The Lac St. Louis Lions battled hard but could not prevent the Magog Cantonniers from winning their second straight Midget AAA playoff championship Thursday night.
With Magog holding a 3-0 series lead in the 2019 Jimmy Ferrari Cup final, Lions forward Matt Choupani scored his 11th goal of the playoffs with 13.4 seconds remaining in the third period of Game 4 to tie it 4-4 and keep hope alive for Lac St. Louis.
Tristan Roy’s goal at 15:15 sealed Magog’s second overtime win of the series and touched off an enthusiastic victory celebration by the visitors and their fans as coach Felix Potvin’s Cantonniers completed a four-game sweep with a 4-3 win at the Dollard-des-Ormeaux Civic Centre.
“We pulled the goalie twice in this series, tied it up both times,” Lions coach Jon Goyens. “I thought as the game went on it was almost a little bit disappointing that we didn’t play on our toes like this for all four games, even though two games end in (overtime), one game ends 2-1, another game is 3-3 going into the third period. Basically in every game we were in a pulled-goalie situation so a series that is a sweep easily could have been seven games.”
Lac St. Louis’ loss followed a hard-fought semifinal win against the Levis Chevaliers, who began that series with their 48th win in 49 games. Lac St. Louis won three of the next four games, stunning the Chevaliers with an overtime win on the road in Game 5.
“I think definitely the Levis series took a lot out of us emotionally, physically,” said Goyens, who set a new league record with his 75th playoff win.
Lions goalie Devon Levi received the Patrick Roy Trophy as the best defensive player in the playoffs.
The 17-year-old from Dollard-des-Ormeaux went 9-4-3 with two shutouts, a 2.49 goals-against-average and .938 save percentage while facing 675 shots in 16 playoff games, an average of more than 42 per game.
“I think every team we played was impressed at what Devon did and how he played,” Goyens said. “And he does it with class, he does it with zero cockiness. He’s one of the most humble kids I’ve been around. And this isn’t to disparage any goalie performances we’ve had but I think this is one of the best goalie runs that I have ever seen, and Dev has got a bright, bright future.”