The Océanic sinks the Titan in a shootout

Océanic sinks Titan in firefight


RIMOUSKI | Jan Sprynar and Luka Verreault scored in the shootout while Gabriel Robert held off Ben Allison and Riley Kidney to lead the Océanic to a 4-3 win over the Bathurst Titan on Sunday in Rimouski.

” I am really happy. We wanted to win it for Serge [Beausoleil] who is in Quebec for his father's funeral. The first goal did us good. We never gave up. It's not a perfect match, far from it, but I liked seeing the guys continue to work, “commented the head coach for the game, Alexis Loiseau.

The Océanic doubled the Titan in shots on goal 16 against 8 in the first period, but the locals retired to the locker room with a 1-0 deficit in scoring. The Océanic dominated 12-3 in shots following two consecutive power plays. In his first career start in the QMJHL, Titan goaltender Mathis Lacroix-Goulet was intractable. Riley Kidney opened the scoring for the Titan in the 14th minute, shorthanded.

Lots of penalties

Very robust second period with numerous penalties, including a major penalty and game misconduct for high sticking by Blake Pilgrim-Edwards against William Dumoulin and a fight between Cory MacGillivray and Alexandre Lallier. 

The Océanic was unable to take advantage of four power plays. Worse still, they allowed a second power play goal on a breakaway by Jacob Melançon that mowed down Océanic goaltender Gabriel Robert.

Dumoulin scores for his party

We had to wait a little in the third period to have a flurry of fluff on the ice of the Colisée Financière Sun Life on a goal by William Dumoulin (8th) which reduced the gap to 2-1. A good way for number 90 to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

“After the second, we thought it was not true that the doggies were not going to come out. It's fun to have triggered that for my birthday, ”mentioned Dumoulin.

The Titan's reply was quick with the second of the game from Melançon. With less than four minutes to go, Maël St-Denis gave hope to the 3,221 spectators by reducing the gap to 3 to 2, then Charles Côté tied the game with one minute remaining.

Forward Shawn Pearson replaced injured Jacob Mathieu. Defender Spencer Gill has been replaced by Cory MacGillivray. In the Titan camp, Josh Henneberry was serving the third and final game of his suspension for a body check at the head of Maxim Coursol last Sunday in Bathurst.

The Océanic will receive the powerful Halifax Mooseheads Wednesday night.