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(Laval) Raphael Harvey-Benard knows he’s with the Rocket all week, whatever happens in the very dynamic infirmary at the big club. He played like a man who is willing to put in some effort.

Harvey Benard and Jesse Ylonen hit the target, while Kayden Primo turned into a real wall and the Laval Rockets signed up an important 4-0 win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Monday at Bell Square.

Primo was the architect of this victory, making 41 saves. But the infectious energy of Harvey Bennard, in his first match at Laval since January 14th, gave the Laval residents a spark.

Once the players were introduced, the crowd cheered when the name of the little winger was announced. Harvey Bennard returned it to the crowd by hitting the goal in the third minute. His grueling check against Jacques Saint-Evvyne also enlivened the crowd.

“I expect to stay here. According to what I was told, he’ll be here for a week,” Sagueni agreed.

Obviously, the transition from the Canadian, who had been playing without a stake in the standings for weeks in front of spectators who did not always participate, to the Rocket, who was fighting for his survival in front of a raucous 8,666 fans, overexcited the player. .

I was excited to play that match, there is always a good atmosphere, the fans are always there. I was really happy to score this goal.

Raphael Harvey Benard

Then, in the third period, with the score still 1-0, Ylönen scored a powerful one-run goal, a National League goal. The Finn donned the Rocket jersey for the first time since February 4.

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In Primo’s view, there was clearly a “before” and “after” to the performance of his teammates, who have spent the past few months in the NHL. “They are playing very well and have a lot of confidence at the moment and we saw that tonight. Their shots were amazing. HP was detected quickly, and I don’t think any goalkeeper could stop Ylö’s shot. They were two big goals.”

It was clear at the trade deadline that Kent Hughes saw Harvey Benard and Ilonen help the school club into the season finale. That’s why both wingers were signed on paper to the Rockets on March 3 to qualify for the MLS playoffs.

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They clearly did not suffer a “demotion into gloom,” if such a thing existed. They never actually suffered from it, the faith of Jean-Francois Hall. “Ylö has never had a problem, he is smart enough to know where he is in his career. And HP, wherever he is, plays the same way. You don’t have to break it, play a mind game with it.”

Gabriel Bourque added the insurance goal two minutes from time, while Danyk Martel completed the scoring into an empty net. Martel fell heavily into the boards after his goal and appeared to have pain in his right arm after the line.

“He seemed fine,” said Holly, who had other concerns on his mind. Defenders Nicolas Bowden and William Trudeau both left the game before the end and will have to see doctors before more is known.

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Captain’s visit

And with less good news for Jean-François Holly’s men, they haven’t been able to widen the gap in the standings since the Cleveland Monsters, chasing them for last place, giving them access to the playoffs, emerged victorious on Monday. So the Rockets hold a 1-point lead against Cleveland at 5H Northern Division rank, but the monsters have a game in hand.

And in both good and bad news for the team, we note the visit of Alex Pelzel, who was spotted around the locker room after the game. The bad news is that he was still wearing protective boots, and thus didn’t miraculously recover like modern-day Lazarus.

But good news because Holly was delighted to have his lost captain on his way to the big club.

“He was hoping we’d win so he could come downstairs!” We were very happy to see him. He is our captain, he was there last year, and the guys were very happy to see him in his boots. »

The Rocket will play its last two matches, Wednesday and Friday, two matches at home.