RIMOUSKI | The Rimouski Oceanic led most of the game, but finally lost 5-4 in a shootout this Friday against the Cataractes in Shawinigan.
Vasily Ponomarev and Thierry Bourgault scored in the shootout to give the victory to the locals. Goalkeeper Antoine Coulombe blocked Sami Paré and Zachary Bolduc in a shootout. Bolduc scored twice for the Océanic. The other nets being the work of Zachary Massicotte and William Dumoulin. The Cats’ response came from Ponomarev, Bouque, Veillette and Nadeau.
At lightning speed
The Oceanic scored at lightning speed as Justin Bergeron took advantage of a bad exit from the Cataractes goalkeeper to grab the disc and give it to Bolduc who scored his first goal of the season, after 61 seconds of play. Émile Lambert also gets a pass on his return to play, he who did not participate in training camp due to a broken collarbone. In the middle of the engagement, William Veillette took advantage of the return of a leaping shot from Tyson Hinds to create a tie.
Blocked penalty shot
Océanic goalkeeper Matthew Dunsmoor blocked Jérémy Martin on a penalty shot early in the second period. This gave wings to the Oceanic who excelled in front check in the opposing zone to create scoring chances. Mikaël Martel went there with a second paying effort to get ahead of veteran defender Félix-Olivier Chouinard, bypass the opposing goal and hand over to defender Zachary Massicotte who fired a cannonball along the right post to beat Antoine Coulombe.
A few minutes later, William Dumoulin took his own throwback to bring the score to 3-1 in favor of the Océanic. The Cataractes accelerated in the second half of the period. Mavrik Bourque redirected Xavier Bourgault’s pass at the mouth of the Oceanic’s goal to close the gap to one goal.
In the third period, Ponomarev tied the game before the Océanic took advantage of a power play to regain the lead on the 2e of Bolduc’s match. The locals tied it 4-4 less than a minute later when Olivier Nadeau rounded out the efforts of Bourque, the Dallas Stars’ recent first-round draft pick.
20-year-old defender Anthony D’Amours was in his first game this season. He replaced Captain Nathan Ouellet, injured in the groin. Émile Lambert and Alexander Gaudio were also included in the roster of the Océanic in place of Brandon Casey and Frédéric Brunet. The Océanic visits the Saguenéens on Saturday in Saguenay.