While it is true that the series used to separate the children from adults, we know to which address housed the Lions du Lac-Saint-Louis, opponents of Magog Cantonniers in the final four series of seven of the League Quebec Midget AAA development which will begin tomorrow night at home protected by Felix Potvin.
The Lions did not hesitate to turn the page on their regular season when they set foot in the series. “The beauty of the series is that everybody off again on the same level, regardless of your season stats. Mentally, the series was approached as a top team. we believed in and the identity of our rival matter. It focuses on what we need to do and do it the best way possible, “notes Jon Goyens adding that his team was probably completed the season where it deserved ranking.
“Our alignment is still composed of several young players. It takes time to set everything up. There have been ups and downs, but now consistency is the rendezvous. ”
The Lions pilot could also add that injuries have certainly slowed the progress of his team. Injured during a visit to Magog, the number one goalkeeper Sandro Silvestre was absent several weeks. The excellent defender James Orr broke his neck during a game against Antoine-Girouard and his season is over.
Besides, Silvestre is back in great form in the series. “It is not often that we can count on a veteran of 17 years in front of goal in the playoffs. It gives confidence to his teammates. But our final presence is not limited to Sandro, “said Jon Goyens.
Even if the Lions just eliminate the first two teams (Jonquière and Esther Blondin) overall, Goyens argued that the most difficult is ahead. “In the league, everyone will tell you, it’s always difficult to play against the team of Felix Potvin. Their players well use 200 feet of the ice surface and are hungry players who never give up. We will face our biggest opposition “, claims Goyens.
You will not say no more to Goyens his team is favored because the keeper Justin Blanchette, yet a green rookie than 15 years, will face his veteran doorman of 17 years. “D’Orio (still injured) has more experience, obviously, but we know how Blanchette responded in relief of D’Orio against Antoine-Girouard, a team that did not believe in him. It is quite exceptional that he has done. This is definitely a keeper in confidence. ”