The Océanic bombards the Drakkar with 50 shots

The Ocean bombards the Drakkar with 50 shots


RIMOUSKI | The Océanic bombarded the Baie-Comeau Drakkar with 50 shots en route to a 3-2 victory this Saturday at the Colisée Financière Sun Life in Rimouski, a second victory for the Océanic in as many days against their opponent.  

Alexander Gaudio, Alexandre Blais and Maël St-Denis scored for the winners while defender Frédéric Brunet had two assists. The reply came from Xavier Fortin and Matyas Melovsky. 

“I am very happy with the performance of the guys who remained focused despite a difficult first period in terms of emotions where we had two double disadvantages digital in quick succession. We had 17 chances to score in the third period alone,” analyzed Océanic head coach Serge Beausoleil. 

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Drakkar pilot Jean-François Grégoire believes that some of his players are missing opportunities to win in the absence of guys like Justin Poirier and Anthony Lavoie. “We want to win every game. Intentions are not bad. The guys work, but they do it the wrong way, wanting to do everything alone when things go wrong. We've had better and worse since the start of the season.” 

Gaudio opened the scoring

The Océanic struck with lightning speed when Alexander Gaudio (3rd) scored on the first shot of the game at 55 seconds on a nice pass from Jacob Mathieu. The Drakkar took advantage of five power plays, including two long two-man advantages, to score twice. Xavier Fortin tied the game at 1-1 with a shot from the face-off circle at 14:54. A minute later, Matyas Melovsky gave the Drakkar the lead on a questionable penalty imposed by a linesman at the face-off. 

The Océanic scored twice in the second

The Océanic dominated the second period, overtaking the Drakkar in shots on goal and scoring twice. Alexandre Blais (2nd) completed a nice three-way rally initiated by William Dumoulin and Frédéric Brunet to tie the game 2-2. In the middle of the engagement, Blais and Brunet set the table for Frédéric St-Denis (3rd) who did not miss his chance, on the power play, to score what turned out to be the winning goal. 

Despite 17 chances to score by the Océanic, there was no goal in the third period. The Drakkar owes a proud debt to its goalkeeper Olivier Ciarlo. 

In brief

The injured Xavier Filion, Luke Coughlin and Mathis Aguilar were absent in the Océanic camp, as well as the entrenched Jude Campbell and Lyam Jacques. The Drakkar was without the injured Anthony Lavoie and Justin Poirier. The Océanic will visit the Cataractes on Thursday in Shawinigan.