The Chicoutimi Saguenéens defeated the Rimouski Océanic by a score of 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. The Sags welcomed the Bas-Laurentiens at the Center Georges-Vézina for the first time this season.
Yanick Jean’s troop took the lead in the first period but only for a few seconds. Barely 13 seconds after Sags captain Samuel Houde led the disc behind Rimouski goalkeeper Audet, Océanic defender Philippe Casault set the record straight by creating a tie. The Sags driver also believes that Houde has greatly improved his game: “He was the best player tonight and he did not practice this week. I want to see surpassing performances like Houde has been doing since the start of the season ”.
Although the first twenty was in favor of the visitors in terms of shots on goal, the two teams returned to the locker room at the same point as at the start of the game when a 1-1 tie reigned on the scoreboard.
Strong in the second period
The Saguenéens did not take much time to outsmart Serge Beausoleil’s troop at the start of the middle period. Just 48 seconds after the first face-off, Dawson Mercer scored his third goal in as many games. The Sags were very dangerous throughout the second period.
Spending long minutes in the opposing zone has also borne fruit for the Bleuets who have directed several throws in the direction of the Océanic goalkeeper. Less than twenty seconds after the Nics recreated the tie, the Saguenéens regained the lead for a second time during the middle period.
However, it was not enough for Yanick Jean. “We have two choices. We can just win and collect points, and sooner or later it will catch up with us, or we become a better team, we improve our work ethic and our puck placement, ”said Jean.
No goal was scored during the last engagement and the Sags players finally left the ice with the victory, winning 3-2 against the Rimouski Oceanic. The Saguenéens therefore force the troops of Serge Beausoleil, still looking for their first victory this season, to continue their losing streak.