BAIE-COMEAU | The Victoriaville Tigres quickly pulled out their claws on Saturday afternoon to settle the case of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar with a 6-3 triumph on the ice at the Henry-Leonard center.
Victorious 4 to 3 the day before, the visitors of the Bois-Francs did not take long to display their colors and struck at lightning speed thanks to a push of four unanswered goals in the first period.
Involved in his very first start of the season, [la recrue] Ventsislav Shingarov was greeted coldly by his opponents from the Bois-Francs who beat him three times with only four shots.
Called in relief, veteran Lucas Fitzpatrick was no more lucky when he saw the enemy register a fourth goal, on the power play, 16 seconds later.
Despite the setback, the Nord-Côtiers will have had the merit of not throwing in the towel by replying with three consecutive goals to reduce the gap to 4 to 3 in the middle of the second engagement.
The striker Maxime Pellerin however dealt a hard blow to the premises, at the very end of the median period, when he gave back a priority of two goals to his own.
“Of course we do not help each other with such a start to the match. We made a lot of defensive mistakes in our zone. The players still came back, but the slope was difficult, ”commented driver Jean-François Grégoire.
Aware that it is experience that comes into play, the head coach admits that the preparation was lacking.
“We will have to be able to compete from the start. At the end of the week, the players were more in the reaction than in the action, ”said the leader.
Brooklyn Kalmikov (twice), Nicolas Daigle, Édouard Ouellet and Olivier Coulombe completed the scoring for the winners … Xavier Fortin, Nathan Légaré and Max-Antoine Melanson retaliated for the Drakkar, which will visit the Rimouski Oceanic , next weekend.