<b>Captain Matt Fillier's Hat-trick leads the way</b>
<b>Montreal. Sunday, October 26, 2008.</b> The Montreal Juniors entered this afternoon’s game versus the Victoriaville Tigres in search of their second straight home victory of the weekend and a chance to regain 1st place in the Telus Western Division. In their only prior match versus the Tigres, Montreal enjoyed their best offensive game of the year beating the Tigres 8-4 in Victoriaville. Angelo Esposito, the catalyst on the Juniors 8-4 win that night, w combined with Nick Layton for 11 points in that win, was absent from the lineup, having sustained a hand injury in a fight 2 weeks ago. Esposito will miss another 2 weeks.
In Esposito’s absence, the Juniors were excited to welcome Dmitri Kostromitin to the lineup. Kostromitin, a defensive prospect from Russia, made his debut on Friday against the Huskies and played an excellent game. The 6'3, 200 pound defenseman will provide the Juniors with more strength on the blue line.
<b>Montreal Juniors 7 - Victoriaville Tigres 3</b>
In their last 3 home games, the Montreal Juniors were able to open up the scoring within the first 5 minutes of the game. Tonight it was the visitor’s turn. Victoriaville jumped right out of the gate scoring the opening goal of the game only 28 seconds into the game as Brandon Hynes scored his 10th goal of the year. Montreal did not wait long to respond, (once again scoring before the 5 minute mark at 4:48) exploding for 4 goals in a 7 minute span. Matt Fillier led the charge scoring 3 goals in the opening period with 2 coming on the power play. Luke Adam also scored a power play goal, giving the Juniors a 4-1 lead after the first period. Montreal outshot the Tigres 13-9, while Jake Allen stopped all the shots he saw after letting in the game’s first shot.
Montreal absolutely dominated the first period, but the second period belonged to the Tigres. Victoriaville was all over the Juniors, spending the majority of the period in Montreal’s zone. Jake Alle faced 17 shots in the second, but although dominated by the Tigres in their own zone, the Juniors only allowed 1 power play goal late in the period when Brandon Hynes scored his second of the game, and 11th of the season, at the 18:36 mark. Montreal only managed 5 shots in the period and were lucky to have only given up 1 goal.
Montreal returned to form in the third period with their power play leading the way. Guillaume Asselin, who was tied for 3rd in QMJHL’s rookie scoring race coming into Sunday’s game, scored his 6th goal of the season at the 2:25 of the 3rd with assists going to Pat O’keefe and Alex Wall. The Tigres responded quickly with a power play goal of their own at 6:44, when Joel Chouinard slipped a rebound past Jake Allen.
As the period continued along emotions began to run wild as both teams would combine for 46 penalty minutes. This played into the Juniors favor as they wound up with 5 power play goals on the night. Matthew Brenton and Nick Layton would add insurance goals before the end of the game as the Montreal Juniors would prevail by a core of 7-3.
The Juniors certainly enjoy playing the Tigres, having already scored 15 goals in their two games versus Victoriaville. The Juniors were led by Nick Layton and Luke Adam on the night, both of whom earned 4 points. Team captain Matt Fillier earned a hat-trick in the frist period and newcomer Dimitri Kostromitin got his first point as a Junior in only his second game. Layton has earned 9 points in his 2 games against Victoriaville. Jake Allen earned the win for the Juniors stopping 33 shots. Benjamin Rubin missed a penalty shot in the
The 3 stars of the game were: 1. Matt Fillier, 2. Luke Adam. 3. Brandon Hynes
The Juniors head onto the road next week to face the Foreurs from Val D’Or next and the Oceanic from Rimouski on Friday and Saturday, before returning home on Wednesday, November 5th to rematch the Foreurs at 7:00pm at the Verdun Auditorium.
English Game Reports by Steven Hindle