Acadie-Bathurst in shootout over Quebec Pisarik made the difference for home team

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Leading 4-0 with two-third of the game behind them, the Acadie-Bathurst team saw their rival rally scoring the next four goals, three with a man advantage to force overtime. With neither team able to put the puck behind the other’s goalie it’s finally Alex Pisarik who made the difference in favor of the Titan winning 5-4 over the Remparts in the shootout.

After Jacob Brennan (who came in relief of Mason McDonald) closed the door consecutively to Quebec’s Anthony Duclair, Adam Erne and Fabrice Herzog, and Francois Brassard made saves on Patrick Zdrahal and Joel Blanchard, it was Alex Pisarik who beat Brassard to finally get the win for his team against the QuebecAcadie-Bathurst_Titan_svg Remparts. Last time the Titan won a game against Quebec came on October 2, 2007.

After both goaltenders made key saves in first half of first period, Acadie-Bathurst opened the scoring with two goals in 36 seconds.

Adam Chapman redirect a shot from the blue line by former Quebec defenseman Anthony Gingras beating Quebec goaltender Brassard at 15:05.

Thirty-six seconds later another redirection came in favor of the home team. Titans captain Raphael Lafontaine redirected a shot from Patrick Zdrahal giving 2-0 Acadie-Bathurst after twenty minutes of play.

Titans goaltender Mason McDonald made the first key save of the game when he stopped Frabrice Herzog on a rebound shot from Maxime Chevalier. Brassard stopped Francois Gosselin on a breakaway in first half of first period.

After the Titans added two more goals including a goal on another deflection this time on Quebec player Christophe Boivin saw his shot beating Brassard between his pads with 17:58 to go in second frame.

Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher decided to pull his starting netminder after seeing Brassard beaten on a breakaway by Joel Bouchard of the Acadie-Bathurst allowing four goals on 21 shots. Callum Booth came in but just for 2:05 facing only one shot.

Back between the pipes Brassard kept the fort clear of goals for the rest of the middle frame.

A five-minute call for checking from behind to Francois Gosselin on Brendon Shea ignited the Quebec offense with two goals on the same power play. Being 1-in-18 with a man advantage the Remparts broke the ice with their first game in the game. Coming out from the corner forward Brent Turnbull wrist shot beat Mason McDonald at 10:54.

Several minutes later Duclair scored his 10th of the season coming from behind the net to put the puck behind Acadie-Bathurst netminder for Quebec second goal at 13:25.

Trailing 4-2 at the beginning of third period Quebec began the period with a power play following a penalty to Anthony Gingras at 18:59 of middle frame. Already scoring their first two goals with the help of their power play the Remparts scored for third times with a man advantage.

Erne made perfect pass to Brent Turnbull in a two-on-one breakaway leading to Turnbull fifth goal of the season cutting the lead to only one goal with only 48 seconds gone.

Driving to the net veteran winger Jason Houde completed Quebec come from behind with Remparts fourth goals on the game to tie the game 4-4 at 5:42.

Allowing 4 goals on 21 shots Acadie-Bathurst head coach Danny Dupont pulled his starting netminder sending Jacob Brennan in.

Neither team was able to score in overtime leading to the shootout.

Quebec came back home getting four points out of six available one on their three games in three nights trip.

Seven other games were on QMJHL schedule on Sunday

Chicoutimi 2 vs. Saint John 1

Val-d’Or 7 vs. Cape Breton 3

Rouyn-Noranda 2 vs. Moncton 3

Rimouski 1 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 2

Drummondville 4 vs. Gatineau 5 (shootout)

Baie-Comeau 5 vs. Shawinigan 1

Sherbrooke 8 vs. Victoriaville 6

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