Before reaching the semifinals with the Moncton Wildcats, Keven Bouchard had to go through a few storms. A difficult start to the season, a slump and a transaction have failed to crush and it is with renewed confidence that initiates the next elimination round.
The goalkeeper who celebrated his 20th birthday Tuesday was one of the ingredients of the winning recipe Wildcats. Bouchard, who has won eight of his 11 starts since the beginning of the spring dance, is convinced that the difficulties now paying dividends. Recall that Moncton got rid of the Victoriaville Tigres in five games in the first round, before surprising the Gatineau Olympiques in six games in the quarterfinals.
“We suffered nine defeats on line before the end of the season and we learned from that expressed Keven Bouchard. Success is not always a straight line. It’s like in life, it is not always beautiful but sometimes it takes the wave height for back stronger. ”
The netminder Metabetchouan stressed that the panic has never taken hold of the New Brunswick training. The maturity of the group leaders made a difference in his.
“When you hurt cheeks and you win, it’s too easy and it does not work like that, judged Bouchard. Our poor sequence has forced us to be more intense, to play with more emotion and a greater sense of urgency. ”
Keven Bouchard started the last 22 games of the Bobcats. His coach Darren Rumble awarded him a vote of confidence and from that moment the doorman stopped asking questions. He mentioned that the situation had a snowball effect on morale and feelings. “The more I play, the better I feel and the better I feel, the more I play well,” he listed.
After a difficult first half with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and a bumpy arrival in Moncton, Bouchard has gradually regained its bearings. However, he wished to put certain facts.
“There is talk of a difficult season because you only look at the statistics, said the seventh-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 2014. In Baie-Comeau, I could have 30 shots per game, but 25 were deemed dangerous. When you find yourself with a better defensive team like Moncton, the number of dangerous shots diminishes greatly. The numbers do not tell everything. ”
About the experts did not give expensive skin Wildcats in series, Keven Bouchard has brushed aside doubts hand hovering over his training.
“I try not to read newspapers, supported Bouchard. I knew from the beginning that nobody would believe in us but the series is a different season and we have seen in our first two rounds. ”
In his interview with The Daily , the guard did not know the identity of the opponent Wildcats. Under the 6-2 Sea Dogs Saint John in the seventh game against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Keven Bouchard and his band will cross swords with the powerful Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, champions of the regular season .
“We know we will face a great team and we will have to work hard if we want to make the finals,” he had stated.