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Sunday, November 20
Bienvenue au site web des Selects Midget AA du Lac St-Louis édition 2005-2006! // Welcome to the website of the 2005-2006 Lac St-Louis Midget AA Selects!


Friday, August 11
VICTORY! Selects Capture LIRF Championship

The Lac St-Louis Midget AA Selects capped off a near-perfect season on Sunday afternoon in St-Hubert with a 2-0 win over the Express du Richelieu in the LIRF Midget AA Championship final...Sommaire/summary 26 mar vs Express.

CONGRATULATIONS to each and every member of the Lac St-Louis Selects TEAM for their hard work, in practices as well as games; their unflagging desire to play good hockey; and their amazing ability to come through when it counted and win the big games. Bravo, les filles!!!


Tuesday, March 28
En Bref - Short News...

The Midget AA Selects' record in the LIRF regular season and playoffs is now final - click here - CONGRATULATIONS to the Selects for capturing first place and for going through the playoffs to win the LIRF Midget AA Championship!

LIRF standings - to check the final LIRF Midget AA standings or see PLAYOFF SCHEDULE and RESULTS, go to "L.I.R.F." on Links page, click on "Classements Pointages Cedules", then on "Midget AA"...

A big thanks to BELL CANADA for their generosity and support of girls hockey!


Sunday, March 19
Selects Go to LIRF Final With Double-Overtime Victory Over Elites

The Lac St-Louis Midget AA Selects won a thriller at Varennes on Sunday afternoon, edging their cross-regional rivals, the Lac St-Louis Elites, by a score of 3-2.

Tied at 2-2 as the horn sounded to end regulation, the Selects played their best hockey in overtime and it was Darragh Hamilton who finally notched the winner with a rising wrist shot to the right side as the clock ticked down in the second extra period. The Selects can also thank the rock-solid goal-tending of Fanny Filiatrault, who robbed the Elites scorers on numerous occasions.

The Selects were the first to get on the scoreboard, taking a 1-0 lead at the five-minute mark of the first period when Van Thibault danced her way through the high slot before sliding the puck to Laurie Jolin whose instant back-hand beat the Elites netminder cleanly. However, the Selects seemed to sag a bit after finally busting open the scoreless stand-off, and the Elites evened the score at 1-1 with a power-play marker in the eleventh minute.

Neither team was able to score in the tension-filled back-and-forth second period but then just under 2 minutes into the third, it was Jenn Krakower who pounced on a pass from Laurie Jolin and whipped the puck past the Elites goalie, putting the Selects up by a margin of 2-1. The thin lead help up until the mid-way point of the period, when a textbook lead pass sent the Elites forward, who had sneaked behind the Selects defense, on a clean breakaway and she scored with a perfect shot to the top right corner of the net.

The two teams traded scoring chances, helped by a referee who made a number of questionable calls against both teams but with a special eye for the Selects as they were called upon to kill 4 penalties in the 3rd, while the Elites had 2, including one ejection for hitting from behind. But both hard-working and focused goalies were up to the task and the fans were treated to end-to-end excitement but no deciding goal.

The action carried right on into the first and then the second extra period, as the Selects seemed to miraculously find more energy and get stronger as the game wore on. The shots on net told the tale as the Selects out-shot the Elites by 7-3 in the first overtime, despite having to kill off a 2-player disadvantage, and a whopping 11-1 in the second overtime period, for a game total of 67-30! And that final eleventh shot, the one that Selects will remember fondly for a long time, was Darragh's game-ending wrist-shot...Sommaire/summary 19 mar vs Elites.

Great effort, girls, an impressive show of character and intensity, especially considering that the first period was a little softer than what was called for in the game plan (pressure! and flow!). And now, it is all about getting ready for what will surely be a tough LIRF final next Sunday against a fired-up Express team from Richelieu who made it to the big game by virtue of their 4-3 win over les Rafales. Go, Selects!



Sunday, March 12
Selects Earn Berth in Semi-Final With Win Over Remparts

The Lac St-Louis Midget AA Selects will be playing next weekend in one of the LIRF semi-final match-ups, thanks to a 6-0 victory over the Remparts on Sunday evening in Varennes.

Paced by Marjo Vachon's three goals and the shut-out performance of Alex Garcia between the pipes, the Selects were in solid control of this game right from the opening face-off, out-shooting the Remparts by a 41-14 margin.

