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November 15, 2012- The weeks go by and look a lot similar for the Gatineau Olympiques (6-13 -1). After having loss their last five duels disputed on the road since the beginning of the season, well Benoit Groulx’s troop didn’t do much better last night when they lost a 6 straight game in the enemies territory, Thursday night, losing 5-2 this time against the Drummondville Voltigeurs (12-10-0) at the Marcel-Dionne Centre.
To tell you the truth, it is rather difficult to put an end to lethargy of this sort when your team gets 13 minor penalties and have to play for 26 minutes short of a man. However, this is what happened to the Olympiques, Thursday night, without having disputed a bad game overall they put the game out of reach for themselves by having so much indiscipline. On top of having to protect their young goalie Éric Brassard, the Olympiques were never able to get a momentum going and give themselves a chance to win. Every time they had something going they found a way to get a bad penalty and just destroy any hope of getting back into the game.
It should be said that the duel that took place between Gatineau and Drummondville was at the image of the last duels played between these two teams over the years. It was disputed under a lot of toughness and intensity. Yes it’s true that it degenerated a few times we can sent that both teams were short tempered during the entire game. However compared to Gatineau the locals only received 3 minor penalties, Benoit Groulx’s team seemed to have lots of trouble controlling their anger and emotions and ended by a loss of 5-2. Even if they only scored 3 times on a possibility of 13 power plays (3/13), the Voltigeurs lead by Olivier Archambault, Jérémie Malouin, Marc-Olivier Brouillard didn’t ask for that much and finally scored and took all the chances of Gatineau to get back in the game with their special units. In any way, it’s difficult to get out intact when players of talent such as Archambault, Verrier, Malouin and Brouillard have all the desired space on the ice…
Even though the visitors came out strong and were shot repeatedly on the opponents net in the first minutes of play, the Voltigeurs found a way to score the first two goals of the game. To start with on one of their many power plays of the night, Jérémie Malouin (Archambault & Verrier) with the help of a precise shot top corner scored on Éric Brassard (33 saves), giving the lead to his team. A dozen of minutes later, Guillaume Gauthier (Verrier & Ratelle) doubled the lead for the Voltigeurs.
Far from wanting to abdicate, Gatineau undertook the second period with determination and only took a few minutes to tie the game and come back in the game. To start with, when the Voltigeurs were playing with a man advantage once again, Taylor Burke (Poirier & Langlois), on a two on one with Émile Poirier reduced the lead for Drummondville to one. A few minutes later, Adam Chapman (Langlois) also on a power play tipped the shot of Mikaël Langlois behind the goalie. Finally with only 60 seconds to play in the second, Olivier Archambault (Verrier & Murray) that was completely left alone in the crease, he had all the time in the world to take a wrist shot and beat the number 31.
With only 8 minutes to play in the game, Drummondville with the help of Archambault (Murray & Verrier) on a 5 on 3 doubled their lead and signed the death certificate of the Olympiques. With nearly 120 seconds later, Marc-Oliver Brouillard (Verrier & Archambault) on a return from Brassard surprised him between the pads and finally scored the last goal of the night. Even if he allowed 5 goals to the locals and that he lost his 3rd game of the season, Éric Brassard doesn’t have to be ashamed of his performance the young Gatineau goalie finished his evening of work with 33 saves. As for the Voltigeurs, Louis-Philip Guindon only faced 19 shots to sign his sixth win of the season.
As mentioned earlier on, there was a lot of tension all night long between both teams. On top of having lots of scrimmages after the whistle the 2018 fans gathered at the Arena also assisted at two fights. The first opposed Gabriel Bourret to Bryce Milson and the second Taylor Burke to Matthew Boudens.
The Olympiques will face tonight the Phoenix of Sherbrooke at 7h00 and Saturday they will be in Shawinigan to face the Cataractes at 4h00.
Simon Bédard, special collaboration