The Rimouski Oceanic: Serge Beausoleil wants to see better cohesion

L'Océanic de Rimouski: Serge Beausoleil wants to see better cohesion

UPGRADE DAY

RIMOUSKI-After two intense weeks in training, Océanic head coach Serge Beausoleil wants to see better cohesion and more intensity during the doubleheader against the Armada de Blainville-Boisbriand Friday and Saturday in Chandler, Gaspésie.  

Although these are preparatory matches, Serge Beausoleil expects a lot of intensity. “It's always very intense against the Armada who will be one of the best teams in the League this year. The guys did that well this week in training. I expect them to carry that in both of those parts. We have young people pushing behind the backs of our veterans. Pearson (Shawn) always goes full throttle. Same thing for Spencer Gill and Alexandre Blais. These are guys from our 4th line who could play on a first. We have good depth in attack, which gives us several options. We're starting to see guys clicking together,” commented the Océanic pilot before leaving for Chandler. 

Good examples for young people

Since Tuesday, the Océanic players have had the chance to train with three former team forwards, Alex Belzile, Jimmy Huntington and Xavier Cormier, who will begin his professional career this year. “The guys are very generous with our youngsters. They give advice and they talk about the reality of professional hockey. Alex Belzile takes a long time to explain things. He will make an excellent coach. He's a real fan,” said Serge Beausoleil. 

Five players at NHL camps

Five players from the Océanic will attend NHL camps over the next few days. Goaltender Patrick Hamrla has already left Rimouski to report to the Carolina Hurricanes who selected him in the 3rd round in 2021. 

Defenders Frédéric Brunet (Boston) and Charles Côté (Anaheim) as well as forwards Jacob Mathieu (Detroit) and Julien Béland (Anaheim) will be traveling to Gaspésie and will be leaving early next week. Brunet was a 5th round pick of the Brions in the last draft. The other three are guests. “I want to impress enough to be invited to the big camp and live the experience of playing with the veterans,” said Brunet. The four are expected to play at least one of the two games against the Armada. 

At a Glance

Defender Luke Coughlin will be out for several weeks, probably until the holidays due to an injury suffered on August 26 against the Tigers. Aside from Coughlin and Hamrla, all Océanic players will see action this weekend. The Océanic recalled goaltender Cédric Massé from Notre-Dame College in Rivière-du-Loup to make up for Hamrla's absence. Gabriel Robert will play his first pre-season game after he suffered a slight injury at the start of training camp.