In spite of the injury in the alignment of the Saguenéens of Chicoutimi, the other players seem to want to work in the same direction lately. For a second consecutive game, the men of Yanick Jean played the defensive game inspired, while taking advantage of their few chances in order to whiten the Drillers 5-0, Friday evening at Val-d’or.
In the victory, the goalkeeper Alexis Shank has beaten his personal record of 29 wins that he had last season. The cerberus, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, thus becomes not only the first goalie in the QMJHL to reach the plateau of 30 wins, but also the first in all of junior hockey in canada.
“This is how we want to approach things by the end of the season. We were very good defensively and this is another step in the right direction. Our performance was similar to that of the last game in Drummondville and this is how we want to play match after match”, dropped the coach-in-chief of the “Blue”, Yanick Jean, after the meeting, adding that he was not surprised by the fact that weapon of his guard because of his consistency.
Louis Crevier, who was struggling with an injury since 26 January last, made an appearance early, Friday evening, in the alignment of Yanick Jean. Because of his return, he is the one who usually plays the position of defender Michael Pellerin has taken place within the fourth unit offensive. It is just a good work of Pellerin, who has allowed the first goal of the Blues. After that Pellerin has helped his teammates to get the puck in the territory defensive, Rafael Harvey-Pinard has done all the set up to the other end of the rink, before serving a perfect pass to Dawson Mercer (the 22nd) to give the lead 1 to 0 to the visitors.
Playing an almost perfect defensively, “Blues” have not forced the game during this part, and waited for their chances. This was the case on their second goal when captain Harvey-Pinard (29th) has just benefited from a turnaround in the neutral zone to slip on alone to the keeper of the Drillers before the defeat of a beautiful deke to the backhand. On the sequence, Pellerin has been credited with a mention of assistance.
“It’s going to happen on occasion, it will play to the attack by the end of the calendar. It has been very good and has not made an error. With the return of the Crevier project, we wanted to have seven defenders in uniform in order to have an insurance policy,” said Jean, speaking of Michael Pellerin.
Rafaël Lavoie (28th) has also marked a net during the second twenty to give a lead of three goals to the Sags. Pellerin has received another pass on the fifth goal of his own as he went a perfect go of the back of the net to Luke Wilson (2nd).
Tribute to Rouyn
The men of Yanick Jean would not have much time to enjoy this victory, who will be on the side of Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday night to face the Huskies as early as 19h. This will be a first match for the accomplices Rafael Harvey-Pinard and Félix Bibeau face their former team with which they won the Memorial cup last year.
For its part, the reunion of the defender Sags Karl Boudrias took place Friday evening. Boudrias played its first match in Val-d’or since he was traded to the Sags, a little earlier this season, and got two shots on the cage of the premises.