The Laval Rocket scored four consecutive goals in the third period and signed a fifth consecutive victory, with a score of 5-2 over the Utica Comets on Wednesday night at Place Bell.
Trailing by one goal, Jean-François Houle’s men first tied the score thanks to captain Gabriel Bourque’s first goal of the season at 8:09 of the start.
Less than seven minutes later, they scored two goals in just 10 seconds, courtesy of Mitchell Stephens and Logan Mailloux.
The latter scored a goal into an empty net with just under two minutes remaining in the third period. William Trudeau scored the Rockets’ first goal in the first period.
Brian Halonen scored both goals for the Comets against Jakub Dobes.
In the win, the Rockets goaltender was solid, blocking 27 pucks. For its part, the Rocket fired 33 shots at Akira Schmid.
Rocket players will play their next two games abroad, once again against rivals from the North section.
This short trip will begin on Friday in Syracuse, against the Crunch, after which the Laval team will head to Rochester to face the Americans on Saturday.
For just over 14 minutes of the first half, the Rockets controlled the pace of the game and held a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal by Trudeau, who beat Schmid at 11:26 with a shot to the top right of network. .
Then, suddenly, Houle’s troop began to parade towards the penalty area. The first was Mattias Norlinder, at 14:39, followed by Brandon Gignac, at 16:35, and then Olivier Galipeau (the latter for four minutes due to high stick) at 17:39.
Limited to four shots so far, the Comets players did what they needed to do: control the puck and spend a lot of time in the Rocket zone.
And even though Dobes made plenty of quality saves and the Comets ranked 30th out of 32 clubs, entering the game in terms of power-play efficiency, the law of averages worked in the visitors’ favor.
Completely forgotten to the right of the Rockets goalie, Halonen took advantage of an open goal to tie the score at 0.9 seconds, on the Comets’ ninth shot during this long numerical superiority.
The only good news in this entire sequence is that the Rocket was able to start the second half with the same strength.
In the end, the Laval team surpassed their rivals in terms of shots on goal, but long after the Comets had taken the lead.
With just under 11 minutes left in the half, Halonen added his second of the night with a more incisive NHL-style wrist shot.
After receiving a cross from Samuel Laberge, Halonen, from the right service circle, beat the Dobes, who could do nothing, with a shot to the upper left area.
The Rocket had chances to tie the score at the end of the second half, in particular Philippe Maillet, who escaped alone before Schmid, who did not flinch.
Rather calm, Rockets fans were able to wake up midway through the third period when Bourque recovered a puck in the right faceoff circle and surprised Schmid with a precise shot into the top of the net.
They then exploded with joy after goals from Mitchell and Mailloux, scored at 2:44 and 2:54 p.m.
From the back of his zone, Mailloux drove the final nail into the Comets’ coffin.