The Drakkar finally back on the road to victory
BAIE-COMEAU | The Baie-Comeau Drakkar finally put an end to their ugly losing streak on Thursday when they overtook the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4-2 on the ice at Center Henry-Leonard.
Victims of five consecutive setbacks at the end of November, the crew members began the last month of the year in a much better way on the occasion of this return home.
The hosts started the match modestly, however, and the visitors quickly took advantage of this to build a 2-0 lead in the first period.
First star of the game, forward Andrew Belchamber, however, reduced the lead to one goal before the end of the opening period before seeing Justin Poirier create the tie 2-2 at the very start of the second period.
The winners sounded the charge in the third period with Xavier Fortin’s winning goal scored in the seventh minute of play. Belchamber finally nailed the coffin for the Titan with his second goal of the evening.
“The guys were nervous at the start of the game. They played not to lose and not necessarily to win. Our first goal was good and gave us some momentum,” acknowledged the ship’s head coach, Jean-François Grégoire.
With a second goal during a power play, the Drakkar imposed its rhythm more.
“The players regained their confidence and took more responsibility for their actions. They were much less on the heels and played a very good third period. »
Benefiting from a numerical advantage at the very end of the game, the New Brunswick skaters often buzzed around goaltender Olivier Adam (32 saves) who again stopped threats at the right time.
Ben Allison and Ty Higgins were the only ones to deceive the 20-year-old goalkeeper veteran.
The Drakkar had to deal with a more restricted roster following the absence of attackers Félix Gagnon and Charlie Fink, victims of virus, at the start of the day. Nothing is guaranteed about their return to action for Saturday’s next game against the Halifax Mooseheads.