The Trois-Rivières Lions won their last home game of 2022 by defeating the Adirondacks Thunder by a score of 4 to 2, Thursday evening, at the Colisée Vidéotron.
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Marc-André Bergeron's men have been able to score more than three goals in a game for the first time in their last six outings. The passes were precise and the execution was an appointment for a rare time in December.
Brett Stapley led the attack in the first period with a goal and an assist. On the power play, the Montreal Canadiens prospect found Ryan Francis at the mouth of the net to make it 2-1.
The latter returned the favor to Riley McKay on a two against one. Feigning the shot, he handed over to his linemate, who beat goaltender Isaac Poulter with a nice backhand maneuver.
Poulter had an excellent game by multiplying the spectacular saves and sometimes closing the door to the best forwards in Trois-Rivières, but he was not helped offensively by his teammates. He still made 30 saves.
Nicolas Larivière came into contact with Poulter early in the game and Ryan Da Silva came to his defense. Both men threw away the gloves, and in a rather bizarre turn of events, Da Silva was kicked out of the encounter when his jersey came off his gear during the fight.
Larivière has also registered the insurance net in an empty cage.
Goalkeeper Francis Marotte made a good impression for his first duel in a Trois-Rivières uniform. The Longueuillois stood up in front of 32 shots to frustrate his former team.
The Lions will play two road games to wrap up the year on Friday and Saturday against the Maine Mariners and Thunder respectively.