Lions: a victory and a worrying injury

Lions: a victory and a worrying injury

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The Trois-Rivières Lions beat the Iowa Heartlanders 4-2 at the Videotron Center on Friday, but it was the loss of defender Santino Centorame that caught the eye. 

At the end of the second period, the 26-year-old defender, in a vulnerable position, was thrown into the boards by forward James Sanchez. Centorame was knocked out. by the underhanded check and was escorted off the ice on a stretcher.

Sanchez was assessed a major penalty for obstruction and a game misconduct. He also had to answer for his actions in a fight against the captain of the Lions, Cédric Montminy.

Before seeing his evening be cut short, Centorame scored his first career goal in the professional ranks. This success, the third of the Lions, proved to be the winning goal.

Ryan Francis and Anthony Beauregard also hit the target in a first period largely dominated by the men of Marc-André Bergeron. Olivier Galipeau completed the scoring for the crowd favourites.

Philippe Desrosiers certainly looked better in front of the Lions net than his vis-à-vis Trevin Kozlowski, who was taken out of the game after allowing four goals in 16 shots. The Quebecer signed the victory thanks to a performance of 32 saves.

This is the first victory in three games for the Lions, who lost the flag twice in as many days against the Grizzlies from Utah last week.

The Trois-Rivières team will be back in front of their fans against these same Heartlanders on Saturday for the traditional doggie throwing match.