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A first win for the Lions

A first win for the Lions


The Trois-Rivières Lions scored their first win of the season on Saturday at Cross Insurance Arena, beating the Maine Mariners 3-2. 

Eric Bélanger's troops were thus able to avenge the 4-3 loss they suffered at the hands of these same rivals in their inaugural game on Thursday. 

In front of the goal of the Trois-Rivières team, Montreal Canadiens prospect Joe Vrbetic tasted victory for the first time in his professional career. The 19-year-old goaltender, with an impressive 6'6″ size, stopped 32 of 34 shots for the Mariners.

American forward Colin Bilek also distinguished himself for the visitors by making fly twice. Former seventh-round pick Brett Stapley was instrumental in both successes.

It was forward William Leblanc, however, who opened the scoring with a spectacular move. The Drummondville resident knitted with the puck before falling to his knees and beating goalkeeper François Brassard with a precise shot into the top corner.

At the end of the game, Cameron Askew allowed the Mariners to believe it closing the gap to a power play goal. Vrbetic, however, closed the door afterwards, even if he was much more in demand than his vis-à-vis in the third engagement.

Matthew Santos is also the only other player to having cheated his vigilance.

The Lions and Mariners will complete this three-game series in Portland, Maine, on Sunday.

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