Memorial Cup: Cataracts swear they’ve learned their lesson


SAINT-JEAN, NB | Saturday night’s defeat to Saint-Jean Sea Dogs injured the Shawinigan Cataractes. However, on Sunday, it was forgotten and coach Daniel Renaud expects his players to have learned the lessons from what happened against their QMJHL rivals.

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The Cataractes trained on Sunday morning for Monday night’s Memorial Cup semifinal against the Hamilton Bulldogs. And the mood was no longer brooding after slipping 3-0 in the lead after a stint on Saturday night.

“During the post-match meal, it was important that he get hurt,” said Renaud. We left the kids a little in their emotions and I felt they were frustrated and disappointed, with good reason. We voluntarily left the group this summer of spirits but, when we woke up this morning, we had a great team meeting. We have just rephrased things and I see how they behave, their intensity and the atmosphere in the locker room and on the ice, and I have no doubt that the group will be ready tomorrow night.

For the coach, perhaps Saturday’s defeat wasn’t a bad thing after all.

“It’s like we need it to refocus. From what I have just seen of the group, I am convinced that we have learned the right lessons.

Path error

What particularly exploded on Saturday in the Cataractes was the collapse of the second period and their inability to regain concentration later. Since the start of the playoffs, the team has been able to withstand some storms on several occasions and come back from behind in matches.

“It was a serious mental error yesterday, admitted Renaud. The good news is that we have given ourselves some leeway by making sure we play in the semi-finals. We will have learned some good lessons and tomorrow night it will not happen, ”he repeated.

Now they will face the Bulldogs, a team lost 3-2 in the preliminary round.

“We will have to play the same way,” said forward William Veillette, the proud owner of a Coppa Longueuil worthy of the name. They are a team with a lot of speed and we will have to arrive with the right frame of mind. We will have to make sure we start the game better, but there isn’t a team here that impresses us very much, we are confident.


In practice, on Sunday the Cataractes withdrew the striker Pierrick Dubé from the first wave of power play in favor of Lorenzo Canonica. Like almost everyone else, Dubé played a tough match on Saturday and scored a goal and an assist in three games since the competition began.

“We wanted to try the experience and I liked what I saw during rehearsals,” Renaud simply mentioned yesterday, refusing to say more about whether it was just a message passed on to his veteran or a prelude to what we would see tonight. .


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