Maxime Talbot saw his jersey retired in front of 3120 fans at the Robert Guertin Centre. The #25, who won twice the President Cup in the Hull and Gatineau jersey slide in a few words his former coach men. “Every day, you have three choices: regress, remain the same or improve. The junior years pass by quickly, enjoy it!”
The Olympiques made the choice to improve, last night, against their former player Raphaël Lafontaine and the Titan. The execution was clearly better then the night before. The constant pressure on the opponent helped the Olympiques.
En première période, Patrick Zdrahal du Titan est venu jeter une douche froide sur la foule encore fébrile de la cérémonie d’avant-match. Un deuxième effort près du filet en avantage numérique lui a permis de placer le Titan en tête. Quelques minutes plus tard, Adam Chapman de Gatineau a répliqué sur un jeu similaire. Langlois et Poulin ont récolté les aides. Par la suite, Zach O’brien du Titan, qui a été le meilleur pointeur de la ligue en 2011-2012 et qui n’a toujours pas été puni dans sa carrière junior, a capitalisé sur une attaque massive.
In the first period, Patrick Zdrahal of the Titan threw a cold shower on the crowd still febrile from the opening ceremony. A second effort near the goal on a power play allowed him to score and place the Titan ahead. A few minutes later, Adam Chapman replied on a power play. Langlois & Poulin got the assists. Subsequently, Zach O’Brien which was the top scorer of the league in 2011-2012 and has not been punished in his junior career to this day, capitalized on a power play.
Brandon Hynes left alone in the front of the net scored on cross-ice pass from O’Brien. “In the second, we were everywhere but we couldn’t close the gap.” recounts Benoit Groulx. However, Émile Poirier took things in his own hands with less than three minutes on the clock. He retrieved a loose puck in his zone before taking off as a rocket from one end to the other. The #27 overtook a defenseman and on a powerful backhand shot put the puck under the goalies glove. Groulx explained that that play electrified the team for the third period.
The third period was all the Olympiques business. Martin Reway tied the game after 1 minute 37 seconds of play. The Slovakian player applied pressure on a defense, stoll the puck from him before giving it to Chapman. Adam then gave it back to him to finish this perfect play. To break the tie of 3-3, Anthony Cortese scored his first of the season with the help of Samuel Courtemanche and Tomas Hyka.
Eric Brassard obtained his second victory in his career. He stopped 28 of the 31 shots towards him. His coach only had good words towards him. “We had the feeling of having a good goalie in front of our net tonight, said Groulx; He closed the door at the end of the game.”
Sunday, The Gatineau Olympiques will be in Quebec to face Patrick Roy and his Remparts. The Olympiques are still 15th in the league with 11 points.