Lavoie’s late goal steals victory from Red Raiders

 

By Joel Charron

A late third period goal saved the General Amherst boys’ hockey team from dropping a game to a heated rival.

Robert Lavoie scored the tying goal on the power play with 2:15 left in the third period to walk away with a point against the Essex Red Raiders last

The 1-1 tie did nothing to solve the deadlock atop of the Snyder Conference, as Essex and Amherst remain tied in first place with 11 points each.

“It was hard to get past them at first but we eventually broke them down and were able to get pucks in deep, chipped away and got one in at the end,” said Lavoie.

The game remained scoreless up until the third period when Essex Luke Mahan beat Amherst goalie Mitch Topliffe for the games first goal at the eight-minute mark.

With just over two minutes left and Amherst on the power play, Lavoie batted in a rebound to notch the game at one apiece.

 

Amherst forward Robert Lavoie knocks in a power play goal in the dying minutes of the third period.

Amherst forward Robert Lavoie knocks in a power play goal in the dying minutes of the third period.

Neither team scored the go-ahead goal and settled for the tie.

Amherst killed off all three of their penalties while capitalizing on their only power play attempt late in the game.

“We didn’t play our greatest, that’s for sure,” said head coach Pat Garrett.

Garrett said it’s been hard for the Bulldogs to find a constant rhythm because of  the exam break.

“We were coming off, what I think were our two best games against Holy Names and were weren’t able to capitalize on our momentum, but there is nothing we can do about that,” said Garrett.

Garrett noted the Red Raiders are a much better team now than when the Bulldogs faced them on Jan. 9 in a 6-4 win in Essex.

With the regular season coming to an end, Garrett said he wasn’t “too thrilled” about giving up a point to Essex as both teams are battling for the top seed.

He also noted he was proud of his squad for picking themselves up and finding a way to bounce back after giving up the lead.

“I’m not worried about what my guys brought on the ice today, I know they are better than that and they will play better than that,” he said.

Lavoie said this was an important game to gain a mental edge over a rival.

“We are obviously going to see these guys again,” he said. “It’s nice to show them who’s area this is…and now they know.”

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