(Quebec) Remparts deserved a better fate, but they lost 4-2 on Thursday night against the Chicoutimi Chicoutimi, Videotron Centre.
In the end, it’s Nicolas Roy play goal that made the difference. The star of Sags scored his 46th of the season, tops in the QMJHL, by deflecting a point shot midway through the third period.
“We have every reason in the world to be happy with our game today,” analyzed head coach Philippe Boucher. “We had two or three bad shifts starting, but after we played exactly the way you have to play at this time of year. We skated, we hit … “Yanick Turcotte is the one who most often, with eight hits.
Left out in the last game, Auguste Impose responded well by registering his own to score. Other offensive pillars of the Red Devils, Matthew Boucher and Bronson Beaton, however, was again whitewashed, that has not failed to emphasize their coach.
“We have guys who give us a little more,” repeated Philippe Boucher, naming two men leading trio. “If our offensive players were able to put in, we would not have the same thing now.”
Several spectators had not had time to win their seat when the Lévis Jeremy Groleau opened the scoring for the Sags beating Evgeny Kiselev of a point shot. There were only 20 seconds elapsed. It was the first goal in the QMJHL for the former Commanders.
However, it was hit hard by Turcotte shortly after. Victim of headaches, he left the game as a precaution, but seemed like when he met journalists.
Still in first, led Impose a beautiful pass from Derek Gentile in a yawning cage to tie, powerplay. “It is true that I had to answer this. […] Today, I was a little better, “said Impose second star of the game. “But when we lose, it’s hard to be satisfied with what we did.”
With 41 seconds in the first period, defenseman Ross MacDougall deceived Billia with a wrist shot. Taylor Cooper took advantage of a two against one to tie late in the second period. Olivier Garneau was in the penalty box for high sticking when Roy, quiet until then, scored the winning goal. Zachary Lavigne completed the scoring into an empty net.
Kiselev has received only 22 shots, but did not have much to answer for. The Remparts have launched 30 times Billia.
The Chicoutimi now find themselves with 71 points, 8 more than the Red Devils. These can still hope to join the Victoriaville Tigres (67) 11 th. Still a first-round duel against the Gatineau Olympiques, visitors Friday in Quebec, seems to indicate.
NOTES: Defenseman Bryce O’Brien bout with mononucleosis. It was of course left out Thursday as Dakotah Woods Flag Alexander, Ethan Crossman and Colby Tower … With 13,353 spectators at Videotron Centre Thursday, the Remparts have attracted 425,958 people this season, a record.
Gatineau without his ace marker
The Olympics will bring to Videotron Centre with a reduced team Friday night. The fourth scorer of the QMJHL, Vitalii Abramov, remained in Gatineau to treat a minor injury. The little Russian 17 years experiencing thunder season with 93 points – including 38 goals – in 63 games. His 5’9 ” may explain why it occupies the 56th-ranked North American prospect for the next NHL draft. Defender Nicolas Meloche and winger Dylan Callaghan will also be the key. Alexander Landreville, suspended following a fight against the Victoriaville Tigres on Saturday also shines by its absence. Only two teams, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the Val-d’Or Foreurs, have a better record than the Olympic season.
Chicoutimi young surprising
Sagueneens can still hope to finish in eighth place overall and take advantage of home ice advantage in the first round. Regardless, however launches Yanick Jean. “We will look at the standings after the 68 game,” said head coach speaking of the last meeting of the season. “It does nothing in consequence of that. It really is ethics, effort [that matter]. “John admits to being surprised by the success that has known his young team this season. “You have to give credit to the guys. They have done everything that is in their power to get there. They do not want it to be over. They love their team. […] It’s probably the most I’ve coached welded group, “said even the former player turned coach in 2002-2003.