The Laval Rockets finally earned their first win, in their fourth game of the season, with an 8-4 win over the Rochester Americans thanks to a five-point performance from Joshua Roy, on Friday night at Place Bell.
The Quebecois player put on an impressive display in front of his fans, completing a natural hat-trick early in the third period. After scoring on the power play before returning to the locker room, Roy hit the field goal twice in 32 seconds.
By adding two assists, the 20-year-old right winger rose to the top of the MLS scoring charts. He has nine points on his record in four duels. Not too bad for someone playing his first professional season.
In addition to Roy’s fine performance, head coach Jean-François Houle can congratulate himself on introducing strongman Riley McKay into his training. He shook the ropes in the first half and gave the first point with the rocket to candidate Philippe Mazar.
In this attacking festival, Sean Farrell, Lias Andersson and Lucas Condotta also lit up the lantern. Joel Armia scored his fourth goal in as many games in an empty cage. Brandon Gignac collected three assists of his own.
Goalkeeper Jacob Dubis stopped 34 shots from the Americans. On Wednesday, they snatched a 5-4 overtime win from the Rockets in Laval.
The Montreal Canadiens farm club will return to action on Saturday with a duel against the Belleville Senators.
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