Tigers stay undefeated with tie

François Lemieux
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Lac St. Louis stands at 10-0-3

The midget espoir Lac St. Louis Tigers tied the Abitibi Filon 2-2 Sunday morning at Vincent Lecavalier Arena in Ile Bizard thanks to a late-game goal by captain Trevor Butler, his second tally of the game. With the tie, the Tigers keep their undefeated streak alive at 10-0-3.

"Our game was alright. It was pretty intense. They're the first place team, we're the second place. The game was up and down but we were too nervous today. There were a lot of prep school scouts in here so their mindset wasn't really on the game. We were also missing four key guys on our team but overall we're happy," said Tigres head coach Daniel Drolet.

Félix Maheu opened the scoring at 14:36 of the first period. The Tigers replied at 11:08 of the second period with a goal by Butler assisted by Sam Dove-Mcfalls and Daniel Sprong. Lac St. Louis really took the measure of the Filon as the game progressed. Late in the second period, Matthew Lamargese missed an incredible chance on an odd-man rush.

Filon goaltender Jeff Valade made another beautiful save when Kevin St. Amour passed to Nico Descastris late in the period. Turning the tide momentarily, Abitibi took the lead with a little more than a minute remaining in the second. Sony Boire scored with a nice shot from the slot at 18:54.

Lac St. Louis really put the pressure on in the third period. They had complete control for the first five minutes, bottling up the Filon in its zone. They also dominated the period as a whole in terms of scoring chances, obtaining seven quality opportunities against only one for Abitibi.

It was finally during a four-minute penalty to Emmanuel Blain that the Tigers were able to tie the game. Defenseman Massimo Luciani took a slapshot from the blue line and Butler was at the right place to net the rebound with only 2:20 left in regulation.

"We felt like we had them beat with the short amount of time left on the scoreboard. It's a little disappointing to give up a goal on the penalty killing at the end of the game but we don't necessarily focus on the outcome at all times. We try to prioritize the way we carry ourselves on the ice and with the way we played today, I'm very much satisfied," said Abitibi head coach Samuel Tessier.

Organizations: Tigers, Abitibi Filon 2

Geographic location: Lac St. Louis, Abitibi, Ile Bizard

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