HOCKEY Colten Ellis and the Océanic seem to have the Voltigeurs number
For a second time this season, the rimouskoise formation left the Marcel-Dionne Center with two points in the bank Wednesday night.
After a hard-fought duel, the Océanic won by a score of 4-2 in front of a crowd of 2450 spectators. As a result, Serge Beausoleil’s troupe not only put an end to Drummondville’s six-game winning streak, but it also held back an offensive that had scored at least six goals per game during this compelling surge.
“It was a close game where there was not much chance of scoring either side. In the end, it comes down to a game where we missed an easy exit, then the puck ended up in the back of the net. We must give the credit to Rimouski. They closed the game very hermetically on the defensive. They knew how to limit our speed by taking away time and space to react, “Steve Hartley analyzed in a post-match interview.
Clinging to a slim 1-0 lead since the seventh minute of play, the Voltigeurs saw the Océanic tie the game in the final moments of the second period. Taking advantage of a turnaround near Olivier Rodrigue’s net, veteran Jimmy Huntington then gave the lead 2-1 to his team early in the third period.
After seeing Colten Ellis steal a goal almost to Maxime Comtois stretching his right leg with less than five minutes on the scoreboard, the visitors have achieved their victory by scoring two goals in a net desert. “We had our chances to score in the offensive, but their goalkeeper was good. These are things that happen during a season of 68 games. Now we turn the page and we are already preparing for the next game, “said the Voltigeurs head coach.
Author of 32 stops, Colten Ellis won the first star for a second time in as many outings in Drummondville this season. “Once again, it’s a snatch victory. We can say a big thank you to our guardian. He gave us more than a chance to win the match. I also liked our physical involvement tonight. The rivalry with Drummondville is very intense, which always gives rise to men’s games, “said Serge Beausoleil, who had seen his team win 4-1 at Drummondville earlier this season.
“In the first period, we were nervous and we made too many turnovers, but we managed to get out without too much damage, with a one-goal delay, added the Océanic driver. We must give credit to the Voltigeurs: their failure before is incisive and intense. We clung to it, then our goal at the end of the second period had an impact on the future, as is often the case for goals at the end of the period. “
Despite 26 saves, Olivier Rodrigue saw his victorious sequence end in ten games, he who had not lost since October 21. In attack, MacLeod (8), Lauzon (8), Veleno (7) and Mercer (7) managed to extend their sequence of matches with at least one point.
Ranked fifth in the Canadian Hockey League’s top ten weekly for a second week in a row, the Voltigeurs (20-7-1-0) will visit the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (14-13-1-0) Friday evening starting at 7:30 pm
True to their habits, the Voltigeurs opened the scoring in the seventh minute of the first period, when Nicholas Girouard provoked a reversal that allowed Dawson Mercer to hit the target. The young striker beat Colten Ellis with a quick shot in the top of the net.
Despite repeated assaults by the Voltigeurs in the second half, the Océanic managed to tie the game 1-1 with only 28 seconds remaining. Shortly after having resisted Alexis Lafrenière who was alone in front of him, Olivier Rodrigue could do nothing about the shooting of the reverse of Dmitry Zavgorodniy.
Taking advantage of a scramble in the Voltigeurs zone, Jimmy Huntington allowed the Océanic to take the lead 2-1 early in the third period. Attacking six skaters late in the game, the Reds first conceded a goal from Alexis Lafrenière before closing the gap thanks to Joseph Veleno. Moments later, however, Charles-Édouard D’Astous scored a second goal in a net desert for the Oceanic (17-10-2-0).
Victim of a fall in the first period, Maxime Comtois retired in the locker room moving with difficulty in the company of the therapist Andrew Oddy. The Anaheim Ducks’ hope was able to finish the game. For his part, Frédéryck Janvier has forfeited after a striking defeat, but legal, Xavier Simoneau. His shoulder seems to have suffered the shock.
Forward Gregor MacLeod was named last week’s player through the Canadian Hockey League, who received the same honor in the QMJHL. Striker Pavel Koltygin is not among the players invited to the selection camp. russian national team for the next world junior hockey championship … Voltigeurs defenseman Nikolas Brouillard of the McGill University Redmen has been selected among the stars of the Canadian university circuit. From December 12th to 14th, this team will play three games against Team Canada junior candidates in BC … Earlier this week, former Voltigeur striker Michael Carcone was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs by the Canucks from Vancouver. In fact, the 22-year-old Ontarian has gone from the Utica Comets to the Toronto Marlies in the AHL .