Lac St-Louis Lions capture bronze medal at 2016 TELUS Cup
QUISPAMSIS, N.B. – The final day of the 2016 TELUS Cup began with the bronze medal game between the Lac St-Louis Lions and the Lloydminster Bobcats. It began as a fairly close game but the Lions blew it wide open in the second period scoring five goals to lead 6-1 after 40 minutes of play. The Bobcats would score once in the third period as the Quebec representatives took home bronze medals with a 6-2 victory.
After seven minutes of steady back-and-forth play to start the game the Bobcats broke the ice on the powerplay. Ryan Schoettler sent a wrist shot from the point on net and Jaxan Kaluski directed up into the top of the net giving Lloydminster a 1-0. The other assist went to T.J. Lloyd as the Bobcats scored first in a game for the first time this week.
In the latter half of the period Lac St-Louis brought the game back even on a great individual effort by Gabriel Fortier. The Lions forward came streaking in on the right side of the ice, cut in towards the net and tried to tuck the puck past McGrath but was denied. Fortier grabbed the rebound and banged it home tying the game up at a goal apiece. Adam Capannelli and Kyle Havlena would draw assists at 11:14.
Lac St-Louis took the lead under two minutes into the second period as Matthew Pietroniro shot a wrister and it squeaked through Austin McGrath’s armpit giving the Lions a 2-1 lead. The goal came at 1:53 with helpers to Bailey Bilney-Morrissette and Isiah Campbell. With another powerplay opportunity going to the Lions midway through the frame, the Quebec champions added to their advantage. Kyle Havlena let one go from the point and it found it’s way through traffic going just inside the right post putting Lac St-Louis in front 3-1. Bilney-Morrissette and Campbell also picked up the assists on the powerplay marker.
The Lions went up by a trio of goals not long after their third goal as the captain Adam Capannelli found the back of the net faking a shot and going backhand on McGrath. Laferriere and Havlena were the set up men helping to make it the score 4-1 at the 11:46 mark. After their heartbreaking defeat in the semi-final on Saturday, the Lions were out on a mission going ahead 5-1 on Patrick Gorham’s goal at 14:32, assisted by Laferriere. At the point Dane Dow would come in to relieve McGrath in goal for the Bobcats.
Things went from bad to worse for the Lloydminster Bobcats as they fell behind by five goals with a little over four minutes to play in the second period. A new goaltender made no difference for the Lions as Azzaro Tinling pushed the score to 6-1 with help from Capannelli and Sebastien Paquette at 15:52.
Jaxan Kaluski scored four minutes into the third period assisted by Chase Wouters and Parker Saretsky, but that was as close as the Pacific region champions would get losing 6-2 to the Lac St-Louis Lions as they captured the bronze medal.
Players of the Game:
Lac St-Louis Lions – Bailey Bilney-Morrissette
Lloydminster Bobcats – Jaxan Kaluski