Rocket: Pierrick Dubé plays the heroes

Rocket: Pierrick Dubé plays the hero


Despite having only 10 forwards to rely on, the Laval Rocket snatched a 2-1 victory in overtime at the Syracuse Crunch on Friday at Upstate Medical University Arena.&nbsp ;

Due to the suspension of Riley McKay and the injury to Brandon Gignac, head coach Jean-François Houle has employed eight defensemen in his roster. 

This strategy paid off, as the Rocket limited their opponent to 27 shots and a single goal.

In overtime, Mitchell Stephens, who is all fire, all fire these days, served a perfect pass to Pierrick Dubé to close the books.

The French-born scored his ninth goal of the season. He has 19 points in his first 29 AHL career games.

Stephens opened the scoring with just 16 seconds left in the first period. 

Joël Teasdale deceived all opposing players, including goaltender Maxime Lagacé, by setting up his teammate's one-timer shot rather than opting for the shot.

Stephens, a 72-game veteran of the Bettman circuit, amassed 12 points in his last 12 games, including several crucial goals.

The answer to the Crunch came from the stick of Daniel Walcott, in the middle period. 

The Quebecer deceived the vigilance of Cayden Primeau in numerical inferiority.

The American goalkeeper stood up in front of the 26 other shots of the Tampa Bay Lightning school club to add a 12th victory to his record this season.

The Rocket had suffered setbacks in its last two games. He will be back in action on Saturday in Springfield, where he will face the Thunderbirds.