To believe that the color carriers of the Cantonniers de Magog have banished the word "slow down" from their vocabulary. Confronting the Rousseau Royal de Laval-Montréal, the leaders of the CCM section, the teenagers of Félix Potvin won a 10th straight victory by winning 4-1 at the Complexe sportif Guimond de Laval.
This is the third time in their history that the Cantonniers have won a 10-game winning streak. The first time between November 19 and December 18, 1988 before repeating the feat between January 9 and February 20, 1994. In the event of a victory next Friday at Lac Saint-Louis against the Lions, the Magogois would rewrite their history book .
To return to their victory against Laval-Montreal, it was the special units that made all the difference in this meeting. The Magogois scored all of their power play goals in addition to being perfect in six shorthanded runs.
With only 15 skaters, including 10 attackers, in uniform, Félix Potvin had bet on special units for this meeting at the top against the powerful team of Rousseau Royal who fielded three more players.
“We had to manage without Justin Bergeron, Mathis Zakorzermy, Émile Gadoury and Thierry Bernier and very few affiliated players were available, adds Potvin. We were able to recall Thomas Fréchette. It was obvious that the third period could play tricks on us. It was our fourth game in seven days with players out of the lineup. So we wanted this game to be 0-0 five against five and our special units to do the rest. That’s exactly what happened. Our power play has been formidable since the start of the season. Once again, it was. With one player less, the guys used were just great, not hesitating in particular to block shots. And when the puck went to goal, our goalkeeper (Mathis Dorcal-Madore) was alert once again. We spent a lot of time in the dungeon in the first half of the second period and Mathis made big stops to keep the score 0-0. "
Stops that inspired his teammates who replied with two goals in the last moments of the second period. These two goals were Tristan Roy (1-2) and Zackary Michaud. Since returning to Magog, Tristan Roy has already amassed 17 points in 13 games.
At the start of the third period, the locals regained hope, thanks to the goal by Salvatore Bucaro, but Alex-Antoine Yargeau and Julien Bourget threw a cold water shower on their rivals, each adding a goal. Félix Paquet fed his teammates well with two helpers. The Cantonniers dominated 39-32 in the shots.
"The game did not look easy. Laval-Montreal always plays good hockey. They put us to the test. They skated and hit. Hats off to our players who have found a way to have the upper hand despite all our absentees. I haven't seen many players stick together as they do with us this season, "said Potvin.