Saint Lawrence Lions Offense Too Much For Philadelphia Thunder

Facing their American opponents from the City of brotherly love, famous for its Liberty Bell and recent World Series victory, the Saint Lawrence Lions overpowered their rivals in every aspect of our great Canadian game.

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Photo: Dominique Routhier

Vincent Jodoin celebrated his return to play last weekend by scoring 5 goals inĀ 2 games

Although the visitors traveled first class in a 5 star bus equipped with sleeper couches and kitchen, the Lions battled fiercely reminding their rivals that zamboni breaks provide the only refuge in their building. Coach Labadie was satisfied with both wins on the weekend but reminded players of the need to stay focused for sixty minutes and bring some consistency to the defensive side of the game. "Scoring 15 goals in two games is great for the fans, but giving up an average of 4 goals per game is far from what it takes to win championships".

Saturday evening the Lions took an early 4-1 lead in the first period. Vincent Jodoin scored a pair of goals while Emile Parent and Vincent April completed the Lions offensive first period flurry. The second period was tainted by several penalties that allowed the boys from Philly to make the game close with two powerplay goals. A late game save by Cedric Lafrance helped the Lions preserve their victory. It would have been unfortunate to drop a point in the standings after out shooting their opponents 58-15. Philadelphia goal tender Josh Smarsh was very happy to retreat to the team bus after the game.

The Lions showed up on Sunday hungry and ready to extend the teams' winning streak to three straight games. The home team out shot Philadelphia 27-7 and retreated with a 4-0 first period lead. Jean Philippe Sansfacon scored on two occasions while Samuel Bradette and Guillaume Kelhetter completed the rally. Laurent Dumont scored early in the second period, building the Lions lead to 5-0 and making the home crowd believe that a lopsided victory was in the making. Unfortunately, several penalties and a lack of team discipline set the stage for what could have been a tremendous comeback by the visiting skaters. The Lions watched the Thunder score 4 unanswered goals. Fortunately for the Lions, Francois Litalien scored late in the second period giving the home team a two goal lead. Vincent Jodion scored three quick goals in the early moments of the third period while Francois Litalien tallied the remaining two goals to give the Lions an 11-5 victory.

The Saint Lawrence Lions record improves to 10 wins 4 losses and 1 tie as they prepare for next weekend games at Lionel Groulx on Friday night and a home appearance against team Ulysse at L'Activital on Saturday evening.