The Pétroliers du Nord enjoyed a pair of wins last weekend, including handing the top team in the Ligue nord-américaine de hockey (LNAH), Assurancia Thetford Mines, their first setback of the campaign with a 7-5 road win. The Pétroliers followed that win up with a 6-5 decision over 3L Rivière-du-Loup at home in the Colisée de Laval on Saturday night. On Friday night in Thetford Mines, the Pétroliers erupted to a 4-0 lead through the opening 20 minutes of play. Julien Brouillette got his team on the board followed by a powerplay tally by Francis Desrosiers, a shorthanded marker by Marc-Olivier D’amour and an even-strength goal by Nicolas Poulin. Jean-Michel Daoust upped the lead to 5-0 early in the second with the middle frame coming to a close with the Pétroliers in command of a 6-1 lead thanks toBrouillette’s second goal of the contest. Maxime Macenauer notched the final goal for the Pétroliers but Assurancia came to life in the third act, pulling into within two of the visitors making it 7-5. That was too little too late as there was only 18 seconds remaining in the match at that point. In the win over Rivière-du-Loup, it was comeback special thanks to the special teams of The Pétroliers. The home tea battled back from 2-0 and 5-2 deficits with five of the six goals coming on powerplay opportunities and a shorthanded tally. In the middle stanza, Francis Desrosiers made it 2-1 with his advantage goal then Jean-Michel Daoust notched a shorthanded goal to pull the home side even. The visitors took back a 5-2 lead into the break following the second period. The Pétroliers took full advantage of Rivière-du-Loup’s trips to the penalty box as Julien Brouillette, Sasha Pokulok and David Bastien all were good to pull the game level at 5-5. With 4:37 left in the third, James Desmarais gave the Pétroliers their first lead of the match, one that stood the test of time. “I’ve experienced comebacks like this before at the Colisée and it’s always an incredible feeling,” Pétroliers head coach Pierre Pelletier said. “During a good part of the match the puck didn’t roll our way and 3L took advantage of our mistakes, but we saw that our guys were playing with intensity.” Tonight the Pétroliers are on the road facing the Sorel-Tracy Eperviers, then tomorrow night the Jonquière Marquis will take to the ice of the Colisée de Laval for an 8:00 pm face-off.

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