In a game where special teams made the difference, the Shawinigan Cataractes had the upper hand over the Chicoutimi Saguenéens by a score of 5-3. Misconduct reigned among both teams on Sunday afternoon at the Center Georges-Vézina.
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The Cataractes quickly took a two-goal lead early in the first period. Xavier Cormier opened the scoring, for the Cats, a little less than 30 seconds before Mavrik Bourque came to double the lead of his team. The Sags, however, did not give in to a quick response.
Christophe Farmer scored his first goal of the season on a magnificent assist from Hendrix Lapierre as the Cats mopped up a shorthanded penalty. Despite this effort from Yanick Jean’s troop, Shawinigan returned to the locker room one goal ahead, leading 2-1, at the end of the first period.
The second period proved to the New Jersey Devils that they had made the right choice by selecting Dawson Mercer in the first round this week. Again during a one-man advantage on the ice, Farmer scored his second goal of the game. In the right place, at the right time, Farmer recovered the disc after a breathtaking feint by Mercer that will certainly be in the archives for a long time.
The power play of the Sags hurts
The misconduct of Ron Choules’s troop was expensive as the two goals, which allowed the Saguenéens to tie, were counted when a Cats player was in the dungeon. Yanick Jean’s five-way attack continued to cause damage. After a narrow recovery on the blue line from veteran defender Boudrias, the Lapierre-Mercer duo once again impressed the gallery by allowing the Saguenéens to take the lead for the first time in the match.
However, the Cataracts came from behind in the third period, also benefiting from their opponent’s misconduct. Mavrik Bourque was able to take advantage of a numerical advantage offered by Houde to the Cataractes. The captain of the Cats scored his second goal of the game while that of the Sags was penalized for tripping, recreating the tie, before Xavier Bourgault allowed Shawinigan to take the lead.
The Shawinigan Cataractes’ last goal was scored at the end of the third period in an empty net. The Cats therefore return home with the momentum, they who will host the Sags, Friday in Shawinigan, for a third meeting this season.