Lac St-Louis got onto the scoreboard early, just after the two-minute mark, as Shannon O'Reilly made an alert play to keep the puck in the Richelieu zone, firing it to Audrey Renaud who relayed it to Marjo and the Remparts goaltender had no chance on Marjo's quick shot just under the cross-bar. Four minutes later it was Audrey who took a pass from Nani Jacobs, then raced down the left side and whipped a beautiful hard wristshot top-shelf on the right side.

The between-periods message was to ramp things up in the second and the Selects responded in full measure, exploding for 4 more goals. Marjo scored her second of the night just 27 seconds into the period off a nice setup from Audrey. The next goal came when Van Thibault cycled the puck deep in the right corner to Laurie Jolin; Laurie spotted Jenn Krakower in the slot and Jenn beat the Remparts netminder cleanly with a precise shot to the left side. Marjo completed her hat-trick with a short-handed goal as she and Audrey worked very hard to pressure the Richelieu defence, forcing a turnover which Marjo scooped up and fired past the surprised goaltender. And the Selects scoring was completed by the Legault-Saumur-Hamilton line as Clara made a nifty play to get the puck out of the Lac St-Louis zone where Eli picked it up and carried at top speed deep down the left side before hitting Darragh with a perfect feed as she drove to the net; Darragh made no mistake in finishing off the pretty play with a slick re-direct.

The defence as a whole played an amazing game, containing the Richelieu forwards and controlling the puck, positioning themselves perfectly for D-to-D plays before sending the forwards on their way with excellent tape-to-tape passes time and time again.

All in all, a great team effort and a pleasure to watch. The Selects put together two excellent games on the weekend, showing that they know what it will take to go as far as possible in the 2005-2006 LIRF playoffs - keep it up, girls!
(Sommaire/Summary 12 Mar v Remparts)




Saturday, March 11
Selects Open Playoffs With Convincing Win Over Laval

The Lac St-Louis Midget AA Selects made the long drive out to Varennes worthwhile as they put together a strong game to defeat the depleted Laval squad by the score of 5-1.

For the second game in a row, the Selects ran into a referee whose life ambition was to see how many penalties he could call in a single game; he started early in this one as he gave Lac St-Louis a bench penalty for the first 2 minutes of the game, claiming that the Selects players started the warm-up without him.

After killing off the penalty, the Selects began pressuring the Laval defenders but they were unable to get one past the acrobatic and highly-motivated Avalanche goaltender. Then, a bad break occurred at the Lac St-Louis end as the puck squirted loose to a Laval forward who wasted no time in blasting it into the unguarded open side of the net, giving Laval a 1-0 lead as the first frame came to an end.

The Lac St-Louis players kept their composure however and continued bearing down on Laval as the second period began. Finally, just after the 3-minute mark of the period, the hard work paid off as Sonia Occhionero took a pass at the point from Jenn Krakower and took a long hard wrist shot which made its way through the traffic to find the back of the net. Four minutes later it was Clara Legault who got the pass from Darragh Hamilton and then rifled a wristshot past the increasingly over-worked Laval netminder, with Eli Saumur doing some strong decoy work in front of the net. And the third Selects goal came off a good rush by Keely Covo, whose wristshot from the top of the circle eluded the grasp of the Laval goalie. The Selects actually scored another goal in the period as Britt Casey made a nice play to bat a puck out of the air but the referee's vivid imagination took over once again as he claimed that the play was made above the shoulders, to the disbelief of just about everyone in the arena.

The Selects wrapped up the scoring in the third with Laurie Jolin doing some slick zigging and zagging before depositing it inside the left post from 15 feet out, with assists going to Brianne Alfred and Sonia. And the final Lac St-Louis tally came off more hard work in the offensive zone by the Vachon-Renaud-Jacobs line, when Nani was able to finish by sliding it under the Avalanche goalie. Fanny Filiatrault shut the door effectively on anything close to a scoring chance and the Selects came away with the 5-1 victory, earning the right to now take on the Remparts du Richelieu on Sunday evening at the same arena. Well done, Selects!
(Sommaire/Summary 11 Mar v Laval)


Sunday, February 26
Selects Finish Regular Season With Win Against Nordiques

The Lac St-Louis Midget AA Selects took on the Nordiques de Laurentides-Lanaudiére on Sunday evening at Boisbriand and, when the dust settled, picked up their 21st victory of the 2005-2006 campaign, edging the host team by the score of 2-1.

