Baie-Comeau wins offensive festival over Quebec Vanier leads home team offensive with 5 points

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Losing their last 11 games at home against Quebec (last victory January 2, 2010) Baie-Comeau finally ended that scheid with 7-4 win over Quebec. Alexis Vanier with 2 goals and 3 assist, Jeremie Gregoire with 2 goals and Denis Gorbunov also with 2 goals led the offense.

While Quebec got first great scoring opportunity when second-year player Hubert Lamarre forced Drakkar goaltender Frederic Cadorette to make the first key save, Baie- Comeau was the first team to break the ice in this first period.

Already down 0-1 with a man advantage Baie-Comeau pulled the trigger on their second opportunity with Remparts rookie Alexandre Caron-Roy in the penalty box.

Making the first save on Alexis Vanier’s shot with his glove Quebec goalie who was recently back from Ottawa Senators training camp in the NHL wasn’t able to keep the puck. Sationed near Francois Brassard crease Dennis Gorbunov only had to push the puck behind veteran netminder with 9:32 to play in the initial first period.1701

Undisciplined play came to haunt the home team as Quebec came back with next two goals first one with two men advantage the other on five-on-four power play.

After referee Dominik Bedard indicated to Drakkar forward Frederic Gamelin the road to penalty box 3:08 remaining in the first period Alec Jon Banville got a double minor with Raphael Maheux of Quebec giving a five-on-three power play to Quebec with 54 second left to the period.

Quebec defenseman Cody Donaghey beat Baie-Comeau netminder Cadorette with a one-timer to his left for Quebec first goal with 1:37 left. Back from New York Rangers training camp during last week Anthony Duclair gave Quebec the lead for first time in the game only 47 seconds after his team scored their first of the game. Duclair wrist shot surprised Drakkar netminder for Remparts second goal.

Seeing their opponent end the first period with the last two goals, Baie-Comeau came out playing strong middle frame scoring three goals compared to only one by Quebec. After forty minutes of play the Drakkar leads by two 5-3 over the Remparts.

With the first three goals of the game scored with a man up, the home team trailing by one after one came back replying with first two goals scored also with a man advantage.

Unable to leave his own territory Quebec rookie Alexandre Caron-Roy saw Drakkar defenseman Vanier make great pass to Jeremie Gregoire beating the Ottawa Prospect under his right arm tying the game 2-2.

Already being two-in-two on their power play Baie-Comeau got another opportunities a third one on the game that resulted by Drakkar third goal with a man advantages.

Sent to the penalty box Quebec center Brent Turnbull was unable to do anything after seeing the home team convert another power play opportunity. Nicholas Meloche pushed the puck behind the Quebec goalie after the shot from Robbie Graham be deflected on Quebec defenseman Domaghey skate at 11:27.

With 5:50 remaining to the second period, Duclair went between two Baie-Comeau defensemen and beat Cadorette five hole for his second of the game bringing both teams back to square one with the score been 3-3.

Baie-Comeau right winger Gregoire with his second of the game gave the home team a 4-3 lead with a backhand shot that went between Brassard pads. Alexis Vanier gave two goal leads with his first of the night with only 7.3 second on the clock.

Baie-Comeau added two more goals to seal their victory in front of 2548 fans. Vanier with his second of the game at 3:45 gave his team a 6-3 lead.

Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher pulled his veteran goaltender Brassard after he saw his netminder being beaten for 6 goals on 31 shots. Callum Booth came allowing only one goal in 11 shots.

Quebec scored their fourth goal when the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect and Quebec European player Fabrice Herzog fired into in an empty net after Drakkar netminder tried to make a pass was intercepted by Herzog who scored his second of the campaign at 7:49.

Coming from behind the net Gorbunov scored Baie-Comeau seventh of the game at 8:09.

Seven other games were on QMGHL schedule on Friday

Charlottetown vs. Cape Breton

Halifax 5 vs. Moncton 2

Blainville-Boisbriand 4 vs. Sherbrooke 2

Drummondville 2 vs. Rimouski 1

Victoriaville 1 vs. Rouyn-Noranda 5

Chicoutimi 3 vs. Shawinigan 2

Gatineau 0 vs. Val-d’Or 5

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