The Laval Rocket finally debunks the Toronto Marlies
For the first time in six occasions this season, the Rocket have defeated the Toronto Marlies. Saturday, at the Coca-Cola Coliseum, the Laval team triumphed 7 to 3.
After losing a fifth time in 2022-2023 against the Maple Leafs school club , Friday, the troupe of Jean-François Houle took their revenge thanks to an excellent first period.
Limited to 21 games since the start of the campaign due to injuries, defender Madison Bowey opened the scoring after just 1:11. His precise shot into the top corner gave Keith Petruzzelli no chance.
Named first and second stars of the game respectively thanks to their two-point performance, Pierrick Dubé and Peter Abbandonato then made it 3 to 0.
After a response from Bobby McMann in numerical inferiority, at the very beginning of the middle period, Quebec striker Brandon Gignac restored a three-net lead to his team by taking advantage of a bad throw return granted by the Marlies goalkeeper. Gabriel Bourque then added a goal by deflecting a shot from Abbandonato.
Acquired from the Colorado Avalanche in December, veteran Dryden Hunt added his two cents before the second intermission. It was his first goal in the American Hockey League since Feb. 16, 2020.
In a lost cause, McMann rattled the ropes behind Cayden Primeau for a second time late in the game.
Alex Belzile and Jesse Ylönen enriched the brand in an empty cage. The Finnish winger also collected two assists.
The Rocket will enjoy a six-day break before hosting the Syracuse Crunch on Friday.
D' here, the team affiliated with the Montreal Canadiens will host the Classique des étoiles at Place Bell, Sunday and Monday. Anthony Richard and Belzile will be representing the Rocket.