Tigers Back On Winning Track

After spotting Grand Falls a lead at the eight minute mark of the first period, the Tigers roared back to grab a two goal lead before the end of the first and, when all was said and done,  an eventual 6-1 win. Campbellton erased the only deficit they faced on a scoring play that started in the Tigers’ zone. Dylan Coffey banked the puck hard off the side boards and Coleton Perry carried it into the Rapids end. Perry then lifted a soft pass over a defender’s stick to Pascal Valcourt in front. Valcourt quickly shot the puck high over the goalie’s right shoulder to tie the game. Less than two minutes later, on a powerplay, the Tigers grabbed the lead for good. Jared Janke won the faceoff in the Rapids’ end and a couple of passes from Drew Toner and Lucas MacAulay got the puck onto the stick of Pierre-Luc Lurette on the left point. His hard blast was stopped but the rebound went right to Janke who shot it into the gaping net. Hard work in the offensive end earned the Tigers their third marker. After a near miss by Perry in the slot, he retrieved the puck along the side boards and sent it deeper to Dylan Coffey behind the net. Coffey moved it to the other side where Valcourt slid it back to Francis Thibeault at the point. Thibeault tapped the puck back in to Coffey who circled quickly and fired the puck off the goalie’s arm and into the net.

The two teams battled through a scoreless second period, but early in the third, Pierre-Luc  Lurette cleared the puck off the boards and Coffey picked it up just outside his own blueline. He skated into the Rapids’ zone and then lit the red light with a long shot that eluded the glove of the goalie. The last pair of goals was scored after Grand Falls got into serious penalty trouble. On a five-on-three the Tigers had no trouble dominating the play. Lucas MacAulay took a pass from Charles-William Gagné and then blasted a shot which knocked the stick out of a defender`s hands, changed direction and then slid into the net. Zach Spencer picked up an assist on the play. Still with a man advantage the Tigers added the final goal of the game. After getting organized in the Tigers’ zone, Sam Dow passed up to Drew Toner who tapped the puck ahead to Spencer. After speeding into the offensive end, he headed into the slot and then slid a pass to Mitch Britton in the right face-off circle. Britton moved a couple of strides closer and then wristed a hard shot high into the net.

In Campbellton’s net, Isaak Pelletier played another strong game to notch the win. The Tigers took all three game stars with Janke, third, Coffey, second and Valcourt first.