November 28, 2022

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LAH: Are the three players making the Laval Rocket “tiring”?

LAH: Are the three players making the Laval Rocket "tiring"?

LAVAL – Danic Martel immediately conceded victory. Against Brandon Gignac and Anthony Richard, he doesn’t stand a chance.

“Gignac, in a straight line, it’s very, very, very fast. [Il a] Good progress. He is a good and handsome skater. Me, I’m a runner on ice. I was going fast, but it wasn’t a pretty sight. I put Richard and Gignac in front of me, very easy. »

However, Martel has the ability to keep up with the pace set by his two teammates and that’s why he was paired with Jean-Francois Houle on the second line at the start of the season with the Laval Rocket.

“That line can make sparks fly,” the head coach explained after practice earlier this week.

After Richard signed a one-year, two-part deal with the Montreal Canadiens after upsetting the Rockets in the playoffs last spring, the affinity was evident as he defended the logo of the Syracuse Crunch in the school club. Tampa Bay Lightning.

Beyond 4 goals and 2 assists, Richard won five games through the Rockets on this second round duel, Martel remembers as a difficult opponent to handcuff.

“He’s the most tiresome player on the other side, he summed up. He’s their best playoff player. It’s not just the points, it’s a lot of the intensity. […] He was disturbed during the 60 minutes of each the game. »

“He was Syracuse’s best player,” Houle said. He picks up points and is hard to tackle because of his speed. He’s a player that I’m sure, over time, we’ll appreciate a lot…

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