BAIE-COMEAU – Even if, on paper, the Ship should not have too much trouble to come to the end of Olympic of Gatineau, this was far from being a part of the fun for Baie-Comeau, which has, however, signed a seventh victory in a row with the win of 2-1.
The men of Martin Bernard have had a goalkeeper in great form, Creed Jones, who stopped 36 shots. In addition to a period of two minutes at the end of the second period, where the Drakkar has scored his two goals, the keeper of ontario 18 years of age has been flawless. His vis-à-vis Alex Orio has also been brilliant, he has faced 26 shots in the 30th win of the campaign for the local.
“It was expected that Gatineau has been working hard and it’s going to be like that against all teams that we will face,” said the pilot of the Ship, recalling that no matter the talent level, “it is necessary to match the intensity of the other team, this is a golden rule in hockey”. Bernard raised his hat to Jones, “that made big stops in the first that prevented us taking the lead”.
The Drakkar has conceded a few more twists and turns than usual, especially on the side of the defenders. Pascal Corbeil, for one, has seen several of his shots blocked. Mathieu Charlebois, and Xavier Bouchard, the latter featuring sometimes a little too much lace, have also escaped the disc a few times.
“We committed too many turnovers. It took some strange decisions with the puck. We had a good positioning in the whole, but it was bad decisions,” admitted the head coach.
The Drakkar had to wait until the 14th minute of the second twenty to register the first thread of this meeting. The honor is returned to Gabriel Fortier, who had followed Ivan Chekhovich on the sequence in order to recover the return.
Two minutes after the net Fortier, Yaroslav Alexeyev has doubled the bet, in favor of a numerical superiority. It was the 50th goal this season by the best power play in the QMJHL. The only goal of the Olympics has been the work of Metis Roelens, digital advantage, with five minutes to play in the meeting.
The two guards have offered benefits masterful in the first twenty. Jones has faced 18 washers without yielding a single time. Nathan Smith, who turned 18 Saturday, has been its main victim. At the other end, Orio has received only seven shots, but three of them came on breakaways after turnovers to the opponents ‘ blue line. It has been particularly strong in front of Mathieu Bizier and Alexander Pellerin.
“I think everybody understands why we went looking for a guy like that, a guy who lets the team stay in the game with big stops,” quipped Bernard about Orio. “There was not a lot of throws, but it was the throws of high quality because of our bad decisions with the puck. Alex has been number 1.”
Back from his concussion, Marc-Antoine Brouillette was finally played in his first game in the uniform of the Ship. The ex-Tiger was on the fourth line with Christopher Benedict and Sacha Roy, that Martin Bernard tries to front by the time that run and draws its pin from the play.
“He has done well, I liked his game, I liked his speed. This trio brought the energy and it was physical,” said the driver about Brouillette. “I liked what I saw of this trio, and I still liked what I saw Ash’s attack. We will continue the experiment because he does nice things.”
NOTES : Chekhovich, the best marker of the circuit Courteau, has participated in two goals of his own…The Armada of Blainville-Boisbriand will be the next visitor at the Centre Henry-Leonard on Tuesday.