The Chicoutimi Saguenéens took advantage of a full roster, a first this season, to defeat the Shawinigan Cataractes 6 to 4, Sunday, at Center Georges-Vézina.< /p>
“It sure helps having all your guys. Today everyone participated. Now, as we have done at certain times in the last few weeks, we have to look for consistency,” admitted Alma head coach Yanick Jean.
Shawinigan took advantage of a messy start to the game from the Sags to take control in the first minutes of play. While rushing to the net at full speed, Natan Éthier accepted a nice pass from William Veillette to score his first goal of the present  ;season.
The Cats' lead only lasted about ten minutes, after which the wind changed sides in favor of the locals. In 52 seconds, the Sags replied quickly at the end of the first period. Marc-Antoine Séguin fired a lead in the left face-off circle before seeing teammate Emmanuel Vermette take his own return in front of the net.
Éthier brought both teams back to the starting square thanks to to his second goal of the game. Moments later, Vermette stood up for the Sags. The Quebec native forward took advantage of a nice pass from Maxim Massé behind the net to make it 3-2.
Very tight game
The hot potato game continued in the second period with another Cataractes goal. The captain collected his third point of the day by hitting the mark on the first power play of the game.
However, from the start of the last twenty, the Sags dug a length of distance with their opponents. In the final 20 minutes, St. Louis Blues prospect Marc-André Gaudet scored twice on two shots from the blue line, including one on the power play. Fabrice Fortin added to it with a perfect shot in the top corner. During this very offensive moment, Maxim Massé obtained his fourth assist of the game.
Meanwhile, Shawinigan reduced the lead to 6 to 4 after a goal by Jacob Lafontaine halfway of the third period. This fourth goal from Daniel Renaud's squad opened the door to a possible comeback. On the other hand, goalkeeper Charles-Antoine Lavallée repelled the latest threats from his rivals.
The Sags' next game will take place on Wednesday against the Drakkar in Baie-Comeau.
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