AHL playoffs: Danick Martel’s 4 goals lead the Rocket to defeat the Rochester Americans

Sunday, May 22, 2022. 9:00 p.m.

Summary Americans v. rocket

LAVAL – We said that the Laval Rocket should be wary of the great arsenal of talent of the Rochester Americans, but we didn’t know that Danick Martel was going to have a blast with four goals in the first game of this series.

With a 6-1 win in front of a stellar crowd of over 10,000, the Rocket took a 1-0 lead in the third round matchup.

Damaged during the final game of the previous round, Martel was able to finish this game, being even at the origin of the winning goal of Gabriel Bourque in overtime.

And four for Danick Martel!

Martel picked up where he left off with a fabulous production against the Buffalo Sabres farm club. Everything Martel touched turned into gold or goals!

While the visitors had scored the first goal of the evening, Martel turned things around before intermission. He first deflected a shot from Gignac behind Aaron Dell.

From the sixth minute of the second period, he recovered his own shot to push the puck into the net.

Six minutes later, he experienced the magnificent sensation of completing a hat trick in front of full stands. The smile that invaded his face was beautiful to see as the caps flew from the bleachers to land in the four corners of the rink. Plus, he kicked Dell out of his net.

“Emotions are in the carpet, I lose myself in my words! It doesn’t happen often that we do performances like this. The whole game, the puck was following me everywhere. I had other chances, but I tried to give it so as not to be selfish,” commented Martel.

“The puck followed me everywhere! »

“There are fewer emotions in the season. It’s always one more feat in the playoffs, it’s hard to count. The support from the fans was nice to see,” admitted Martel, who, unfortunately, will play in front of more members of his entourage on Monday.

“He played a great game. He is a player who displays a lot of intensity, he has good speed and he can be inserted almost anywhere in the formation, he played a very big game tonight,” agreed coach Jean-François Houle.

” Magical ! I’m really happy for him, he’s a good friend. He deserves it, he works hard in every game, he sends a lot of pucks to the net. This evening, it was coming in, ”said Rafaël Harvey-Pinard.

Let’s not forget that, three minutes before this third goal by Martel, Cédric Paquette threaded the needle following a superb feint by Harvey-Pinard at the expense of Mark Alt who was instead “deleted” on this sequence.

“Belzile told me I had time and I saw that the defender had given me space so I had time to try a fake. Then I just made the pass without thinking,” RHP explained.

If Paquette completed this staging, he also played a decisive role during this meeting with his robust game. His involvement seemed to destabilize Rochester on a few occasions.

As if that weren’t enough, Martel added his fourth of the day during one of Rochester’s many bouts of indiscipline in the third period. Generous, Martel had just tried to offer a goal to his teammate when the puck returned to his palette without delay and into the net even faster.

After Martel and Paquette, we can’t wait to praise the contribution of goaltender Cayden Primeau. While the members of The Rocket are making sure not to interfere too much in his bubble these days, Primeau has continued to excel. The 22-year-old American goalkeeper distinguished himself several times, including from the start of the game by frustrating the dangerous JJ Peterka on a breakaway.

“It was an emotional game to start. In the playoffs, especially, you have to be ready for everything, every game counts. Our start was a bit slow, but nothing could stop us then,” said Primeau, who posted a .945 playoff efficiency.

Peterka recovered by counting the only goal of his own. To be honest, Peyton Krebs deserved to score, but captain Xavier Ouellet robbed him as he tried to insert the puck into an abandoned net.

The Rocket’s penalty killers, including Alex Belzile, also had their say in this result by not giving up in four deployments.

Nate Schnarr scored the Rocket’s sixth goal late in the game.

Remember that, as of Monday, the two teams will cross swords again at Place Bell. Frustration took hold of the Amerks players in the final period as they tried to prepare for this second game. Nick Boka tried everything to provoke a fight and he had a long heated discussion with Ouellet in the penalty box. Note that Mattias Norlinder took a vicious elbow from Ben Holmstrom to the head while Corey Schueneman suffered a cross-check in the lower back from the same player and he left for a few minutes.

“It’s the job of the referees to manage this well. It’s unfortunate that the match ended like this,” noted Houle.

“The emotion is in the carpet”

Norlinder victim of a bastard blow at the end of the match

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