Tigers Strengthen Hold on Second

The Tigers took a while to get the puck across the goal line but after Coleton Perry  finally got Campbellton on the board early in the second, there was no looking back. After a speedy entry into the Rapids’ zone, Pascal Valcourt dropped the puck to Dylan Coffey who quickly moved it on to Perry’s stick in the right circle.  Just as quickly, Perry wristed a shot over Andrew Rose’s glove hand to give the Tigers the lead. About six minutes later, Antoine Gauthier, with his third goal in as many games, put his team up by a pair. After Rose had made a number of saves on close-in attempts, Charles-William Gagné passed to Gauthier in the slot. His hard shot hit a defender and went up and over the goalie who had dropped to block the shot and was unable to recover in time.  Drew toner picked up an assist on the play, the first of a pair he would get  in the game. The Rapids got one back shortly after on a goal by Dawson Wood but that was all that Tristan Gray was going to allow. Before the period expired the Tigers made the Rapids pay for an infraction by scoring on the powerplay. After being set up by passes from defencemen Lucas MacAulay and Pier-Olivier Michaud,  fast moving forward Jared Janke fired a shot from the left face-off circle which zipped just inside the left post restoring the Tigers two goal cushion.

In the third,  Valcourt picked up a second assist when, after a defender coughed up the puck near the half board, he picked it up and backhanded it to Coffey who was alone near the net. In a single motion Coffey blasted a shot through the five-hole for Campbellton`s fourth.  The Tigers struck again when Tommy Callaghan took a drop pass from Janke and, from the top of the circle beat the goalie on the glove side. Campbellton`s sixth came as a result of some hard fore checking by the Tigers. An effective pinch by MacAulay allowed Gagné to make a hard pass to Gauthier near the front of the net. With all the defenders, including the goalie focused on him, Gauthier passed over to Coffey who swept the puck into the gaping net for the last goal of the game.

Coffey’s pair of goals plus an assist earned him first game star honours. For allowing only the one goal on twenty-nine shots, Gray was named second star while Gauthier, with a goal and assist, got third star.