The good news for the Remparts is that Louis Crevier and William Rousseau were back in training on Friday morning. The bad ? Zachary Bolduc and Davis Cooper have been added to the list of players within the team affected by the influenza outbreak.
That left them six players short of assistant coach Benoît Desrosiers on Friday, two days before the start of the second-round series against Rimouski Océanic. In addition to Bolduc and Cooper, Nathan Gaucher, James Malatesta, Nicolas Savoie and Evan Nause were also missing.
At the moment, the Remparts have no choice but to handle any situation hour after hour. Will everyone be available to attend Sunday night’s game at the Videotron Center? Before answering the question, Patrick Roy made the sign of the cross.
“I hope so,” he added. I don’t know how long it will take. However, we must stay focused. Like I said to the guys, we can’t stop doing what we’ve been doing since the playoffs began. I just want us to handle adversity well, and right now we’re handling it the best we can. I would have liked to have scored today but with six players down and two right with no more, it’s not ideal. Time will sort things out I think. »
A GOOD FLU
In the category “right, nothing more” there is Louis Crevier.
The latter was one of the first players to contract the flu from assistant coach Benoît Desrosiers.
“I woke up on Tuesday with sensitive skin. I didn’t know other guys had it so I figured it was just a bad day. The next day I found out that a few others had it and it was linked to Ben who had it in Chicoutimi. I had the classic flu symptoms. I coughed, it was just an irritation but nothing serious. »
On Friday morning, Patrick Roy expected at least Gaucher and Malatesta to be back in practice today. With the situation changing rapidly, Roy preferred to focus on the players he has in hand before contemplating the catastrophic scenario where he would have to make recalls.
The Remparts currently have four substitutes in their squad: forward Kassim Gaudet, defenders Samuel Lachance and Brendan Bays and goalkeeper Mathys Fernandez, who joined the team on Friday.
Speaking of goalkeepers, Roy still hadn’t decided who, William Rousseau or Fabio Iacobo, would be in action in Sunday night’s first game against Océanic.
The Océanic must fall from its cloud quickly
Archive photo, Martin Chevalier
Serge Beausoleil, Oceanic’s head coach
The Rimouski Oceanic were back on cloud nine on Friday after surprisingly beating the future Memorial Cup hosts, the Saint John Sea Dogs in five games.
Serge Beausoleil’s men arrived in Rimouski on Friday afternoon and will need to get back on the ground quickly when they travel to Quebec City on Saturday for Sunday’s first game of the series.
“I have no idea how we’re going to get off our cloud,” said head coach Serge Beausoleil. It will be a mental challenge for our boys. It is no small thing that they have succeeded in doing. We only have one offensive engine in Xavier Cormier and he wasn’t even in the line-up. I’m proud of her. Well, I don’t know how it’s going to turn out. The boys have gone home and have 24 hours before we leave for Quebec. »
One thing is for sure, the win over the Sea Dogs makes the Océanic believe they have what it takes to hold their own against the Remparts, who they’ve done well against this season (Quebec won five of their eight games).
“We can measure ourselves against that. We faced the team with the most goals of the season and I knew that would show us what our challenge was. It will be the same against the Remparts as they presented the second best attack of the season. They have a lot of pace and are better structured defensively. They don’t take many shots and don’t stingy with goals. »
Additionally, Beausoleil can understand the situation the Remparts are in as they too had to deal with a flu outbreak earlier this season.
“My assistant had COVID-19 and was showing symptoms of a mild cold. On the other hand, he had the flu afterwards and was stuck on his back. It is case by case. On the other hand, it is certain that it will come to consume your energies. »
The Oceanic is also mortgaged. The team finished the series against the Sea Dogs without Cormier, Julien Béland and Luke Coughlin.
“I’d be surprised if Cormier came back any time soon. Béland is on the verge of a comeback and Coughlin will be absent for the long term,” Beausoleil clarified.