(Springfield) There will actually be a seventh and deciding game between the Springfield Thunderbirds and the Laval Rocket.
Updated yesterday at 10:52pm.
We write “well and good” because, at the start of the evening, on that very quiet Monday night at the MassMutual Center in this small Massachusetts town, it seemed absurd, even impossible. Because the Rocket started the game on their heels, were outplayed, had to defend four-for-five for four minutes, including the result of a high stick from veteran Devante Smith-Pelly.
But the Rocket survived that, as they survived so many deals that magical spring, and they ended up scoring a 5-1 win over the Thunderbirds and their very quiet fans.
This very quiet arena got even quieter at the end of the evening when Danick Martel served goalkeeper Joel Hofer a poetic fake for the third goal. Then all the fans rose towards the exits while the DJ tried to reignite the flame with generic 1990s rock, a strategy that fizzled out like a Nickelback chorus.
With all of that, there will be a seventh game, presented here on Wednesday night.
I’m proud of all boys. It was an important game and everyone came. Everyone was ready and everyone was ready to win.
It ended 5-1, but that doesn’t mean it was that easy. The Rocket had chosen to start this game with a formation of 7 defenders and 11 attackers, and one of those attackers, Jesse Ylönen, had to leave the game at the end of the first period through injury. According to head coach Jean-François Houle, Ylönen is likely to miss the last game of the series.
Once again, Cayden Primeau was in a state of grace in front of his net. Among other things, we will remember his stop at Will Bitten, who finished alone in front of him in the second period. A great game as the puck then went to the other side and defenseman Tommy Cross made a very juicy turnover. Danick Martel, who didn’t ask for that much, only had to throw the puck into an almost empty goal for his band’s first goal.
“I missed an empty net in the previous game, everyone was talking about it… this time I saw it, the net, and I didn’t want to miss it! ” summed up the Rocket forward, who closed this great evening with a harvest of three points.
0 out of 29
Gabriel Bourque added the second goal, Martel the third, and we felt the Thunderbirds were a little flat, like the rest of the arena. Interesting Stat: Since the start of this series, Springfield players are 0 to 29 on the power play. That’s not what you want.
“It was important to maintain some discipline and avoid penalties,” explained Primeau. Too many penalties can cut your legs. So our shorthand game was immense and gave us a shove in the back. We can easily play five against five against these guys. So we’re happy with the win, but we didn’t come here to win a single game…”
For the Rocket, Tuesday is important, as is Wednesday. Houle admitted it will be necessary to manage the club’s energy well as the petrol tank cannot be empty by the time of Wednesday night’s big game. The club should also have no training on Tuesday.
Until then, Rocket players can take a deep breath, maybe enjoy Springfield’s bucolic landscapes, and indulge in some good superstitions, according to Houle.
“We found a good Italian restaurant when we got here on Sunday and then we won… so we’ll go again tomorrow! »