Game one of the Pink in the Rink weekend. Sam Roussy was in the lineup for the first time this season coming off an injury. Mitch Deruelle did not dress again tonight. We got our first glimpse of netminder Spencer Tremblay in game action.
Both teams appeared evenly matched, although PEI obviously had the upper hand after 60 minutes as they often seem to against the Cats, shutting out the home team by a score to 5-0. Lots of rough stuff in this one.
Kyle Haas vs. Patrick McGrath – Kyle Hass won this one, man can he scrap.
Josh Currie scores on Dubeau to take the 1-0 lead.
Josh Currie vs. James Melindy – Good scrap, got Currie off the ice for five minutes, nothing wrong with that.
Former Wildcat Erik Robichaud beat Dubeau for his third of the season and the 2-0 lead. Dubeau sort of stumbled backwards just before the shot came in and was off balance.
Ryan Graves vs. Mark Tremaine – After the puck was in the net, Graves came rushing at Tremaine and he was hot. Tremaine stood up well against the much bigger Graves in the ensuing bout. Tremaine got two for high sticking, which apparently set Graves off -(not that I saw the high stick first hand or on a replay, they wouldn’t dream of showing a well-timed hockey related replay at the Coliseum, they’re much more interested in pictures of trucks, tigers, and various clip-art-looking images on that screen) and five for fighting. Graves got two for instigating and a misconduct. Tremaine hauled Graves down at the end, hard to pick a clear winner, but I have to lean toward Tremaine because of the David vs. Goliath scenario. On the same play, Ross Johnston and Erik Robichaud each got misconducts got failing to leave the area of the original altercation.
Ben Duffy scored on the powerplay with Kris Hodge in the box. 3-0 PEI.
In comes Spencer Tremblay for his first taste of QMJHL action. He was announced as John Chartrand. Great work. How long has it been since he’s been on the bench? Dubeau left to the crowd cheering, that should boost his confidence. Trembaly is huge and looks like I’d imagine Ross Johnston would with goalie pads on. He made some early stops and pleased the crowd, and they even made the correction in introducing him, albeit while music was blaring at the same time.
Just under two minutes to go in the second and James Melindy got two for checking from behind. Allain Saulnier with an unsportsmanlike conduct.
Louick Marcotte vs. Jonathan Racine – I’ve seen Racine in a few scraps this season, this is the first one he really won, and did he ever. Easy decision goes to Racine. Good scrap. unfortunately Racine got two for instigating and a misconduct.
Jimmy Oligny vs. Jonathan Narbonne – Didn’t really get going, 2 minutes each for roughing. I’m not an Oligny fan.
Just over the halfway mark of the third - James Melindy hauled Josh Currie down on a break. Penalty Shot! SAVE by Tremblay! The crowd loves it.
Just under 9 minutes to go in the third - Matej Beran got a double minor for checking from behind. Some Wildcats were not overly pleased about this, Ryan Penny got two for roughing and a 10 minute misconduct, James Melindy got a 10 minute misconduct for ‘inciting an opponent’, it looked more like some shoving and a facewash with his glove. Refs are trying to restore some order though, and the bench is starting to get shorter.
Spencer Tremblay heads back to the bench, Dubeau is back in goal, the fans are booing up a storm. On the next whistle Tremblay is back in, it appeared to have been an equipment adjustment. The crowd applauds. Again, this must be doing wonders for Dubeau’s confidence.
Just under 7 minutes to go in the third – Although it didn’t appear intentional, I was just a few rows from it and Dmitri Jaskin delivered and awful elbow to the side of Alex Micallef’s head. Jaskin was looking in the opposite direction when it occurred. Micallef dropped to all fours and play continued. A moment later when the referees saw the injured player on the ice the play was whistled dead, which led to…
Jimmy Oligny vs. Ross Johnston – This occurred right next to Micallef, Johnston got two for instigating and a misconduct, Oligny just got five. The linesman was between them the whole time, too bad too, I’d love to see Oligny get squashed.
Jaskin got five and the game for checking to the head.
Alexandre Chenier-Allard scored on the ensuing two man advantage at the 15 minute mark and Ben Duffy added the last of the game to make it 5-0 just 48 seconds later, still on the pwerplay.
Cats went 0 for 3 on the PP while PEI was 3 for 6. Jonathan Narbonne made some fantastic defensive plays in the losing effort and was the best player on the ice for the cats in my opinion. Ross Johnston was hitting like a bull in a china shop all night, and Spencer Tremblay looked sharp in his first half-game despite allowing the two powerplay goals.Christophe Lalonde deserves a mention as well, he played hard all night like usual.
Game two of the Pink in the Rink weekend goes on Sunday against the expansion Sherbrooke Phoenix, who according to the box score played a tight game with Halifax tonight and are coming off a recent win against Cape Breton. Will we get what should be an easy win? Who Dubeau get the start or will it be Tremblay? As always, I’ll let you know after the game.
Cats Three Stars:
1. Jonathan Narbonne
2. Spencer Tremblay
3. Ross Johnston