Only three goals, but another victory

Only three goals, but another win


There was no avalanche of goals at the Videotron Center this time, but the Remparts still signed an eighth straight victory on Thursday and remained undefeated on their ice.< /strong>

After triumphing with unequivocal scores of 7 to 1 or 9 to 2 in their most recent games, the players of Patrick Roy signed a short victory of 3 to 1 against the Saguenéens de Chicoutimi, one of the only two teams to have beaten them this season. 

“We were talking about it recently: we wanted to make sure we were able to play well defensively. We succeeded, especially five against five, ”pointed the head coach after the meeting.

But the score could once again have been much higher, had it not been for the behavior of the visitors' goalkeeper, Charles-Antoine Lavallée. 

The latter stopped 30 of the 32 shots aimed at him, including several particularly threatening. In the third period, the 20-year-old goalkeeper deprived the Remparts of a certain goal by sweeping a puck that was heading into his cage with his mitt.

“We had chances to score, their goalkeeper was very good and ours [William Rousseau] too, acknowledged the head coach. But that's kind of what I wanted to see: that we be able to create offense against a team that causes a lot of interference, that we be able to go to the net. »  

Gweon's nice pass

It was finally shorthanded, halfway through the first period, that the ” Red Devils” managed to open the scoring, after venturing deep into enemy territory.

The strategy paid off: Andrew Gweon skillfully handed the puck to Davis Cooper, posted alone in net, who immediately found the back of the net to score his seventh of the campaign.

After the meeting, Patrick Roy also praised the efforts of these two players of third, who according to him play “good hockey”.

“It was a big goal, especially since it was in shorthanded, he noted. I am really satisfied with their work. This is a nice surprise for us. »

Komarov's first 

The Remparts doubled the mark at the very start of the second period. This time, taking advantage of a power play of two players, Vsevolod Komarov scored his first goal of the season by beating the Saguenéens goalkeeper with a lively shot. 

Chicoutimi replied two minutes later . Rousseau, author of 18 saves, left a gaping hole to his right and Émile Duquet did not let such a great opportunity slip away. 

Despite the domination of the Remparts in terms of shots, the meeting remained tight until the last moments. In fact, until Lavallée received a penalty with less than two minutes left in the game. Nathan Gaucher then put the game out of reach for the visitors with a goal in an empty cage. 

The Remparts will be back in action on Friday evening. The Shawinigan Cataractes will be at the Videotron Center. Rookie Quentin Miller will defend the cage of the “Red Devils” this time.