With 51 wins in 52 games, they are not all great. But the Knights of Lévis still found a way to win Tuesday night, 4-3 against their neighbors Blizzard Seminary St. Francis. Lévis sweeps the series 3-0 and goes into the semifinals.
The Midget AAA Regional Hockey Derby resulted in a second-in-three tight clash, but Levis’ firepower and firepower still prevailed on Tuesday in St. Augustine. The Knights are now preparing to host the first game of the semifinal at Aquarena Charny on Sunday.
“It’s not easy to win the third win in a series, let alone the second round. It’s a lot tougher than it gets in the season, “said head coach Mathieu Turcotte, whose troupe rewrote the league’s record book all winter with great victories.
The Blizzard on the other hand has sold dearly its skin. Despite two quick shots by Olivier Coulombe in 33 seconds in the first half, the SSF representatives came back tied thanks to the goals of Jérémy Ste-Marie and Philippe Jacques. Then even at 4-2 Lévis after 40 minutes, on goals from Olivier Boutin and Justin Gosselin, Fabrice Drouin gave hope to the locals in the last third.
“We could have given up as the other 14 clubs in the league did during the year. But with the gas we had left, we did what we could, “summarized the Blizzard’s driver, Frédéric Parent, who saw his team lose a second set in half after going through a resurrection match.
If Parent praised the discipline of his protégés, it is indeed the penalties that have slowed the momentum of the Blizzard in the middle of the meeting. The Superpower game of the Knights did the rest with a second goal in the match with the advantage of a skater on four occasions. This unit has been running at a hell of a 32% success rate in the season.
Roy restarts the machine
First league scorer in the season with 88 points in 42 games and high hopes for the next junior draft, Joshua Roy scored for the first time in the last five games. An assist on the third break-up goal, scored five against four and especially 28.8 seconds off the second intermission.
“After the Canada Games [in mid-February, Quebec won gold], it was difficult for Joshua to restart the machine. But it improves every game. The more rest he takes, the better he plays. It goes in the right direction, “says Turcotte, who must be able to count on his number 19 if he really wants to succeed in this dream campaign.
Because at the end of the track, it is the Canadian Midget championship that is looming for Turcotte and his Knights. And the goal can not be less. Even his vis-à-vis agrees. “Since 2001, the Telus Cup has not returned to Quebec. With the team that Lévis has, it’s there or never, “says Parent.
Emma Williams has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Bobr Telegram , Emma Williams worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella.