Blainville-Boisbriand wins in OT Sanche scores game-winning goal

BAIE-COMEAU, P.Q. — Buoyed by winning the last two games at home Blainville-Boisbriand came into Baie-Comeau with the intention of another solid game on the road. With the score tied after regulation, Armada right winger Philippe Sanche made the difference giving to Blainville-Boisbriand a 3-2 overtime win over the Baie-Comeau. The Armada go home leading the semi-final series 3-2.

“Yes it was important for us to come here and get a win on the road,” the Blainville-Boisbriand head coach Jean-Francois Houle said after his team won game five on the road. Blainville-Boisbriand_Armada_logo_svg

“Credit goes to our players they showed lots of character, we lose players during the game we ended the game with four or five defensemen. Very proud of our player’s effort. We scored two goals soon into the game, it has been hard at the end the Drakkar played good game scoring twice to tie the game but in overtime we still have our legs.”

On the other side, Baie-Comeau head coach Eric Veilleux agreed both teams played a great game.

“It has been a great game on both sides, we took penalties in first period, two in particulars where they scored. We did not let it go we came back to tie the game, we played physical we were good on face off that shows players got the grit but we lose in overtime. Nothing will change on our side, we will prepare ourselves for next game. The goal beside to win the series is to come back here for game seven.” The Drakkar head coach Eric Veilleux concluded.

Back in Baie-Comeau after losing the last two games on the road, the Drakkar were undisciplined in the last five minutes of the opening period as they returned to their locker room trailing 2-0.

After successfully killing a five-on-three Baie-Comeau was a victim of two goals in 1:01 of the opening period.

Blainville-Boisbriand left winger Samuel Hodhod broke the ice with first Armada goal at 17:11, Marc-Olivier Roy and Dominic Talbot-Tassi got the helpers of the first goal.

After allowing only two goals in 51 shorthanded situations since the beginning of the playoff the Drakkar allowed two others in the first twenty minutes. After the goal scored by Hodhod, Christopher Clapperton beat Baie-Comeau goaltender Philippe Cadorette top corner with a shot at 18:12. Alexandre Ranger was in the penalty box for high sticking.

Baie-Comeau played much better in the second period as they reduced Armada lead with their first goal in the game also playing with a man advantage. A great exchange Between Valentin Zykov and Denis Gorbunov ended with Maxime St. Cyr fifth goal of the playoff as he beat Blainville-Boisbriand goaltender Etienne Marcoux between his pads at 11:33.

Trailing by one at the beginning of the third period Baie-Comeau thought they had scored a couple minutes into the third but referee Dominic Bedard waved-off the goal due to kicking motion.

Dominating the third period the Drakkard tied the game 2-2 with Denis Gorbunov shooting the puck behind Marcoux following a first shot by Gabriel Verpaelst at 9:48.

Unable to break the tie before the siren sound announced the end of regulation time both teams went in overtime period for the first time of that series.

With 1:29 gone in the first overtime session, Philippe Sanche took a first shot blocked by Baie-Comeau defenseman Verpaelst. The puck went right back to Armada right winger Sanche’s stick who surprised Drakkar goaltender Cadorette in stick side for game winning goal.

The next game in that semi-final series will be Sunday afternoon in Blainville-Boisbriand.

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