QMJHL: The Océanic finds the way to victory

QMJHL: The Oceanic finds its way back to victory

UPGRADE DAY

RIMOUSKI-The Océanic ended a bad three-game losing streak with a fine 5-2 victory over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar thanks to a production of three goals on the power play this Friday night in Rimouski. 

“Our power play collected at the right time. The guys worked really hard. The trio of Verreault (Luka), Dumoulin (William) and Mathieu (Jacob) did very well. The guys played the right way. Julien Béland could have scored two or three goals by playing this way, it will end up unlocking,” commented Océanic head coach Serge Beausoleil.

Dominated in all aspects

For the pilot of the Drakkar, Jean-François Grégoire, his team bought a ticket for defeat. “We were outplayed in all facets of the game. Even leading 2-0 after the first, we were outplayed. We knew, however, that the Océanic would come out strong in front of its supporters. You have to accept to pay the price”. NIks Fenenko left the game after being hit by a stick near the eye. “I hope he will be okay,” said his coach.

The Drakkar took the lead

The Drakkar scored two goals in 16 seconds in the 15th minute of play to take the lead in a period that had been fairly divided until then. The Océanic had just resisted a numerical inferiority. Defender Alexis Bernier (2nd) came up to the face-off circles to beat Patrik Hamrla with a good shot. As soon as the restart, Xavier Fortin skillfully handed over to Matthew MacDonald (5th) on a quick attack.

Three goals from the locals

< p>The Océanic scored three unanswered goals in the second period to take a 3-2 lead. Jacob Mathieu first reduced the gap to one goal thanks to a power play by grabbing a loose puck in front of the Drakkar net. Newcomer Patrick LeBlanc got his first point with the Océanic on the streak. On another power play, Frédéric Brunet scored his first of the season to tie the game. Mathieu (3rd) then gave the hosts the lead.

Maël St-Denis widened the gap to two goals at the start of the third period on a nice three-way exchange with Alexandre Blais and William Dumoulin. Alexander Gaudio (2nd) completed in an empty net.

Brief 

The Océanic has three injuries, namely Xavier Filion, Luke Coughlin and Mathis Aguilar. Jude Campbell and Quinn Kennedy were left out. The injured Anthony Lavoie and Justin Poirier were missing in the Drakkar camp. The same two teams will meet again on Saturday afternoon.