It was last Friday that the Pro Style Lettrage de Lévis kicked off their first season in the Quebec National Hockey League (LNHB). During a three-game program presented at the Dekhockey Lévis complex in Charny, then head coaches Denis Minville delighted their many fans who had gathered on the site by winning the two matches they had to fight.
Lifting the curtain on this opening evening of regular LNHB seasonal activities, Pro Style Lettrage first overshadowed the Victoriaville Lynx with a score of 9 to 1. During the first period, the Lévisiens advanced quickly. A 2-0 lead thanks to a net from Justin Bernier, in the game of strength, and Philippe Giroud.
However, Victoriaville responded immediately to reduce the mark to a single target. Before the end of the clash, Cédric Paré returned two goals to the Pro Style Lettrage de Lévis. After the break, Levi’s captain, Sebastien Paquet-Roy, broke the lynx’s legs by tying the needle with a shortened thread. Then Dennis Mainville’s men continued their momentum by scoring five goals, signing Philippe Giroud (3), Cedric Barry and William Dion.
To explain this convincing victory, Dennis Menville immediately emphasized the energy provided by the audience as the site hosting the clash was sold out to 500 people.
“I was worried that the interviews and celebrations before the match would distract the players, but that was not the case at all. The guys were ready and wanted to play well in front of their loved ones. In addition, all the spectators were on our side. Since we are betting on a team that consists mostly of From local players, the players know each other very well and feel the harmony.“We played well in special teams and that made the difference,” Menville said.
Emile Samson Show
On the other hand, Pro Style Lettrage had to work more during his second encounter in order to maintain a perfect early season record. Lévisiens finally needed a penalty shootout to defeat Gold and Blue de Boucherville by 4 to 3.
As in the first match, Pro Style Lettrage took a 2-0 lead at the start of the first half thanks to goals by Xavier Pouliot and Cédric Paré. After the break, the gold and blue managed to equalize 2-2, before Levisian regained the advantage with Alexis Guillemet nets.
Pro Style Lettering goalkeeper Emil Samson once again pulled off a superb save to maintain the lead. However, with less than twenty seconds left in the second half, Yannick Tifo equalized. After extra time without a master, Philippe Giroud was the only player to thread the needle while Emil Samson rejected the three attempts for gold and blue.
“As in the match against Victoriaville, we came back quickly. But I think the guys thought it was easy and Boucherville, a slower but more experienced team and more in control of the match, came back from behind. However, the guys were keeping to their own and Emil was exceptional as he has been since the start of the evening. In total, he made 65 saves on 69 shots. We recruited him in the third round and it wasn’t for nothing because it was clear to us that he was our number one goalkeeper,” said Levis’ head coach.
Thanks to these gains, Pro Style Lettrage de Lévis topped the LNHB general classification as well as the Eastern Division early in the season. Dennis Mainville is also happy with those points, as he expects his team to face a lot of adversity over the next weekend of activities at Primeau. On Saturday, Pro Style characters will dodge swords while improving skills for Saint-Léonard-d’Aston (4:30 p.m.) and Harfangs of Quebec (7:10 p.m.), during a program presented at the Dek hockey de la Capitale Complex (DDLC) in Quebec.
“Saint-Léonard is a very experienced team. Many of their players come from the Montreal Red Light, one of the best teams in the Open category in Quebec for several years. It will be difficult. The other match is against Quebec. The players of the two teams know each other well to compete regularly and no one would want to lose the first battle between the two teams in the Quebec region.”