The specter of hasty elimination is not a subject of conversation among the Mooseheads of Halifax, who landed in Quebec City Monday morning, hoping to play all three games on schedule. A late 2-0 win over the Remparts in the 4 of 7 series, the Nova Scotia squad must at least win two out of three to see their fans before the Memorial Cup in May.
The ‘Head Coach Éric Veilleux had jokingly to his visit to Videotron Center, a few minutes after the airplane. In his entourage, we do not speak to him of the bad memory of 2012, when the Cataractes that he directed had lost in the second round, finding himself thus waiting for several weeks of the round-robin tournament disputed in Shawinigan.
“It was not planned … Every season is different. I do not think they came looking for me saying, we’ll be eliminated early, we’ll go get Veilleux. I would like to tell you something else, but we only think about the next game. We did not talk about the Memorial Cup of the year, we will not start today, “said one who is in his first season at the helm of the Mooseheads.
On the other hand, Veilleux recognizes that the third game of the series, Tuesday (7 pm) at the Videotron Center, is of capital importance for the Mooseheads. The champions of the Eastern Conference of the QMJHL will focus on the return of Samuel Asselin, suspended in the second game on Tuesday. However, they are deprived of the services of Benoît-Olivier Groulx, victim of a mononucleosis.
“There are things we control, others less. Have we responded well in the situations we control in both games in Halifax? No. Now we are in this situation [late 2-0]. The world will say it’s a cliché, but we agree that it’s the next game that counts. We trust our team, we have always responded well in difficult situations. Look, we’ll be ready tomorrow [Tuesday], I’m not worried, “he said.
His club is well established in Quebec City to spend five days there since the third (Tuesday), fourth (Thursday) and fifth (Saturday) matches are planned in the new amphitheater of Quebec.
“Yeah, it’s not hot !!! There are big snow banks, too. We will unfold our laundry, put it in the drawers. We played our first 15 games on the road, adversity, we knew. We did not play in our style on Saturday, especially in the second period, we did things we never did. We did not have the same state of mind as usual, we did not panic, but let’s go. .. We have the offensive, but I said it all the season, we have success when defending well, “added the one who confirmed to the goalkeeper Alexis Gravel, as early as Sunday morning, he would be in front of the net, Tuesday.