The Maroons want to quickly forget the last weekend, then they have cashed two defeats unequivocal. Beaten 9-4 in Cap-de-la-Madeleine on Friday, they are then inclined 7-3 on the side of Joliette, the next evening.
“We were still deprived of many good elements. In addition to [Jason] Crack and [Charles] Power that are absent for a long time, [Yann] Joseph has aggravated an injury Friday and we lost [Charles-Antoine] Jolin at his first presence on Saturday, ” says Miguel Fortin, general manager and associate coach with the Maroons.
The victim of a dislocation of the shoulder, Jolin is expected to miss at least three weeks of activity. Joseph, it represents a case doubtful for the trip to The Hat next Friday.
The visitors have scored the first goal against Joliette, but they were forced to play hockey, catch-up from the end of the first period. “We put in more effort than the day before. I would also say that it may have been a bit unlucky on a few of their goals “, points out Fortin.
Alex Side, Alexis Guilbault, and Marc-André Levasseur have found the back of the net for Waterloo. In the camp of the Athletes, Raphaël Lafontaine and Nicolas Pelletier have enrolled doubled at the expense of François Lacerte (29 stops).
The Maroons have allowed a total of 16 goals during this weekend. Far from blaming her guardians, Fortin judge rather than the collective game left something to be desired.
Two new players
The training waterloise has nevertheless obtained some reinforcements in the last few days. After the attacker granbyen Jason Tracey Friday, it was the turn of defender Jean-Philippe Carey to play his first game Saturday.
“We try to give them the three games required for them to participate in the series. Given the loss of Jason Larochelle, Jean-Philippe we would have a sixth regular. It was still well done Saturday, even if it had been a year that he had not played in our league. “
Carey has earned a point per game for several seasons in the old League hockey senior A Mauricie.
It should be noted that associate coach with David Lapierre was not available for the meeting on Saturday. The brawler, president and co-owner David Godbout, suspended following homophobic remarks at the end of December, didn’t travel with the team last weekend.
A sequence painful
If the climate seems to be cleaned up in their locker room, the Maroons are going through a bad sequence on the rink, the ones who have not signed a single victory in their last five outings. They now occupy the 7th position in the standings of a hockey League senior AAA du Québec (LHSAAAQ). If the playoffs started now, Waterloo should, therefore, play a confrontation, “two of three” in the first round.
Fortin acknowledges that his troops will have great challenges in his last two regular season games. The Maroons face each other then The Tuque and Cap-de-la-Madeleine, the two best clubs of the LHSAAAQ.
“With the injuries of Crack cocaine, Power, and Joseph, we lose the equivalent of a first trio. Automatically, so that multiple players do not occupy the right chair now, ” he argued.
“After Christmas, the teams prepare for the playoffs with their rosters full. From our side, there is a lack of players at each game. […] Can’t wait that these guys come back to help us. “