Article written by the Yanick St-Denis, 104.7 Outaouais.
The Olympiques played their second bubble game at the Videotron Center facing the Shawinigan Cataractes.
From the start of the game, Gatineau set its pace and forced two penalties from Shawinigan. On the power play, the Gatineau players were good at moving the puck which led to the first goal of the game for Zach Dean who was positioned near the net. Antonin Verreault, with an assist, obtained a 7th point in six games.
The Cataractes then picked up the pace, also benefiting from two power play advantages, but without being able to create opportunities to score. The period ended with just two scoring chances for Shawinigan and three for Gatineau.
Both teams increased the pace in the second period as they each took turns controlling the puck but without getting good shots on net. Meanwhile, Rémi Poirier exceeded 100 minutes without allowing a goal.
That streak finally ended at the 101:26 mark when Tristan Luneau suffered a turnaround in front of the net. Russia’s Vasily Ponomarev found himself alone in front of the net and scored on reception to create the tie.
The Cataractes were energized with this goal. A little more than three minutes later, on the power play, Xavier Bourgeault took a good shot from the circles to give his team the lead.
The Olympiques still managed to get the game back to square one with a puck sent to the net by veteran Kyle Havlena that gave a great return on Antonin Verreault’s stick who scored his second goal of the season.
It was a hard-fought period but neither team capitalized on their chances to score. So we were granted with extra time. The Olympiques had a power play but without success.
Finally, Zach Dean was the hero of this meeting with his second goal at the end of the overtime period to give his team its fifth victory. Continuing his streak, this was Verrault’s third point in the match.