LHC Les Lions - History - 2008 Season

2008 Season

Lyon began the season with a trip to the Illberg Arena to face Mulhouse. Down a goal at the end of the first period, Mulhouse scored again and the Lions scored twice in the second to go into the final break all even. Both Mulhouse and Lyon scored once more in a hard fought final period before a goal to the LHC in the final seconds saw the Lions leave Illberg with their first win of the season.

Lyon welcomed Nantes to the Patinoire Charlemagne in the second round of the Southern Pool and stunned their opponents with a goal after only 28 seconds. A fiery first period ended with Lyon up 2-1 and the match remained scoreless until late in the third period where Lyon scored their third and final goal to win 3-1.

The Lions travelled to the Chambéry Métropole to face alpine rivals Chambéry. It was all even at the end of the first period (1-1) but the LHC added a goal in the second and two more in the third to walk away from the match with a clear 4-1 win.

Back in Lyon for a game against Font Romeu, the Lions went almost two periods before scoring. Just one goal in the second period and two more against a weakening Font Romeu in the third period saw the Lions win 3-0.

The fifth round of season 2008 saw Lyon welcome Cholet and the home team scored early to lead 1-0 after the first period. Both teams added one more goal in the second period and Cholet scored once more in the third to tie it all up. Undisciplined play in the final minutes, however, saw two Lions sent to the penalty box and the Cholet Dogs took advantage of their numbers to score the winning goal with two minutes to go. The defeat against Cholet was Lyon's first regular season loss at home in two seasons.

Game six of the season saw the Lions travel to Clermont and face the Boars. It took only a little more than three minutes for Lyon to open the scoring and, after an equaliser by Clermont, the Geoffrey Paillet scored again for the LHC to finish the first period ahead 2-1. Xavier Simoni scored quickly (33 seconds) into the second period and added another 10 minutes later before Clermont scored again, rounding out the second period to a 4-2 scoreline in favour of Lyon. A final period onslaught by the Lions saw five unanswered goals added (1 on power play, 3 in normal time and 1 while a man down) to give the LHC a 9-2 win and return them to the top of the Division 2 table.

Ranking Season 2008 (as of 23 November 2008):

Rank Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points Goals For Goals Against
1 Cholet 7 5 2 0 10 44 20
2 Lyon 6 5 1 0 10 25 10
3 Mulhouse 7 5 2 0 10 47 22
4 Nantes 7 3 3 1 7 34 26
5 Toulouse Blagnac 7 3 4 0 6 33 47
6 Clermont 7 3 4 0 6 29 40
7 Mont Blanc 7 2 4 1 5 28 46
8 La Roche-sur-Yon 6 2 3 1 5 31 31
9 Chambéry 7 2 4 1 5 26 38
10 Font-Romeu 7 2 5 0 4 28 45

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