LIONS KEEP SHOOTING AND KEEP WINNING, BEAT DARTMOUTH TO STAY PERFECT
QUISPAMSIS, N.B. – Mathias Laferriere and Adam Capannelli had three points apiece, and the Lions du Lac St-Louis made it three wins in a row at the 2016 TELUS Cup with a 7-3 victory over the Dartmouth Major Midgets on Wednesday afternoon.
The Lions outshot Dartmouth 43-36, hitting the 40-shot mark for the third time in as many games; they had 41 in win over Lloydminster on Monday, and a tournament-high 52 in their Tuesday victory over Saskatoon.
Azzaro Tinling added a goal and an assist for the Quebec champions, and Alexandre Gagnon, Gabriel Fortier and Kevin Pitts also scored.
For Dartmouth, Brock McLeod and Matthew Warner paced the offence with a goal and an assist each.
Laferriere got the opening goal 6:21 into the first period, getting a backhand past Major Midgets goaltender Aidan Hosein with Matthew Pietroniro providing the screen in front, but Luke Henman jumped on a loose puck less than five minutes later to get Dartmouth even.
The Major Midgets started the second period on the power play, but it was the Lions who scored; Capannelli slid his own rebound under Hosein for a shorthanded goal just 43 seconds into the middle frame.
Special teams helped put Lac St-Louis in control before the end of the period.
Gagnon was left alone at the side of the net for a tap-in on the power play at 7:33, and Tinling finished off a set-up from Laferriere and Jérémie Bucheler just 59 seconds later on another man advantage for a 4-1 lead.
Both teams cranked up the offence in the third period, combining for five goals on 22 shots.
Laferriere netted his second of the game at 2:57, circling in the offensive zone and picking the corner past Hosein, but Matthew Warner answered 2:17 later on Dartmouth power play to get the deficit back to three.
The Atlantic Region representatives were within two on another man advantage when McLeod buried a rebound past Lac St-Louis netminder Sandro Silvestre with 7:45 to go, but that would be as close as they would get.
The Lions finished off the scoring with a pair of late goals; Fortier found the top corner over Hosein at 14:44, and Pitts added Lac St-Louis’ third power-play marker with 2:36 left.
Lac St-Louis will take its three-game winning streak into Thursday afternoon’s match-up with the North York Rangers (4 p.m. AT) in what could be a battle of the unbeatens, while Dartmouth tries again to get into the win column in the day’s first game, taking on the Lloydminster Bobcats (noon AT).