save on Archer Brookman. Gomez just put the puck past him at 11:22.
As the second penalty was still being served, Brookman also got a hold of a rebound in front to make the score 4-1. Finally, Anthony Pultrone scored again for the Royals at 12:14 as he buried Gabriel Fortier’s short pass from behind the net to put the score at 5-1. The Dauphins who won only three games this season never had a chance to come back after that and the game ended at 5-1 for the West Island.
Dauphins’ head coach Simon Ghilarducci said after the game his team was too short staffed for the job at hand and that penalties did not help his team’s chances.
“The fact that we had only eight forwards and four defensemen did not help. We had injured and sick players who did not play today. On another level, I cannot blame the referee for the loss but let’s say that some calls were doubtful and this did not help us,” he said.