After a strong performance during the first weekend of the season against top contenders, Shawinigan had a busy week as Sherbrooke, Québec and Rimouski were on the menu…
Despite a great effort, Shawinigan did not manage to earn a point during that strech. Nevertheless, the whole team worked hard and some shined even brighter.
Lucas Fitzpatrick stunning in LHJMQ debut
Last wednesday, the Sherbrooke Phoenix was in Shawinigan to battle hard against the Cats. It was a chance for local fans to enjoy Lucas Fitzgerald’s first carrer start. The young netminder surprised everbody with his effectiveness and his calm as he stopped 32 shots in a 3-2 loss.
For Daniel Renaud’s team, Gabriel Denis and Jérémy Manseau were the only ones to beat Brendan Cregan, Phoenix’ netminder.
On Manseau’s goal, l’âge in the third, Jason Horvath earned his first carrer point when his shot from the point was tiped in by Manseau.
Denisov shines in Québec city
The Québec Remparts opened their local season against Shawinigan on friday night. For the occasion, Mikhail Denisov was back between the pipes and did not disapoint as he made 29 saves (many spectacular glove saves) and earned the second star of the game.
For the visitors, Vincent Senez was the only one to get a puck behind Derek Baribeau as a result of a skilled move late in the first period.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to beat Québec who got the best of this one by a final score of 3-1.
Cameron Askew and the Cataractes fall to Rimouski
For that last game of the week, on sunday afternoon, Shawinigan was in Rimouski to face young superstar Alexis Lafrenière and the Océanic.
Until late in the second period, Daniel Renaud’s team battled hard and were close to tie the game when Cameron Askew scored his second of the season on the powerplay to make it 3-2.
That’s when Alexis Lafrenière, the number one pick of the last QMJHL draft scored twice to lead Rimouski to a 6-2 win.