BAIE-COMEAU – The Moncton Wildcats do not look like a private squad for their best player. Despite Jakob Pelletier’s absence, John Torchetti’s men tied the game 2-2 on Wednesday in this eighth-final series, snatching a 3-2 win at the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, which stumbled for the first time. at the Moncton Future Center.
The work of the special teams was crucial in this once again fiercely contested meeting. The Drakkar was cleared in five digital superiorities while the locals realized two of their five chances. Twice, it’s Mika Cyr, the best scorer so far in this series, who has hit the target.
“It was played there, on special teams,” said Drakkar head coach Martin Bernard. “We had our chances, but we did not put it in, especially in the third, when Yaroslav [Alexeyev] and Sam [The Italian] shot close to the goal. Earlier, [Ethan] Crossman also broke his stick when he had an open goal. ”
It was probably also the match where the Drakkar took the least dangerous shots. “We managed to score a goal on a rebound, but we will have to work harder to get them,” he added.
Contrary to his usual practice, Baie-Comeau was also dominated in the puck circles, with the Cats scoring 40 out of 62. Cyr (18 in 23) and Jeremy McKenna (9 in 9) were brilliant on the other hand from the Drakkar specialist in this chapter, The Italian (5 in 21). “We’ll have to get better and be better on the faceoffs,” said the pilot.
The Wildcats had their best first period so far in this series. They took the opportunity to score the first goal when Jonathan Aspirot’s powerful shot hit Alex D’Orio on the blocker side. However, before the end of the engagement, Keenan MacIsaac equalized, also a veiled shot on the side of the staff of Francis Leclerc.
In the middle of the second, Crossman took a long time to recover from a dubious and impunity check of Aspirot, about two meters from the ramp. Delegate on the ice at the next faceoff to pass a message, Sacha Roy has a little too much insisted on Aspirot, scooping a penalty. Moncton took advantage of the power play that followed to take the lead, with the first of Cyr’s night.
“It’s a move you do not want to see in hockey, Crossman could have gone head first in the band. It was really dangerous, “said Bernard, calling Aspirot a repeat offender. “Xavier [Bouchard] was suspended [for seven games] for the same kind of action earlier this season,” the pilot said.
Nathan Légaré was 2-2 at 7:42 of the third period, enjoying a generous return by Leclerc on a shot from a corner by Gabriel Fortier. But the penalties came back to haunt the Drakkar. This time, it was Ivan Chekhovich who found himself on the penalty bench after having sinned in the opposing zone. Cyr paid a high price for this mistake by putting the goal of the win at 11:31.
NOTES: After returning home because of a health problem in his family, Mario Marois was back behind the Drakkar bench to assist Bernard … So far in this series, the team that scored the first goal has always won … The fifth match will be played Friday, again at the Center Avenir.