Brassard’s empty-net goal highlights Olympiques’ road win

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It was a night to forget for the Saint John Sea Dogs as they ended a two-game home stand with a loss to the Gatineau Olympiques, who made their only visit to Harbour Station, Saturday night. The game was filled with penalties and ended with an empty-net goal by Olympiques netminder François Brassard.

Jonathan Bourcier put a dagger in the hearts of the Sea Dogs faithful scoring just 55 seconds into the contest and Gatineau held an early 1-0 lead. Alex Dostie and Alexandre Carrier grabbed the helpers.

The Olympiques found themselves on their first of several powerplays on the night, and Valentin Zykov found the back of the net making it 2-0 at 4:40. Carrier and Yakov Trenin notched assists.

Saint John responded two minutes later when Mathieu Joseph stole the puck and went in on Brassard all alone making no mistake putting a backhand shot through the five-hole. Samuel Dove-McFalls and Jakub Zboril assisted on the shorthanded marker.

Captain Mark Tremaine knotted the game up at two apiece with another shorthanded goal only 40 seconds later. It was very similar to Joseph’s marker in that Tremaine forced a turnover and went streaking in on the Olympiques goalkeeper.

Gatineau responded a minute later when Yan Pavel Laplante beat Alex Bishop with his 16th of the year and the visitors regained the lead, 3-2.

In the second period, Yakov Trenin potted his 16th and gave the Olympiques a 4-2 lead five minutes into the frame. Jonathon Masters and Louick Marcotte assisted on the only goal of the second period.

Laplante added another in the third with six minutes to play and the lead was 5-2. Dostie and Carrier added assists. The Olympiques weren’t finished yet though. With under two minutes to play, Brassard fired the puck down the ice and scored his second goal of the season.

The game continued a winning streak for Gatineau as they have now won five straight games.

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