The dream campaign of the Knights of Levis ends in a nightmare. After losing only once in 52 games, they lost three times in the last week against the Lac-Saint-Louis Lions. Including a 5-4 overtime loss on Tuesday night at Charny, and they are eliminated in the semifinals!
“We had eight extraordinary months and a bad week and a half,” said head coach Mathieu Turcotte, after the final defeat where his protégés have still cleared a deficit of 4-2 in the third period.
But a goal from Christopher Duchesne, his second of the game, after 3:59 of overtime, came to throw a cold shower on the Knights of Lévis and their supporters in the dilapidated Aquarena de Charny, where they spent this winter very hot.
The Knights scored a record number of victories, finishing the calendar with a fantastic 41-1 record. In total campaign, season, tournament mid-season and series, Lévis will have compiled a record of 53-4.
“What we did was never done before. A champion team, there is one every year, “says Turcotte, adding the same breath that we would not fail to” analyze why we did not go where we wanted to go. ”
The final of the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League will be opposing the Lac-Saint-Louis Lions to the Magog Cantonniers, starting Friday. And the winners will then represent Quebec at the Telus Cup tournament, the Canadian Midget Championship in late April in Thunder Bay. Not the Knights of Lévis, as everyone expected.
Turcotte recalls that the pressure of the records and the media attention engendered all the year were sometimes hard to carry for his hockey players aged 15 to 17 years. “Our guys fought until the end, a coach can not ask for more,” he summed up, praising the character of his band and the experience of the other side.
Levi has the Levis number
The big star on the Lac-Saint-Louis side was undoubtedly the 17-year-old goalkeeper Devon Levi. The man who is playing his third Midget AAA campaign before going to an American university has blocked more than 50 pucks for the fourth time in this five-game series.
“We are not surprised by Levi’s performance,” said Lions pilot Jon Goyens. “He came back with us this year because he has only one goal for him and the team. This guy has been in our program since he was eight. He has the lion tattooed on his heart. ”
With another 52 saves on Tuesday, Levi will have shown an excellent efficiency rating of .953 in the series against Lévis. Above all, he stopped 107 more pucks than the Knights doormen (278 against 171)! Victim of four goals, including one on the first throw towards him, Thomas Couture (21/25) gave way Tuesday after two periods to David Provencher (9/10). They compiled a combined efficiency rating of .918 in the series.
Goyens managed to convince his Lions that they would not face a 41-1 team in the season, but rather 0-0 at the start of the series like them, who will finally win 3-2.
In the absence of captain and second scorer Nicolas Daigle, injured, the trio formed Joshua Roy, Olivier Nadeau and William Veillette scored three of the four goals of the Knights, one each, Olivier Coulombe harvesting the other.