Baie-Comeau open series with shutout victory over Blainville-Boisbriand Baie-Comeau take 1-0 leads in Semi-final series

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —In a game where the Baie-Comeau controlled the play for first forty minutes, the team coached by Eric Veilleux won game one 2-0 to take the lead in their semi-final. Armada goaltender was the star of first two periods keeping his team in the game with Baie-Comeau shooting 23 times against Etienne Marcoux.

While neither team was able to break the ice in the opening period they dominated the first period with 16 shots on goal against 8 for Blainville-Boisbriand.

Armada goaltender Etienne Marcoux did not play up to his best effort especially in the seventh game in Rimouski against the Oceanic, the Armada goalie played much better frustrating notably Valentin Zarlov, Jeremy Gregoire and Guillaume Beaudry on Blainville-Boisbriand defenseman Mathaniel Halbert penalty.

Marcoux was the primary reason the game remained scoreless.

After frustrating several Baie-Comeau forwards in first period the Armada goaltender made the difference in the middle frame. After seeing Marcoux made key saved on him in first period on a power play Valentin Zykov saw Marcoux closing his pads on time on Zykov breakaway.

For his part, Baie-Comeau goaltender Philippe Cadorette also made difference with his team killing a penalty to Charles Hudon with 2:05 remaining to the middle frame.

After two period of play Marcoux had faced 23 shots making 8 key saves on Baie-Comeau very good scoring opportunities. Cadorette on the other side faced only 1 very dangerous shot from Blainville-Boisbriand 14 shots.

Baie-Comeau scored first goal of the game in third period. Making a change of face of in offensive zone Drakkar head coach Eric Veilleux sent Robbie Graham to take the faceoff instead of Zykov.

Coming out of the corner with the puck Graham slide the puck between Marcoux’s pads with a backhanded shot with Drakkar first goal at 11:02

Pressuring the puck in offensive zone with 40 seconds remaining Baie-Comeau netminder Cadorette made the most important save of the game stopping Daniel Walcott shot with his left pad keeping the score 1-0 in favor of the home team.

Baie-Comeau completed the scoring with an empty net goal with 12 seconds left on the clock. Francis Turbide scored his second of the playoff.

“We played good first period we put lots of pressure on them we have had lots of scoring chances. We kept our focus on our game plan, players continued to play the same way.” Baie-Comeau head coach Eric Veilleux said when asked to give his impression on the game.

“In second we didn’t put the same pressure and in the beginning of the third the game has been thigh but we will make sure it to correct it in the second game.”

On the other side Blainville-Boisbriand head coach Jean-Francois Houle said, “The third period has been our best period of the game, our legs came back after two periods. We have had great chances in third to take the lead but they were the one who took the lead first and it has been harder for us to come from behind.”

“They played a great game, we played with them all game long. In the first two periods they have had more chances then us but we tried to limit their chances and tried to keep our rhythm. We came back from a very emotional game but I happy about the effort of our players.” The Armada head coach Jean-Francois Houle concluded.

Next game in that series will be on Saturday afternoon always in Baie-Comeau.

Only one other series is on schedule in the QMJHL on Friday

Val-d’Or 5 vs. Halifax 2 (Val-d’Or leads semi-final series 1-0)

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