The Inouk dealt a blow to Vaudreuil-Dorion Mustangs Tuesday night by winning 6-5 – in overtime – on the road. Le Granbyen club has taken a 2-0 lead in the quarterfinal series between them and their rivals from the Alexander Burrows division.
Granby has managed the feat of winning the first two games played at home Mustangs and now finds himself in good position to reach the semifinals.
A disallowed goal, good hits, the lifts on both sides and a general melee, there was something for everyone in this true playoff game. Edward Michaud, who signed a hat trick and Patrice Demuy, who settled the debate in overtime, the two stars were in the camp of Inouk.
“It really was a very good match. There were intensity on both sides. At 2-0, we fell confident and Mustangs had more energy. They ended up taking the lead, but we thoroughly rebounded thereafter keeping it simple. The guys thought about the team first, they have not attempted to individual games and it largely explains why we leave with the victory, “noted the head coach Inouk David Lapierre.
After shining Sunday Oats Benjamin John was a little shaky on Tuesday even though he has not had much to answer for. He allowed five goals on 33 shots. His vis-à-vis, Mathieu Bélanger-Hudon, has meanwhile faced 42 shots.
In fact, the series Inouk resumed where they left off at the end of the first game they won by a score of 8-2. Using good speed, they dominated the first period, getting no less than 15 shots during the engagement.
They eventually took control of the game by entering the score halfway the period. Following a turnover at their blue line, the Inouk benefited from rising two against one.
Nicolas Bellerose has a perfect pass to Vincent Ouellet-Beaudry who scored a quick shot in the upper right corner, leaving no chance to the keeper.
The story continued early in the second period. After struggling hard to keep the disc in the territory of the Mustangs, the Inouk saw Edward Michaud score his second goal of the playoffs with a point shot that eluded the vigilance of Mathieu Bélanger-Hudon.
The steam is then reversed when Pierre Martineau Anthony took advantage of a shot attempt blocked at the blue line to spin only end on a breakaway. Its rapid launch the glove side beat Benjamin John Oats, branded 2-1.
Martineau recurred moments later on the powerplay while Keven Cloutier was sent to jail for obstruction. His shot eluded John Oats, bringing both teams to square one.
The Inouk believed to have taken the lead in the 13th minute of play when a shot from Bellerose back of the net, but the referees disallowed the goal, saying the net had left its moorings. With just over 30 seconds left in the period, rather Martineau struck again by filling turn the shorthanded hat.
First thing in the third, however Michaud tied the turn after seeing the puck to a bizarre leap along the tape before ending on the pallet in front of the net. But Martineau – who else? – Scored his fourth goal of the game less than three minutes later to make 4-3 for the Mustangs.
Halfway the last twenty the Tempers flared when Philip Sardinha has shaken Martineau, the hero of the Mustangs, with a solid body check near the Vaudreuil-Dorion bench. A general melee followed between all players on the ice and coaches of both clubs took the opportunity to exchange a few polite.
Michaud created equal
Both teams then scored in turn and the Mustangs were about to tie the series … but Michaud Francis Robichaud tipped a shot at 18: 45 to force an overtime. The suspense was short lived since after a little over a minute elapsed in overtime, Patrice Demuy sowed hysteria bench Inouk scoring the winning goal with a beautiful feint.
“We’re happy to have done our job in Vaudreuil and the series is 2-0 in our favor, but the match could have turned to one side or the other. For sure we are happy. By cons, all over again the next game. That is why it is important to go one game at a time, a presence at once. In the playoffs, everything is still to be redone, “said Lapierre who wishes to avoid seeing his players to be confident for the game No. 3.
The series now moves to the sports center Léonard-Grondin which will host the next two games. The Inouk first find their supporters Thursday night at 19 h 30, while the No. 4 match will be presented the next day, still in Granby, on the stroke of 19 pm 45.