Although he did not play his best game of the season, Sherbrooke Phoenix defeated Quebec Remparts 2:1 in front of 12,056 spectators on Friday night.
The game, which started a good fifteen minutes late due to pre-match ceremonies honoring Remparts equipment manager Stéphane Savard for his 1,000th career game as well as several missing persons, got off to a very slow start.
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The flow of events did not pick up the pace at all as with just over six minutes remaining in the initial engagement, a disturbing scene occurred.
Slovakian Phoenix forward Frantisek Dej caught goalkeeper Mathys Routhier’s post as he skated backwards and ended up heading into the boards. They had to carry him off the ice on a stretcher.
Fortunately, the worst appears to have been avoided as he suffered a “good concussion,” according to Phoenix coach Gilles Bouchard.
A challenge of concentration
It is difficult for all the remaining players on both sides to stay focused in these circumstances.
“We have key words in the team, we try to live in the present moment as much as possible. “When the game started again, I told the guys that we have to focus on what we have to do and stay strong together,” Bouchard said.
Among the local favorites, Éric Veilleux claimed that the most important thing is to ensure the health of the sick player. “As a coach, in a situation like this, you don’t necessarily think about your team. You just want the little one to be okay. Not fun to see. I hope he is well.”
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If Gilles Bouchard was relieved to see that his team managed to “find a way to win” even though “they didn’t deserve this game”, on the Remparts side, Éric Veilleux gritted his teeth watching his team’s performance on the power play.
“I don’t know if I’m asking too much, but we lacked dexterity on the power play. We also tried to be small fancy. It’s like we’re waiting to see the goalie and be alone in front of him before we shoot the puck – he complained, among other things, noting the five-minute outnumbering after a major penalty on Phoenix captain Christophe Rondeau for straining. Remparts player.
- Charles-Olivier Villeneuve was the only scorer for Remparts, while Olivier Dubois and Jakub Hujer scored for Sherbrooke.
- Before the game, the Remparts observed a minute of silence in memory of referee Sylvain Cloutier, Videotron Center concessions director Benoit Gaulin and Cowboys Fringants singer Karl Tremblay. Cowboys Fringants music echoed through the Videotron Center throughout the game.