Olympiques prevail over Foreurs thanks to Bourcier
Jonathan Bourcier scored the shootout winner as the Gatineau Olympiques prevailed 6-5 in a tight pre-season contest with the Val d’Or Foreurs on Aug. 28 in Gatineau.
The goal came on the third shooter for the Olympiques, and the only one to get past Foreurs goalie Keven Bouchard. In regulation, Bouchard surrendered just one goal as well on 11 shots in one period of relief.
It was one of those last shot wins games—and ironically the last shot by Bourcier provided a winner.
Val d’Or’s shooters were stonewalled by Gatineau crease keeper Anthony Brodeur.
The Olympiques opened the game with a 2-0 first period lead of tallies from Louick Marcotte and Yakov Trenin, before Foreur Stephen Anderson closed the gap to 2-1 early in the middle period.
Gatineau re-took their two goal lead when Alexandre Allain tallied, but that was followed by Val d’Or’s Julien Gauthier just 27 seconds later as the see-saw scoring battle continued.
Marc Beckstead put Gatineau ahead 4-2 with a shorthanded goal near the end of the second period, setting up an exciting third period—at least for the fans, maybe not the players and coaching staff’s with final roster decisions looming.
Anthony Richard made it a one-goal deficit for the Foreurs 35 ticks into the final stanza, but again Gatineau wasn’t about to let them tie the game up as Trenin fired home his second goal.
That goal made it 5-3 with just over 10 minutes left in regulation.
In the final 10 minutes Val d’Or found the back of the net twice to even the game up with goals from Chad Pietroniro with his first and sniper Nicolas Aube-Kubel, who was rather silent on the night with the exception of the game tying goal.
In the shootout, Val d’Or’s Aube-Kubel, Gauthier, and Richard were all stopped by Brodeur, while Marcotte and Alain were thwarted, before Bourcier’s game winner for Gatineau.
Broduer earned the goaltending win stopping 29 of 34 shots, while Bouchard was tagged with the loss in relief of starter Jeremy Proulx, who gave up four goals over the first two periods on 27 shots, making 23 saves.
Each team had 17 penalty minutes in the contest.