MATHESON’S PAIR LEAD LIONS TO VICTORY
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Michael Matheson scored twice, including the game winner with just under eight minutesto go as the Lions du Lac St-Louis scored a 5-4 win over the London Jr. Knights on Monday afternoon at MileOne Centre.
The Lac St-Louis captain’s wrist shot from the point eluded London goaltender Justin Tugwell to restorethe Lions’ lead after London had scored twice in the first 1:50 of the third period to pull into a 4-4tie.
Matheson opened the scoring just shy of the eight-minute mark of the first period, stepping over the blueline and rifling a shot over the glove of Craig Wood, who was lifted in favour of Tugwell after AlexandrosSoumakis made it a 4-2 game 7:52 into the second period.
The teams traded the game’s first four goals before Anthony Duclair and Soumakis beat Wood 1:18 apart togive the Lions their largest lead of the game at 4-2 and end Wood’s evening.
Matthew Schurr brought the Jr. Knights to within one at 4-3 with his second of the game just 37 secondsinto the third period, and Connor Hogg converted a shorthanded breakaway 73 seconds later to tie the game andset up a tense finish.
Despite a late power play, the Central Region champions couldn’t beat Lac St-Louis netminder FrançoisBrassard, who made 28 saves to record the win.
The Lions will look to run their record to 2-0 when they face the Winnipeg Thrashers in Tuesday’s matinee(noon NT), while the Jr. Knights face the host St. John’s Privateers in the late game (7 p.m. NT).
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||2||Round/Ronde||Preliminary|
|Arena/Aréna||Mile One Centre||Location/Lieu||St. John's, N.L.|
|Date||Monday, April 18, 2011||Time/Heure||3:30 PM NT|
|Lions du Lac St-Louis (QUE)||1||3||1||5|
|London Jr. Knights (CEN)||0||2||2||4|
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
|Second Period/Deuxième période|
|Third Period/Troisième période|
|Goaltenders/Gardiens de but|
|Winnipeg Thrashers (WST)||33 François Brassard|
|Vancouver NW Giants (PAC)||1 Craig Wood
30 Justin Tugwell
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|
|Lions du Lac St-Louis (QUE)||6||15||11||32|
|London Jr. Knights (CEN)||10||10||12||32|