If Andre Tourigny was upset his words might not have betrayed him, but his demeanor certainly did. After all, he had just watched his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies squander a two goal lead against the top-ranked Halifax Mooseheads in the third period to force overtime.
“We took penalties to give them a chance to get back,” said the coach and GM after their 5-4 OT loss in Game 2 of their best-of-seven QMJHL semifinal. “They scored their first goal of the rally on a power play. It’s too bad we have to talk about that at this time of the season. I guess it’s a learning process.”
Then, just five minutes into the extra frame, overage defenceman Mathieu Brisebois lost his cool and punched Mooseheads star Jonathan Drouin in the face to earn a roughing penalty. It was not only unnecessary, but given the critical juncture of the game, not very smart. Rouyn quickly started to unravel despite Tourigny’s best efforts to calm his club.
“I tried to stay composed,” said Tourigny. “It was a bad penalty obviously; it was outside of the play. At this point you’re in overtime and there’s nothing you can do. You have to live with it.”Read More »from Martin Frk comes through for Mooseheads after Huskies squander chance