The Océanic completely escapes it

The Ocean completely escapes it


RIMOUSKI | The fact of having fired more than twice as many shots as his opponent (42 against 19) was not enough to allow the Océanic to win in a 3-2 loss on Friday night against the Voltigeurs in Drummondville.

The Voltigeurs scored their three goals in the first eight minutes of the game which was then completely dominated by the Océanic. The winners owe a debt of gratitude to their 20-year-old veteran goaltender, Kevyn Brassard. The former Remparts blocked 40 pucks, including several dangerous shots.

Alexandre Blais and William Dumoulin have the goals for the Océanic. Julien Béland played a whole game with seven shots, including six dangerous ones.

The Voltigeurs started the game with a bang and scored two goals in the first five minutes of play. Tyler Peddle took advantage of a loose puck in the slot to open the scoring. A little over a minute later, Jérémy Lapointe took advantage of a favorable rebound from the bay window in front of the net to double the local lead, on the power play. At that time, the Voltigeurs were leading 7-0 in shots. It was 42-12 in favor of the Océanic from that point on.

Alexandre Blais closed the gap

The Océanic got on the board with their first shot, a wrist shot from Alexandre Blais in the upper part to reduce the one-goal gap.

The response was quick as Lukas Landry found himself alone in front of the Océanic net, less than two minutes later.

Second period to the advantage of the Océanic who managed to reduce the gap to one goal when William Dumoulin lodged the disc in the upper part of the net at short distance. Jacob Mathieu and Luka Verreault are accomplices. 

Voltigeurs goaltender Kevyn Brassard was very solid to allow his team to maintain the lead after two periods, repelling 16 shots. He notably blocked Verreault on the breakaway following a superb pass from Dumoulin on a brilliant defensive withdrawal.

Continued domination

No goal was listed third, despite a bombardment of 13 3 shots in favor of the Océanic.

Forward Jan Sprynar was added to the Océanic's injured list, which already included Xavier Filion, Mathis Aguilar and Luke Coughlin. The four have the game just like Shawn Pearson and Mathys Laurent, left out.

The Voltigeurs have three injuries: goalkeeper Riley Mercer, the excellent defender Maveric Lamoureux and Justin Côté. The Océanic will host the Charlottetown Islanders on Sunday afternoon.