American League: The Laval Rocket is coming to an end

The Laval Rocket saw their fine playoff run come to an end in the Eastern Conference Finals. On Wednesday in Springfield, the Montreal Canadiens school club lost 4-0 to the Thunderbirds in the seventh game of their series.

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Jean-François Houle’s men met a Charlie Lindgren in full possession of his means. The man, who started his pro career with the Habs organization in 2016, stopped all 34 shots aimed at him to sign the shutout. He was particularly effective in the second and third periods, blocking all 13 shots he faced in each of those engagements.

Lindgren made some of his best saves against Danick Martel. The attacker, who, among other things, deflected seven shots into the opposition’s net, missed a golden opportunity to reduce the deficit to two goals in the round of 16.

American League: The Laval Rocket is coming to an end


Despite the setback, the CH School Club can be proud of its first Spring Ball since settling on Montreal’s North Shore in 2017. He first eliminated the Syracuse Crunch in five games before defeating the Rochester Americans to advance to this round.

“It’s hard to accept right now, but at the end of the day I don’t think there’s anyone in this room who could regret it. We gave everything we had so we have to live with that,” Rocket captain Xavier Ouellet said in a post-game conference.

“We gave everything as a team. I’m proud of [gars], added Alex Belzile. We don’t get the chance to go far in the playoffs every year. [Finale d’association] and we were just one win away from going to the finals. We’ll do it again next year.”

The penalty gives way

29 perfects in six games, the Rocket’s undermanning allowed the Thunderbirds their first goal when they took advantage of a man.

Brandon Gignac was just eight seconds in the dungeon when Matthew Peca shook the ropes in the first third, on the 30the Try the train from him.

American League: The Laval Rocket is coming to an end


“They arrived safely. They scored the first goal, said head coach Houle. You have to give them credit, they played a very good game. I think it was their best game of the series. They put us under a lot of pressure and could count on a numerical advantage. They had the wind in their sails.”

The crowd favorites seemed to take a liking to this as Nathan Todd also eluded Cayden Primeau’s vigilance as his team played with an extra man. Primeau eventually managed 36 saves, he also yielding to Dakota Joshua. The latter also completed the goal in an empty net.

That means the Thunderbirds will take on the Chicago Wolves in the Calder Cup Finals.

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