SUDBURY, Ont. – Simon Pinard scored the game-winning goal and added an assist, and the Cantonniers de Magog got the first win at the 2018 TELUS Cup, beating the Moncton Flyers 4-1 on Monday afternoon.
The Flyers had the advantage in the first period with 13 shots against Magog goaltender Rémi Poirier, who held his ground and was quick to make all 13 saves.
The second period brought the first goal of the tournament, from Cantonniers forward Charles Beaudin, assisted by Jérémy Lapointe and Zachary Cadorette, a mere two minutes into period.
Pinard doubled the lead, assisted by Zackiel Couture and Isaac Belliveau, to give the Cantonniers a 2-0 lead with only 42 seconds left in the second period.
The Flyers started the third off with some powerful determination and Evan Jackson landed them their first goal of the game, a shorthanded tally just shy of the five-minute mark.
But the Cantonniers bounced back on the same power play and Patrick Guay restored the two-goal lead just over a minute later, with assists from Jérémy Rainville and William Villeneuve.
Specials teams struck again for Magog with under eight minutes to go; with a shorthanded goal by Gabriel Fontaine, with an assist to Pinard, bringing the score to 4-1.
Both goaltenders displayed remarkable effort; Magog netminder Rémi Poirier made 35 saves, while Thompson stopped 20 of 24 shots for the Flyers.
The Cantonniers go for consecutive wins against the Toronto Young Nationals on Tuesday afternoon (12 p.m. ET), right before the Flyers take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes (3:30 p.m. ET).
“We haven’t played [a game] in a long time. Regardless, it’s always tough when you’re playing in a national championship. We had a long day of travel yesterday, [the players were dealing with] a lot of change today – different room, hotels – it took us a while to get into the game. Rémi [Poirier] made some big saves that allowed our team to really take control of the game.”
Félix Potvin, head coach of the Cantonniers de Magog, on his team’s performance in its first TELUS Cup game
“This is a big event here. [There was] maybe a bit of stress. We know the other teams also had a couple of weeks off before coming here. We’re all in the same boat. We have to be ready for every situation.”
Rémi Poirier, goaltender and Monday’s player of the game for the Cantonniers de Magog, on the team’s slow start and approach to the week
“I think it’s pretty important for our guys. We can just kind of put that one behind us now. It was a rollercoaster game. We talked coming into this event that it’s a week long, there’s going to be lots of highs and lows, and that was a great example that game right there – getting behind a couple times, getting the lead, giving it up, and [still] finding a way [to win]. We’ve been proud of this group all year long. They’ve shown resiliency, it’s always a different guy that steps up, and now I think maybe we’ll be a bit more relaxed and just go and play hockey.”
Devan Praught, head coach of the Notre Dame Hounds, on the importance of getting the team’s first win in the opening game
“I thought that we played well in the first period. We just want to get better every period. The second period we played well in spurts. In the third period, gotta give them [Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves] some credit, they made a push, and I thought we were inconsistent. I thought there were some shifts that we played really well, and other shifts that we didn’t. So we’re going to have to focus on that and bring a more consistent effort for tomorrow.”
Lethbridge Hurricanes’ head coach Michael Dyck discusses his team’s performance in the 2-1 win over the host team