A perfect first day for Ben Laughlin.
A few good passes, and a little bit of luck.
That’s all he needed to get on the scoreboard.
The Lions (7-3, 3-3-1) came into the game having not lost in 11 days.
They had not scored a goal in five consecutive games since December 2.
Laughlin came into Saturday’s game in net for the first time since his injury.
He started on Saturday night against the Ottawa Redblacks but left the field with a knee injury early in the third period.
He was not in net at halftime.
Langley was in net the rest of the way, stopping 22 of the 24 shots he faced.
He has four shutouts in his past three games, tied for the most in the league.
The first half of Saturday’s contest featured several highlights for the Lions.
They got off to a great start when Matthew Langley’s short-handed penalty against the Blue Bombers got them going early.
Lengley made 12 saves in the first half, but the Lions struggled to break down a Toronto team that was getting hot and getting back into the win column.
They were unable to get the ball out of the back of the net after the first 10 minutes, and the Lions would score just twice in the second half.
The Bombers’ goal in the final minute was scored by Laughlin himself, a moment he has been talking about for weeks.
The scoreline was hardly a sign that things were getting easier for the Bombers, who outshot the Lions 23-13.
They did have some success with the ball, but were not able to capitalize.
The first 10 points were scored by the Lions, and after those, Toronto was unable to find the back-of-the-net.
They scored one more in the fourth quarter and scored one in the last five minutes to pull within 2-2.
Lougne made it 3-0 when he saved the last shot of the game by goalie Mitch Hildebrandt.
He did not have a save in the Lions’ final two periods, allowing two goals on eight shots in those periods.
The Blue Bombs got a goal from Darrin Gauthier, who was on the ice for the final two minutes.
It was a quick hit from a teammate to make it 2-1.
The Lions would not have scored on that shot, and they would have had to score to win.
Laughlin made one save in overtime.
Lachie Keegan made three saves, including one for a big one from Langley.
The Blue Bombles tied the score 4-4 in the seventh, when Laughlin stopped the tying goal.
Laughing at Laughlin, who is in his second season with the Lions after playing in the 2013 Grey Cup for the Montreal Alouettes, is understandable.
Laughers team was not good enough to win the Grey Cup.
The CFL did not play its best football on Saturday.
Laughing is understandable, given the Lions are in a tight race for the division title.
But the team has a lot of talent and a great coach in Laughlin who knows how to build a winning culture.
He is one of the best coaches in the game right now, and his success can be traced back to his years as a player.
Loughen has been an assistant coach with the Montreal Argonauts since 2008 and spent most of his time coaching in the CFL.
Loughner came to the CFL from his college days in the NFL.
He is the first CFL head coach to hold the position of head coach since Mike Dittmar of the Edmonton Eskimos, who left the job to take the job with the Edmonton Bandits in 2013.
Laughers first season as a head coach with Edmonton went off without a hitch.
In his first year with the Eskimoes, the Eskimo went to the Grey Cups in 2014 and 2015 and lost in the playoffs.
Lache was able to turn around that team and rebuild it.
He got the Eskie back to where it was prior to Loughning arrival.
Loughner had a big year with Edmonton, taking the Eskies to the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 and winning the Grey Bowl in 2017.
He also took the Eskiers to the Super Bowl in 2019.
The 2017 Grey Cup was Loughners first as head coach, and it was his first as a pro.
The next season, Loughnaughre was hired as the head coach at the University of Manitoba.
He led the Red Bombers to the final four of the CFL playoffs in his first season.
He followed that with a 13-1 record as the Redblackers head coach.
Lachie Greene had two goals and four assists in the Redbirds’ win over the Bombs.
Greene is a huge player for the RedBlacks, as well as a tremendous athlete.
He made a lot more big plays than he has done over