Lions Take Home Jamestown Showcase Championship

The Saint Lawrence Lions traveled to Jamestown, New York where the hometown Jets hosted the first ever United Junior Hockey League Showcase.

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Six teams faced off in a three game tournament with the Lions being challenged by the Pittsburgh Enforcers, the Jamestown Jets and the Philadelphia Thunder. More importantly, it was a brutally disputed schedule in which the players from Saint Lawrence were forced to play 3 games in less than 18 hours. Being the only Canadian team in the tourney was a real highlight for our players who were determined to proudly represent our national pastime. 

The Lions faced Pittsburgh in their first game. It was the first time these two teams faced each other all season. John Lessard was given the start in goal and his performance led the Lions to a 7-2 victory. St. Lawrence out shot the Enforcers 38-14 in a one-sided offensive flurry where the Lions demonstrated their team speed and cohesiveness at both ends of the rink. Lions scoring came from Guillaume Kelhetter, Francois Fortin, Vincent Jodoin, Rami Heikkala, Francois Litalien, Frederick Bouchard and Vincent Boivin. Geoffery Stowe had a stand out defensive performance while Frederick Bouchard and Samuel Bradette mastered the art of penalty killing throughout the game.

With only three-hours rest between games, and speed dating the carbohydrate fuel train,  the Lions prepared for the tournament marquis match up against the hometown and southern division leaders, Jamestown Jets. Net minder, Cedrick Lafrance, boasting a league leading 92 % save percentage faced the challenge of shutting down the explosive high scoring duo of Coyne and Underhill. Once again, the Lions prevailed with systematic team play, grinding Canadian grit in a hostile environment that has rarely allowed a visiting team to steal a victory. The Lions tallied seven goals while keeping the Jest run and gun offence to three goals. Francois Fortin and Rami Heikkala had a strong blue-line presence. Lions scoring came from Laurent Dumont, Dave Grimard, Vincent Boivin, Francois Litalien, Geoffery Stowe, Rami Heikkala and Dave Poulin. Shots on goal favored the Lions 42-24. The Sets saw their seven-game winning streak come to a halt.

With an 11h30 late night finish against the Jets Friday evening, the Lions faced the Philadelphia Thunder Saturday morning at 8 AM. This was their third game in 18 hours and proved to be the icing on the cake. The Lions out-shot Philly 55-16 and managed to claim a 5-4 victory after blowing a 4-1 lead in the middle of the second frame. The let down was to be expected under the circumstances. The victory was sweet as it confirmed the showcase championship and the team’s ability to prevail under adverse conditions. Lions’ goals came from Niko Grondstrand (2), Vincent Boivin (2) and Francois Litalien.