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Lapointe avoids the goat-horns in Clarenville win

By Larry Robertson, Special to the News

Penalties more often than not figure in the outcome of a game, and so it was in the third game of the 2014 Allan Cup Tournament played today in the JL Grightmire Arena.

Martin Lapointe became the hero rather than the goat for Clarenville Newfoundland and Labrador Caribous today as he returned from a high sticking penalty to score the insurance goal in the Caribous’ 5-2 victory over the Kenora Thistles.

 Lapointe was sent off at 10:35 of the third period, and Kenora turned up the heat on Clarenville, only to turn over the puck on the Clarenville blueline to Doug O’Brien.  O’Brien in turn flipped the puck over a Kenora defender as Lapointe raced from the penalty box for open ice and the loose puck.  Lapointe corralled it and fired the puck past Tyler Gordon in the Kenora goal. 

 The goal gave the Caribous a 4-2 lead and deflated the Thistles.  Luke Gallant scored into an empty net on an unassisted play to complete the Caribous scoring with 24 seconds left. 

 Rodi Short, Cam Fergus, and Gallant collected a goal and an assist each with Ryan Desrosiers and Lapointe adding single goals.  Peter Campbell set up two of the Clarenville scoring plays.

Ryan Pearson and former Dundas Real McCoys forward TJ Sakaluk accounted for the Kenora scoring.

Tonight, Dundas plays Bentley Generals from Red Deer, Alberta at 7:30 p.m.  Wednesday (tomorrow), Brantford Blast at 3:30 p.m. against Clarenville followed by Bentley Generals versus South East Prairie Thunder at 7:30 p.m.

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