One last win at home before the big trip
Gatineau – The Olympiques faced the Acadie-Bathurst Titan for the first time this season on Tuesday evening at the Slush Puppie Centre. The Titan’s indiscipline was definitely the story of the game, as the Olympiques scored 3 man-up goals and added two important points to their record.
First twenty minutes to the visitors’ advantage
The first period was not very eventful. Each team had a few scoring opportunities, but the goalkeepers were doing their jobs well. But with less than two minutes to go, Louis-François Bélanger opened the scoring by calmly tucking the puck behind Zach Pelletier. The Titan retreated to the dressing room with a one-goal lead, despite the Olympiques’ 3 extra-man chances.
Jérémie Minville wakes up his team
In the second period, the Titan’s indiscipline continued. Finally, on the visitors’ 6th penalty, Jérémie Minville (28th) unleashed a powerful slap shot and sent the disc into the top corner to tie the score and give the crowd at the Slush Puppie Centre a boost of energy. Fans then give a warm welcome to former Olympique Marcel Marcel, who was present at tonight’s game. Shortly afterwards, Milo Roelens knees Gabriel Séguin, who requires assistance to get up and retreat to the dressing room. Roelens is punished for his action and ejected from the game for game misconduct, sending the home team on a 5-minute power play.
Gatineau make their opponents pay for their indiscipline
The Olympiques began the final third with an extra man and took advantage of the situation to take the lead. Justin Boisselle (12th) completed Nathan Lévesque’s pass from behind the net, with Joshua Fleming looking the other way. Boisselle and Lévesque made the same play against the Huskies on January 26. Charles Boutin (15th) made the Titan pay for their indiscipline once again, as he too completed a Nathan Lévesque pass from behind the net. Louis-François Bélanger scored his 2nd of the game to cut the deficit to a single goal with less than 4 minutes left in the game, but Serge Beausoleil’s men played long minutes in the offensive zone and earned the two points.
The Titan left the first period with a one-goal lead, but head coach Serge Beausoleil was pleased with the way his team rallied afterwards.
“The guys reacted superbly. They reacted calmly and were methodical,” says Beausoleil.
“We had problems in the first period. It was a Tuesday night game and everyone knew it. I liked the way we reacted to adversity,” adds the Olympiques pilot.
In total, the Olympiques found themselves on the power play on 9 different occasions. Their 3 goals were scored on these opportunities.
“The two goals prepared by Lévesque were very important. We had a lot of high-quality chances in that game. The goalie on the other side did a pretty admirable job, because it could have been a lot worse than that,” says head coach Serge Beausoleil.
The Olympiques’ next game is Friday (February 9) against the Rimouski Océanic at the Colisée Financière Sun Life.
A text by Philippe Villeneuve