Good things come to those who wait.
That motto reflects the season the
Remparts du Richelieu have had. After two losses to their fiercest rivals, the As de Québec – who
were the Quebec representatives at the
2019 Esso Cup – the Remparts had to settle for a pair of ties in their final two
Owners of the second-best record in the Female U18 AAA division of the
Ligue de hockey d’excellence du Québec (LHEQ), six points behind the As, the Remparts came to the
Coupe Dodge, Hockey Quebec’s provincial championship, with a 0-2-2 record against the
As and in the midst of a late-season slump.
“We came to this tournament while we were in a tough moment of our season,” head coach Maude Russell explains. “We
lost two of our last three games that, quite honestly, we shouldn’t have
Richelieu arrived in Drummondville determined to get back to basics and
focus on what had made it successful throughout the season. It downed
Sherbrooke (3-2), Laval-Montréal (2-0), Mauricie-CDQ (3-1) and Lac St-Louis
(2-1) to earn a place in the championship game – against the As.
The tournament finale was an emotional game. After a scoreless three
periods and no goals in overtime, the two teams went to a shootout to
determine who would head west to Okotoks.
“I think I had five heart attacks and [shortened] my life by 10 years
during that game,” laughs Russell, who had a front-row
seat to the epic duel.
“The game was played mostly on the perimeter and scoring chances were kept
After a goal by Daphnée Gagnon and two saves by Lori-Ève Gendron,
Ann-Sophie Bertrand scored to confirm the Remparts’ first victory of the
year over the As and punch their ticket to the national championship.
Winning the provincial title was a welcome relief after a year full of
The patience of the Remparts’ players was sorely tested, including a long
break from from mid-December until early February caused by the COVID-19
pandemic. With the inability to get on the ice for practices and games, the
players thought their season would never resume.
Despite the absence of light at the end of the tunnel, they found ways to
keep their team spirit high.
“Rosalie Couture has been a great team builder, motivating others to get out
on the [ski] slopes and do team activities,” says Russell. “Marie-Jeanne Gagné also invited girls to her outdoor rink.”
What can fans expect when they watch Remparts at Canada’s National Women’s
U18 Club Championship?
“We have an outstanding offence,” says Russell, who has had
the chance to coach the league’s two best scorers, forwards Éloïse Caron
(46 points in 26 GP) and Doryane Hallé (37 points in 25 G).
“The team also has a goalie tandem (Gendron and Alicia Choinière) that has
always played together throughout the years and this season, both have had
sub-2.00 goals-against averages,” adds Sina Bourbeau, the
integrated director of the Remparts.
“We’re really looking forward to the Esso Cup,” Russell says. “We’re very
proud to have seen this group of girls come together and achieve this
result. We are getting ready for a lot of adversity and tough games against
the best teams in the country.”
HOW THEY GOT TO OKOTOKS
Preliminary round: defeated Harfangs de Sherbrooke 3-2
, defeated Amazones de Laval-Montréal 2-0
Quarterfinal: defeated Stars 55 de Mauricie-CDQ 3-1
Semifinal: defeated Warriors du Lac St-Louis 2-1
Final: defeated As de Quebec 1-0 (SO)
Record (W-L-T): 20-6-2 (2nd in LHEQ)
Goals for: 106 (2nd in LHEQ)
Goals against: 50 (3rd in LHEQ)
Longest winning streak: 5 (Oct. 24-Nov. 14, March 19-30)
Top 3 scorers:
- Éloïse Caron – 31G 15A 46P (1st in LHEQ)
- Doryane Hallé – 18G 19A 37P (2nd in LHEQ)
- Marie-Jeanne Gagné – 16G 10A 26P (6th in LHEQ)
Goals for: 10
Goals against: 4
Top 3 scorers:
- Marie-Jeanne Gagné – 0G 6A 6P
- Ann-Sophie Bertrand – 4G 0A 4P
- Éloïse Caron – 3G 1A 4P
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
2010 – Remparts du Richelieu | sixth place | 1-4 | 10GF 19GA
2016 – Express du Richelieu | silver medal | 4-3 | 22GF 27GA
PLAYERS TO WATCH
physical two-way forward… steps up in big moments
great shot… natural scorer… good vision
very technical goaltender… calm and in control between the pipes… give up
few rebounds… gamer
Ann-Sophie Bertrand – Champlain College
Éloïse Caron – Cégep de Limoilou
Rosalie Couture – Cégep Édouard-Montpetit
Élizabeth D’Aigle – Cégep Édouard-Montpetit
Daphnée Gagnon – John Abbott College
Lori-Ève Gendron – Cégep Édouard-Montpetit
Jessika Grove – Cégep André-Laurendeau
Doryane Hallé – Cégep André-Laurendeau
Marie-Catherine Mondou – Cégep Édouard-Montpetit
Juliana Vieira Pirollo – John Abbott College