The Saint Lawrence Lions hockey team traveled 2600 kilometers to play a double header against the Wooster Oilers in United Junior Hockey league action this weekend.


by Mike Labadie

The long hours coasting on smooth interstate highways 81 and 90 were spent watching movies, studying and catching interrupted power naps as they came. Our boys prepared for battle in conditions that triggered flashbacks of endless minor league tours taken by Paul Newman and the Charlestown Chiefs in the Classic movie “Slapshot”.   The boys from Quebec still managed to showcase the grit, speed and toughness of Canadian hockey in a state where the Bukeys and Hoosiers rule college sport;. The Wooster Oilers were a total class act, while organizing the signing the Canadian National Anthem in French prior to the opening face off.

The first game saw Saint Lawrence dominate the game from start to finish. Cedrik Lafrance was outstanding in goal, signing his second consecutive shut out while maintaining a league leading save percentage of 98% in three games thus far. The lions out shot Wooster 44-22, while outscoring the home team 4-0. Rami Heikkala and Alexandre Cloutier scored on the power play while Francois Litalien and Dave Grimard tallied goals at even strength.

The second game on Sunday was a show of over zealous Canadian intensity that unfortunately led to 4 power play goals by the home team. Although the Lions out shot the Oilers 43-24, the final score revealed a 6- 6 tie game. Coach Labadie was disappointed in these lackluster neural moments that deprived the team from recording a second victory in Ohio. On the bright side, Dave Grimard registered the team’s first hat trick with three goals while Laurent Dumont scored two. The Lions remaining goal was scored by Samuel Bradette.

The team completed their trip early Monday morning arriving at 8h30am. The boys were off to class after a long ride home. The team now prepares for a possible exhibition game against Sunny Canton University a division two team in up State New York. The team record places the in a tie for first place with three wins, one loss and one tie in United Junior Hockey League play.