At six-foot-two, 205 pounds, Kevin Lacroix of the Spruce Grove Saints usually attracts a crowd as he crashes the opponent’s net.
On Monday night at the Grant Fuhr Arena, the big power forward had the spotlight all to himself as the only skater on the ice when he took his first career penalty shot with 2:21 to play.
“I was a little bit nervous, actually,” said Lacroix, who was acquired by the Saints in a three-team, multi-player swap in January. “I thought we might be better off with the power play, but it was good.”
Fortunately for the Saints, Lacroix buried his penalty shot, beating Brooks goaltender Michael Fredrick high to the blocker side from about 20 feet to help Spruce Grove beat the Bandits 3-1 in front of 916 spectators.
With the win, Spruce Grove trimmed the Bandits’ lead in the Alberta Junior Hockey League final to 2-1 after losing the first two games in the best-of-seven series in Brooks. Game 4 is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Grant Fuhr Arena.
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