It was written in the sky as he had been scoring at a breakneck pace for two months, and it’s now done. Zachary Bolduc reached the prestigious 50-goal mark on Sunday in the Remparts’ 4-1 win over the Victoriaville Tigres at the Videotron Centre.
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Congratulations from all his teammates in the center of the ice, just after this famous 50th, shower of water bottles – and not champagne, we are in the junior ranks! – in the locker room after the match… The striker was treated to the usual celebrations after his exploit, and he assures us that he will remember this moment for a very long time.
“It’s an incredible feeling! This is the first time in my career that I have reached this plateau, launched a smiling Bolduc after the match. It’s an incredible moment. »
True to form, Bolduc wanted to share the attention given to him on Sunday by giving his linemates some credit for his excellent season: Théo Rochette, Conor Frenette, but also Pier-Olivier Roy, alongside who he has played in many matches this year.
“Wicked good pass”
Against the Tigers, the St. Louis Blues’ first-round pick could also congratulate defenseman Nicolas Savoie, who skilfully set up his 50th goal, scoring with less than four minutes left in the game.
Savoie quickly passed the puck to him to the right of Nathan Darveau’s goal, author against the Remparts of no less than 47 saves.
“It was a nasty nice pass which made the goalkeeper freeze! I had the goal open, I just had to put it in, ”said number 15.
He’s been thinking about it since he was 40and
Players generally tend to say that they don’t think about individual achievements, but rather about their team’s successes.
Without deviating from this line of thought, Bolduc admitted on Sunday that he began to believe he could score 50 when he scored his 40th goal of the campaign in early April,
“When you hit 40, you know 50 is close. It was a little click. I realized that I could achieve something special,” he explained.
The first since Duclair
Bolduc is the seventh “second generation” Remparts player to score 50 goals in a season. The last was Anthony Duclair, in 2013-2014 (see table).
He is also the third player to register as many in the Courteau circuit since the start of the campaign. The other two are William Dufour (53 goals) of the Saint John Sea Dogs and Patrick Guay (51) of the Charlottetown Islanders.
“It’s been several years since we had a 50-goal scorer,” recalled Patrick Roy. It’s all to his credit. But what I loved was seeing Zach able to thank his teammates. »
“Theo [Rochette] is having a really good season and he is helping him a lot. Pier-Olivier [Roy] and Conor [Frenette] too, continued the head coach. Even Nicolas Savoie served him quite a pass on this game. It was still a collective effort and I find it really good of him to recognize it. »
Two quick goals
If Bolduc quickly gave the Remparts the lead, the score then remained tight until the start of the third period. Édouard Carrier had brought the two teams back to square one in second, beating William Rousseau.
But two quick goals from James Malatesta, with his 27andand Édouard Cournoyer early in the third set put the game out of reach for the poor Tigers.
Evan Nause added a fourth goal in an empty cage, his clearance from Remparts territory having found its way into the visitors’ goal.
“We responded well, pointed out Patrick Roy. […] We managed the puck well, we had good chances. We made a few mistakes in the offensive zone, but that’s the style [que les Tigres] played today. They did not leave much space in their territory and in the neutral zone. But we found a way to score goals. »
50-goal seasons since the return of the Remparts
- 2021-2022: Zachary Bolduc ▹ 50 goals*
- 2013-2014: Anthony Duclair ▹ 50 goals
- 2006-2007: Brent Aubin ▹ 51 goals
- 2005-2006: Alexander Radulov ▹ 61 goals
- 2002-2003: David Masse ▹ 50 goals
- 1999-2000: Eric Chouinard ▹ 57 goals
- 1998-1999: Eric Chouinard ▹ 50 goals
- 1998-1999: Simon Gagne ▹ 50 goals
*With three games to go