The Olympiques finish the regular season with a win!
GATINEAU – The Olympiques were on the road yesterday afternoon for the last game of the regular season and a second consecutive game against the Armada de Blainville-Boisbriand. The Gatineau team had beaten the Armada by a score of 6-1 thanks to two goals from Alexis Gendron against his former team.
A last one in the regular schedule!
Early in the game, Haakon Hanelt entered the offensive territory and drew the opposing defense towards him before leaving it behind for Cristiano Spadafora who sent the ball into the top corner to open the scoring!
At 14:57 of the first period, the Armada tied the game, but it only took the Olympiques 1:47 to answer and take back the lead thanks to Riley Kidney who serves a brilliant pass to Zach Dean who shoots a shot from the slot and beats the goalie between the pads.
Blainville-Boisbriand would tie the game midway through the second period, but it was again Zach Dean who gave the lead back to his team when he entered offensive territory with speed and found the back of the net with a major league shot. Cole Cormier and Antoine Michaud assisted on Dean’s goal.
Early in the third, Cole Cormier hits the puck in offensive territory, Cam MacDonald is first on the disc and leaves it for Antonin Verreault who is left alone in front of the goalie. Verreault slid the puck between the Armada goalie’s pads and doubled the Gatineau lead. However, the Armada showed resilience and scored three unanswered goals to make it 5-4 in favor of BLB, but the Gatineau’s took advantage of a power play with less than two minutes left. Lapenna returned to the Olympics’ bench for a 6th skater which meant Louis Robitaille’s team was down to 6-4. With less than 90 seconds left, Tristan Luneau and Riley Kidney exchanged the disc when Kidney fooled the defense with a pass to Zach Dean. The latter fired a shot that deflected off Antonin Verreault and into the back of the net! The Olympiques tied the game with only 1:23 left in the game. The overtime period will not produce a winner: it’s off to the shootout!
7 rounds of shooters!
Francesco Lapenna gets the better of the Armada’s second shooter as the goalie pulls out the mitt for a spectacular save followed by Tristan Luneau who beats the opposing goalie and gives the Olympiques a chance to win but Alexis Bourque from Gatineau finds the back of the net for the Armada and extends the shootout.
Bourque found the back of the net for the Armada and extended the shootout. Lapenna made saves on the next 4 shooters and it was captain Olivier Nadeau who closed the books and gave his team the win! It took 7 shooters from each side to get a winner! Olympiques win by a score of 6-5.
With the end of the regular season schedule yesterday, the Olympiques finished tied at 105 with the Sherbrooke Phoenix who holds the tiebreaker which means that the Gatineau team finishes 2nd in the Western Conference and first in the Western Division. The Olympiques’ opponent for the first round of the playoffs is finally known, it will be the Saint John Sea-Dogs. The first two games of the series will be at home: game #1 on March 31st at 7pm and game #2 on April 1st at 4pm at the Slush Puppie Center!