The Magog Cantonniers are off to a rocky start in the Ligue de hockey M18 AAA du Québec 2021 regular season, posting consecutive losses against the College Esther-Blondin and the Chevaliers de Lévis.
The Cantonniers lost 4-2 in the season opener last week on the road in Lachenaie. However, it didn’t get any easier when the squad, led by head coach, and former National Hockey League defenseman, Stéphane Robidas, returned to Magog for their home opener.
The Cantonniers suffered a 5-3 loss to the currently undefeated Chevaliers. According to a press release, there were 422 spectators in the arena hoping to witness a victory. But it all went downhill for Magog in the second period.
The teams entered the middle frame tied at two apiece, but Lévis scored two quick goals midway through the period to take a commanding 4-2 lead. Tristan Giroux, Alexis Tanguay, and Olivier Houde were responsible for putting the game away for the Chevaliers.
Alix Durocher, Jérémie Dumas-Larouche and Éli Baillargeon were the goal-scorers for Magog, and the Cantonniers peppered Lévis goaltender Samuel St-Hilaire with 31 shots. Magog will look to bounce back this week with a back-to-back against the Élite à Jonquière.
The Cantonniers will be in Jonquière on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon to face a squad that has also lost their first two games of the season. Magog then returns home on Sept. 24 with a showdown against the Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François.