The Drillers surprise the Océanic at Val-d’or

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The sequence of consecutive wins for the Océanic de Rimouski stops at 11. The purpose of David’s Christmas, inscribed with nine minutes to play in the third period, allowed the Drillers Val-d’or to surprise his opponent down-laurentian by a score of 2-1, Wednesday night at Centre Air Creebec.

The veteran defender took advantage of a passing play orchestrated by Félix Boivin and Julien Tessier in digital advantage to take a cannon ball to the blue line and deceive the vigilance of Colten Ellis.

Christmas was his eighth goal of the season. The guardian’s Jonathan Jones has been solid in the face of the big guns of the Océanic in making 29 stops for the win.

Rimouski led yet to a 1-0 after the first period thanks to a 13th goal of the campaign Cédric Paré, but Peyton Hoyt has tied it up at the beginning of the second commitment, left alone in the enclave.

Before this goal, the Océanic had bleached his opponents for 175 minutes and 37 seconds on the road.

“This game is very disappointing,” summed up the managing director and the head coach Serge Beausoleil. “Our desire to conquer was not there. Mentally, the guy may have thought that this would be easy. It lacked bite. The game has shifted to the side of the guys who worked harder.”

Milled face to Drillers, Alexis Lafrenière puts also an end to his streak of 11 straight games with at least a point. The Océanic will once again face the Drillers on Friday night in Val-d’or.

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