The Oceanic will face the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies for the third time in four days, Sunday, and the pilot of the Rimouski team, Serge Beausoleil, believes that his troops will have to converge more towards the opposing net to hope to return to victory, two days after a 1-0 setback.
• Read also: Shutout for Thomas Sigouin
• Read also: QMJHL: Mooseheads suspend their activities
“On Friday we have players who were determined to stay on the outskirts and we were not able to seriously threaten their goalkeeper. Today’s rest (Saturday) is going to be good. We felt we had less energy for a second match in two days, “commented Serge Beausoleil.
Audet in front of the net
Although Matthew Dunsmoor was very solid on Friday, Serge Beausoleil confirmed at noon on Saturday that Raphaël Audet would be back in goal for the Océanic. “We have confidence in our two goalkeepers. Both are doing very well so far, “said the manager, who hopes he can count on reinforcement in the person of Ludovic Soucy who missed the last two games with a minor injury.
January absent 2 to 3 weeks
Injured Thursday by absorbing a bodycheck, Frédéryck Janvier will miss two to three weeks of action. The small forward is often injured as he is making his third season with the Oceanic. “He should have seen this blow coming,” said his coach, who reports that his number 88 has been playing well since his return to the game last week in Baie-Comeau.
A surprising 14th round pick
Among the young defenders of the Oceanic, Simon Maltais seems to want to emerge. In the last five or six games he has been very reliable and makes very few mistakes. “This is quite a find from Dany Dupont that we selected in 14e round. A guy from the Maritimes who was used very little in his Prep School, but whom Dany had noticed. At only 17 years old, he is progressing very well and he is rising through the ranks. He’s a tall six-foot-four defenseman with a good stick. We like him a lot “, analyzed his coach.
Serge Beausoleil also had good words for a young 19-year-old veteran, Philip Casault, returning to his defensive position after helping out as a striker at the start of the season. “He’s an amazing teammate who takes care of everyone. On Thursday, he won all his battles one on one. “
Already counting on one of the best pairs of defenders on the circuit with Justin Bergeron and Zachary Massicotte and on a very promising rear in Isaac Belliveau, the emergence of Maltais and Casault gives even more depth to the team in defense, not to mention the 20 years old Anthony D’Amours, who is impatient to get back to action. “Right now, we are short of attackers, but we will see Anthony again soon,” said Serge Beausoleil at the end of the interview.