The Rebelles ready for the playoffs…

April 5, 2022

Rebels ready for playoffs

By: Alexandre Brouillard

After another regular season dictated in part by the pandemic, the Rebelles du Cégep de Sorel-Tracy are ready to start the playoffs next weekend against the Nordiques du Collège Lionel-Groulx.

A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since the start of the 2021-2022 season, when the Rebelles returned to action in September after more than 18 months without playing a regular season game. Éric Messier’s team counted on having a good season at the time and aimed to earn a place in the playoffs at the end of the regular season.

Despite two curtain-raiser losses, the Cégep de Sorel-Tracy squad had a satisfying season overall, finishing sixth overall with a record of 19 wins and 18 losses.

“The season meets our expectations, confirms the head coach of the Rebelles, Éric Messier. We achieved our goal of making the playoffs. Now everything is possible. »

In the first round, the Rebelles will face off against the Collège Lionel-Groulx Nordiques, who finished the season in 10th place. In three duels this season against the Nordiques, the Rebelles have signed two victories, including one by a score of 6-3 last weekend.

“We are quite confident, but it will not be an easy series. The Nordiques are a good team that has improved a lot during the season. They have one of the best records in the league since returning from the holidays,” said the head coach.

While the official playoff schedule has yet to be determined by the Réseau du sport sportif du Québec (RSEQ), the Rebelles will host their opponents either Friday, April 8 or Saturday, April 9, at the Colisée Cardin, in the first duel of the series. two of three. “These will be condensed series, because the league wants everything to be finished in May,” specifies Éric Messier.

Focus on work ethic

If the Rebels want to have a good run in the playoffs, they will have to work hard. “There is no secret in the playoffs, assures Mr. Messier. We have to keep working hard. All season, we have relied on the work ethic, it’s our DNA. We’re going to take one round at a time, working hard. »

While the Rebels have had to rely on a reduced workforce since the return to competition after a long pandemic-forced break after the holidays, the head coach is sure that the players will still be able to deliver the goods.

“It is sure that 16 players in uniform, it is not ideal, he admits. The most important thing is that no guy gets COVID because we don’t have wiggle room. We have to have all our guys healthy. Currently, we have to fight against our adversaries and against the virus, ”concludes Éric Messier.

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