Océanic players answer the call

Oceanic players answer the call


RIMOUSKI – The Océanic has had its best moments of the season since head coach and general manager Serge Beausoleil asked the players to prove to him that they wanted to stay in Rimouski.  

The Océanic will try to extend its winning streak to nine on Saturday by hosting the Voltigeurs de Drummondville. The last defeat of Serge Beausoleil's men dates back to December 2 in Gatineau. This surge has lifted the Rimouski team up to 6th overall and may have changed the plans of the team's general staff for the trading period which continues until January 6. 

Very clear signals

“Our hearts are our 17-year-old players. They are progressing well and they will be our spearhead for the 2034-25 season where we want to host the Memorial Cup. They are well supported by our veterans. We've scored 13 goals without conceding in our last two games. It would be hard to ask for better. The guys are sending us very clear signals that they want to stay here. We limited a League powerhouse (Tigers) to seven shots in two periods yesterday (Thursday). These are two flawless performances, ”commented Serge Beausoleil, who joked with the journalists on Friday morning, asking them why they were no longer questioning him on the record of his team abroad. 

A third start in a row for Hamrla

The time for alternation seems to be over for the Océanic goalkeepers. Serge Beausoleil has confirmed that Patrik Hamrla will get a 3rd straight start on Saturday after getting shutouts in Shawinigan and Victoriaville. 

“He was not very threatened, but it is not easy for a goalkeeper to stay focused with so few shots. He did well and we will continue with him.” 

Spencer Gill's situation

Serge Beausoleil has a happy problem to deal with. 16-year-old defenseman Spencer Gill, a first-round pick in the last draft, is impatient to return to action, but the strength of his defensive squad makes it difficult to insert him into the lineup. 

< p>“We explained the situation to him. Of course he wants to play and we would like to see him in the lineup, but the other six defensemen are doing so well. We told him to redouble his efforts in training and in the gym and to be ready. The progression of our 18-year-old defenders (Mathis Aguilar and Charles Côté) has been noticeable lately and the credit goes to Donald Dufresne who did the same with Brunet', Gauthier and Maltais last year,” said the driver of the Bas-Saint-Laurent formation.