QMJHL: the Drakkar ends up having the upper hand over Nathan Darveau

LHJMQ: the Drakkar ends up having the upper hand over Nathan Darveau


BAIE-COMEAU | The Baie-Comeau Drakkar came up against a goalkeeper in great shape on Sunday afternoon, but they still found a way to win 2 to 1, in a shootout, over the Victoriaville Tigres.

The goalkeeper Nathan Darveau almost played the spoilsport alone against the crew members, who worked hard until the very end to sign this important victory in the snatch.

Shot off 39 pucks in regulation time, including 17 during the second engagement, the visitors' little number 40 offered quite a performance to allow his club to collect a point in the standings. 

Everyone is growing

Down 1-0 after 20 minutes of play, the Nord-Côtiers had the merit of never letting go and created tied on their 29th shot of the game, when Félix Gagnon surprised Darveau from a tight angle. 

The Tigers had a power play advantage in overtime, without being able to to take advantage of it unfortunately. 

The penalty shootout was necessary and the locals, thanks to Vincent Collard's decisive goal, finally prevailed. 

“ It's the kind of game where a team grows. The players kept their focus and calm in the face of adversity. They were consistent for more than 60 minutes and worked very well,” praised driver Jean-François Grégoire. 

Respect for the game plan

While acknowledging the prowess of the enemy goalkeeper, the head coach underlined the tenacity and resilience of his men. 

“It is one or the best game of the season in which the players have worked within the structure and have respected the established game plan very well. Everyone contributed and it's a great team victory. » 

Pillar of his club and top scorer for the Drakkar, the Czech Matyas Melovsky scored the other goal of the winners in a penalty shootout. 

Defender Pier- Olivier Roy scored the first goal of the match against goalkeeper Olivier Adam, solid, but much less in demand than his vis-à-vis. 

♦ After a successful stay (four points on a possibility of four) at home, the Drakkar is preparing to go to sea; he will begin, Thursday, an impressive series of three games in three days in the east of the country. New acquisition of the ship, the veteran Marshall Lessard will be training for the next duel against Halifax.