The Remparts end 2019 on an intense note in Baie-Comeau; the oceanic gets bogged down
The Baie-Comeau Drakkar was able to recover from a lame start to the game, but a net from rookie Nathan Gaucher with less than five minutes to play in the third gave the Quebec Remparts a 6- 4 in front of the best crowd of the season at the Henry-Leonard Center.
B aie-Comeau trailed by three goals at the start of the second. However, Jon Goyens’ men did not give up and created equality. The first choice of the Red Devils in 2019 however ended the debate by skillfully deflecting Nicolas Savoie’s long shot. Anthony Gagnon, with his second in the game, ended up in an empty net.
“We played a good game from start to finish. Unfortunately, we took punishment in the offensive zone and they scored two goals four against three. I don’t have much to blame my club for. I liked our intensity, “said head coach Patrick Roy, who saw his team snatch a first win in three games against the Drakkar this season. “We played a good road game and our experienced goalkeeper (Tristan Côté-Cazenave) closed the door.”
His opposite could only see that the beginning of the meeting hurt his family. “But in terms of identity and character, we never gave up. We did the same thing in Sherbrooke on Sunday. We played until the end and I don’t think anyone in the arena left before the end, ”said Goyens.
The latter of course highlighted the two goals of his club with the advantage of a man. “At the start of the season, our power play was having difficulty, but we took the time to develop the concepts and from the start, we had a lot of puck movement,” said the Drakkar pilot. “You can even change a player and it keeps working.”
Daniel Moody’s first departure from Baie-Comeau in the Drakkar uniform did not go very well, the Cerberus being chased after having yielded three times on seven shots. Gagnon (13th) launched hostilities by converting the good pass from Aleksei Sergeev, author of three assists in this Tuesday afternoon.
Pierrick Dubé (9th) then surprised Moody with a shot in the upper part of a narrow angle at 9:21 and two minutes later, James Malatesta (17th) sent the goalkeeper to the bench with a shot that Moody should have stopped. Goyens had seen enough and sent Lucas Fitzpatrick into the fray. Finally, four against three, Nathan Légaré (18th) reduced the gap to two goals at 15:53.
“After the game, it’s easy to say we should have started with Fitz, but he again showed us that he is always ready even if he starts on the bench. Lucas shows others that you must always be ready, under all circumstances, ”added Goyens.
The Remparts resumed their priority of three goals at the start of the second with the 7th of the campaign by Edouard St-Laurent, who had not hit the target since October 23, against the Drakkar incidentally.
This goal finally sounded the revival of the locals, who responded with three goals to create equality. Charles-Antoine Giguère (8th) first beat Côté-Cazenave before seeing Gabriel Fortier hit the target twice (16th and 17th). The Drakkar captain, who is rumored to be sending Moncton against draft picks, and a 16-year-old served a shot at Côté-Cazenave for his first and the latter was a bit weak on the second.
NOTES: Before the meeting, the Drakkar presented one of its former stars, Robin Leblanc, who was passing through the city where he spent his youth for the holiday season. Leblanc, who lives in Switzerland, has just retired after a good career in the country where he was born, at the time when his father Fernand crisscrossed the Swiss ice rinks.
THIRD SET OF SUITE FOR THE OCEANIC
For its part, the Océanic concludes 2019 in a bad way. Victim of two consecutive losses for this return from the Christmas break, Rimouski suffered a third, losing 3-0 to the Tigres in Victoriaville. The winners took advantage of their superiority play (two nets in four attempts) to sign this victory.
Brooklyn Kalmikov, second, and Mikhail Abramov, 4:29 of the last twenty, hit the target for the Tigers with one more man. Édouard Ouellet completed in a deserted net. Fabio Iacobo stopped 29 washers for the laundering.