College Hockey Playoffs: St. Lawrence Wins In Quarterfinal Action and Advances to Semifinals

Hockey Lions swept Lionel Groulx last weekend in two straight games to win their quarterfinals. Next up for the Lions a semifinal matchup against St-Laurent beginning Friday April 1st in Ancienne-Lorette

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Photo: Christian Brosseau

With play-off fever starting to build, the Saint Lawrence Lions eliminated College Lionel Groulx in two straight games in a best of three series played this past weekend. Both teams met on five occasions during regular season play. The Lions won all five contests, outscoring their rivals 34-14. Saint Lawrence had high expectations, with the opportunity to compete for back to back provincial championships on the horizon; defeating Lionel Groulx was an important first step in achieving their goal. Team captain, Jean-Phillipe Sansfacon was particularly proud of the level of intensity on the ice, but admitted that “this first step is only the beginning and as a team we must be ready to work harder if we expect to continue our journey and repeat as Champions once again”.

In the first game of the series, Saint Lawrence continued their domination, defeating the visiting Nordiques 8-0. Ylia Silik completed the game with 5 points as a result of netting three goals while assisting on two others. William Pelletier and Simon Cyr Rochette contributed offensively, posting 4 points on the night. Tommy Dery added 2 goals, while Jean-Philippe Marcoux-Tortillet completed the offensive flurry.

 The second game of the series played at College Lionel Groulx on Saturday evening was a battle to the finish, with the Nordiques competing feverously to avoid their elimination on home ice. Lionel Groulx scored first, mid-way through the first period on a controversial goal. Their lead held firmly well into the third period, when the Lions finally exploded for three consecutive goals. Tommy Dery scored a shorthanded goal to tie the game at 1 a piece. One minute later, Saint Lawrence took the lead when Tommy Dery scored his second goal of the game. Marc Antoinne Bonneville added an insurance goal late in the third period. However, Lionel Groulx made it close in the end, scoring on a power play with less than two minutes remaining in the game. With net minder Philippe Boivin on the bench, Lionel Groulx attacked with six skaters but Jean Philippe Sansfacon ended any hope of a late game come back, scoring an empty netter that secured a 4-2 win for the Lions. 

QHS alumni, Cedric Lafrance had an outstanding series in goal, standing tall, allowing two goals in two games, including a shut-out performance during the series opening game. He also posted a .968 save percentage, stopping 49 of the 51 shots directed his way during both games.

Saint Lawrence now prepares for semi-final action against College Saint Laurent. This best of three series begins this Friday at Ancienne Lorette at 8 PM. Although the Lions finished ahead of Saint Laurent in the regular season standings, the Patriotes had the upper hand, winning three of the five games opposing both teams during the season. This best of three series promises to be exciting and very competitive; A test of character and determination that the Saint Lawrence Lions must pass in order to play for all the marbles and repeat as Provincial Collegiate AAA Champions.