Hockey. The expected prelude to the playoffs between Armada and Voltiggers turned into a one-sided duel Thursday night at Center Marcel-Dion.
Blaineville-Boisbriand tightened the battle for a home-ice advantage in the first playoff round, losing 8–1 at Drummondville. The match was played partially in front of the net. While the Voltigers goaltender won five times on the first seven shots he aimed, Charles-Edward Gravell finished his night with 39 saves.
“The score says enough, dropped Steve Hartley. We had a good start, but we didn’t take advantage of the opportunity. Then he scored on one of his first shots, and then we started chasing after the game. Us Credit has to be given to their opponents. They won the one-on-one fight and were able to capitalize quickly.”
“On our side, we did a good job offensively, but their goalkeeper was exceptional. He changed the pace of the game with his saves at the start of the first and second periods,” added Voltigers’ head coach.
Hunting three goals on six shots in the first period, Riley Mercer was replaced by Jacob Goby, who allowed five goals on 23 shots. Refusing to throw stones at his masked men, Steve Hartley appealed to the pride of his players.
“It would be easy to blame our goalscorers, but the chances we gave tonight and the last game had an A grade. Don’t take too much pride in defending your field. To defend, it doesn’t take talent: it’s willpower. It takes will. It takes desire, ”the Reds driver insisted.
“It’s a team sport,” Hartley said. We lose and we win as a team. If we want to win in the playoffs, we should have 20 players ready to contribute to the success of the team. If you don’t take care of the puck, you’re going to spend time on its territory. It’s a game of mistakes, but we have to pay attention to the details.”
The Voltaires will host Sherbrooke Phoenix (41-15-2-2) on Friday night, starting at 7:30 p.m.
“It’s an opportunity for us to bounce back. We won’t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to take charge, especially when the playoffs are approaching. It starts with our desire to defend. We did it last week against Phoenix . . We will try to recreate it,” Steve Hartley summarized.
A day after losing 7–6 overtime to the Moncton Wildcats, Armada returned with a panache against the Voltigers. Bruce Richardson said after the match that he was proud of his safety.
“After our poor performance yesterday, we wanted to see the reaction from the people tonight. He gave a good answer. It starts with our goalkeeper. He made a significant save which gave us a chance to play comfortably in front of him. Gave confidence. In the attack, we took advantage of our chances, ”said the head coach of Armada.
Collecting one point in the sixth game in a row, Armada (27-25-5-4) came within two points of the Voltiggers (27-22-6-5) and finished fourth in the Western Conference. The two teams will meet twice before the end of the regular season.
“Starting the season, all teams are aiming for the Memorial Cup. Before reaching that big goal, there are smaller goals. Our first goal was to make the playoffs. With a win tonight, we have cemented our place in the playoffs. Now our aim is to get the top spot in the standings. As the Voltigeurs are in front of us, it is they who we want to overtake,” explained Bruce Richardson, recalling that his team was rejuvenated during the previous trading period.
Behind the bench, Bruce Richardson is assisted by Kevin Bergin. The former Canimax pilot is from Saint-David, near Drummondville. The two men played together in the United Kingdom before ending up with the Victoriaville Tigress, then the Armada.
“Kevin and I have great chemistry. I am quite an emotional guy while he is calm. We complement each other well. He is a versatile talent who has played on offense and defence. Has always worked hard to achieve this. This is the message he sends to the players,” said Bruce Richardson.
Voltigeurs started the game on the right foot, but it was Armada who opened the scoring in the ninth minute of the game. After losing face-to-face in opposing territory, Charles Boutin caused a turnover that prepared Alexis’ goal Bourque.
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For him to be beaten twice on the first three shots, Riley Mercer stole a certain goal from Oleksiy Myklukha before giving it to Jonathan Fauchon. armada Despite a 12-6 dominance by Voltigers in shots, he retired to the locker room to lead 3-0.
Jacob Goby starts the second period in front of the Voltigers net. His teammates stormed, but Alexis Morin received a costly penalty. Kieran Craig immediately made it 4-0, then Alexis Bourque added moments later.
In three against four, Justin Cte finally solves the mystery of Charles-Edward Gravel. On his 19th throw, voltagers Reduce the lead by 5-1. While a penalty for Jeremy Lapointe has just ended, Simon Lavigne beat Jacob Goby at the top of the net. It is 6-1 after 40 minutes of play.
Spotted in the net by Alexandre Jonkas, Antoine Roy scored his first career goal in the QMJHL at the start of the third period. Then it’s Breyden Schmidt’s turn to make his first success in life on the courthouse circuit. The Armada celebrates its victory in front of an audience resigning from 1714.
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