“Me, I think we can still save our season. But it is necessary to be put in there, now! ”
If there is a player who has little to reproach himself for the Maroons, it is well to Alexis Guilbault. Not only is he the only skater to have competed in the 22 team matches with Samuel Cloutier, but he has also dominated the ranking of the markers of training with a crop of thirty points, including 11 goals.
“My goal this season was to take on more leadership on the ice by producing more,” explains Guilbault, age 23, who has known of the campaigns of 79, and 92 points with the French College of Longueuil, in the junior AAA. I reached my goal, but I would have taken a couple of wins. “
The Maroons begin Friday evening their series of best-of-three games against the Metal Perreault of Donnacona. The match, presented at the arena Jacques-Chagnon, starts at 21h.
“It has not been a season easy, and it is true. It was full of wounded, were absent, there were stories that caused distractions, etc, It has not reached our goals (the famous top 4 of the standings), but we can still recover. Teams who have had seasons that are difficult, but who have made a long way in the playoffs, we saw it often. “
Guilbault still believe in the Maroons. In this sense, it repeats the connection that it was Yann Joseph last week.
“We’d like to have a full alignment at the end of the week, but it will not be the case yet. But even with a reduced workforce, there is still a hockey team of calibre. We were missing lots of guys, in mid-January, when they beat Joliette, one of the good clubs in the league. “
Determination and courage
No, neither Jason Crack (concussion) nor Charles Power (shoulder) will not be in uniform on Friday. However, it is not impossible that they join their teammates if there is ever a third and final match proved to be necessary, on Sunday afternoon. Then, Jonathan Bouchard is suspended for the match while Charles-Antoine Jolin is still injured. In contrast, the ex-Inouk Maxime Pion and Xavier Brodeur will make their debut with the Maroons on Friday.
And in the late evening, Thursday, it was learned that the defender Jason Larochelle had agreed to return to the fold.
“A team that uses the elbows, it can do miracles, resumes Guilbault. I think there are enough guys committed and courageous in this locker room to allow us to beat Donnacona. “
Metal Perreault has not experienced a big season, but it has nevertheless won five of its last seven games. A the end of the campaign totally the opposite of the Maroons, who will have François Lacerte in front of the net during the first meeting.
“We can save our season, I will say it again. Me, finish the 10 February, I don’t pantoute. But it must be put there, ” insists Alexis Guilbault.