MHL Bearcats Loss a Tough One to the LHJQ Collège Français at Fred Page Cup

At the La Cite du Sport in Terrebonne, Quebec at the 2017 Fred Page, the (1 – 0) Collège Français de Longueuil of the Ligue de Hockey Junior AAA du Québec took on the Maritime Hockey League’s (0 – 1) Truro Bearcats on May 4th in junior ‘A’ hockey Eastern Canadian region action.

42 seconds past the halfway mark of the first period, Collège Français de Longueuil’s Vincent Chapleau fires the opening goal of the game to give the 2017 Ligue de Hockey Junior AAA du Québec champions a 1 – 0 lead with Isaiah Gallo – Demetris adding the helper on Chapleau’s goal. Jonathan Fillion sends Collège Français de Longueuil into the first intermission up 2 – 0 at 16:44 of the period with Ludovic Karsh drawing the assist. Truro’s Kyle Tibbo finds the back of Collège Français de Longueuil netminder Stefano Cantali’s net to pull the Bearcats within one with Gerald Blackmore setting up Tibbo’s goal at 3:58 of the second period.

Maxime Chagnon gives Collège Français de Longueuil a two goal lead at 12:44 of the second with a goal behind Bearcat goaltender Jason Rioux’s net with Fillion adding the assist on Chagnon’s goal. William Lemay brings the lead to 4 – 1 for Collège Français de Longueuil 1:27 into final period with Jason Lanoue and William Jacques adding the helpers on Lemay’s goal. Chapleau fires the fifth goal behind Rioux to add to the lead at 4:04 of the third with Vincent Marleau setting up Chapleau’s second of the contest. Alexandre Bolduc has the assist on Jean – Philippe Beaulieu’s goal to bring Collège Français de Longueuil’s lead to 6 – 1. At fifteen minutes even, Connor Morrison sinks the Bearcats second of the game. Tibbo and Nic Blanchard drew the contributors on Morrison’s goal. Blanchard and Morrison sank two more unassisted goals for Truro at 16:20 and 19:56 of the third in the Bearcats second straight loss in Terrebonne. Collège Français de Longueuil netminder Stefano Cantali stopped 27 of 31 shots in the 6 – 4 win while Jason Rioux turned away 21 of 27 shots in Thursday’s match – up.

Bearcats coach Shawn Evans told the Junior Hockey Network that “we have to continue to build our game. We got better in some areas in game two compared with game one. We need to play better low in our zone. If we can improve in that area we will give ourselves a chance to breath against an excellent Carleton Place team. Obviously our goals against total is not a positive. I’m very proud of my players and our season. I will expect us to continue to battle.”

The Bearcats will meet the Central Canada Hockey League champions, the Carleton Place Canadians in a 4:00 p.m May 5th start while Collège Français de Longueuil take on the hosts, the Terrebonne de Corbas in a 7:30 p.m puck drop.

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