Enlivened by numerous celebrations as part of their 50th anniversary, the moment would have been well chosen for the Saguenéens to record their first win this season. However, Chicoutimi lost 6-4 to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Saturday at Center Georges-Vézina.
“I think he had a little nervousness, and it showed. Obviously, there are still things to correct such as simplifying life in certain situations, ”said Sags head coach Yanick Jean.
After the official presentation of the players and that of former members of the franchise, the Blues were able to take advantage of the energy of the 3008 spectators. Even though Chicoutimi started the game vigorously, it was the Drakkar who opened the scoring.
In front of the net, Matthew MacDonald deflected a shot at the last moment and goalkeeper Charles-Antoine Lavallée could do nothing about it. Baie-Comeau only took a few minutes to double its lead. Captain Isaac Dufort jumped on a rebound well anticipated by Félix Gagnon.
The crowd favorites started the second period with a double power play. After five chances, the power play finally unlocked as Quebec native Emmanuel Vermette resumed his own comeback to make it 2-1.
Yanick Jean's squad had a clear drop in speed at the end of engagement. The latter allowed the Drakkar to add two goals to their tally. Twenty-two seconds separated the first goal of Alexis Bernier in the QMJHL and that of veteran Andrew Belchamber.
The Sags rallied early in the final twenty. Vermette scored his second goal of the game by recovering another return in the slot. A little later, Maxim Massé, third overall pick at the last auction, scored his first career goal on the Courteau circuit.
Ironically, Justin Poirier, fourth overall pick at the of the last repechage, replied and the Drakkar went 5-3. Massé returned to the charge by scoring his second goal of the game. Niks Fenenko delivered the final blow at the end of the match.
A well-celebrated 50th
Before the start of the game, the organization chicoutimienne held a tailgate in the amphitheater parking lot. Former players such as Guy Carbonneau, Éric Fichaud, Félix Potvin and many others were on hand for the team's celebrations.
The Sags will enjoy a short rest before meeting swords with the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Sunday, October 2 (4 p.m.).
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