Anderson plays hero for Foreurs in shootout win



It took extra time and then some, but the Val d’Or Foreurs prevailed for a hard fought 3-2 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques on Friday night, Sept. 12 in Gatineau.

The contest was the Olympiques 2014-2015 season opener.

After the first three shooters were thwarted by Gatineau’s Anthony Brodeur, Charlottetown, PEI product Stephen Anderson made no mistake beating Brodeur to score the lone shootout tally from eight shooters that took shots.

Val d’Or’s Etienne Montpetit stopped all four Gatineau shooters he faced, including Joey Richard’s shot which had it gone in would have forced another round of shooters.

The Foreurs’ Maxime Presseault scored his team’s opening goal at 7:19 of the opening period, assisted by Vytal Cote and Nathan Tremblay.

But then, the Olympiques stormed back, tying the game up on an Alexandre Alain tally before Jonathan Bourcier put Gatineau up 2-1.

Cote squared things up at 12:41 of the middle stanza—four minutes after the Olympiques took the one goal lead—before the two teams played a scoreless third period, forcing the game to extra time.

Gatineau got a great start firing 17 pucks at Val d’Or’s Etienne Montpetit, while they managed a measly five on Olympiques goalie Anthony Brodeur. After regulation, Gatineau had a 32-25 shot advantage.

The Foreurs outshot their host 13-8 in the middle period, and the two tied 7-7 in the third. Val d’Or had the only two shots of the overtime period, before the game went to a shootout.