Olympiques take a 2-0 lead in the series!
GATINEAU – It was a second game in as many nights at the Slush Puppie Centre this afternoon, the second game of the quarter-final series between the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the Gatineau Olympiques. After winning yesterday by a score of 5-0, the Gatineau team had the goal of getting back at the Huskies and taking a two game lead in the series.
A solid win
With the Olympiques on the power play, Riley Kidney found Alexis Gendron who sent a precise shot into the top corner. Louis Robitaille’s team went back to the locker room after 20 minutes of play with a 1-0 lead, but the shots were 24-7 in favor of Gatineau.
Early in the second period, Zach Dean attempted to turn the puck over and Cole Cormier was able to sneak the puck behind the goalie. A few minutes later, Sam Savoie controls the disc in offensive territory and directs a shot that escapes Thomas Couture. It’s now 3-0 in favor of the crowd’s favorites. Still in the second period, Antonin Verreault cut towards the net, but saw his shot blocked. However, Zach Dean was not far behind and recovered the puck before pushing it into the net. The St. Louis Blues’ prospect scores his second of the game and 7th of the playoffs.
At the end of the 3rd period, Alexis Gendron scored his 2nd of the game and 11th of the playoffs on the power play. The Olympiques win by a score of 5-0.
A franchise record for Francesco Lapenna
In addition to his second consecutive shutout, Francesco Lapenna broke a franchise record for most consecutive minutes without a goal in the playoffs with 153 minutes without a goal. After tonight’s game, Francesco Lapenna has a goals-against-average of 0.72 and a .970 save percentage in the 2023 series.
The Olympiques will head to Rouyn-Noranda for games #3 and #4 of the series which will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm.