This was the first game of the protected environment in Gatineau. For the occasion, the Gatineau Olympiques faced the Sherbrooke Phoenix in their first of two games in the next 24 hours.
It was a quiet start to the game for both teams who each had a few shots on goal. After the mid-period, the Olympiques put more pressure in the back of the opposing territory. Following a great entrance from Métis Roelens in the visitor’s zone, he passed the puck to Andrew Coxhead who scored his ninth of the season and the first of the game.
At the end of the period with 27 seconds to go, the trio of Zach Dean, Manix Landry and Samuel Savoie settled in the opposing territory and Zach Dean jumped on a return to double the lead of his team.
The Sherbrooke Phoenix rushed out of the locker room and took several shots on net but Rémi Poirier remained solid. For their part, despite two power-play advantages, the Olympiques were low-key and struggled to get the puck passed by goalkeeper Samuel Hlavaj.
Gatineau’s awakening finally came at the end of the period as Antonin Verreault created a turnaround and took it upon himself to outsmart the Sherbrooke goalkeeper with a good shot in the top of the net. Thirty-two seconds later and with just 18 seconds to go in the second period, it was again a play from Verreault who stole the puck from his opponent before handing it over to Métis Roelens who scored to make it 4-0.
The Olympiques had a solid start in this period as defensemen Olivier Boutin and Gabriel Jackson joined forces to add to Gatineau’s lead. Boutin, backed up the attack with a blocked shot on defense, and Jackson, who was passing by, jumped on the free puck to score his first in the Gatineau uniform.
The Olympiques made it their business at the end of the period and protected Rémi Poirier’s shutout, his second of the season.
Final score: 5-0 Olympiques .