False start to the trip to Abitibi

False start to the trip to Abitibi


The Rimouski Océanic began their three-game-in-48-hour journey in Abitibi with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Huskies in Rouyn-Noranda.

< p>Sixteen-year-old Bill Zonnon played the heroes with 47 seconds left in overtime with a perfect backhand shot over the shoulder of Océanic goaltender Patrik Hamrla. 

< p>In goal, Hamrla made several fine saves in the third period and overtime.

Dull play in the first

The start of the game took place in slow motion with many clearances refused for both teams. Maxim Coursol opened the scoring with a quick counterattack in the seventh minute of play. He beat Huskies goaltender Thomas Couture with a wrist shot from the face-off circle that went under the goalkeeper's arm, which has already looked better. 

Even though he spent a lot of time in the opposing zone during a power play at the end of the period, the Océanic did not manage to create a real threat, apart from a deflection from William Dumoulin over the goal.

Low scoring chances

Very lackluster second period with very low scoring chances for both teams who struggled to generate offense. Most of the action took place in the neutral zone. 

With very little demand, Océanic goalkeeper Patrik Hamrla made a good save on a backhand shot by Daniil Bourash, probably the best chance of the face-off.

Bourash tied the game 1-1 with a one-timer from the face-off circle on a power play early in the third period. He was well fueled by Dyllan Gill. This goal gave the Huskies some energy.

On the line-up, in addition to defenders Charles Côté (suspended) and Luke Coughlin (injured), Serge Beausoleil cut forwards Liam Jacques and Jude Campbell. For the Huskies, Jérémie Minville is suspended while Olivier Dubois has been left out.

The same two teams will face off Saturday night at 7 p.m.