BAIE-COMEAU | The Remparts made short work of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Wednesday night, with a landslide 9-0 victory on the ice at Center Henry-Leonard.
The leading team of the Courteau circuit did not take long to show their colors and completely dominated the first match of this double program, which will continue on Thursday evening.
The visitors struck with lightning speed when they hit the target after just 84 seconds on their first-ever shot at net, that of defender Evan Nause.
The overall leaders did it again, 14 minutes later, and it was already done for the members of the North Shore crew.
The locals took third penalties in the second period and their rivals continued their devastation with two power play goals. They scored four goals during the engagement.
"There's a lot of excitement in a first game with new players, but the guys were ready. There was a lot of energy on the ice and all the players played a strong game,” acknowledged head coach Patrick Roy.
The Red Devils pilot really appreciated the attitude of his troop.
“There is a lot of depth within our club and our main challenge to accept the role to play. Regardless of the score the day before, it will be important to start from scratch the next day and that's what we're going to do on Thursday. »
Match to forget
In the baie-comois clan, the return of the holiday season was really not as expected.
“We are talking about a game to forget and we are already thinking about the next one. There was nothing good during the game. The players played with the fear of losing with the result that we know, ”analyzed coach Jean-François Grégoire.
Aware of the enemy's strike force, the pilot hopes to see the character of his men emerge.
"You can't commit all these turnovers even less against a club like Quebec, which has a lot of speed in the restart. »
Veteran Zachary Bolduc led the winners' offense with a two-goal, three-assist performance. Defender Evan Nause (two goals, two assists) was another spark plug on offense.
In his very first game with the Remparts, forward Justin Robidas did well with a net and two assists. Davis Cooper (two), James Malatesta and Théo Rochette also beat goaltender Olivier Ciarlo, bombarded with 40 pucks.
His vis-à-vis William Rousseau (15 stops) had a much quieter evening.