The Maroons have concluded the regular season on a high note, to say the least disappointing Saturday, as they lost 6-1 against the air Conditioning Cloutier of Cap-de-la-Madeleine. Ranked eighth in the national hockey League senior AAA du Québec, the training waterloise will therefore have to compete in a series of “two of three” against the Metal Perreault to Donnacona in the first round of the playoffs.
Even if they faced the second best club of the circuit, the Maroons wanted to deliver a solid performance in front of their supporters on Saturday night. The air Conditioning Cloutier has rather scored three times in the first period, before doing the same for the last twenty.
“We still played good hockey for two periods and a half,” says Miguel Fortin, coach, partner and managing director for the Maroons.
“But we ended up with a lot of penalties in critical moments. As the Cap-de-la-Madeleine form a very good team, they have taken the opportunity to put the game out of our reach. “
Pier-Olivier Grandmaison has earned the first star of the game with a harvest of two goals and a pass.
With the help of Alex Côté and Marc-André Levasseur, Yann Joseph has registered the unique net of local mid-way through the match.
Since the two teams have generated 36 shots, goalkeeper Sébastien Dubé-Rochon has obviously had the advantage on his vis-à-vis François Lacerte. “François has done a good job when we were still in the game, says Fortin. Towards the end of the match, the game was much more disjointed. In fact, things went sideways not bad… “
Sunday afternoon, the Maroons were waiting to also know if some players will be suspended.
Of all evidence, the instructions of the coaches of the Maroons have not had the desired effect, Saturday night.
Among the few positive points for Waterloo, note that the attacker Jason Tracey and defender Jordan Picard played their third game, which will allow them to participate in the series. It will, however, mention Jean-Philip Carey, who has not played a single game.
The leaders of the Maroons have often repeated that they wanted a place among the top-4 of the LHSAAAQ. Towards the end of the regular schedule, they wanted to avoid the first round of the series. In the end, the training waterloise will be so missed these two objectives.
“It is certain that it has not had the season expected. We had a package of bad luck and injuries to key players. But it has also had several performance below expectations, ” admits Fortin.
The Maroons have lost their last four games, which of course leaded to their record (8-12-2). In fact, they have won only twice in their last ten outings. Nothing to reassure the supporters of the team at the dawn of the playoffs…
“We try to forget all that, because with the series, this is a new season that begins,” recalls Fortin.
Up to series
In theory, the Maroons will be favourites against the Metal Perreault (8-14), which presents the worst defensive circuit. The two clubs have put on 86 goals.
Although the schedule is yet to be confirmed, this confrontation, “two of three” is expected to begin in Waterloo next Friday, before moving to Donnacona, the next evening. If necessary, the third and final match would be played at the aréna Jacques-Chagnon Sunday, February 10. We talk about the potential of three games in as many days.
In the context of this series, the Maroons will include Joshua Desmarais, who has worn the uniform waterlois during the campaign in 2016-2017. The regulars of the junior AAA could also recognize several players on the side of Donnacona.
Miguel Fortin hopes that Charles Power (injured shoulder) will make a return ” as quickly as possible “. For his part, Jason Crack always feel the symptoms related to a concussion.
In the other series of the first round, the Formula Fitness Bécancour (7th) will be measured by the Wild of Windsor (10th).