(Springfield) Sometimes they say anything can happen in Game 7, but in the case of the Rocket on Wednesday night in Springfield, nothing good happened.
Updated yesterday at 10:54 PM.
mistakes. courses. Passes in skates. Shots off target. It was a frightening start to the match that set the course for the rest of the night which ended 4-0 in favor of the Thunderbirds.
That was the end of the rocket.
As the Thunderbirds celebrated on the ice at the end of the night, in championship hats and jerseys (not a good idea, but a good one) in preparation for their appearance at the Grand Finals, which begins Sunday in Chicago, the Rocket players passed silently by the team’s buffet in the corner of the locker room. The atmosphere was much less festive than on a Monday evening at the same venue.
Without a doubt, the coach’s return to Laval, in the middle of the night, would have been long.
“I’m proud of the guys,” said striker Alex Belzel. We’ve been surprising everyone all year. We lost, but we gave it everything we could…”
Defeat is not easy or fun at all, because it usually comes with remorse. Rocket players will be able to think about the missed opportunities, which were quite a lot during this difficult evening.
Belzel, among others, found himself with an angled net wide open only in the first half. I missed it and I have no excuse. The puck went off the post. is happening… ”
But it happened a lot, and ironically, it was two ex-Canadians who flooded the Montreal school club.
The first is goalkeeper Charlie Lindgren, who has some important warnings, particularly in the case of the return that Cedric Paquette captured in the first half. Later, at the start of the third period, Lindgren would succeed in stealing the gauntlet of the evening against the stunning Danic Martell. “He saved some big balls,” defender Xavier Ole admitted. If we can turn our chances at first, it will be a different match. »
The second was Matthew Becca who scored the first goal for his club, in the game of strength in addition, the first on 30 occasions in these conditions for the locals since the start of the series.
A little about the same, it’s also a former Canadian player who hit the missile at the next target, the Thunderbirds’ second target, which was signed by Dakota Joshua. This goal was scored because Devante Smith-Pelly, impatiently, tried to send the puck deep into enemy territory, but his too weak shot was intercepted…and ended up pinching to the goal’s other stern.
The locals scored their third goal in the power game as well, this time being a poor removal from Rafael Harvey Benard which turned into an extravagant spin, leading to a Nathan Todd goal.
The Rocket tried to get back into the game, and Kayden Primo did everything to allow his team to perform a miracle, the one who faced a total of 40 shots, but it did not happen.
We expected such a match from them. They managed to take their chances, and Charlie made some big balls for them for sure. They have a very good team… It’s not easy at the moment, but I’m very proud of our guys. We really gave it our all.
In MLS, players come and go, and teams can change quickly. Will this amazing missile come back? Certainly not in its current form. The players will leave and the others will arrive.
Perhaps that’s also what the Rocket members had a hard time digesting on Wednesday night in Springfield: There’s an end to everything, and that was the end of this chapter.
Who will be there to write the following?
“What I remember is that our guys played with passion,” concluded coach Jean-Francois Hall. That’s all we can ask of them. »
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