In the second game of a sequence of three in as many nights, Rafael Harvey-Pinard and Félix Bibeau were on their return to Rouyn-Noranda. The least we can say is that the captain of the Blue has responded to this duel. Producing a goal and collecting two assists, Harvey-Pinard helped the Saguenéens of Chicoutimi to defeat the Huskies by a score of 3 to 1 Saturday night.
Before the party, the organization of the Huskies wanted to thank the two companions of always offering them a tribute of a few minutes, in addition to presenting a video on the giant screen of the Arena Iamgold. In addition, the former Huskies have also finally received their championship ring from last year with a broad smile. Harvey-Pinard had collected 76 goals and 108 mentions of assistance in 186 regular season games in the uniform of the Huskies, while Félix Bibeau had scored 144 points in 182 games.
“Plonk and Bibeau have known you all for a meeting. The circumstances of the match were not necessarily easy for them because of all the attention they have received before the game. By keeping their concentration to the right place, they have demonstrated their maturity. It is necessary that I take my hat off,” said head coach Sags, Yanick Jean, after the meeting.
In spite of all the range of emotions, the two accomplices were not slow to make their presence felt on the smaller ice rink in the QMJHL. From the first seconds, Bibeau has failed to score a first goal for the Sags, but his shot just missed the target. For his part, the captain of the “Blues”, Harvey-Pinard, has not missed its chance to register a point in the face of his former training. Mid-way through the first period, the #11 was an accomplice of the first thread of its own. Without warning, the defender Karl Boudrias (11th) fired a shot from the blue line, beating the goalie Zachary Emond, for the first time of the meeting.
Nose-to-nose at the beginning of the third period, the numerical advantage came to give back the advance from the visitors and other than Harvey-Pinard to score this goal. Superbly powered by Christopher Farmer, the #11 of the Sags took a shot on reception to beat the keeper Huskies Émond. Harvey-Pinard has also been complicit in the goal of Raphaël Lavoie (29th) in an empty net. For his part, Felix Bibeau took part in no less than 43 put in the game, winning 24 of those.
Alexis Shank was playing its second game in as many nights, but he has not seemed tired. In addition to making several key stops, including one facing the dangerous Alex Beaucage, Shank has also allowed his teammates to retreat to the locker room with a lead of a goal after two periods. In the end, the #31 from Saguenéens has made 39 saves.
“We loved our first 30 minutes of the game. We continued in the same vein that during our last few games. In the second part of the game, I found that it gave a little more opportunity and less well managed the puck. However, we have had key moments in the third period, which allowed us to finish the job,” added Jean.
The Saguenéens will conclude their trip with three games in as many days Sunday afternoon, as they will be on the side of the Val-d’or to face the Drillers from 15: 00. The substitute Carmine-Anthony Pagliarulo (11v-17d) will get the start for the visitors according to his coach.