A defeat and an injured goalkeeper for the Remparts

A defeat and an injured goalkeeper for the Remparts

The traditional Quebec Remparts game during the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament drew nearly 12,000 spectators. However, the Red Devils were unable to deliver a victory to the thousands of young players gathered in the stands and they lost the services of their goalkeeper Louis-Antoine Denault.

It was the guests, the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, who won their case with a score of 7 to 2.

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The Blues dominated the game from start to finish, except for a few minutes in the second period when the Remparts became more threatening, but failed to break through.

The Sags took the lead thanks to Emmanuel Vermette in the 43rd second of the game. The Quebec native, a former standard-bearer for the Petits Remparts in the 2018 edition of the Pee-wee tournament, was also involved in two more goals for his team in the third period.

“We were ready from the start. We had a bit of a lull in the second half, but we came back strong in the third half and it paid off,” noted the man named the game's first star, emphasizing that he welcomed the young Pee-Wee- Seeing players The stands brought back “memories”, even though his journey to the tournament “wasn’t very long”.

Concussion for Denault

The Remparts managed to quickly tie the game, but Chicoutimi regained the lead midway through the first period. Forgotten in the slot, Jacob Lafontaine scored his first of two goals to make it 2-1.

The sequence also saw Lafontaine come into contact with Red Devils goalkeeper Louis-Antoine Denault, who remained lying there for long seconds before having a lengthy conversation with therapist Félix-Antoine Lavoie.

The gesture went unpunished and the goalkeeper eventually ended the quarter. However, he was replaced by Vincent Fillion at the start of the second period.

“He has a concussion. It had to be released after the premiere. When I calmly asked for explanations, they laughed in my face and told me that it wasn't even a small advance,” explained coach Éric Veilleux.

A third that hurts

If the Sags had a good first third and the Remparts had a good second, it was a goal from the visitors at the very end of the middle third that marked the turning point of the game.

“I didn’t like our second period. “Quebec was the team that worked the hardest during this time, but our fourth goal was the turning point,” analyzed Saguenay driver Yanick Jean, among others.

His counterpart in the capital agreed and emphasized that Daniel Agostino received a penalty after this goal and the Remparts “had to get out”. [leurs] “Third period problems,” which didn’t happen.

“The lights went out after the fifth goal,” said Éric Veilleux, summing up his team’s further game.

Note: To compensate for Denault's absence, the Remparts will recall goaltender Benjamin Lelièvre from the Gatineau Intrépide. He will join the team as they head to Abitibi where they will play their next three games.