Zachary Bolduc at a select club

It was written in the heavens as he’d been hitting at a breakneck pace for two months and now it’s done. Zachary Bolduc hit the prestigious 50-goal mark in the Remparts’ 4-1 win over Victoriaville Tigres at the Videotron Center on Sunday.

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Congratulations from all his mid-ice teammates, just after that famous 50th, water bottle rain – and no champagne, we’re in the junior ranks! – in the dressing room after the game… The striker was celebrated after his performance as usual and he assures us that he will remember this moment for a very long time.

“It’s an incredible feeling! This is the first time in my career that I’ve reached this plateau and launched a smiling Bolduc after the game. It’s an incredible moment. »

True to his form, Bolduc wanted to share the attention he received on Sunday by paying tribute to his line-mates for his excellent season: Théo Rochette, Conor Frenette but also Pier-Olivier Roy, alongside whom he played in many games this year has played.

“Insanely good pass”

Against the Tigers, the St. Louis Blues first-round pick also had a chance to congratulate defenseman Nicolas Savoie, who set up his 50th goal skillfully and scored with less than four minutes remaining.

Savoie quickly passed the puck to him to the right of Nathan Darveau’s goal, author against the remparts of no fewer than 47 saves.

“It was a wicked beautiful pass that froze the goalkeeper! I had the gate open, I just had to put it in,” said the number 15.

He’s thought about it since he was 40and

Players generally say that they don’t think about individual achievements, but about the successes of their team.

Without deviating from that train of thought, Bolduc admitted on Sunday that he began to think he could score 50 goals when he scored his 40th goal of the season in early April.
in Shawinigan.

“When you hit 40, you know 50 is close. It was a small click. I realized that I could achieve something special,” he explained.

The first since Duclair

Bolduc is the seventh “second generation” Remparts player to score 50 goals in a season. The last was Anthony Duclair in 2013-2014 (see table).

He is also the third player to register as many in the Courteau circuit since the beginning of the campaign. The other two are William Dufour (53 goals) of the Saint John Sea Dogs and Patrick Guay (51) of the Charlottetown Islanders.

“It’s been a few years since we had a 50-goal scorer,” recalled Patrick Roy. It’s all for his credit. But what I loved was seeing Zach thank his teammates. »

“The O [Rochette] is having a really good season and he’s helping him a lot. Pier-Olivier [Roy] and Conor [Frenette] too, the head coach continued. Even Nicolas Savoie served him quite a pass in that game. It was still a collective effort and I think it’s really good of him to acknowledge that. »

Two quick goals

If Bolduc quickly put the Remparts in the lead, it remained close until the beginning of the third period. Édouard Carrier had brought the two teams back to first place in second, beating William Rousseau.

But two quick goals from James Malatesta with his 27andand Édouard Cournoyer early in the third set put the game out of reach for the poor Tigers.

Evan Nause added a fourth goal in an empty cage after his release from Remparts territory found its way into the visitors’ goal.

“We reacted well,” emphasized Patrick Roy. […] We managed the puck well, we had good chances. We made a few mistakes in the attacking zone but that’s the style [que les Tigres] played today. They didn’t leave much room in their territory and in the neutral zone. But we found a way to score goals. »

Season with 50 goals since the return of the Remparts

  • 2021-2022: Zachary Bolduc 50 goals*
  • 2013-2014: Anthony Duclair50 goals
  • 2006-2007: Brent Aubin51 goals
  • 2005-2006: Alexander Radulov61 goals
  • 2002-2003: David Mass50 goals
  • 1999-2000: Eric Chouinard57 goals
  • 1998-1999: Eric Chouinard50 goals
  • 1998-1999: Simon Gagne50 goals

*With three games left

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