Written by Yanick St-Denis, 104.7 Outaouais
Second match in as many days at the Baribeau arena against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. It may also be a final game before a forced break due to the maximum alert level affecting the City of Gatineau.
The Gatineau Olympiques, wearing the Hull Festivals jersey, began the meeting with a slight lack of cohesion and long passes that did not reach their destination. However, a numerical advantage gave wings to the locals through Metis Roelens on a nice cross-section pass by Antonin Verreault.
Four minutes later, the 3rd Gatinois trio of Pier-Olivier Roy, Evan MacKinnon and Tristan Allard did a good job in the opposing zone and Allard took the opportunity to score on reception in the enclave.
The Huskies then had two chances on the power play, but despite good chances they came up against a fit Rémi Poirier.
At the end of the period, Metis Roelens put an exclamation point on that first twenty adding a third goal after another good work by Antonin Verreault who cut the net, leaving the net open for the oldest of the Roelens brothers.
Both teams had a good chance of scoring early in the period, but the indiscipline came to haunt the Olympiques, while the fourth time was the right one for Rouyn. Well settled into the puck-drop circle to the left of Rémi Poirier, Colorado Avalanche hopeful Alex Beaucage went from a precise shot to the top of the net to narrow the gap to two goals.
Visitors then took advantage of another power play advantage to gain momentum. The result was positive for them as Alex Beaucage scored his second of the game with six minutes to go in the second.
Luck later came to the Olympiques as Tristan Allard jumped on a loose puck in goaltender Zachary Émond’s circle.
The Olympiques started the period on the power play in turn, but without success and subsequently the Huskies elevated their physical play to a level putting a lot of pressure on their opponents.
The penalties once again hurt the locals and for a four-minute delay to veteran Kyle Havlena, the Huskies brought the game back to a goal through Alex Labbé. Just after leaving the Havlena penalty box, Rouyn tied the game, while Mathieu Gagnon took a lucky leap to score.
Quiet since the start of the game, the Gatineau captain, Manix Landry, came to participate in the offensive festival by scoring a shot between Émond’s pads to give back the lead to his team and the victory.
1st -> Antonin Verreault.
2nd -> Alex Beaucage.
3rd -> Tristan Allard.