Last week on October 17th I went again to see the Gatineau Olympiques playing against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. The atmosphere in the arena felt intensive. By eye the arena was having more attendance. I don’t know if it was just me, but the crowd was making some more noise than last time I went to see a Gatineau hockey game. People were having beverages and cheering for their teams more openly.
This support seemed to lighten up the flame of the Olympiques, but it just was not enough. Blainville-Boisbriand’s Danick Martel was claiming the evening’s first goal barely four minutes after the start. The Olympiques fought back with two goals in a row in the second period, but this determination just wasn’t enough. In the third period Blainville-Boisbriand’s players seem to squeeze just a bit more from their players and won Olympiques with a score of 5-2.
All in all the Blainville-Boisbriand team was looking much more alert than last time and players were individually seizing the moment. Blainville-Boisbriand’s player Daniel Walcott’s long distance call to an empty net of the Olympiques just before ending made part of the audience to walk out. The Gatineau Olympiques were beaten by Blainville-Boisbriand that night. According to the statistics they didn’t had any better luck on Oct 19th when visiting Blainville-Boisbriand on its own ice. The game on ended 3-2 for Blainville-Boisbriand.
This raises up a question about the mental preparation side of a hockey game. On October 17th the Blainville-Boisbriand goalkeeper Samuel Montembeault was standing in front of the net with a more focused look in his eyes than in the last time I did see him play. Montembeault kept his calm even after the Olympiques were making two goals. He was seemingly able to live a little bit ahead of movement around his net. It is interesting how delicate things can either make or break such a rugged sport as hockey game can at times be.