Commemorative Cup: Waterfall in the semi-finals

St. Jane, P.S. We may have to stop saying Shawinigan Falls were left out in the Anniversary Cup tournament. Daniel Renault’s men won their second game in a row on Thursday, this time against the Hamilton Bulldogs to secure, at least, a place in next Monday’s semi-finals.

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Shawinigan hit through the barrel of his guns scoring his three goals in strong play while goalkeeper Antoine Colombe held the fort despite a barrage of 40 shots, including 19 in the first half.

“You see the inspiring performances, the guys who dedicate themselves to their teammates, their team and to a certain way of playing. We have a united group on our side, even if the noise outside is the one,” said Pascal Dubuis, assistant coach, who is back to take charge of the job, Daniel Reno. Neglect, we believe in us and we still believe in us.” In front of the media due to the loss of voice he has been suffering from for several days.

With two regulation wins, the Cataract now sits at the top of the carousel with a total of six points. On Saturday, they will face the St. John’s Sea Club in a match that will send one of the two teams straight to the Grand Final. The cats will actually only need one point to finish first and secure a place in the final game.

“That’s what we want. We came here with the goal of winning every game. To be sure we reach the semi-finals is good, but we are not done yet,” added Maverick Burke.

Strike force

The latter was once again the offensive catalyst for Falls with Xavier Borgolt against the Bulldog. Two first-round NHL picks were made in all three of their goals, each scoring one goal and two assists.

First of all, they slowed down the momentum of the Bulldogs who, as one had to understand from a team that lost their first match, started the match with a fanfare.

After Mason McTavish opened the scoring for Hamilton who dominated early in the game, Bourgault accepted Bourque’s superb pass to tie the match. The opposite scenario occurred before the end of the first frame when it was Borgolt who handed the team to Burke before the latter beat Marco Constantini with a one-time shot.

Bulldogs tied the game at the end of the second and then hit the power play again for the cats at the third.

Borgo gave the ball to Burke who immediately spotted Olivier Nadeau in a good position in front of the net. The latter just had to push the disk to an empty network. Everything only lasted eight seconds.

This game was designed by Daniel Renaud and explained to players moments before the intense gameplay begins.

“It’s been a while since we played this match. We changed Mav [Bourque] And the [Pierrick] dubbed. “We saw a hole in the video between the second and third and we made the change and it worked,” Nadeau said.

Colombian sends a message

Although the Falls big defender scored big with a man’s advantage, the scenario would have been different had it not been for the brilliance of the Colombian goalkeeper. In the beginning, he stood despite the Bulldog’s insistence and the same at the end of the game when the champions of Ontario tried everything to equalize.

“He played a very big match, Dupuis admitted. He showed a lot of character. He made a big push and got his hands on the puck when the time came. He seemed to be the one who managed the pace of the game.”

For his part, Colombian wanted to recover after Al-Shallal decided to use Charles-Antoine Lavalle in the first match of the tournament.

“Of course there is a competition between two goalkeepers,” said the 19-year-old goalkeeper. I have a good relationship with Lavie, but definitely not starting the tournament made me feel bad and I wanted to recover tonight. »

Friday’s game will bring the Bulldogs against the Edmonton Oil Kings in a match that will determine the final team that advances to the semi-finals.

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