For the second time in his five-year career with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Samuel Harvey of the Almendois is preparing to compete in the Grand Final of the President’s Cup with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. This time, it will be as number one goalkeeper.
“I’m enjoying it a lot,” says the 20-year-old veteran who has won his last 10 playoff games, including the last four in a semi-final sweep of the Rimouski Océanic, without the best scorer in the season. and in series, Peter Abandonato, who suffers from mononucleosis. “We never doubted our team anyway. We knew we had the numbers, “said Samuel Harvey, admitting that the news was a blow to the start, but that other players have taken the extra effort. His fellow countryman, Jonquiérois Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, is part of the group, he who scored six points against the formation of Bas-Saint-Laurent, which gives him 13 points in 14 playoff games.
The Huskies are in the final for a second time in four years. In 2016, another 20-year-old goalkeeper, Chase Marchand, was in pole position in the net of the Abitibi team that beat the Shawinigan Cataractes in the final before bowing in overtime in the Memorial Cup final. . “In 2016, I experienced the experience and saw what was happening, with emotions, momentum changes and the atmosphere. It still prepared me for what we will live in the final. I’m really happy right now to be able to play again. It’s really something extraordinary. These are my last moments in the league. We play good hockey and arenas are full. These are the best times of the year and I take full advantage of them, “says Samuel Harvey, who at the time,
After their victory over the Oceanic, the Huskies are now waiting for their opponent in the ultimate series. Prior to Friday night’s game, the Halifax Mooseheads, hosts of the upcoming Memorial Cup, were leading 3-1 against the Drummondville Voltigeurs. If the Mooseheads win, the Huskies would automatically qualify for the national tournament. “There is not a guy in the room who wants to go to the Memorial Cup without winning the President’s Cup,” says Samuel Harvey, very happy with this little break that will be beneficial for some players.
Champions of the Jean-Rougeau Trophy, the Huskies started their playoffs slowly, finding themselves tied 2-2 in their initial series against the Cataractes they had yet advanced by 86 points in the standings. Since then, they are perfect. “After the fourth game, we had a good team meeting. We then made a break with what had happened before. We were really not happy with the way we played. The effort and the intensity were there, but it’s really the emotions that overflowed. We must give credit to the Cataractes who played really well and forced us to do better, “said Samuel Harvey.
“Does not want to, the playoffs, it’s different from the season. It was a little that we knew we were going to finish first. It was so good that we did not experience this adversity. That it happened in the first round, it allowed us to understand things. It’s been great since and now we’re in the final. It was part of our goal. We look ahead, and we want to win the President’s Cup, “said the goalkeeper almatois who posted an average of 1.67 and a .928 stop percentage since the start of the playoffs.