BAIE-COMEAU – On paper, the Drakkar was only a mouthful of the Remparts, but a hockey game, it must be remembered, is played on the ice. Baie-Comois needed the extra time to put Quebeckers 2-1 on Wednesday at the Henry Leonard Center.
The organization of the Drakkar had promised a victory to his supporters on Wednesday, otherwise their tickets were repaid. The boss of the Red Devils, Patrick Roy, has tried to contribute in its own way to the success of this promotion, leaving Philipp Kurashev, Sam Dunn, Etienne Verrette and Luke Kutkevicius in Quebec, while having to do without Aleksei Sergeev, injured .
But the rest of the lineup, especially goalkeeper Kyle Jessiman (36 saves, including some miraculous), did not hear him that way. It is ultimately a goal Shawn Element (17 th ), at 2:14 of overtime, which allowed his family to reach the 100-points in the standings and retain a priority of a point on Halifax summit of the association East.
Roy liked what he saw of his kids “and not about that,” he said. “Our kids played a very strong game, with two 16-year-olds and two 17-year-olds in the back. Too bad we had two brain cramps on the overtime goal, because apart from that, we had a very good game. ”
The Remparts pilot assured that this trip to Baie-Comeau was not intended to show the Drakkar, a possible opponent in the first round, that the Remparts were able to compete, “but it is certain that by keeping the tight match like that, it’s good for our confidence, “he argued. “But the series are the series. We must continue to improve our game in the meantime and we are still far from knowing who we are going to play against. ”
His opposite Martin Bernard made an analogy with the world of construction to explain the delivery of his. “We put down the gyproc, but we had trouble pulling the joints,” he said. “We lacked finishing and we missed the net quite often, because we had opportunities in gold. When we do not score, guys get a little stressed. ”
The Drakkar took a little too much penalty (six) to the taste of the head coach and for the latter, “it’s a goal that was not achieved because that’s where they [the Remparts had the momentum . We will learn a lesson from that. “However, the total penalty showed that the Drakkar penalty-taker unit was doing a huge job and Bernard took the opportunity to lift his hat to his assistant Jean-François Grégoire. “JF does a great job with the guys on the penalty kill,” he said.
Thomas Caron scored the visitors’ only goal at 4:39 of the first period on a Keenan MacIsaac blunder. The 1818 spectators in the enclosure had to wait until the 12 th minute of the commitment to see the first goal Drakkar, the 33 th of the season Gabriel Fortier.
NOTES: Mathieu Charlebois was serving the third of his four suspension games. Injured, Yaroslav Alexeyev was also absent … Before the meeting, a minute of silence was observed in tribute to Alec Reid of the Armada of Blainville-Boisbriand, recently deceased … The Drakkar will complete his regular schedule by receiving the Océanic of Rimouski Friday and Saturday.