The Selects, who had not lost a franc jeu point since way back on November 5th, had no chance of hanging onto it in this game as they encountered a whistle-happy referee who seemed to have a particular eye for certain favourites on the Lac St-Louis squad. The result was a season-high 12 penalties called on Lac St-Louis, which meant they were forced to play short-handed for more than half the game, including several wild and woolly 5-on-3's.

The good news is that the Lac St-Louis defence and penalty-killers played a huge game and that, combined with Alex Garcia's heroics in the net, enabled the Selects to emerge from the contest with a hard-fought and well-earned win.

The Selects actually did all their scoring in the first 6 minutes of the game, before the referee started his antics. Marjo Vachon picked up the first Lac St-Louis marker, banging it in from just in front after some tough fore-checking and pressure by her linemates Audrey Renaud and Nani Jacobs.

The 2nd Lac St-Louis goal came off a fine rush into the offensive zone by Van Thibault, as she barreled down the right side, then cut across sharply in front of the net before tucking it in behind the Nordiques netminder.

The Nordiques finally got onto the scoreboard and cut into the Lac St-Louis lead with a power play goal just before the end of the 2nd frame.

The Selects hung tough in the final period to preserve the winning margin thanks to some great intensity and poise on the part of the defence, who were extremely effective in shutting down 1-on-1 attacks, aided by excellent smart back-checking by the forwards in picking up the Nordiques trailers and back-stopped by Alex who made it clear that she was not going to let anything get by her.

Congratulations to the Selects for earning first-place honours in the LIRF regular season and now, it is onto the playoffs, a whole new season begins. Stay tuned for game times and locations.
(Sommaire/Summary 26 Feb v Nordiques)








Saturday, February 25
Selects Blank Montreal

The Lac St-Louis Midget AA Selects had something to prove when they visited the Rod Gilbert Arena in Pointe-Aux-Trembles on Saturday night to face off against the Montreal MTL. Montreal had squeaked past Lac St-Louis by the score of 1-0 when these two teams last met, back on the 1st of February.

And the Selects came through on this night, grinding out a solid 5-0 win over Montreal, with Fanny Filiatrault taking her turn between the pipes to put up a wall and record the Selects' 8th shut-out in LIRF regular season action.

In what has become a familiar pattern recently, the Selects got off to a somewhat tentative start and it was not until almost the 12-minute mark of the first period that Lac St-Louis finally got on the board when Eli Saumur took a pass from Jenn Krakower and knifed deep into Mtl territory on the right side before sliding a perfect back-hand pass across to Van Thibault as she drove to to the top of the crease - Van wasted no time in launching a slick top-shelf goal. Eli then chipped in her own goal 5 minutes later on a quick hard shot from the slot, with assists going to linemates Clara Legault and Emilie Dolan, who was playing as a call-up on the right side.

In the second, it was again the Saumur-Legault-Dolan line doing the damage, scoring the only goal of the period when Clara worked the puck along the boards behind the Montreal net before spotting Emilie open in the slot on the right side. Emilie's quick shot gave no chance to the Montreal goaltender and the Selects were up 3-0.

The 4th Lac St-Louis goal came early in the third on a pretty solo effort as Laurie Jolin bobbed and weaved her way through the offensive zone before sliding it past the Mtl netminder. And the final goal of the night was scored off some smooth Euro-style passing on the right side between Van Thibault and Sab Thibeault, playing at the point on the Lac St-Louis power play. When Sab found herself with a lane to the net, she uncorked a solid slapshot which Jenn Krakower tipped in from the slot and the game ended with the scoreboard showing 5 for Lac St-Louis and none for Montreal.
(Sommaire/Summary 25 Feb v Montreal)


Earlier in the afternoon, the Selects played an exhibition match in Dorval against the visiting Syracuse Stars. Although Lac St-Louis led 3-1 going into the third, some defensive lapses and penalty trouble allowed the Stars to come back and tie the game at 3-3.
(Sommaire/Summary 25 Feb v Syracuse)


And a good time was had by all as the Selects spent Saturday afternoon's between-games down-time in their very own private dining room deep in the downstairs confines of the Pointe-Claire Cage aux Sports, dining on delectables, watching the Czech men's team win bronze in Turin, doing some all-star placemat doodling, and reviewing the more interesting moments on the game tape (DVD) of the Selects vs NCCP at the Nepean tourney.

