'Piques' season on life support

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

Benoit Groulx couldn't hide his frustration, disappointment or anger.

The Olympiques coach was seething after his club blew a 4-2 third-period lead and ended up dropping a 5-4 OT heartbreaker to the Halifax Mooseheads last night in front of 3,500 at the Robert Guertin Centre.

Not only did Groulx chastise his team for the way it played a sloppy third with the lead, he maintained the Olympiques didn't show any leadership and now they face elimination in Game 5 tomorrow night in Halifax.

"There's no consolation at all in losing a 4-2 lead in the third period," said Groulx. "You get that kind of lead and you should be able to put a team away. We let the game get away by taking a bad penalty and then not doing anything.

"There's no doubt in my mind when you're leading 4-2 that you should have the win. We didn't show any leadership for a 10-minute stretch and it cost us the game. We've got to bounce back from this. We've got to try to refocus to win one game."

Dan Sparre scored at 11:04 of OT to give the Moosheads the victory -- as Gatineau may have played its last home game of the season.

While Peter Pohl scored a natural hat trick and Guillaume Labecque had a four-point night with a goal and three assists, it all went for naught as Olympiques botched chances on the power play in the third.

"I'd give up my three goals for a win any night," said Pohl. "We have no pressure (tomorrow). We've got to go have fun and work hard. We've got to play our game."

Last night's game turned ugly. Halifax forward Fred Cabana will face a suspenson after he delivered a wicked slash to Pohl's face in the third. Cabana's stick broke and he was given a five-minute major and game misconduct.

Just when it looked like the Olympiques were going to escape with an easy win, Jim Sharrow scored for Halifax on the power play and then F.P. Guenette tied it 4-4 at 10:51 with the Moosheads short-handed.


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