After the home defeat against Amiens, we could hope for a reaction from the Dragons against Mulhouse on Lacroix Island. Even diminished by the absences of four starters (Guttig, Cantagallo, Reynaud and Nesa), Flood’s teammates had to win, at the very least, to stay in ambush behind Angers, and if possible, with style, to redeem themselves from failure. in The Derby.
The Scorpions visit Péchalats tired of a match lost the day before with the Gothics, precisely, and deprived of two men (Nikita Shalei and Chad Pietroniro). Absences which force Alexandre Gagnon to align Corentin Cruchendeau in attack and, on a defensive duo, to appeal, with great parsimony, to the blue license of the 20-year-old Strasbourg resident, Lélian Vix.
Fabrice Lhenry’s men got off to a good start, but they failed to capitalize on their first two power plays. The Normans were surprised on the counter. Alexandre Gagnon’s players quickly went on the offensive at three against one, then found themselves at four against two, when Suoranta was clumsy in controlling the puck in the offensive zone, and the trench opened by Yeo was not been covered. Pintaric first saved the essentials by being monstrous on Boutin’s “one timer” court, only to lose on the long rebound left free and finally seized by Pietrorino (0-1 at 11’11).
The RHE continued their good intentions, but remained under the danger of incisive counterattacks from the Alsatians. Finally, the Black-and-Yellow, the deserving, reached, to equalize, thanks to a transverse laser pass from Tessier, on the palette of Guimond, appropriately mounted at the left post (1-1 at 14’17) [Photo ci-dessous]. The Rouennais will buzz strongly in the ears of Morrone without managing to deceive him a second time in the first twenty.
The production of the middle third was much lower. If the Scorpions propel themselves less in attack, they are also more grouped in their square where Johnston, launched, is the only one to have managed to make room on the left (29’54). In inferiority, well inspired in the interception, Théo Gueurif On the breakaway, his short throw from the wrists does not deceive Morrone (31’29).
Vignerons knits well but it’s not effective because it clumps around the near post (33’33). Then, Dorion is penalized for 2+10′. There, the people of Mulhouse are not lucky. In 27 seconds, Pistilli (34’41) then Labelle (35’08) hit the uprights of Pintaric’s goal. These two posts could fuel conversations during the second break, in the visitors’ locker room.
The Scorpions change their sights and sting just when they get back on the ice. Rouen plays on the greenhouses, Esipov follows Perrenoud who has untangled the puck from Yeo’s feet. The young Mulhousien takes over the return shot from Desbiens, the Haut-Rhin joker, replacing Salituro (1-2 at 41’17) [photo ci-dessous]. If thanks to Tomasino, Yeo wears out the leather of Morrone’s mitt in wanting to equalize (41’34), Labelle is not far from bringing a break in the tables (43’38).
Vignerons, in the top of the right circle, manages to equalize on a misunderstanding (puck deflected by a defender) during the third Rouen power-play, while the Latvian was looking for a deflection from Suoranta posted at the veil of Morrone (2-2 to 46 ’15). The third goal of the Seinomarins only escapes the cantor of bad faith or the blind. Chakiashvili’s shot-pass is assured in the hollow of the palette of Lampérier who, with his back to Morrone, bypasses the goalkeeper squirting the puck from the backhand into the net (3-2 at 48’51).
The advantage is short-lived as once again the Normans are unrealistic during their momentum. Caron failed on the solid boot of Morrone (49’32). And above all because Alsatians are intelligent in addition to being good-natured. The equalization is exceptional. It’s a side by side. After three transverse passes that smoke upside down from the Flood-Yeo duo, the rubber is in the butt of Boutin who is storming into the slot. The back finished the job (3-3 at 51’18).
As Rouen no longer has enough collective aggression to snatch a last net, and Mulhouse is frustrated by Pintaric, while Loizeau throws himself on a rebound (54’18), the crowd, gauged at 2000 present because of the protocol covid, will attend a very short extension.
The overtime will last 12 seconds after a superb combination that could have been prepared by the Scorpions (unless Jurik’s presence only at the engagement is only because of his ability to win face-offs). Jurik won the face-off. While Hecquefeuille keeps the puck, the center player immediately returns to the bench. The veteran defender makes a missile pass from his left circle towards Pistilli who is mounted on the ice cube, in place of Jurik, discreetly behind Gilbert’s back. On the breakaway, the Canadian crucifies Pintaric, with a short slap shot on the mitten side (3-4 at 60’12) [photo ci-dessous].
Photos by Julien & Thierry Frechon
Post-match comments (in Paris Normandy):
Fabrice Lhenry (Rouen coach): “It’s a bad start to the year, the victory in Bordeaux was a sham victory because the Bordelais were not very strong. The situation is getting more complicated, we are now obliged to beat those who are in front of us. We put pressure on ourselves before the reception of Grenoble on Tuesday. Tonight we started well, we had chances but we weren’t effective. We lack intensity, the appearances are too long, and even if we didn’t leave much to Mulhouse, each time we gave them big chances. We lack consistency, we have to react very quickly. »
Rouen – Mulhouse 3-4 after extra time (1-1, 0-0, 2-2, 0-1)
Saturday November 15, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at the Guy Boissière sports center. 2000 spectators
Referees: Alexandre Bourreau and Benjamin Scolari assisted by Maxime Laboulais and Nicolas Messier.
Penalties: Rouen 8′ (2′, 4+10′, 2′, 0′); Mulhouse 6′ (4′, 0′, 2′, 0′)
Shots: Rouen 34 (13, 8, 13, 0); Mulhouse25 (6, 5, 13, 1)
Superiorities: Rouen 1/3, Mulhouse 0/4
0-1 at 11’11: Pietroniro assisted by Jurik and Boutin
1-1 at 14’17: Guimond assisted by Tessier and Lampérier
1-2 at 41’17: Esipov assisted by Perrenoud and Desbiens
2-2 at 46’15: Winegrowers assisted by Chakiachvili and Gilbert (num. sup.)
3-2 at 48’51: Lampérier assisted by Chakiachvili and Tomasino
3-3 at 51’18: Boutin assisted by Pistilli and Lessard
3-4 at 60’12: Pistilli assisted by Hecquefeuille and Jurik
Joris Bedin – Joel Caron – David Gilbert
Rolands Vignerons – Andrew Johnston – Simon Suoranta
Loic Lampérier (A) – Kelsey Tessier – Quentin Tomasino
Tommy Perret – Théo Gueurif – Jordan Hervé
Sacha Guimond – Marc-André Dorion
Dylan Yeo – Mark Flood (C)
Yoan Salve – Florian Chakiashvili (A)
Matija Pintaric (21 saves)
Substitute: Valentin Duquenne (G). Absent: Enzo Cantagallo, Joran Reynaud, Vincent Nesa (covid) and Anthony Guttig (concussion).
Jonathan Lessard (interim) – Milan Jurik (interim) – Matthew Pistilli
Jonathan Desbiens – Philéas Perrenoud – Olivier Labelle
Teemu Loizeau – Samuel Rousseau – Jordan Mugnier
Thimothé Quattrone – Antonin Germond – Corentin Cruchandeau
Shawn Boutin (interim) – Phil Pietroniro
Ivan Esipov – Kevin Hecquefeuille (C)
Jerry Laasko – Lelian Vix
Anthony Morrone (31 saves)
Substitute: Isaac Charpentier (G). Absent: Nikita Shalei, Chad Pietroniro.