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The Joliette Predators are ready for the playoffs

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The playoffs will begin on March 30 when the Predators will host the Cobras at the Marcel-Bonin center starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Prédateurs de Joliette finished their regular season in fourth place overall, just ahead of the Cobras de Terrebonne. The two Lanaudière teams will face off in the quarter-finals in a 4-of-7 series that is likely to be filled with emotion and intensity.

Spectators were also able to get a taste of this series on March 25, when the two teams faced off at the Center récréatif Marcel-Bonin. Tempers flared throughout the game and it was in turbulence and robustness that the game ended with the score 8 to 4 in favor of the Cobras.

The Predators had yet taken the lead in the first period by scoring three unanswered goals. These were counted by Félix Abraham and Christophe Chiasson (2). With just over a minute left in the first period, the Cobras got on the scoreboard thanks to a goal from Tristan Pelletier.

The score remained at 3 to 1 until the end of the second period. Tristan Gagné first took advantage of a numerical superiority to the Predators to thwart Alexis St-Amour-Lachance in front of the Terrebonne goal. Then, the Cobras took advantage of an advantage to score their second goal of the evening.

The third period belonged to the Cobras who managed to come from behind with a six-goal streak.

@ST: A victory to finish

@R: The next day, it was the Gatineau Flames who were visiting the Center récréatif Marcel-Bonin. The Predators ended the season on a positive note by signing an 11-3 victory. Jérémy Bérubé, who had 1 goal and 4 assists during this game, was named as one of the stars of the game.

The Joliet team started the game strong by scoring four goals. Félix Abraham, Tristan Gagné, Christophe Chiasson and Jérémy Bérubé all contributed to this important 4-0 lead.

The Predators continued their momentum in the second period with the goal of Pierrick Brousseau. It was finally after 30 minutes of play that the Flames managed to score. They scored back-to-back to make it 5-2 halfway through the game.

The Predators however replied and added three new goals (Christophe Chiasson, Félix Abraham and Émile Lacoursière) before returning to the locker room.

Pierrick Brousseau and Anthony Ferron increased the lead for the Predators at the start of the third period. The score was 10 to 2, but Gatineau managed to score one last goal. There were about 30 seconds left in the game when Christophe Chiasson completed his hat trick and put an end to a very productive evening.

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