The Gatineau Olympiques and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies faced each other for their third meeting respectively at the Branchaud-Brière Complex.
The start of the game was marked by the strength of both teams who exchanged good body checks but it quickly went to the Olympiques advantage.
Firstly, Mathieu Bizier received a great pass from Evgenii Kashnikov who supported the attack. Well positioned in front of the net, Bizier then beat Huskies goaltender Kevyn Brassard with a backhand shot to open the score after just over six minutes of play.
Two and a half minutes later, Métis Roelens took advantage of a free puck in the goalie’s semicircle to make it 2-0 on the power play.
Finally, at the end of the period while body checks continued to be given profusely, Mathieu Bizier scored his second goal of the game which allowed his team to retreat to the locker room with a 3-0 lead.
Having to play catch-up hockey, the Huskies started the period strong. Coming from the left wing, William Rouleau took a good shot from the circle to beat Emerik Despatie. The gap was reduced to two goals.
Two minutes later, fresh with only five days out of quarantine, Evgenii Kashnikov once again stepped up the attack and took a good shot from the corner to give the Olympiques a three-goal advantage. That goal chased Kevyn Brassard out of the net and Samuel Richard took over for Rouyn-Noranda.
This decision motivated the Huskies who followed up with good scoring chances. Alex Arsenault capitalized on one of these chances with a shot from the right wing that went over Despatie’s mitten and again reduced the lead to two goals.
The last period was all-around much quieter as the Olympiques limited the Huskies attacks to prevent them from coming back.
The Huskies did get a four-on-three late in the game but couldn’t take advantage of it. It
Final score: 4-2 Gatineau