Thursday | January 10, 2008
– From the end of the pallet –
The Remparts are not yet ready to compete with the elite of the QMJHL. Especially if they behave as they did at the Pepsi Coliseum yesterday. Facing the powerful machine of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar , they did not make weight , losing 3-1 before 9818 spectators not at all happy with their evening.
Moreover , Patrick Roy perfectly summarized the meeting. ” I did not say it, but you attended a festival of the end of the palette. If we accept that it hurts , I sincerely believe that we can play with the best clubs . That it has finished 3-1 that game , and I consider that we have only played 60% of our full potential . ”
” The game plan was simple. It was necessary to advocate forechecking supported disturb their four defenders. Unfortunately, we have touched people in their territory. They were able to do as they please . It was like a revolving door on the ice. The puck deep and they threw it emerged as fast . ”
A matter of time
It’s a little special teams that made the difference , while the Drakkar scored three goals, one per period, the massive attack ( Benjamin Breault, François Bouchard and Samuel Morneau ) . As for the Remparts , they failed in four attempts , only Kelsey Tessier beating Mathieu Leclair at even strength .” But our problem is not with the man advantage , said Roy. We moved the puck well , although we did not score . On this side , it’s only a matter of time. We will end up scoring on a regular basis . ”
It’s all positive he had to say on the delivery of its youth. ” I ‘m definitely not happy, he stormed . If we want to take the next step , it will suffer. Drakkar worked harder, longer wanted the puck. If we look at their roster , they are more physical than us. Our problem is that we hoped to win win rather than going for the win . And that’s a big difference. Maybe I put the bar too high for my players, but 20 of 23 among them – can come back next year and if they want to win something , they will get into his head that he must sacrifice as a team to get there . ”
Mikaël Tam left in the first period after being wounded in the left ankle. & quot; We hope he can make a comeback in a week or two & quot ;, said Roy .
Having chatted with Roy , which he has not done secretly , saying he saw his ice time decrease in the second half of the season , rookie Olivier Daunais decided to leave the team to play in the Junior AAA . ..
Bothered by an ankle injury , Dominik Bohac could not play yesterday. Roy has cut the newcomer Maxim Cliche, Bryan Cayouette and Frederick Roy- side …
The side of Drakkar Alexandre Boivin and Nicolas Constantineau have not donned the uniform …
Source | Kevin Johnston | Journal Le Soleil
– Baie- Comeau at the top –
The Baie-Comeau Drakkar scored three times to ensure a gain of approximately 3 to 1 last night at the home of the Quebec Remparts , and thereby capture the top spot in the division and Telus overall, ahead of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies by a point.
The veteran Benjamin Breault was the best in attack for the winners by participating in three goals for his team while the young goalkeeper Mathieu Leclair was reported by only allocating a single net on 27 shots while being well supported by an alert defense. .
” This is our best game Cohesion perspective. Our defenders remained calm . We must play well defensively if have wants to be successful “, commented Eric Dubois, who said he would like to finish as high as possible in order to have ice advantage in the upcoming playoffs.
” We have 14 games left in January. I wanted the young challenger by sending the fray “. We have focused our efforts to strengthen our defense. You’ve seen the type of team that should not give a lot of goals . With the addition of four new , it remains to consolidate joeurs and put people in the right place to finish as high as possible in the standings & quot ;, noted coach Drakkar .
The first period was played at a fast pace and resulted in relatively shared game as indicated by the number of eight shots against seven for the Drakkar . They have established their game plan by advocating a more robust style , delivering the best hits. Moreover , the defender Mikaël Tam injured his ankle after coming into collision with Marquardt . He has not been able to return to the game afterwards.
Visitors were able to enroll in the midway of the initial commitment to score when Benjamin Breault grabbed a rebound to thwart the porter des Remparts , helpless on the play. Maxime Lacroix was then in the penalty box . Also during a power play , the Drakkar doubled its lead early in the second period on a goal from veteran Francois Bouchard.
The Remparts have closed the gap in the eighth minute when Kelsey Tessier , with a shot into the top corner , took advantage of the generosity of Marquardt for the vigilance of Mathieu Leclair who had been hitherto intractable. He was particularly frustrated Vallerand , received one before him.
On the opposite side Desfossés has been busy , especially during two massive attacks where attackers powerful Drakkar knocked on the door of the goals many times but failed to increase their priority. They totally dominated .
Drakkar has recurred at a fifth power play. Following a first pitch blocked ;, Samuel Morneau brought the puck in the net. It ricocheted off the back of the leg of Desfossés to roll behind him and it was 3-1 in favor of the visitors. It had to be enough for the Drakkar who collected his first win of the season at the Pepsi Coliseum .
Source | Journal Quebec
– Winning with defensive –
” Our goal in January is simple: we want to consolidate our players, integrate new in our team. And successfully put the right people in the right place . “
Eric Dubois had a ready smile after the game yesterday . He had just seen his band know his best game since the holiday break .”We have seen evidence tonight ( yesterday) that matches are won with defense. Last year, we tried with a big attack of 300 goals, but we have not passed the second round. This time , we aim to improve the defensive .”
Drakkar coach loved the calm of his defensive squad . Dorion , Package, and newcomers Sigouin and Lessard controlled the game at will , refusing to bite on the rare outbreaks of their opponents in their territory. ” Our supporters have never panicked. They controlled the pace , and the crowd could never embark. It was very different from our other visits here this year .”
But even if he has a lot of energy to build a leading defensive, he still tried to add at least one other important element to the attack. ” I would have loved a good striker again, he told grinning . But I was not willing to pay what was demanded in return. I still like the club that I have on hand. I give us a rating of 9 out of 10 for what we have done in the last trading period .”
Source | Kevin Johnston | The Sun Journal
– Maxime Morier remain in Baie-Comeau anyway –
When the Drakkar got hold of Matt Marquardt , we had to subtract a player 20 years of alignment. And as Jean-Philippe Paquet and Marc-André Dorion were entrenched on the blue line is Maxime Morier who bailed .
” My bosses have however been very good to me , said the main person . As there were only three months of hockey, I did not have the desire to go elsewhere. I was offered an assistant coach and I readily agreed . I am very grateful because I ‘m going to live the rest of the season as a member of the team . ”
Morier will give a hand in the video portion of the coaching work . Yesterday he was in charge of the computer club on the bridge. This may be the start of a second career …
Source | Kevin Johnston | Journal Le Soleil