What started out as a walk in the park for the Midget Espoir Mille-Îles Seigneurs Saturday afternoon in Dorval ended up a close contest in the final minutes of their confrontation against the Lac St. Louis Royals. The game ended with a score of 6-4 for Mille-Îles after the Seigneurs had taken a 4-1 lead in the second period and a 6-2 priority early in the third period.
“We had a good game. It was two good teams one against the other. The focus was very much on the offense today, as it has been every time we’ve met Lac St. Louis this year. We’ve seen 8-5, 7-5 and 6-4 games when we’ve met. When you’ve got two offensive-minded teams facing each other, that’s what happens,” said Seigneurs’ head coach Nicolas Daunais after the game.
Both teams being offensive powerhouses, this was a fast-paced game from the get-go. Holding a 2-1 lead after early in the second period thanks to goals by Louis-Philippe Page and Joey Trottier, the Seigneurs surprised the Royals’ goaltender Joseph Picard with two lightning-fast goals at the fifth minute of the period.
First, Trottier’s shot bounced hard against the glass and landed right back on Zackary Beaudoin’s stick who quickly put it behind a bedazzled Picard. Fifteen seconds later, Page scored his second goal of the game when his bouncy shot surprised the Royals’ netminder again.
Down 4-1 at 4:50 in the second period and 5-2 at the end of the period, things didn’t look rosy for Lac St. Louis in the opening minutes of the third period. To make matters worse, Picard made a huge blunder when he tried to stickhandle Alex Dépatie-Thibodeau’s weak shot, a shot that slowly made its way past the Royals’ goalie at 1:50 of the third period.
“It goes like that some days, even in the NHL, you saw one like that this week,” said Royals’ head coach Jim Webster, probably referencing Carey Price’s blunder against Calgary last Tuesday. “That’s hockey. There’s bouncing pucks and lucky goals. It’s a dogfight.”
At 9:04, the Royals who hadn’t obtained any good scoring chances got a golden opportunity to come back into the game when Trottier and Jean-Pascal Nardone were simultaneously penalized for boarding and roughing respectively. Beau Rusk scored with a one-timer shot from the point with a little more than 10 minutes to go in the game. Zach Tsekos scored on a screen shot three minutes and a half later to tighten the score at 6-4.
Nardone was penalized again with three minutes to go in the game, opening the door for the Royals to make a final stand but even by pulling their goalie, the Royals weren’t able to close the gap.