Théo Rochette mentioned on Tuesday that the Remparts intended to offer Patrick Roy his 500e Career victory over the weekend and there’s no denying they lived up to their word on Wednesday night.
Quebec served an 11-2 correction against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar at the Videotron Center to earn their 33rd win of the season in their 42nd game.
“I am very happy with the performance of the team. We wanted to come out very strong and, let’s just say, I didn’t expect such a good start to the game, but maybe they had a more difficult body on their side and we took advantage of that,” Roy analyzed after the game.
The Red Devils actually started the game with a bang, opening the scoring in the 55th second of the game through Pier-Olivier Roy. After 20 minutes it was 5-0 for Quebec.
“We didn’t play. We started the game by watching them play. We hurry to catch the bus. We play on Friday [demain] and we will try to take the ferry as early as possible,” lamented the Drakkar’s head coach, Jean-François Grégoire.
ROBIDAS HAS FUN
Several players took the opportunity on Wednesday to fatten their personal best at the offensive festival. This was the case for Zachary Bolduc (one goal and four assists), Théo Rochette (two goals and one assist), Pier-Olivier Roy (two goals and one assist), Justin Robidas and Nicolas Savoie (four assists each), among others. Jérémy Langlois (three assists) and Nathan Gaucher (two goals).
In the case of Robidas, it was his most productive game with the Remparts and he now has 14 points in 10 games since arriving in Quebec.
“In the beginning I had to adjust a bit but I’m very happy with the way my game is progressing and I know I’m capable of bringing another brand. I’ll be working on it over the next few weeks. The goal is to be ready for the playoffs. »
Robidas was paired with Nathan Gaucher and James Malatesta on Wednesday but this trio could only play together in the second period when Malatesta was on the bench for the entire first period.
The left winger came on for the first time with just over three minutes left in the second.
After the match, Roy explained that he hoped his No. 11 was often too talkative to opponents and officials.
“We have to concentrate on our game. We want to get away from constantly talking to the opponent and chatting, talking and criticizing the work of the referees after the final whistle. We don’t want to be distracted, we want to focus on performance focus and demonstrate maturity. »
What we noticed…
It wasn’t the Remparts’ most publicized acquisition during the last transaction phase, but defense attorney Thomas Darcy has done the job since arriving in Quebec. His pair with Jérémy Langlois was another effective rebound on Wednesday and Darcy took the opportunity to score his first goal in the white, red and black uniform.
The Remparts highlighted the return of Nathan Gaucher on Wednesday, playing his first home game since winning the gold medal with Team Canada Junior. To mark the occasion, the Remparts presented the first 1,000 fans at the Videotron Center with a Gaucher commemorative poster in Hockey Canada colors. Before the game, he was also introduced to the audience, who gave him warm applause.
Murray already back
The defense’s many injuries, including those of Vsevolod Komarov and Evan Nause, forced the Remparts to recall Vincent Murray, whom they had returned to the Intrépides de Gatineau after the trading period. In four games at U18-AAA level he had collected five points. On Wednesday, he finished with an assist and a +1 rating.
A nice catch from the Drakkar
The Drakkar certainly has a great space to build. Night after night, 16-year-old Justin Poirier is one of his team’s most threatening forwards. On Wednesday, he took advantage of a lucky dive behind Quentin Miller’s net to score his team’s second goal, then 9-2 with Quebec. Poirier, selected fourth overall in the most recent draft, has 30 points, including 18 goals, in 31 games in his first season in the QMJHL.