The next game, the final one of the LIRF regular season, will see the Selects travel to Boisbriand on Sunday evening to take on the always-hungry Nordiques de Laurentides-Lanaudière. Go Selects!



Saturday, February 18
Selects Clinch First Place With Big Win Over Express

The Lac St-Louis Midget AA Selects put together one of their best games of the season on Saturday afternoon in St-Hyacinthe as they routed the Express by the score of 8-0. With the victory and the three points that it brought, the Selects have nailed first place in LIRF Midget AA league play, with 2 games still remaining to be played.

The Express game plan was clearly based on physical intimidation and their trademark cherry-picking high forwards, but it failed once again as they took 22 minutes in penalties and left their defensive zone under-protected and vulnerable time after time.

The game remained scoreless through the first ten minutes or so, with the Selects enjoying a territorial advantage and more shots on net but unable to generate many truly dangerous scoring opportunities. Then the Express, true to form, started taking penalties in the latter stages of the period and the Selects finally got on the scoreboard with a power play goal when Marjo Vachon one-timed an Audrey Renaud drop on a perfectly-executed zone entry trailer play after Britt Casey had hit Audrey with a lead pass down the left side.

The six Express penalties in the second period, combined with an increased Lac St-Louis emphasis on taking shots rather than trying for the extra move, paved the way for five more unanswered goals in that second frame. The first goal of the period came off some strong work in the offensive zone by the Saumur-Hamilton-Legault line, as Eli Saumur fed an open Keely Covo at the right point and Keely's quick hard shot went off Clara past the Express goalie. The next Lac St-Louis marker came off a deep rush down the left side by Laurie Jolin followed by a cross-ice feed to Darragh as she drove for the net. The goalie managed to stop the initial shot but Laurie was able to stuff the rebound.

The Selects made it 4-0 when Jenn Krakower got on the board with a quick shot after receiving the puck in the slot from Clara. Goal number 5 was another one off a play from the point, as this time it was Sonia Occhionero who drifted a nice wrist-shot that Van Thibault was able to deflect slightly, just enough to hand-cuff the goalie who was not able to react quickly enough. The final goal of the period was a back-hand shot by Van Thibault, with assists going to her hard-working line-mates Laurie and Jenn.

In the third period, the Express game continued to fall apart, as several of their players focused on trying to throw shoulders, especially with late hits after the puck had been moved, and ignored the puck. The 6th Lac St-Louis goal was a typical example, as the Vachon-Renaud-Jacobs line cycled the puck low until they were able to work it to Nani Jacobs who stood her ground in front of the net and fired it into the open side while a defenseman, who seemed to have no interest in the location or even the existence of the puck, was draped all over her. The Selects iced the victory with yet another slick passing play which started in the defensive zone with a lead pass to Laurie who found Van on the left side, sending her in on a 2-on-1 with Jenn. Van timed her feed perfectly and Jenn dropped her shoulder to move the goalie out of position and zipped in her second of the game with a precise shot.

And the final nail in the coffin for the Express was the stellar goaltending of Alex Garcia, who was focused and agile, making several seemingly effortless stops in the early going which sent a message to the Richelieu shooters that there would be no easy ones in this game. This shut-out was the seventh one recorded by the Selects' stingy goal-tending duo of Alex and Fanny in the 22 LIFR league games to date. And Nani's goal, as Clara reminded us after the game, was another milestone: goal number 100 of the 2005-2006 campaign.

It should be said that the Selects showed an amazing level of discipline in the face of the goon tactics employed in a futile cause by the Express, as it seemed that certain Richelieu players (number 23?) were sent out to throw body checks whenever they could catch a Select player in a vulnerable position. Lac St-Louis showed that it is possible to play a tough, physical game without resorting to cheap and illegal hits, though the lesson was no doubt lost on the Express. The Selects truly earned their franc jeu point in this contest, yielding nothing in the tough going and still getting the real job done of moving the puck with crisp and accurate passing and firing hard shots at the net. Great job, girls.
(Sommaire/Summary 18 Feb v Express)




   
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