MONTREAL – The Alouettes put in significant points in the bank by defeating the Saskatchewan Roughriders 17-16 in their first game of the 2017 season. With the opponents it will face in the coming weeks, Not to escape this encounter against the worst formation of the Canadian circuit in 2016.
Jacques Chapdelaine’s troop will travel to Edmonton to face the Edmonton Eskimos (10-8 in 2016) on Friday, June 30th. This match will be followed by a short week before the next Thursday’s Lions BC (12-6), before hosting the Calgary Stampeders a week later (15-2-1) , To which several observers still predict the best CFL record in 2017. This arduous sequence ends on July 19, when the Alouettes visit the defending champions, the Ottawa Rouge and Black (8-9-1).
“Obviously, we wanted to start the season on the right foot,” noted Center Luc Brodeur-Jourdain. It has not been easy, but we must not leave here by being disappointed, but by saying that there is still work to be done. “
” It was important to get this first Victory, said quarterback Darian Durant, victorious at his first start in the Alouettes’ uniform. I think we’re playing four of our first five games against western clubs, which have been dominating the Eastern clubs for a number of years. “
Very relaxed after the game, Chapdelaine head coach Not want to give too much importance to this first game.
“We will have a few short weeks over the next few, but the reality is that all league teams will have to deal with this situation. Each part is important. (…) The parity in the league is real, so every match will be very important this year. “
We also felt that the organization feels a lot of pressure. After two seasons without participating in the playoffs and, with sales stagnating at the counters, it seems that everyone is a little nervous.
Before the meeting, general manager Kavis Read welcomed the fans as they entered the stadium, squeezing as many hands as possible until the kick-off.
After the meeting, the entire staff – Read, President Patrick Boivin, even co-owner Andrew Wetenhall – were in the locker room to congratulate the players. The body language did not lie: a defeat would have been painful.
“To win in the first week, in front of our supporters, on a beautiful evening like we had, it was important,” Chapdelaine admitted. Even if our fans would have liked to see more offense, I think they can see the positive side of what’s going to happen. “
” It was a big win for us. But the most important thing, in my opinion, was to prevail in front of our supporters, added Durant. Let them know that we need their support every game here, since they help us. We want them to show up in large numbers and be as loud as possible in order to annoy our opponents. “
The Alouettes’ fans were not spoiled last year with only three victories to celebrate.The team is already doing better.