Amputees of several good elements in the attack, the Remparts have seen their defenders take over, they who scored three goals in a 5-1 win over the Moncton Wildcats in front of 10,307 fans Wednesday at the Center Videotron .
Aligning a first trio made up of three 17-year-old players and a group of four 16-year-old strikers, the Remparts seemed little threatening on paper. It was not counting on the offensive contribution of the defensive brigade, including Samuel Hould (1 goal, 1 pass), Darien Kielb (1 goal, 1 pass) and Etienne Verrette (1 goal, 1 pass) To the men of Philippe Boucher to put an end to their sequence of four defeats.
“It feels good! Of course, Moncton is very low in the rankings, but it was still necessary to go for victory, “said Hould, who with his teammates managed 44 shots on the opposing goalkeepers.
“We went very well in the first and second. We’re missing the big strikers, but we’ve had a lot of shots on goal. Maybe that was what we were missing and we made different from the last games. And the defenders’ shots came back for once! ”
“Trying to have fun “
The home side had started the match in full force, opening the scoring after only two minutes when goalkeeper Matthew Waite scored the defense of the Remparts. At the end of the period, the visitors leveled the score. Samuel Meisenheimer recovered a free puck to the left of Evgeny Kiselev’s net to deceive the Remparts.
The second was the Red Devils’ affair, which scored two goals in 33 seconds at the very beginning of the engagement – defenders Darien Kielb and Etienne Verrette, his first in the QMJHL – to hunt Waite for Dominik Tmej. The two Wildcats guards faced 17 shots during that one period.
“We had a good contribution from the defenders. Etienne Verrette currently plays with the maturity you recognize when you give her hand. But he had to give him time. He played midget AAA at 17 years old. He is in the gym every day, he gives himself. To see him play with this maturity is fun , “noted Boucher.
Before the end of the period, forward Shaun Bily redirected a shot from Hould Point, which had been hit by Jesse Sutton, to defeat Tmej. Taking advantage of a powerplay midway through the third, Philipp Kurashev completed the scoring with his 18 th goal of the season.
“Before the game, we figured it was a game to win and we thought there were not many games left before the playoffs. The players of 20 years is their final year, “said Verrette, who was awarded the fur coat intended for the most working player of the match
“There are also some who have proofs to do because of the injuries, so it was said to arrive with effort,” he added. “And try to have some fun too. Last week, it was not so good and it looks like we had less fun . Today, we were able to enjoy it and it appeared on the ice. ”
NOTES: The former Remparts Center Mike McNamee (2011-2012), who plays for Carlton University, was contracted by the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) … Wounded, Larionov, Garneau, Ayotte, Boucher, Buynitskiy and Picco did not wear the uniform.