The Olympiques very badly began their journey Friday in Val-d’Or where they were defeated by a score of 7-4 against the Foreurs. Val-d’Or had quickly taken a 1-0 lead early in the first period with a goal from Nicolas Aubé- Kubel (Fraser), but Tomas Hyka (Reway & Bourret) tied the score in the following minute. Vincent Dunn and Anthony Mantha then scored two goals just before retrieving to the locker room with a 3-1 lead.
Émile Poirier reduced the gap to one goal in the first minute of the second period. The Foreurs however increased the pace, scoring four goals without reply. These were the work of Vincent Dunn (2nd of the game), Anthony Mantha (2nd of the game), Julien Leduc and Samuel Henley. At half time the Foreurs were already leading by a score of 7-2. The Olympiques had a small burst of energy at the end of the second. Yannick Dubé (Bourret & Knight-Rouleau) and Michael Abbott (Reway & Latulippe) beat the goalie. No goal was scored in the third period.
Michael Nishi (16 saves) and Simon Bergeron (19 saves) shared the night of work for Gatineau. Alexandre St-Arnaud for his part was on duty for Val d’Or. He made 26 saves.
The Olympiques came out stronger the next day when they faced Rouyn Noranda, despite the absence of Taylor Burke and Alex Soumakis. The two teams exchanged goals throughout the game, but the Huskies finally won in overtime.
The Olympiques began the game quickly by scoring in the first minute of play with a goal by Gabriel Bourret (unassisted). However, the Huskies tied before the end of the first period thanks to a goal from Mathieu Brisebois (Andrighetto & Desjardins).
After the intermission, the Huskies didn’t lose time before taking the lead when Maxime St – Cyr (Andrighetto) beat the Olympiques goalie. Emile Poirier then levelled the score on a penalty shot half way in the period. Sven Andrighetto (Brisebois & Dea) however gave back the lead to his team before the end of the second period.
The third period was an offensive festival when a total of seven goals were scored. Yannick Dubé (Bourret & Reway) first tied the game in the beginning of the period. He then scored again a few moments later to give the lead to Gatineau, this time on a pass from Hyka and Bourret. The two goals were scored on a power play. Maxime St – Cyr (Lemay & Mercier) with his second of the game brought the game back to the starting point. The Olympiques once again took the lead late in the third period when Olivier Knight-Rouleau (Poirier) scored his first goal in the QMJHL. The Olympiques thought they had the win, while they were playing on another power play at the end of the game, but Justin Guénette (Fournier_&_Power) decided otherwise by scoring while his team was short handed, goal that brought everyone to overtime.
The Huskies eventually won this offensive duel in overtime on a goal by Gabriel Desjardins (St – Cyr & Fournier)
Michael Nishi was back in net for the Olympiques. He faced 48 shots (41 saves). The two goalies for the Huskies took part of the game. Alexandre Bélanger blocked 23 shots and Robin Gusse made 3 saves.
The Olympiques will play their next two games at home this week with the visit of the Moncton Wildcats Thursday and the Acadie Bathurst Titan Friday. Please note the Olympiques will honor and retire the sweater # 25 of Maxime Talbot this Friday.