American Hockey League | The Rocket is behind the wall

(Laval) Before Smith-Pelly has lived. Il ya quatre ans, il soulevait ang Coupe Stanley at ang uniforme ng Capitals de Washington. During this spring 2018, the attacker was even found in a situation similar to that of the Rocket this spring: 2-3 in the semi-finals.

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Guillaume Lefrançois

Guillaume Lefrançois
La Presse

The Capitals had finally won games 6 and 7 against Tampa – at the time when it came to the Lightning losing series – and they then beat Vegas in the final.

Here’s the Laval Rocket at 2-3 behind the Springfield Thunderbirds, after a 3-2 defeat on Saturday at Bell Place. A goal by veteran James Neal, marked after 18 minutes 35 seconds of play in the first overtime, put an end to the hostilities.

The Rocket must now win their next two matches to continue the season. Ces deux matches auront lieu à Springfield lundi et, si nécessaire, mercredi.

So, Smith-Pelly’s message to his teammates?

Jouez, all simple. It’s nice not to be late in a series, but to come back in a series. Our young people have been unbelievable along our path, and if I have anything to say to them, it is to take advantage.

In front of Smith-Pelly

The Rocket were already in a precarious situation during the current tournament. In the first round, he was 39 seconds left to be eliminated by the Syracuse Crunch, when Cédric Paquette marked to force the extension. The Lavallois season could have ended on May 17; it will continue at least until June 13.

“In a déjà vécu ces moments-là, a rappelé l’entraîneur-chef du Rocket, Jean-François Houle. It’s up to us to present and play hockey. There was no pressure. There is already zero pressure on us. »


These beautiful words are the equivalent of a chat that feels sick, but who chants at all to give oneself the strength to continue? Let’s leave the animal theories to others.

In real life, it seems that the Rocket offers too many opportunities to its opponents to come back in the fray. The CH school club took a 2-0 lead on their way into the fifth match, thanks to two goals from Rafaël Harvey-Pinard.

But the team seems incapable of dealing with two recurring problems. The first, c’est l’indiscipline. The team picked up seven penalties, including a double minor to Alex Belzile for rudeness. If that four -minute penalty is defended – Belgium took on the defense of Cayden Primeau, who received Dakota Joshua’s visit -, the accumulation is hard to accept for Houle. Even if its digital advantage units remain perfect in this series.

“It’s too much.” We have to control our rocks, our emotions, said the head coach. Sa in talking. But the disadvantage does an excellent job to pass the penalties and keep us in the match. I am very proud of that. »

I don’t know if all the penalties are deserved, but we have to find a way to avoid the penalties bank.

Xavier Ouellet

The other problem is the shots granted. First was beautiful to be a young 22 -year -old, he would end up losing volume. CH’s hopes have been made against 133 shots in the last three matches, or an average of 44.3 per match. I received 32 shots or more and 11 of his 12 matches this spring.

“It’s definitely going to start to get fatigued,” Houle acknowledged. Tomorrow [dimanche], he is going to take a nice little day of rest. »

On the other hand, the Rocket was guilty of a few misdemeanors, which prevented him from grasping the victim. In the middle of overtime, the team was entitled to a nickname, but Danick Martel passed into the void when it was time to shoot. Jean-Sébastien Dea could have played the heroes again, as he had done on overtime in Rochester, but Charlie Lindgren stopped him from escaping. «On a eu nos chance, in aurait pu avoir la victoire», a Houle recalled.

But the Rocket na may 27 times over Lindgren, practically four periods.

Harvey-Pinard has a good set of goals (he has counted five in his last four games), he will need support. He knows a formidable tournament. His defensive reply, thirty seconds before his first goal, did not go unnoticed. “He was our best player in the series,” Smith-Pelly estimates.

He and Primeau are the big winners of this Rocket course in a series so far, among the hopes of the CH organization. Unless the experience continues, their teammates will also have to give a shot.

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