• Nicolas Pelletier

Solid Saint-Lazare Revolution performance against l’Inouk

Against a team that had only six losses in the season and which has 43 points, the Revolution had a big command while they were playing a double header against l’Inouk Granby which has 13 players from the QMJHL in their lineup.

A sign that the team is progressing well - they have snatched two points against one of the powerhouses of the LHJAAAQ this season. Indeed, they pushed the Inouk during both meetings forcing the overtime each game.

Friday night's game ended in a 4-3 defeat when Inouk scored in overtime. Captain Jack Raleigh gave the lead by scoring twice in the first period before seeing the locals tie in the second period. Patrice Charbonneau scored in the third period giving the lead once again to his team. The referees then gave penalties to two players of the Revolution including defender Todd Philibert who was given a penalty of four minutes thus providing the ideal opportunity for the locals to create the tie.

In the defeat, David Hamel was going to shine one more time pushing back 39 of the 43 shots directed towards him while maintaining a 0.907 per cent efficiency rate.

Far from being discouraged, Coach Éric Labrosse’s team began the return game on Saturday with a lot of confidence. It was goalkeeper Ryan Coughlin who defended the Lazarois’ net. The great goalkeeper shone also repelling 34 of the 36 shots of Inouk Granby.

The visitors saw John-Michael Di Gregorio get the lead at 2:18 in the second period. Again, a dubious penalty was going to be awarded to Patrick Gorham who applied a solid check to his opponent who immediately put his hand on his face thus influencing the official who chased him for roughness. Incapable of making a winner neither in regulation nor overtime, the two teams went towards the shootout. Only an Inouk player would outsmart Coughlin. His opponent Gabriel Waked stopped the three shooters from the Revolution.

In the loss, goalkeeper Ryan Coughlin maintained a 0.092 efficiency percentage. This means that the two keepers of the Revolution have shone during these two games against a tough opponent.

After the game, Coach Labrosse had only good words for his goalkeepers and his new player John-Michael Di Gregorio. "Our two goalkeepers were smoking hot against the Inouk. Coughlin allowed us to stay in today's game with miracle saves. It is good to have two strong keepers on our team. We knew that Di Gregorio was good, but he surprised us with his solid two-way play. In his case, it was a pleasant surprise. I'm proud of my guys. They played two excellent games and for once, it is a collective effort and not individual efforts as in the past. Had it not been for dubious penalties again, the result could have been different. If our guys can apply the game system we've put in place, we'll be able to fight some great teams. We must not forget that we have a young team and we’re in a first season, but the progression is constant which is very encouraging," said Revolution’s coach.

The Revolution will play its next local game Saturday, December 16 against Montreal-North Arctic at 4 p.m. Please note that the December 23 match at the CSSL against the Montreal East Rangers will be exceptionally held at 8 p.m.

The Revolution of Saint-Lazare offers great sports to show their supporters and we again invite all hockey fans in the region to come and cheer for the players at the Saint-Lazare Sports Centre next Saturday.


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