American League | The Rocket story ends in Springfield


(Springfield) Sometimes they say anything can happen in Game 7, but in the case of the Rockets Wednesday night in Springfield, nothing good happened.

Updated yesterday at 10:54 pm

Riccardo Labbe

Riccardo Labbe
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Mistakes. U-turns. Go on skates. You shoot out of the net. A terrible start to the match set the tone for the rest of the evening, which ended 4-0 in favor of the Thunderbirds.

Just like that was the end of the Rocket.

As the Thunderbirds celebrated on the ice at the end of the night, wearing championship caps and t-shirts (never a good idea, but a good one) in preparation for their appearance in the Grand Finals, which kick off Sunday in Chicago, the Rocket players passed in silence from the buffet. team in the corner of the locker room. The atmosphere was much less festive on a Monday night in the same place.

Without a doubt, the return to Laval by bus in the middle of the night would be long.

“I’m proud of the guys,” said striker Alex Belzile. We have surprised everyone all year round. We lost, but we gave our all … ”

Defeat is never easy or pleasant, because it usually comes with regrets. Rocket players will be able to think about missed opportunities, quite numerous during this difficult evening.

Belzile, among others, found himself in the first half with a corner of the net wide open just for him. “I missed him and I have no excuse. The puck went to the outside of the pole. Happens… ”

But it has happened too often, and ironically, it was two former members of the Canadiens organization who sank the Montreal school club.

The first is goalkeeper Charlie Lindgren, author of some important saves, in particular on a return from Cédric Paquette in the first period. Subsequently, at the beginning of the third period, Lindgren will succeed in the theft of the evening, the glove, against an incredulous Danick Martel. “He made some great saves,” admitted defender Xavier Ouellet. If we can convert our chances in the beginning, it’s a different game. ”

The second is Matthew Peca, who has scored his club’s first goal, in addition to the power play, the first in 30 occasions in these circumstances for the premises since the beginning of this series.

A little on the same theme, it is also a former player of the Canadian to have hurt the Rockets on the next goal, the second of the Thunderbirds, signed by Dakota Joshua. This goal was scored because Devante Smith-Pelly, out of breath, tried to send the puck deep into enemy territory, but his too weak shot was intercepted … and the puck landed on the other kick for the goal. .

The locals also scored their third goal in power play, and this time it was a poor pass from Rafaël Harvey-Pinard that turned into an expensive turnover, leading to Nathan Todd’s goal.

The Rocket tried to get back in the game, and Cayden Primeau went out of his way to allow his team to perform a miracle, he who faced a total of 40 hits, but it didn’t happen.

We expected such a match from them. They were able to take their chances and Charlie made some big bailouts for them, that’s for sure. They have a great team… It’s not easy right now, but I’m extremely proud of our guys. We really gave it our all.

Saverio Ouellet

In the American League, players come and go and teams can change quickly. Will this amazing Rocket return? Certainly not in its current form. Players will leave, others will arrive.

Maybe that’s also what the members of the Rocket had a hard time digesting Wednesday night in Springfield: there’s an end to everything, and that was the end of this chapter.

Who will be there to write the next one?

“What I will remember is that our boys played with passion,” concluded coach Jean-François Houle. This is all we could ask of them. ”


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