The Montreal Canadiens are focused on the offseason and upcoming NHL Draft. But their top affiliate, the Laval Rocket, are looking ahead to yet another playoff round.
The Rocket postseason began by falling behind the Syracuse Crunch 1-0 in a Best-of-5 opening round series before coming back to take a 2-1 lead. The Crunch were able to force a deciding fifth game in Syracuse and took a 2-0 lead in that game, but the Rocket battled back and won in overtime.
The second round had the Rocket with home ice advantage against the Rochester Americans. They won Game 1 easily, before taking Game 2 by a 3-1 score. A wild Game 3 saw the Rocket force overtime on a late Jesse Ylonen goal before Jean-Sebastien Dea sniped the series winning goal in triple overtime.
Now, the Rocket are looking ahead to the conference final series. They still don’t know who they will be facing, but they do know when they will be playing.
The Springfield Thunderbirds are leading the Charlotte Checkers 2-0 in a Best-of-5 series and will look to advance to the conference final tomorrow night. No matter who moves on, the Rocket will start the series on the road. Teams didn’t play a balanced schedule, so seeding are based on points percentage, but the Rocket’s .590 points percentage is lower than both the Thunderbirds and Checkers who checked in at .625 each.
So, the Rocket’s home schedule for the next round has already been released, even though we don’t know who their opponent will be quite yet. They will play a 2-3-2 format where the Rocket play the opening two games on the road before three straight at home. The series closes out with Game 6 and 7 in either Springfield or Charlotte.
The dates for Game 1 and 2 will depend on who will face the Rocket, but Laval will be playing host on June 8th, 10th and 11th for Games 3-5. Of course, that is only if Game 5 is necessary and the Rocket can’t pull off another sweep this round. It is worth noting that it is a Best-of-7 format after the Rocket’s first two playoff series were five game sets.
If you want tickets, you better not wait. Though they just went on sale this morning, Game 4 on Friday, June 10th has already sold out.
The Laval Rocket finally made the Calder Cup Playoffs for the first time in franchise history this season and they are making the most of it with a deep playoff run. Cayden Primeau has been wroth the price of admission on his own. Place Bell in Laval has become a great host for AHL playoff hockey and it won’t disappoint in the conference final series with games selling out in the matter of a few hours.
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