The best team in Canada according to the observers leads at the Centre Georges-Vézina on Friday night. Ranked first in the ranking of the top-10 of canada since the beginning of the regular season, the Halifax Mooseheads are pointed in Saguenay Thursday, with only one stain on the record in five outings on the road.
After four wins, the hosts of the next tournament of the Memorial Cup have suffered a first setback on Wednesday against the Ramparts, Quebec. “We have things to work on, it is sure and certain. We have a talented group. It is necessary to bring this team to play well without the puck. Young people are good when they have it. It is necessary to try to work to recover as quickly as possible. Currently, it is one of our biggest weaknesses, ” said the new head coach of the Mooseheads, Eric Veilleux, who will make his return in the League the Quebec major junior hockey (QMJHL) after a passage of four seasons with the professionals, including the last two, with the Rampage of San Antonio, club-school of the Colorado Avalanche.
Is the circuit Courteau has changed in the last two years ? “It’s been only five games. It is a bit difficult to say. In hockey, it’s still hockey at the professional level or junior. As a coach, our job is that we must ensure that the players progress and learn. Currently, I love the group with which I work “, let us know and Veilleux, who has also directed for many years the Cataracts de Shawinigan, and the Drakkar of Baie-Comeau.
He also inherits a team full of talent, both in front of and to the rear. There is that to think of Raphael Lavoie, Antoine Morand, Benoit Olivier Groulx, Samuel Asselin, Justin Barron and company. “They were really eager to learn. They are attentive and want to improve. I think they are a bit disappointed with the end of the season last year. It makes things a little easier, ” agreed Eric Veilleux, remaining prudent on the state of the forces in the QMJHL, who have not yet seen all the teams in action.
The coach of long standing, however, argues that the tournament for the Memorial Cup, which will be attended by the Mooseheads for a third time, and he is currently a taboo subject in the entourage of the team. The Mooseheads have raised the precious trophy in 2013 and will host the event for a second time, having hosted the national tournament in 2000, which was won by the Océanic de Rimouski. “We will not be hiding places, the Memorial Cup is here. It will stay there, it will not change. From our side, we talked about it at our first meeting before training camp begins, and we do talk about it more. Our role now is to prepare themselves well for the series and the game number one of the first series. I have always been like that, and it will not change “, announced Eric Veilleux, who seems to have lost none of his ardor.
Due to the work carried out at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, in the margin of the Memorial Cup, the Mooseheads are forced to the exile in the beginning of the season, with a sequence of 15 games on the road. The situation did not seem to disturb Veilleux. “We see it one game at a time, to be honest. Currently, we have a third-party. We play the other two. Then, we return home to prepare for the other. If you want to have a team that knows a good season, you need to be successful on the road. Whether at the beginning or the end, it changes absolutely nothing “, to decide Éric Veilleux.
Lavigne and Sutton could be back
The Saguenéens could have reinforcements for the big test of the Halifax Mooseheads. The two forwards, 20-year-old Zachary Lavigne and Jesse Sutton could make a return to the game Friday night, but nothing is guaranteed.
Even if the head coach Yanick Jean was estimated at “good” chances to see the two veterans in the alignment, a final decision will be made Friday at the conclusion of the morning workout. “We will see tomorrow,” said the driver of the Blue. If they can count on the return of the two attackers, on the other hand, it is expected to subtract a regular player for the first time this season while Lavigne has still not played a match. “It’s part of the situation,” to philosophize Yanick Jean.
Two weeks after the Drakkar, the Sags will have a new opportunity to measure up to a team leading Friday. After having swept the Chicoutimiens at the end of opening week with victories of 3-1 and 6-4, the formation of the North Coast sits at the top of the standings with 11 points in six games, still not having lost in regulation time. “Everybody is unanimous to say that Baie-Comeau is going to be in the right clubs. Now, it has progressed since that time. We are going to face two very good teams back to back, with the Islanders of Charlettown the next day. We are going to see after these two games-where we will be, î said Yanick Jean.
“The Mooseheads, this is a team that has played on the small rink of the” Palais des sports de Jonquière last season (winning 4-2). With the additions, this is a team even better than last year. There is no secret when you play a good club like this. You have to be A-1 in your system and that you manage things well without the puck. These are elements that we are working for the past two weeks in practice, ” recalled the head coach on the eve of a duel is expected.
“It is a good game, it is certain for us. The confrontation is interesting. We had been looking forward to it. Now, what we saw Wednesday, it is to where it wants to go night after night. We have a lot more ability to do that we had before in terms of speed and abilities of the individual. I love the process that unfolds in this moment with the attention of enthusiasts and the desire of the team to move forward, ” noted Yanick Jean.
Match in pink
This will be the traditional matchup in the rose Friday night and the players of the Sags will be wearing a shirt special for the occasion. Fans can purchase tickets for$ 5 and as well a chance to win one of the jerseys worn during the evening. All profits from the event will be donated to the breast Clinic of the centre de santé et services sociaux de Jonquière.