Lions du Lac St-Louis 5 - Vancouver NW Giants 3
DUCLAIR SCORES TWO IN THIRD, LIONS WIN BRONZE
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Anthony Duclair broke a 3-3 tie with 2:34 to go and added an insurance goal into anempty net with 1.1 seconds on the clock as the Lions du Lac St-Louis claimed the bronze medal at the 2011TELUS Cup with a 5-3 win over the Vancouver North West Giants on Sunday morning.
The medal is the sixth in as many trips to the National Midget Championship for the Lions, who won gold in1981, 1985 and 1992, and took home bronze in 1984 and 1991. The Giants lost the bronze medal game to a teamfrom Quebec for the second time in five years; they fell to the Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François in2007.
Despite returning to the ice at Mile One Centre just 12 hours after losing their semifinal to the LondonJr. Knights in overtime, the Giants jumped on the Lions early, scoring twice on the power play – both offtip-ins by Jackson Houck – in the first period to take a 2-0 lead to the intermission.
Another power play goal just 2:02 into the second period, this one from TELUS Cup MVP Alex Kerfoot, madeit a 3-0 game early in the second, and the Giants looked to be on their way to B.C.’s first medal at thetournament since the North Kamloops Lions won bronze in 1996.
Vancouver’s power play finished 18 for 38 (47.4%) in the tournament, with Kerfoot, Houck and tournamentTop Forward Sam Reinhart combining for 16 of the 18 goals with the man advantage.
Alexandros Soumakis kick-started the Lac St-Louis comeback with a goal just 2:45 after Kerfoot’s marker,and goals from Maxim Côté and Walsh pulled the Lions even before the horn sounded to end the secondperiod.
The game seemed destined for overtime as both teams traded chances without success in the third period,but Duclair put Lac St-Louis ahead to stay at 17:26 of the final frame, driving to the net and redirecting apass from Walsh past Daniel Cotton.
The winning goal put the cap on an impressive year for Duclair, who helped Quebec reach the bronze medalgame at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in January as an underager, and won silver with Quebec atthe 2011 Canada Winter Games in February.
|Game Number||18||Round||Bronze Medal|
|Arena||Mile One Centre||City, Country||St. John's, N.L.|
|Month / Day / Year||04/24/2011||Time||10:00 AM NT|
|Lions du Lac St-Louis (QUE)||0||3||2||5|
|Vancouver NW Giants (PAC)||2||1||0||3|
15:17 PAC 16 Jackson Houck (7 Cam Marks, 14 Alex Kerfoot) PP
18:32 PAC 16 Jackson Houck (7 Cam Marks, 2 Joseph Carvalho) PP
02:02 PAC 14 Alex Kerfoot (7 Cam Marks, 2 Joseph Carvalho) PP
04:47 QUE 22 Alexandros Soumakis (9 Kurt Etchegary, 7 Michael Matheson)
08:45 QUE 25 Maxim Côté (6 Andrew Rossy, 20 Patrick Walsh)
14:55 QUE 20 Patrick Walsh (10 Anthony Duclair)
17:26 QUE 10 Anthony Duclair (2 Ryan Patulli, 20 Patrick Walsh)
19:59 QUE 10 Anthony Duclair (20 Patrick Walsh, 7 Michael Matheson) EN
|Lions du Lac St-Louis||
|Vancouver NW Giants||
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Lions du Lac St-Louis||3||14||5||22|
|Vancouver NW Giants||8||9||11||28|
|Player of the Game|
|Lions du Lac St-Louis||20 Patrick Walsh|
|Vancouver NW Giants||17 Bo Pellah|
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