The Sags aggressors in the defeat

Les Sags agresseurs dans la défaite

Despite losing 5-4 in overtime, the Saguenéens have had a great hunting party in the face of the Halifax Mooseheads. Without complex, especially in the last 40 minutes, the Chicoutimiens have responded blow for blow to the mighty machine of the hosts of the next tournament, the Memorial Cup, which has not escaped the attention of 2539 spectators at the centre Georges-Vézina.

“It is certain that we had more difficult times and more positive inside the game. I think it was well managed and that we stayed within our means “, has analyzed the head coach, Yanick Jean, pointing out that its troops had correctly applied the adjustments after the first engagement. The premises have been completely the aggressors, by the following.

“This is a big game for us. The challenge was great, but we responded well. All in all, I’m very satisfied, ” summed up the driver of the Blue.

Those who arrived late missed a first-minute high-color. After a superb stop of the leg of Zachary Bouthillier on Raphaël Lavoie, who was unmarked, Theo Rochette has drawn on receipt on the first shot of the premises to give the lead to his team. The keeper of the Sags has maintained its momentum, frustrating including Samuel Asselin in a breakaway, but to force them to get chances, the Mooseheads have finally unravel the mystery. After a turnaround in output of territory, Arnaud Durandeau has jumped on a back to make it 1-1. A few minutes later, Xavier Parent was perfectly redirected a pass from Denis Toner to make it 2-1. The Sags have, however, benefited from a double-digital advantage in the end of the commitment to create equality in their turn, on a powerful shot on receipt of Artemi Kniazev.

The excellent performance continued in the second period, while the Sags have without a doubt been reinvigorated by the break. In the beginning of the engagement, Justin Ducharme flew before sending the puck into the upper part. Once again, the deer returned to the scoring through Antoine Morand, on a return, so that the numerical advantage had just ended.

The premises are again taken out with conviction in the third. As early as the 30th second, Samuel Houde has served a cup of coffee in the defensive Mooseheads before beating Cole McLaren. In his first start in career, the guardian of the Mooseheads has then performed a few small miracles to keep his own in the match. It was first stolen Houde for a few seconds after his goal, and then Jeremy Fortin and Mathieu Desgagnés, blow on blow. With a little less than ten minutes to do, all was going well for the local, but on an output in the center, Jeremy Diotte has lost the washer that is found directly on the palette Durandeau, who has not missed such an opportunity. Return to the starting point despite a domination of 12-3 of the Sags in the column of fire. Then, in overtime, after of juicy opportunities to share and other three-a, Morand put an end to the hostilities when he beat Bouthillier, who could do nothing on the side of the mitten.

“After the goal of Houde, we had five chances, but failed to make the score 5-3. It could be a turning point. In extension, we had a breakaway. At this point, it can go from one edge or the other, but I think it’s really necessary to watch 60 minutes, ” insisting, Yanick Jean, evaluating positively the work of the veterans Zachary Lavigne and Jesse Sutton, the more the game wore on.

“Even if the other team had strong moments and that we were young on the ice, the veterans secure it “, pointing at the head coach, taking for example two shots blocked at the end of the third by Lavigne.



For the first time in his young career, Theo, Rochette was awarded the first star, the face of the Halifax Mooseheads. An honour fully deserved for attacking 16-year-old has been at the center of several scoring chances of the Sags in addition to opening the score in the beginning of the meeting.

“I think I’m starting to get used to the speed. I know a good start to the season even if I don’t have so many points. I think I’m doing the small details. Up to now, I am happy “, let them know Rochette, considering more and more to assimilate the physical game and the speed of execution of the QMJHL, who has spent the last few years in Switzerland.

“I’m 16 years old and I come from Europe. It is clear that it will take me a little time, but when it goes off, it’ll still get better, ” said Rochette, said they did not be aware of the discussions of corridor to his subject.

“This is his sixth match and he has been very good so far “, for his part, expressed Yanick Jean.

“This is not all the meetings he has points, but more and more, it makes the details when the game increases in intensity. It causes opportunities to generate the offensive. He is able to score, but also to make incredible games for his teammates, ” reported the pilot of the Blue, who has the firm intention of maintaining the combination with veteran Jesse Sutton, who was back in the game Friday.

“The fit, I love it and with Kotkov, it gives us the size of the other side too “, noted Yanick Jean.

Justin Ducharme is another, which runs at full speed by the time that run. The attacker, 18-year-old expresses himself offensively and scored Friday his / her 6th goal of the season, his 6th in four games. Last year, he had hit the target 11 times in 53 matches.

“It is sure that it is a good start. I have found the confidence. It goes super well with the other guys on my trio. Hendrix Lapierre has it all and Samuel Houde is really good. We had a good chemistry together “, tell Ducharme who had raised the crowd with his goal, scored through a mixture of speed and accuracy.

“I just took advantage of the big ice and used my speed, which gave a good result “, sum up the number 71.

In the other locker room, Éric Veilleux does claironnait not after this fifth win of his six outings. “Honestly, I think the tiredness is beginning to feel a bit “, he agreed while the Mooseheads are in the middle of a sequence of 15 games on the road to begin the season, due to renovations at their home for the national tournament.

With accuracy, the coach experience has highlighted the brilliance of goalkeeper Cole McLaren after the fourth goal of the Sags. “I am certain that he did not expect to score three goals on nine shots. It is a good keeper and I left it there. He makes bad guys stop after “, he reported. As for the game of his troop without the puck, which he did mention the day before, Veilleux had merely give a note “correct” to his training.

“I think it’s going to set a lot more in the workouts than anything else. It is in the habits of work. Put the stick in the right place, you can show it to you, but when you’re not practicing… It’s like a singer who listens to music for the practice, but given time, it is necessary that he also sings “, an idea of Eric Veilleux.



• The Canada-Switzerland Theo Rochette has told of her daily life since her arrival in the Saguenay in a text entitled Welcome to me and published on the website of The Tribune de Genève. He talks about several topics, including busy schedules, the presence of his mother at his side, and the calibre of the game in the QMJHL, in particular on the updates in game. He also spoke about the massive media attention that the Sags will benefit. “As much as there are every day a page on our team in the newspaper and a radio broadcast that we screen,” said the young man of 15 years, which seems to take the pressure.

• As mentioned by the coach Yanick Jean Thursday, the attackers of 20 years Zachary Lavigne and Jesse Sutton were back in alignment, Sags against the Mooseheads. Christopher Farmer took the hit and ended up in the grandstands.

• The general manager of the Mooseheads, Cam Russell, was a spectator attentive to the meeting, installed on the press gallery.

• For this meeting, a special good in pink, to benefit the breast Clinic of Jonquière, the protocol has been made by a survivor, Johanne de la Sablonnière, a former colleague, accompanied by the coordinator in oncology, palliative care and end-of-life, Valérie Faucher, and the director-general of the endowment Fund Health Jonquière, Sandra Lévesque. The players of the Sags had also written messages for loved ones on a sign in pink that they have hanging behind the bench.

• Visitors to the centre Georges-Vézina on Saturday in the late afternoon, the Islanders of Charlottetown lost 8-3 on Friday night in Baie-Comeau. The Drakkar has still not lost in regulation time this season in seven outings.

• Their seventh game of the season, the Drillers Val-d’or have finally signed a first victory, 3-2 in overtime, at home, on the Ramparts of Quebec. A funny week for the Ramparts, which, not later than Wednesday, inflicted a first loss to the Mooseheads.

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