The two Lower Laurentians Alex Belzile of the Laval Rocket and Gabriel Dumont of the Syracuse Crunch did not go unnoticed on Sunday evening during the skills competition of the American League All-Star Game Classic, presented at Place Bell in Laval. The Eastern Conference won by a score of 16-10.
On the menu, the competition was divided into seven events during which the two Quebecers did not look like penguins. In the burst shots, the native of Saint-Éloi, Alex Belzile, distinguished himself with no less than three goals.
In precision shooting, the former glory of the Albatross, Gabriel Dumont demonstrated that he still had the compass in his eye. The native of Dégelis hit the target with each of his first three shots. However, it took him 3 shots to hit the fourth and final target.
In the pass and count test, where the goaltender faces three players coming towards him, the Rocket captain scored two goals against goaltender Dustin Wolf. It was the 4th and 5th goals scored in the skills competition.
The endearing moment of the evening came during the last event, those of the breakaway competition. Gabriel Dumont, who was accompanied by his two sons, Matéo 8 years old and Lucas 6 years old, left his place to Matéo. The young Dumont rushed against goalkeeper Lukas Dostal whom he foiled between the pads. Matéo ignited the crowd by then stretching out his hand to his ear.
For his part, Alex Belzile did not want to be outdone, bouncing the puck off his paddle before quickly grabbing his stick by the paddle and hitting the puck like a baseball player. More spectacular than effective, but the many spectators did not hold it against him.
The all-star game will take place tonight at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on RDS.