Vancouver NW Giants 4 - Lions du Lac St-Louis 2
GIANTS STAY PERFECT, CLINCH SEMIFINAL SPOT WITH WIN OVER LIONS
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Sam Reinhart scored his team’s third power play goal of the game 13:23 into the thirdperiod to give the Vancouver North West Giants the lead and Mitch Fytte added the insurance goal just 32seconds later as the Giants topped the Lions du Lac St-Louis 4-2 on Thursday afternoon at the 2011 TELUSCup.
With the win, Vancouver (4-0) not only remains the lone undefeated team, it wraps up first place and aspot in Saturday’s semifinals.
The Giants’ power play clicked at a remarkable 10-for-17 (58.8%) pace through the first three games, so itwas no surprise when Alex Kerfoot opened the scoring with his tournament-leading seventh goal on a Vancouverman advantage just 7:24 in.
It took until the 6:47 mark of the second period for Lac St-Louis (2-2) to respond, courtesy of a MichaelMatheson power play goal, but Vancouver struck back just 1:32 later when Jackson Houck scored yet anotherGiants goal while playing a man up.
Patrick Walsh recorded the game’s first goal at five-on-five early in the third period to again pull LacSt-Louis even, but Reinhart made the Lions pay for too many trips to the penalty box, taking a pass fromMitchell Steinke and roofing a backhand over Patrick DesRochers, who made his first start of the tournamentfor the Quebec champions.
Reinhart’s goal gives him 18 points in four games, putting him one up on Kerfoot for the tournament lead.The Vancouver linemates have run away from the pack atop the scoring chart – they sit 10 points ahead ofHouck, who holds down third spot.
Fytte rounded out the scoring with a quick goal after Reinhart’s go-ahead marker and Giants goaltenderDaniel Cotton did the rest, making 10 of his 32 saves in the third period.
Vancouver looks to wrap up a perfect preliminary round when it takes on London on Friday morning (9:30a.m. NT), while the Lions hope to solidify their semifinal spot when they face the host St. John’s Privateersin the final preliminary round game (4:30 p.m. NT).
|Arena||Mile One Centre||City, Country||St. John's, N.L.|
|Month / Day / Year||04/21/2011||Time||03:30 PM NT|
|Vancouver NW Giants (PAC)||1||1||2||4|
|Lions du Lac St-Louis (QUE)||0||1||1||2|
07:24 PAC 14 Alex Kerfoot (7 Cam Marks, 23 Sam Reinhart) PP
06:47 QUE 7 Michael Matheson (25 Maxim Côté, 27 Jonathan Drouin) PP
08:19 PAC 16 Jackson Houck (23 Sam Reinhart, 17 Bo Pellah) PP
05:25 QUE 20 Patrick Walsh (10 Anthony Duclair, 2 Ryan Patulli)
13:23 PAC 23 Sam Reinhart (3 Mitchell Steinke) PP
13:55 PAC 22 Mitch Fyffe
|Vancouver NW Giants||
|Lions du Lac St-Louis||
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Vancouver NW Giants||7||11||10||28|
|Lions du Lac St-Louis||9||14||11||34|
|Player of the Game|
|Vancouver NW Giants||16 Jackson Houck|
|Lions du Lac St-Louis||22 Alexandros Soumakis|
|Lines People||Travis Harris, Jason Baker|
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