The most anticipated match of the week was happening tonight. The Gatineau Olympiques faced the Victoriaville Tigres in what would be the last game in the protected environment.
Before the game, the Olympiques thanked the QMJHL for the organization of hockey games in the protected environment and presented them with a jersey, a tribute to the 1976 Hull Olympiques. This was the same jersey worn by the players for their November 24th game.
The beginning of the game was very intense with the Tigres applying lots of pressure. The young Olympiques did really well and, despite the pressure, dominated 10-0 in shots on goal. Métis Roelens left for the locker room following a severe contact. Details on his condition will be available later.
The Tigres were first to get on the scoresheet. Their first shot of the game slipped between the defenders and Poirier couldn’t stop it.
Despite this goal, the Olympiques did not give up and controlled the match. They added 4 more shots and ended the period with 14 shots on net.
The Olympiques were outnumbered by two men starting the 2nd period. Savoie and Havlena were both kicked out at the end of the first period. The power play was all about Poirier who stopped every attempt made by the Tigres.
During this period, the young Olympiques were seriously put to the test. Several penalties ensured that the Tigres controlled the game. They shot 42 times in those twenty minutes but the Olympiques resisted. The score after 2 periods was still 1-0 for Victoriaville.
Despite great plays by the Olympiques, a 5-minute penalty as well as an expulsion against them gave the Tigres momentum who scored three times to lead the game at 4-0.
Nearing the end of the game, Evan MacKinnon assisted by Milo Roelens and Gabriel Jackson scored and put the Olympiques on the scoresheet.
Too little too late, the Olympiques lost 4-1.
A huge thank you to the QMJHL for organizing these past 12 days. It was a great success from A to Z.
See you soon.