Tremblay 'Pique-ing

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:56 PM ET

It appears the Gatineau Olympiques have their own version of Danny Battochio.

Just like the 67's goalie and his penchant for winning games by making the big save, Gatineau's David Tremblay is doing the same for the 'Piques in his overage season.

He had another great game yesterday at the Robert Guertin Centre, stopping 26 shots through overtime, then making four saves on five shots in the shootout.

Geoff Walker ended the contest when he beat Chicoutimi goalie Sylvain Michaud with Gatineau's fifth shot of the shootout to give the 'Piques a 3-2 win.

TIED AT TOP

It was Gatineau's third straight in extra time, and gave the 'Piques (8-3-0-0) a share of top spot overall in the QMJHL with Acadie-Bathurst.

"We kept (David) at the beginning of the year having in mind that it would give a chance to our young (defence) to develop and have the chance to make mistakes," said Olympiques coach Benoit Groulx. "David's there."

Tremblay, an Ottawa native, was the goalie of record in all three wins by Gatineau during the last three games.

He made 30 saves in regulation and overtime before stopping all three Bathurst shots a shootout Thursday in a 4-3 victory at home.

Then Tremblay was the main man again Friday by making 40 saves in a 5-4 overtime victory in Drummondville.

"We're getting big wins in shootouts and overtime this year," said Tremblay. "It's important for us. Right now, we're on a good sequence and we'll just try to continue that as long as we can."

Yesterday's game completed a gruelling schedule of seven games in 12 days for Gatineau, which did remarkably well, winning all but one.

"If you asked me Thursday before the game against Bathurst if we could win the three games, I would have probably answered you that you were out of your mind, to be polite," he said.

"But it's a pleasant surprise. We played well against Bathurst. We competed hard Friday in Drummondville. And tonight we were tired mentally and physically also, but we found a way to win."

The Olympiques are off until Friday when they host Rouyn-Noranda at the Guertin.

IN THE CREASE: The Ottawa 67's returned home yesterday morning after winning 2-of-3 during their recent road trip. Their next action is Friday night at the Civic Centre against Peterborough ... Former 67's centre Peter Tsimikalis scored four goals for Oshawa during a 10-7 loss to Owen Sound on Saturday.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com

Olympiques 3

Sagueneens (SO) 2


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