Zachary Bolduc had an exceptional month of March and the forward ended it in the best possible way on Wednesday, scoring a hat trick in front of his fans in a resounding 8-2 victory for the Remparts against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar .
The St. Louis Blues’ first-round pick in the last National League draft scored his 37th, 38th and 39th goals of the season, for his third three-goal game of the campaign.
Bolduc has added 14 goals to his record in the 12 games played over the past month. He had already hit the target twice on Saturday, against the Gatineau Olympiques.
To explain this impressive personal streak, the 19-year-old gave much of the credit to his teammates after the encounter.
“I’ve been more involved lately, using my skate, using my throw. But there are also my trio companions, Theo [Rochette] and Pier Olivier [Roy]. There have been [Xavier] Filion too. They are smart guys, who can pass as well as shoot, and work hard. Some of this is thanks to them. »
make him proud
It was Benoît Desrosiers who acted as head coach of the Remparts for the second time this season. The young assistant was called in to relieve Patrick Roy, who contracted COVID-19 in the last few days.
Roy could be back at his post on Friday, for the game against the Cataractes in Shawinigan.
Desrosiers did not hide the message he sent to his proteges before the clash: “I told them to make sure that Pat is proud of you guys when he goes to watch the game from home. And I think Pat can be proud of them! »
Three quick goals
The Drakkar had nevertheless opened the scoring in this one-sided match, Fabio Iacobo yielding the first in front of Vincent Collard, with only two minutes to go.
But the hosts quickly regained the upper hand and no longer looked back to ensure they extended their winning streak to six. Mikaël Huchette tied the game three minutes later, then Nathan Gaucher and Bolduc beat Olivier Adam with just 24 seconds between them. These three goals were scored in 1 min 33 s.
The poor goalkeeper of the Drakkar, bombarded from all sides, was replaced by Olivier Ciarlo at the end of the second period, after having yielded five times in 24 occasions.
“We had a lot of chances to score in the last games and on Wednesday we capitalized. What I liked is that from the start of the match, we saw an involvement around the net. That’s where we generated our scoring chances,” analyzed Desrosiers.
Zachary Gravel, Nicolas Savoie and Olivier Coulombe were the other Red Devils scorers, who fired 49 shots. At the other end of the rink, Iacobo flinched twice on 13 shots.
Everything separates the two section rivals in the standings this season. The Remparts are battling for first place – retained by the Charlottetown Islanders on Wednesday – while the Drakkar could be one of the two teams excluded from the playoffs.
However, some games between the two formations had been closer than expected.
“It’s a team that plays well defensively, against whom we have to generate offense, pointed out Desrosiers. We talked about it before the game and our players sacrificed themselves in the pay zone. That’s how we had success. »