The sighs of relief were no doubt many in the entourage of the Maroons Saturday night. Despite the twists and turns experienced this week, and very limited strength, the training waterloise managed to win a victory of 5-4 against Sporting de Joliette.
“The climate became more positive towards the end of the week and the players have arrived with a good attitude. They wanted to play and work. It is transported on the ice, ” explained Miguel Fortin, who now shares the title of coach associated with David Lapierre.
The team meeting held earlier in the day seems to have paid off as the locals dominated the first half of the game. They were leading even 5-1 after the goal by Steve Lebel in the beginning of the third period.
Stung to the quick, the Sports were then scored three times without reply. “They were pushing to get back, while we perhaps lacked a bit of energy. But we still managed to defend themselves and to limit their scoring chances late in the game, ” said Fortin.
The Maroons have actually held the hit and the net of the Lebel proved to be that of the victory.
Tremblay explodes finally
The attacker Patrick Tremblay has probably delivered his best performance in the uniform waterlois, who scored his first goal of the season in addition to collecting three helpers. It has doubled its number of points in 2018-2019.
“We’re really not surprised that things have unlocked for Patrick. This is a very good player, it is nice to look at on the ice. “
Alexis Guilbault (two goals, one pass), and Lebel (one goal, two assists) have tallied three points each. Used as much to attack as to defence, Maxim Roy scored another thread local.
François Lacerte has blocked 35 shots to earn his second win in six games with the Maroons.
These contributions were all the more important in light of the absence of several elements, including Jason’s Crack and Charles Power, currently injured. Since Waterloo had only two trios of threatening to attack, this victory takes quite the feat…
Gaven Aspirot (twice), David Fortier and Christophe Pelletier were the goal scorers for Joliette.
Debut winners for Lapierre
Remember that in the beginning of the week, the president and co-owner of the Maroons, David Godbout, angered many supporters by dismissing the assistant coach Olivier Laliberté to address some of the gaps defensive.
The club was later hired David Lapierre, which made its official debut Saturday as a coach, partner and director of operations hockey.
“I really enjoyed my first meeting with the players. They really played with intensity, showing their desire to win. I felt a real team spirit. It was also nice to reconnect with Miguel behind the bench, ” said the principal, who was keen to boast about the work done to keep his troupe afloat this season.
“Being ranked eighth, I believe that the guys were in need of a new breath. They were happy with the proposals that I have made, always in collaboration with Miguel. “
Lapierre was also pleased to announce that Jonathan Bouchard has decided, after reflection, to continue his association with the Maroons. Discussions are also well underway for a return to Laliberté. In an interview that aired on the page Facebook of the team, Godbout is also said to be open to this possibility.
Despite the winds of discontent seen recently, fans of the Maroons were at the rendezvous Saturday. It was reported a crowd of 506 spectators on the site of the national hockey League senior AAA du Québec.
By signing their second win in six games, the training waterloise has thus climbed to sixth place.
In order to leave room for the national Tournament of hockey pee-wee de Waterloo, the Maroons will play their next three duels on the road, to trade in the Cap-de-la-Madeleine on Friday and Joliette on Saturday.
They will conclude their regular schedule on the 2nd of February, when the air Conditioning Cloutier will be coming to the arena Jacques-Chagnon.