Canadiens, Lancers Go To Game 7

Lakeshore goalie Erik Morneau reaches out to block a Lambeth rebound chance at the Atlas Tube Centre on 31 March 2018.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Lakeshore goalie Erik Morneau reaches out to block a Lambeth rebound chance at the Atlas Tube Centre on 31 March 2018.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

(LAMBETH, ON) – It’s no quarter given in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s West Conference final between the Lakeshore Canadiens and Lambeth Lancers. After six games of hockey, their best-of-seven series comes down tonight in Belle River.

On Saturday, with the series tied 2-2, the Habs hosted the Lancers at the Atlas Tube Centre and came out with a 3-2 victory. Quick 2nd period goals by Lakeshore’s Connor Rosaasen, Matt Smith, and Liam Hogan left Lambeth on their heels. A pair of Andrew Fletcher markers were not enough for the Lancers to complete the comeback.

Canadiens’ goalie Erik Morneau made 25 saves for the win while Lambeth’s Zach Weir stopped 31 at the other end.

Lambeth's Nate Frisbee and Lakeshore's Ameen Fadel cause a little havoc in front of Lancers' goalie Zach Weir at the Atlas Tube Centre on 31 March 2018.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Lambeth’s Nate Frisbee and Lakeshore’s Ameen Fadel cause a little havoc in front of Lancers’ goalie Zach Weir at the Atlas Tube Centre on 31 March 2018.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

The next night in Lambeth, it was do-or-die time for the Lancers. Mitchell Jenner tallied late in the 1st to give the home team an early advantage. Stephan Crevier and Rosaasen teamed up to tie the game and take the lead for Lakeshore in the middle stanza. Late in the third act, Jonah Goodman tallied for the home side to force extra time.

The two clubs went toe-to-toe in overtime, combining for 22 shots in 15 minutes of sudden-death play. In the end, Fletcher played hero for the Lancers, forcing a Game 7 showdown.

Brock MacDonald turned aside 46 chances for the clutch win while Morneau blocked 42 for the Habs.

Game 7 takes place tonight at 8pm at Belle River’s Atlas Tube Centre. The winner of the series will meet the Glanbrook Rangers in the Schmalz Cup semi-finals.

Lakeshore captain Michael Long puts the shoulder into Lambeth's Codey McRoberts to thwart a scoring attempt at the Atlas Tube Centre on 31 March 2018.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Lakeshore captain Michael Long puts the shoulder into Lambeth’s Codey McRoberts to thwart a scoring attempt at the Atlas Tube Centre on 31 March 2018.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

Lakeshore goalie Erik Morneau shuts down three Lambeth shooters all alone on his doorstep with a sprawling save at the Atlas Tube Centre on 31 March 2018.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Lakeshore goalie Erik Morneau shuts down three Lambeth shooters all alone on his doorstep with a sprawling save at the Atlas Tube Centre on 31 March 2018.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

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Devan Mighton
Devan is a former star with the Windsor Clippers and now an aspiring writer and photographer. His work has appeared here at The Square as well as in the Lakeshore News,, Tecumseh Shoreline, and Southshore News. Devan lives with his family in Essex County. Email Devan Mighton