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The Laval Rocket put on an impressive performance Monday to force a seventh and final game in the Eastern Finals against the Thunderbirds in Springfield. Jean-François Houle’s team used a well-deserved rest day on Tuesday with the feeling of having the wind in their sails for the next duel on Wednesday.
Before facing Rocket, the Thunderbirds were scoring four goals per game and producing insane pace on the power play. They have now been shut out on the power play 29 times and kept two or fewer goals for the fourth time in six games. The Rocket oozes confidence after completely incapacitating and frustrating the Thunderbirds.
“Like I said yesterday, we’re hopping and having fun,” said Rocket head coach Jean-François Houle. We are moving forward and are satisfied with what we have achieved so far. We will be ready for tomorrow’s game trying to go as far as possible. »
In goal, Joel Hofer struggled with the puck all night and we can only wonder if he will be Wednesday’s starter after conceding four goals and two straight losses for the first time in the series. But in the Rocket, Cayden Primeau was imperial, making very important saves at key moments that then allowed his team to take the definitive lead.
His performances are reminiscent of the brilliance of Calder Cup winner Carey Price with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2007. Day in and day out, Primeau’s teammates can only see how he is at his best, both physically and mentally.
“We say it to each other, it’s incredible,” said defenseman Tobie Paquette-Bisson. Primeau surprises us in every game, but at the same time we are not surprised. Having a goalkeeper like him behind us is worth its weight in gold. »
“If he wants to make it to the National League, I think that’s how he needs to play,” Houle added. It has to stay that way throughout the season. It’s great what’s happening for Cayden Primeau right now. »
Offensively, what about Danick Martel, who added three points to his tally to take his performance to 15 points in 14 games, which puts him fourth in the playoff standings.
“We won’t hide it, it’s exhausting to deal with,” said Jean-Sébastien Dea. I’m glad to have him on my team for times like this. He is so energetic and he will look for momentum with any presence. I’m super proud of him. »