THUNDER BAY – Quebec representatives at the Telus Cup are serious. The Canton of Magog were the first to qualify for the semifinal round on Wednesday when they beat the Pacific Buffaloes of Calgary 3-2.
If the first goal is of course the conquest of the Telus Cup, the Magogois were obviously pleased with this third win in a row that confirms their place in the semi-final Saturday. The next two games of the Cantonals tonight (against the Toronto Young Nationals) and Friday will simply determine their position in the standings.
The last presence of a Belliveau
The second half was profitable for the Cantonniers against the Buffaloes when Justin Robidas and Jérémy Lapointe broke the 1-1 tie that had persisted since the fifth minute of the initial period. Lapointe’s goal made the difference. Jacob Dion had donned the first goal of the Cantonniers. The Buffaloes had quickly taken the lead in the game. It was the first time since the beginning of the tournament that the champions of the Quebec Midget AAA League awarded the first goal to the opponent.
Calgary also struck at lightning speed in the last quarter, taking advantage of a two-man power play to cut the Cantos’ lead in half by 32 seconds. But the Cantoners closed the door afterwards. Olivier Adam booked his best saves during a penalty to Alexandre Doucet. The Cantoners have passed the last moments of the third period. Olivier Picard was particularly effective in controlling the puck along the tape for precious seconds.
The third period was less dragged than the previous two, during which we had the opportunity to have a breaststroke and shouting between the players of both formations. Édouard F. Cournoyer received a major penalty for knee injury. We saw Isaac Belliveau leave the shaking ice after suffering a sneaky check. Greetings of courtesy had no place for 40 minutes.
In good position
Felix Potvin was pleased with the response of his skaters in this men’s game. “We came back from behind and I think it’s a good deal. We will not always take the lead in this tournament and we must react in the right way. We did it. We then protected our lead in the last 20 minutes. Between the two, we played a little with the fire with indiscipline. There have been two sides, but we must pay more attention to this aspect, “said the Cantos mentor, who likes the position of his after three games.
“With a guaranteed place in the semifinals, we can use our staff differently. We want to finish on a positive note, but we now have the privilege to give some respite to some guys who have small sores to treat. I lead brave athletes. Belliveau impressed me by returning to the game after the check that shook him. We did not win anything, we know, but we also want to start the semifinal round with guys a little more rested. We will not neglect the victory so far. ”
Selected player of the game at the Cantonnieres, Justin Robidas impressed as much with his goal as with his two assists, especially the one led to Jérémy Lapointe on the decisive goal. “We put the effort there as always. We know what to expect when playing against the other provinces that have older, heavier and more robust teams than we do in our league. We will not whine, “says Robidas.
Captain Jacob Dion took the extra mile in this meeting. With the expulsion of Edward F. Cournoyer in the first period and the injury to Isaac Belliveau later, there were only four defenders on the bench. “We kept it simple without playing on the heels. It’s not our style. The Buffaloes were trying to bother us in every way. The hook was bitten a few times. We must pay attention to these misbehavior, “said the captain of the team.