BAIE-COMEAU | The Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Rimouski Océanic meet again and will cross swords again, Saturday afternoon, on the ice rink at the Henry-Leonard center.
Involved in another doubles program, the two great rivals of the East Division prepare to play a fourth consecutive game against each other. The fifth will follow on Sunday afternoon.
In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the leaders of the Courteau circuit have changed the calendar of the few teams in Quebec that are not in the red zone to allow them to play games.
The next two meetings were initially scheduled for February 2021. “The situation is special, but the important thing is to play matches and give the players the chance to see the action”, quickly commented the pilot of the Drakkar Jean-François Grégoire.
With a young formation in hand, the head coach admits that the formula in force allows him to develop his skaters well. “Our games are played on weekends and we have the week to correct and make the necessary adjustments. It’s a good way to see if the message is getting it right. ”
At first glance, the parity is obvious between the two teams. The last three games ended with a narrow lead of just one goal. The Drakkar won 2-1 and 4-3. The Océanic won the last duel by a score of 1-0.
The defense particularly stood out. “The Océanic can bet on an experienced brigade and, on our side, we will have to find ways to provoke scoring opportunities by rushing more towards the opposing net.”
If the attack of the North Shore struggles to sparkle the red light, the defense is holding its end so far. “Defenders aren’t doing badly because they play inside who they are,” added Grégoire, who will give 20-year-old veteran goaltender Lucas Fitzpatrick another start.
There is no doubt that the two troops separated by the St.Lawrence River are quickly getting to know each other at this very special start to the season … They will have the opportunity to further increase their natural rivalry, because they ‘will face two more times, a week later, on the Rimouski ice surface.