This is the third game for the Gatineau Olympiques in Quebec’s protected environment, this time against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
The match started off quietly for both teams but the Drakkar were first to score after 6:25 minutes of hockey. On the play, Nathaël Roy took advantage of the traffic in front of Émeric Despatie by beating him with a shot from the left wing which passed under the Gatineau goaltender’s mitten.
Just over a minute later, Baie-Comeau were shorthanded but Xavier Fortin capitalized with a turnaround from Isaac Belliveau to escape and double his team’s lead.
In the second half of the period, the Olympiques took their game up a notch by controlling the game a little more in the Drakkar’s territory but were unable to take advantage of the opportunities.
The second period was to Gatineau’s advantage who dominated 17-5 in shots on goal but this period was all about the Drakkar goalkeeper, Lucas Fitzpatrick.
He pushed back all the shots, even getting help from his goal posts on a nice drive from Zach Dean. Moments earlier, defenseman Émile Chouinard saved his goalie from Andrew Coxhead’s shot on net.
The Olympiques hard work finally paid off in the second half of the period as they continued to attack relentlessly. With 7:50 left in the third, Tristan Luneau brought the puck from the point to the net and Antonin Verreault jumped on a loose puck to close the lead to one goal.
Lucas Fitzpatrick continued his strong work in front of the Drakkar’s net, stopping all the other shots from the Gatineau Olympiques players.
Final score: 2-1