Defensive player of the week in the junior hockey League AAA du Québec, Marc-Antoine Dufour knows a great sequence. And of course, it’s him that Patrice Bosch will send in front of the net for Inouk when the Cobras de Terrebonne, leaders in the general standings, will land at the centre sportif Léonard-Grondin for a rare game presented on a Thursday evening.
“It’s going to be good, said Dufour, on Wednesday afternoon, before the training session. The Cobras, this is the best team in the standings, a strong team. In addition, this will be the first of two games in six days against them. It is always nice to face the best. “
The Inouk will actually Cobras next Tuesday, this time in Terrebonne, while it will resume the game that had been released two weeks ago. With seven matches played, the Granbyens, second in the standings, lagging behind by five points on the players of Robert Dubuc.
“It is sure that it is still possible for the championship race, but we think more to be well prepared in view of the series, has returned to Dufour, who holds the same speech as his coach. We just won five games in a row, the injured are starting to return and we do not want to impose pressure unnecessary. The important thing is to play good hockey. “
Through the LHJAAAQ, everyone knows that if the Inouk had not lost six rating points (two of which are for the benefit of the Cobras) due to the presence of players ineligible to start the season, it is them who trôneraient at the top of the standings. Dufour and his teammates know it too.
“This story, put it behind us there is an end of time. We had no choice, because it would not have been good for us, it would not have been good for our morale. We look ahead of us and there, in front of us, this is Terrebonne. “
Strongly the series
But Dufour admit it : his teammates and him were looking forward to the start of the series.
“Up we go, everyone knows it, and the series, this is the most enjoyable time and the most intense of the season. Here, we prepare as a team and individually speaking, too. I, for example, I try little things in my mental preparation. “
He did not want to elaborate on what he’s trying, but Dufour continues to lead the guardians of the LHJAAAQ in terms of the average (2,81), wins (22) and white games (four).
“It’s going well at this time, he added. The confidence is there and it is always something very important for a goalkeeper. And the guy in front of me are doing a great job. I repeat often, but it is true anyway. “
In fact, it is the whole team seems confident now. The return-to-play of Félip Bourdeau and Nicolas Roy is seen as a breath of fresh air.
“It made it so that all the world is found again in the right place, in the right chair. And it removes the pressure to some. Félip and Nicolas, they are big pieces, ” admitted Dufour in conclusion.