“Our best game of the year”

“Our best game of the year”


It would be an understatement to say that the first line of the Remparts had a good weekend. After collecting nine points on Saturday night against the Cape Breton Eagles, they came back with a combined 11 points in a 7-1 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Sunday.

< p>Théo Rochette scored two goals and added an assist; Pier-Olivier Roy scored once and had three assists; Zachary Bolduc finished the game with four assists. The three attackers manhandled the Voltigeurs defenders for a good part of the game.

“They dominated. They were everywhere on the ice, commented Patrick Roy after the game. It was probably our best game of the year. I think we gave three chances at five against five and we had a lot on our side. If it's not [Jacob] Goobie, it ends more than 7 1 to 1, that game. every facet of the game than it could be at the start of the season, and that explains the recent successes.

“The chemistry helps, but their successes come from their way to play. At the start of the year, we weren't going to the net and we weren't staying in the net. There, we are always in front of the goal and we stay there. 

“We found our way to go, added Rochette. It clicked in practices this week and on the weekend we were working, we were everywhere and we were fast on the pucks. I think we're a really fast line and that's part of our success. »


< p>In addition to Rochette and Roy,
Zachary Marquis-Laflamme, Davis Cooper, Édouard Carrier and Nathan Gaucher scored for the Remparts, who have won 12 of their 14 games this season.

In Cooper's case, it was not only a sixth for him this season, but still a second shorthanded, which allows him to rank tied for third in this chapter in the QMJHL. 

During his first two seasons combined, for a total of 95 games, the Halifax native had only hit the target four times.

“This year I feel a lot more confident and have great chemistry with my line partners [Andrew Gweon and Zachary Marquis-Laflamme]. I find the back of the net more easily this year. 

For Patrick Roy, who acquired it during training camp last season, in exchange for a seventh-round pick , it's all about trust in Cooper's case.

“He has confidence in his shot. He scores goals so that leads to playing with more confidence. I see him with the puck, he's more comfortable and comfortable and he has amazing chemistry with Gweon. Both find themselves well on the ice. They're a tough trio to face and work the right way. We have a good depth right now. »


In the opposing camp, head coach Steve Hartley believed that the turning point of the match had been a penalty imposed on Marc-Olivier Beaudry at the end of the first, for a blow to the head of Gweon. The Remparts took the opportunity to make it 3 to 1 and the Voltigeurs subsequently collapsed.

“For me, it's a legal check. Gweon put himself in a vulnerable position trying to dodge our player. I think that's where the game turned. It’s a great hockey machine, they were very opportunistic and capitalized on their chances.”

Hartley didn’t place complete blame on the officials’ decision in first, however. In his eyes, his team was never able to recover from that third goal.

“It's never pleasant to lose 7 to 1, but we have to get up and find a way internally, and that includes the coaches, to change the wind when it's not on our side. » 

In addition, defender Samuel Lachance was suspended for two games by the QMJHL for a high stick to a rival in Saturday's game against the Cape Breton Eagles. He served the first Sunday.