Monday September 9 (Final)
(4)GK vs Black Knights (7) Game 1
Horrible penalty kill costs game 1 for GK
Normally, there is a connection between crummy penalty killing and crummy goaltending but L.Augustin-Registe wasn't to blame in tonight's case. Structurally, though, down a man the GK didn't have answers giving up three power play goals. And to make matters worse, they also let in a shorthanded marker that perhaps dictated the direction of this contest. Y.Tifu was able to cut a play before finding himself with plenty of space to rip a bullet passed the GK net minder. The Black Knights showed that they were geared up despite a slow start. After overcoming a 2-0 deficit, the rhythm started to settle in and the opportunities eventually came. While many contributed in many ways, J.Gagne was arguably the one who helped orchestrate the offense. The slick forward was one of the stories in this match accumulating five points that included a hat trick. Another reason for the win was attributed to the Black Knights net minder. The GK, after finding themselves up 2-0, had more than enough chances to widen the margin only to hit a wall. F.Gagnon shook off some early rust and became an immediate factor as to why his club leads 1-0 in this series. Surely, the Black Knights are satisfied after a solid performance but know that this series isn't close to being over. In order to defeat the GK, everything must go right. The question becomes can they repeat a similar performance in tomorrow's crucial match.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fred Gagnon of the Black Knights. Everyone-from both sides would make the case that F.Gagnon was vital to the Black Knights victory. The game could have turned ugly if it wasn't for the net minder standing on his head on a few occasions.