After a break of two weeks, the Inouk will resume on the collar Friday night as they host the Forts of Chambly, who have won seven of their last 10 matches at the centre sportif Léonard-Grondin.
The troupe Patrice Bosch will attempt to get a fourth win in a row, after having defeated the mount Everest of the Côte-du-Sud, the Revolution of the lac St-Louis and the Arctic of Montreal-North before the Holidays.
With 44 points in the standings, Inouk (22-8-0) are in 4th place in the ranking of the junior hockey League AAA du Québec (LHJAAAQ) and come on the heels of the powers of the circuit. With a record of 15-14-2, the Forts are in the middle of the pack, but they’re currently on a nice sequence.
“This is a team that will very well. It is a bit of a second start of the season when you arrive in January and leave it against opponents that will not be easy to beat. They have still won seven of their last ten games, there will have to be ready, ” noted the head coach and gm of Inouk, Patrice Bosch.
Still, the Inouk go even better, the ones who have only lost once in their last ten meetings. They have also won all three duels between the two clubs this season, including a victory one way of 10-4 during the final confrontation at the beginning of December.
“We don’t care about other games, but just the next, has qualified Bosch before jumping on the ice for the first training session of 2019. Usually, the return of the Holidays, the guys are renewed, they have the head rested. According to me, it should go well, but we will put them in the boat today [Thursday] in the preparing as it should to Friday. “
If he had not identified his starting goalkeeper for this meeting Thursday, Bosch said he would put a ” small $ 2 on Dufour “, his keeper number 1, which has the best statistics of the circuit since the beginning of the campaign.
Two leaders and a balance sheet , shiny
Given the three wins removed for Inouk because of players ineligible, Granby could hardly have show a better case for the pause of the Holiday season. And with 18 parts to make the regular calendar, the goal for 2019 is simple : continue in the same direction.
“The goal is to try to be better after each match. The famous process that people talk about, and that is to continue to improve and get ready in the series, because this is where it really counts “, a summary of the Bosch.
In addition to have no difficulty to find the back of the net, the Inouk are the team that has granted the least number of goals (86 in 30 parts) until now. A statistic that is not foreign to the brilliance of Marc-Antoine Dufour in front of the net.
The guardian of 19 years is the one that holds the most victories (16), the most shutouts (4), the best average of goals allowed (2,62) and the best rate of arrest (0,915) of the LHJAAAQ at this time.
If one adds to this the best pointer to the circuit in William Leblanc, who has scored 45 goals and 36 helpers for 81 points in 30 matches, you get a dangerous duo that has no trouble leading by example. Especially that Leblanc has not faded, he has registered at least a point in his last 17 games and has not been laundered from the score sheet since… the 12th of October.
“And there was also Louis-Philippe Denis who plays the big hockey and done a great job as a colleague of the trio of Leblanc,” said Bosch, applauding the effort of his left winger 20-year-old has already collected 68 points in 29 meetings.
And although Bosch has learned that he will be deprived of the services of Thomas Caron, who will play the rest of the season with the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL, he can comfort himself with the return of Nicolas Roy in his alignment. The attacking 19-year-old has played only 9 games with the Inouk this season because of a knee injury, but it was enough to allow him to raise 7 goals and 10 helpers.
“It will be good. Have Félip [Bourdeau] and Nicolas in health and full-time with us, we can’t complain about it, ” admitted Bosch said that he was very happy to see Caron get the chance to finish the season in Quebec.
The Inouk not lose not time to get back in shape, since they will play a second game in less than 24 h on Saturday afternoon, when they will visit the Everest (17-14-1) of the Côte-du-Sud.
“I think it’s always good to take a little break, but now our job is to focus on the 18 games remaining for a good place for the series. And once there, we will give everything we have, ” assured Bosch.
PERIOD OF TRANSACTION: LITTLE MOVEMENT EXPECTED, ACCORDING TO BOSCH
The Holiday season was also fairly quiet at the transaction level for Inouk. Granby made only one acquisition, laying his hand on Jonathan Casella, a quebec defender of 19 years, which has evolved with the Travellers of Kingston in the junior hockey League of Ontario, in return for future considerations.
“This is a young man from the North Shore who will be an advocate for quality in the junior AAA, that’s for sure,” said the coach and gm of Inouk. It’s going to be training with us for the first time today [Thursday]. For the rest, it is just question marks for now. “
Although Bosch would like to add new assets to the rest of the season and series, like any good GM, he admits that it will be difficult to get impact players via the deals market this year.
“Honestly, this year, I talk to other directors and managers of a regular basis, and there is no one who wants to move big pieces. It is sure that if we can improve, we will do, we will not hesitate a second, but I won’t go looking for a guy to play on the 3rd or 4th trio. “
“I already have a lot of guys who are Inouk for several years and who fulfil this role. If we are going to pick someone up, it’s going to be a player who will have an immediate impact, ” added Bosch.
The DG of Inouk would not be surprised if a few major transactions took place this year, or even not at all. “The market is very closed. Several players are described as untouchables, no matter the teams or their place in the standings. The DG does not seem to want to move on. Remains to be seen what the major junior will bring and if it’s going to change the data, but it is like that for the moment. “
The training of the QMJHL, in fact, have until January 6 to finalize their alignment, which could come shuffling the cards. For Inouk, Bosch is not expected to lose other players, in addition to Thomas Caron, who will remain ultimately with the Quebec Remparts.
The trade deadline in the LHJAAAQ was set at 10 January this year.