RIMOUSKI | For the managing director and head coach of the Océanic de Rimouski, Serge Beausoleil, there is no question of approaching the 5th and decisive game of the round of 16 series opposing him to the Sea Dogs this Thursday in Saint John differently previous meetings, including that of Tuesday when his young team avoided elimination thanks to a sensational performance by his goalkeeper, Patrik Hamrla.
“We are going to Saint John in the same spirit that inhabited us with the first game of the series. We know we can compete with them, but he; there should be no half measures. If we let them skate, they will enjoy it. We face elimination, but this time so do they. Even if we did not score, our numerical advantage has seemed better recently and if we go for a big goal, it will force them to play in a more disciplined way, ”commented Serge Beausoleil.
Intensity and emotion
The fans present Tuesday in Rimouski were treated to quite a show with intensity and a lot of emotion. “During our two game misconduct penalties, the opposing player remains on the ice. The healer comes to the scene and the referees call a major. In the following moments, the injured player is back on the ice. Villeneuve was the Sea Dogs' most-used player yesterday (Tuesday) after being hit by Côté. I repeat that I do not think that this gesture deserved a major ”, declared the pilot of the formation rimouskoise.
Application for discipline dismissed
The Océanic was fined $500 for a rejected discipline request. “We sent the streak to a knee on Louis Robin in Monday's game that we felt was similar to Lefebvre's in the previous game. The Discipline Committee ruled that there was no reason to sanction and the rules provide for a fine of $500 in these cases. The difference is that Robin did not stay on the ice,” said Serge Beausoleil.
Hamrla in goal
After his shutout of 40 saves, Patrik Hamrla will be back in front of the Océanic cage. Barring a miracle, the injured Xavier Cormier, Julien Béland and Luke Coughlin will not be back Thursday. The situation of defender Mathis Aguilar, injured on Tuesday, will be assessed on Thursday morning. “He showed a lot of brokerage by coming back after his injury,” praised his coach.