Val-d'Or scores goals in bunches in second period
© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Vincent Dunn of Val'd'Or and Ryan Graves of the P.E.I Rocket both go down near the blue line in Rocket territory Saturday night during game two of their best of seven series.
The Val-d’Or Foreurs scored four goals in a three-minute flurry Saturday night to defeat the P.E.I. Rocket 8-3 at the Civic Centre.
The best-of-seven Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff series is tied at a game apiece heading to Val-d’Or for the next three games.
“They were just the better team tonight,” said Rocket winger Matt Bursey. “We just have to regroup and think about the next game. Playoffs are a rollercoaster, there’s a lot of up and a lot of downs. We have to put that game behind us and think about the next one.”
The Rocket entered the second period down 2-1. They tied it on Jimmy Oligny’s power-play goal at 5:29, but before the goal was announced the Foreurs responded.
Pierre-Maxime Poudrier, Anthony Mantha and Brandon Hynes scored 61 seconds apart and Hynes added another on the power play 1:44 later as Val-d’Or took a commanding 6-2 lead.
“They just got a couple of bounces and it took the wind right out of our sails,” said defenceman Alex Micallef, who scored the first period goal on a nice pass by Louick Marcotte and also rang a shot off the iron. “We had our chances and again we weren’t able to capitalize.”
Mantha’s second goal of the night at 12:23 of the second period chased Antoine Bibeau after he allowed seven goals on 24 shots, many with traffic in front of him.
“We have to take some accountability for it,” Micallef said. “We did leave him out to dry a little bit.”
Mantha, who added three assists for a five-point night, said it was important for them to bounce back after losing in overtime Friday.
“P.E.I. is really tough to beat in their building, so this is really good for our confidence,” he said.
Despite taking a 7-3 lead to the third period, Mantha said the team was focused on securing the victory. It watched a 6-0 lead against Gatineau recently disappear into a shootout loss.
The win gives Val-d’Or an opportunity to clinch the series on home ice.
“We feel pretty confident we’ll bring the series back to Charlottetown,” Micallef said.
Playoffs are a rollercoaster, there’s a lot of up and a lot of downs. We have to put that game behind us and think about the next one. Matt Bursey, Rocket winger
The Rocket had a 4-0 lead in Val-d’Or March 1, but lost 5-4. Micallef said they want to build on the things that helped them get that 4-0 lead.
P.E.I. – 3
Val-d’Or – 8
P.E.I. – Alex Micallef, Jimmy Oligny and Ben Duffy.
Val-d’Or – Anton Zlobin, Guillaume Gelinas, Pierre-Maxime Podrier (2), Anthony Mantha (2) and Brandon Hynes (2).
P.E.I. – Louick Marcotte, Alexis Pépin, Ben Duffy, Josh Currie (2) and Matej Beran.
Val-d’Or – Anthony Mantha (3), Brandon Hynes, Cédrick Henley (2), Thierry Comtois, Randy Gazzola, Vincent Dunn(2), Anton Zlobin.
P.E.I. – Antoine Bibeau, 17 saves on 24 shots; Maxime Lagace six saves on seven shots.
Val-d’Or – Philippe Trudeau, 38 saves on 41 shots.
P.E.I. – two-for-seven
Val-d’Or – two-for-five
Announced attendance – 2,648
50/50 – $3910
1. Anthony Matha
2. Randy Gazzola
3. Philippe Trudeau
P.E.I. 3 Val-d’Or 2 Overtime
P.E.I. 3 Val-d’Or 8
Tuesday in Val-d’Or
Wednesday in Val-d’Or
Friday in Val-d’Or
Monday, April 1 in Charlottetown*
Tuesday, April 2 in Charlottetown*
* If necessary