Frustrated in extra time Tuesday in Chicoutimi, the Olympiques de Gatineau reversed their fortunes Wednesday in Baie-Comeau in another duel that required additional time.
The visitors made their way to victory when they conceded a late goal from the Gatineau D’Artagnan Joly. The extension did not resolve anything, but the Olympiques sharpened when two of their four shooters defeated goalkeeper Antoine Samuel. Zack MacEwen and Yakov Trenin hit the target. Vincent Deslauriers was the only one to deceive Mathieu Bellemare for the Drakkar. The Gatineans eventually won 4-3.
Bellemare was a factor in this victory as the locals dominated the 41-23 shootout. “He definitely had his say on the victory. Mathieu works hard in training. He’s a warrior. Tonight, he made the big stops at key moments, “said coach Mario Duhamel.
Back in Baie-Comeau, where he began his junior career, Nicolas Meloche counted one of the two power-play goals of the Olympiques (11-13-4).
Yakov Trenin also scored with the advantage of a player. Alex Dostie was the author of the third goal. Zack MacEwen took part in all three of his goals.
Simon Chevrier, Vincent Lavoie and D’Artagnan Joly replied for the Drakkar (8-13-4), which offered a much better opposition than last Friday to the center Robert-Guertin. “The Drakkar has a team that works all the time. He is tough at home. We took the lead three times. He came back every time, “Duhamel added.
The latter wanted to highlight the contribution of two obscure heroes in the game. “Gabriel Bilodeau played a match on. He kept his games simple. He was efficient and he had more ice time in the third period. Jeffrey Durocher also ended up with Trenin and MacEwen. He deserved to be there and he got a big pass over Dostie’s goal. ”
The 67’s bend overtime
Olivier Lafrenière guarded as best he could in the Ottawa 67’s net, but the Frontenacs finally found a fault with the Franco-Ontarian goalkeeper at the end of the game to create a 1-1 tie.
In overtime, Warren Foegele found the second breach between the keeper’s pads and the Frontenacs headed for a 2-1 victory at Kingston on Wednesday night. A product of Embrun, Ryan Cranford was the first to beat Lafrenière in the 53rd minute of play. The 67’s keeper stopped 31 of the 33 Frontenacs shots (11-12-2) in defeat. Kevin Bahl, a 16-year-old defender, scored his first career goal in the first period. No other player was able to pass a puck behind goalkeeper Jeremy Helvig, who faced 27 shots.
The 67’s (12-12-3) will return to TD Place this weekend to host the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday and the Mississauga Steelheads on Sunday.