GATINEAU – The Olympiques began 2023 at home in a game against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. It was also a first game at the Slush Puppie Centre for forward Cam MacDonald who described the atmosphere at the Slush Puppie Centre as “electric” and said that “it was fun and it was loud”.
Olivier Nadeau was rewarded for his good work in front of the net by collecting his own rebound and opened the scoring with his 3rd of the season. Cole Cormier and Antonin Verreault assisted on Nadeau’s goal.
At the end of the first period, Cam MacDonald made a perfect pass to Olivier Boutin in the slot who beat the Titan goalie and doubled the Olympiques lead with his fourth goal of the season. Sam Savoie also got an assist on the sequence.
The Olympiques wasted no time at the beginning of the second period as Verreault broke away. Verreault’s initial shot was saved, but Cole Cormier grabbed the rebound to score his 22nd goal of the season and bring the score to 3-0 in favor of the Olympiques. Verreault would get his second of the game on Cormier’s goal.
Just 22 seconds after Cormier’s goal, Sam Savoie would add to his tally with his 15th goal of the season with a perfect shot that beat the opposing goalie. Cam Macdonald got his second point of the game with an assist on Savoie’s goal. Vincent Maisonneuve also got an assist on the Olympiques 4th goal.
The Olympiques continue their hard work in front of the net in the 3rd period as Cam MacDonald also grabs a rebound and finishes in the empty net to make it 5-0. Savoie and Maisonneuve would get assists on the first goal at the Slush Puppie Center in Cam MacDonald’s Olympiques uniform.
The three stars
3rd star: Olivier Boutin
2nd star: Cam MacDonald
1st star: Samuel Savoie
Two Olympiques shine at IIHF World Junior Championship
While Olympiques forward Marcel Marcel and the Czech Republic had just defeated Sweden in the semi-finals of the IIHF World Junior Championship earlier in the day, Zach Dean was also trying to reach the 2023 WJC final with Team Canada in a game against the United States that took place at the same time as the Olympiques’ game against the Titan. The crowd could be heard during the scoring updates of the Canada/USA game and was very happy with the Canadian victory which confirmed a final between two Olympics players. Zach Dean and Marcel Marcel will return from the World Junior Championship with a medal, but it remains to be seen who will take home the gold. Zach Dean and Marcel Marcel will compete for the gold medal tomorrow at 6:30 pm in Halifax.
Good words for the crowd
4,088 fans were in attendance at tonight’s game at the Slush Puppie Centre and they gave the Olympics some energy. Head Coach Louis Robitaille had good words for the crowd after the game “They were loud, they were into it. They gave us that energy.
The Olympiques wish their fans a happy 2023 with a 5-1 victory. The Olympiques’ next game will be on January 6th when they travel to Quebec City to face the Remparts.
A text by Isaac Larente-Séguin