Faithful to their habits, Inouk and the Cobras de Terrebonne have once again delivered a game worthy of the series Thursday night. The club granbyen wish, however, a different result at the tournament in spring, as the visitors had the upper hand in this battle hard fought. Defender Simon Dubois-Tiberghen has made the difference in a win of 4-2.
Unchecked near the band at the end of the third period, the launch of the Dubois-Tiberghen seemed to surprise the goalkeeper, Marc-Antoine Dufour.
“I don’t think you can blame the keeper. He has not seen the shooting, there was a lot of world in front of the net. All of our players are to blame, because we did not win the bet in play “, stressed the assistant coach Santino Pellegrino, who was at the controls of Inouk in the absence of Patrice Bosch, ill.
This setback has halted a sequence of five victories in the camp granbyen.
Jeremy Auray (two goals) and William Beck (three assists) have played critical roles for Terrebonne.
The replica of Inouk came from Vincent Lampron and then Félip Bourdeau. Louis-Philippe Denis has collected two assists.
With 30 stops, Dufour has delivered a performance that is honest, like his vis-à-vis Samuel Gagnon (27 saves).
As one would expect between two of the best teams in the League hockey junior AAA du Québec, this match has been rather robust, as the objective is obviously to take the ascendant in view of the series. In fact, this duel would have definitely deserved better than a crowd of 325 spectators…
In the end, these are small details that have tipped the balance.
Lampron believes that the Inouk, who have scored their two goals in the third period, were simply too long before putting on. “The sense of urgency was not quite present in the beginning of the game. In the third period, it was no longer the same team, ” said the former of the Phoenix of Sherbrooke.
“In the playoffs, to win games, he will have to play for three periods. And especially against a team like Terrebonne, ” added Pellegrino.
With this victory, the Cobras have cemented their place at the top of the standings. Longueuil and Granby, respectively five and seven points behind.
Still no record
In addition, you will still have to wait before seeing William Leblanc equal the record of Érik Longtin for the greatest number of goals in a season in Inouk. Note that Longtin had shaken the ropes at 55 times during the campaign 2014-2015.
Leblanc has not scored in his last four outings, which is his worst lethargy this season.
Also note that Hubert Cyrenne-Blanchard, wounded since the 2nd of December, made his return Thursday night. The defender of 20 years old has distributed some good shots of the shoulder.
“Hubert had a little difficulty with his timing, but this is normal. It will definitely help us. This is an important piece, ” said Santino Pellegrino.
The Inouk and the Cobras will return to cross the iron for a final time in the regular season next Tuesday, on the side of Terrebonne. Meanwhile, the Panthers of St-Jerome will bring to the centre sportif Léonard-Grondin on Saturday.