Too little, too late against Cataracts

Trop peu, trop tard contre les Cataractes

The Saguenéens of Chicoutimi have had the proof that we should never take anything for granted in the League the Quebec major junior hockey on Saturday as they were defeated 4-3 by the Cataracts de Shawinigan, the Centre Gervais Auto.

“There may be some who thought that this would be an easy game, but we played with fire and it is burned,” said head coach Yanick Jean, in a telephone interview after the meeting.

To share a goal from Theo Rochette in the first period, the Blues have left the premises to take the lead. At the beginning of the third, it was 4-1 for Shawinigan. Chicoutimi seemed to wake up, while Justin Ducharme and Jesse Sutton (third star of the match) sent the puck to the opponents net.

“We played for 20 minutes, and they completely dominated,” says Yanick Jean. However, it was a little too late. “A match that lasts 60 minutes!”

Trop peu, trop tard contre les Cataractes

Zachary Bouthillier has not resisted the attack of Valentin Nussbaumer.

Photo le Nouvelliste, Olivier Croteau

The day before, the head coach was not satisfied with no more efforts of his players. He attributed the victory against the Phoenix in Sherbrooke to the “prowess” of the guardian Alexis Shank. On Saturday, the latter has not had the opportunity to save his team-mates: he needed only to stop a shot when he was called in front of the net at the end of the second, replacing Zachary Bouthiller. The latter has given up four goals in 24 throws of Cataracts, a “job like the rest of the team,” according to Yanick Jean. Even if Shank has finally been recalled to the bench with less than three minutes to play in the third, the Saguenéens have not managed to equalize with an extra attacker.

The Chicoutimiens also found in punishment more often than their opponents. “This is what happens when you’re not working, you are forced to take penalties,” said the head coach.

Trop peu, trop tard contre les Cataractes

The rookie Theo Rochette scored the first goal for the Saguenéens at Shawinigan on Saturday.

Photo le Nouvelliste, Olivier Croteau

On the side of Shawinigan, it was a second victory in less than 24 hours, after seven defeats in a row. Vincent Senez and Valentin Nussbaumer are the most shown. The team was able to win with 25 shots on goal, seven fewer than the visitors.

For Yanick Jean, it is important to find what makes the identity of the Sags is: work. “We’re going to put our work boots to the training. We will work extremely hard in the next few days and we are going to focus on the battles one-on-one, the involvement, the skate.”

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