Dea makes the Rocket win again
For a second consecutive game, Jean-Sébastien Dea played heroes for the Laval Rocket, who came from behind to beat the Springfield Thunderbirds 4-3 in overtime on Friday night at the MassMutual Center.
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As he had done two days ago against the Crunch, Dea scored the winning net. The Quebecer wasted no time in overtime, beating Colten Ellis with a precise shot between the pads after just 48 seconds.
Trailing 3-1 in the third period, the visitors were more opportunistic scoring twice on 12 shots. Alexandre Fortin, helped by Justin Ducharme, closed the gap, then defender Tobie Paquette-Bisson tied the game with 3:38 to go in regular time.
In his second game in the American Hockey League, Ducharme scored his first goal for the Rocket early in the second period. The left winger, who has mostly played with the Trois-Rivières Lions this season, recovered a puck that ricocheted off the skate of a defender before threading the needle.
On the sequence, Devante Smith-Pelly also opened his counter with Laval by collecting an assist.
With Michael McNiven in the reserve squad of the Montreal Canadiens, Kevin Poulin got the start. The 31-year-old veteran was weaker early in the game, giving in to Keean Washkurak, Mackenzie MacEachern and Sam Anas, but redeemed himself later.
Poulin also reserved a point-blank save for MacEachern in the second period. He finished the encounter with 34 saves.
The Rocket thus signs a seventh victory in its last eight games. The next 24 hours will be busy for Jean-François Houle’s men, who will have to travel to Hartford to face the Wolf Pack there on Saturday evening.