The Océanic still has the best of the Cataracts

The Ocean still has the best on the Cataracts


RIMOUSKI – Jan Sprynar scored two goals to lead the Océanic to a 5-2 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes this Thursday in Rimouski, allowing Serge Beausoleil's men to win a 6th straight game at home and secure a second victory in a week against the defending President Cup champions.  

Besides Sprynar, the other winners' goals were scored by Maxim Coursol, William Dumoulin and Luka Verreault. The reply came from William Veillette and Isaac Ménard. 

“We played an impeccable second period. That's where we won the game. The third was more shared. It's another good game for us. Guys adhere to our principles. We could have been better on the power play, but let's not be too choosy in a 5-2 win,” analyzed Océanic head coach Serge Beausoleil. 

Visitors opened the mark

The visitors took advantage of a power play to take the lead when captain William Veillette grabbed a throw return to score his 11th goal of the season. Former Océanic Louis Robin picked up his first point in his first period of the season. The Océanic gradually picked up the tempo and Maxim Coursol (2nd) tied the game in the last minute of the initial engagement with a magnificent fake in front of goalkeeper Rémi Delafontaine. Rookies Jude Campbell and Shawn Pearson are accomplices. 

Three unanswered goals for the Océanic

The Océanic completely dominated the second period to score three unanswered goals. Jan Sprynar (4th) completed the efforts of Frédéric Brunet and Alexandre Blais, in numerical superiority to give the lead to Serge Beausoleil's men for the first time in the meeting. The Czech Republic player did it again six minutes later with a low shot that deceived the vigilance of the Cats goalkeeper. At the end of the second, William Dumoulin (6th) widened the gap to three goals. The Océanic dominated the period 13-2 in terms of shots on goal. 

The Cataractes reduced the deficit to two goals with six minutes left on a low shot by defender Isaac Ménard. Luka Verreault (3rd) completed the scoring in an empty net. 

In brief

The Océanic was without five players. Luke Coughlin and Xavier Filion are on his long-term injured list, while 16-year-old rookies Quinn Kennedy and Spencer Gill are competing in the World Under-17 Challenge. Rookie forward Lyam Jacques was serving the first of two games suspended for a planned fight that occurred in the third period last Sunday against Charlottetown. The Océanic will visit the Saguenéens on Saturday afternoon.