QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —In a game where Quebec head coach Patrick Roy wasanxious to see how his best players would react against a team reputed to be tough to play against, Roy can’t be satisfied. With the team tied after forty minutes of play the visitor got the last word in winning 3-2 over Quebec.
For the winning head coach Jean-Francois Houle it was the contrary, he liked the way his team worked against Quebec was representative of the way his team played.
“Everyone played well it’s a great team win,” were the first words by the Blainville-Boisbriand head coach Houle. “Our message tonight was what was written there paying the price and I think guys worked very well tonight. They blocked shots goaltender Etienne Marcoux made key saves, we didn’t have any passenger everyone played well.”
The 14,426 fans coming to the game saw great action in initial period with three goals scored. The Armada was the first team to break the ice on a goal the Quebec netminder Francois Brassard would certainly take back. After making first save on David Bedard shot, Danick Martel push the puck under Quebec goalie seeing the puck went in finding a tiny whole between Brassard’s right pad and the post at 9::25.
Quebec replied in a shorthanded situation trying to kill the penalty to Axel Rioux being guilty of hooking. Seeing his first shot stop by Blainville-Boisbriand goalie Nick Sorensen jump on his own rebound to beat Marcoux for first Quebec goal at 12:21.
The Armada regained the lead with less than six minutes to play in the initial period. The shot from 45 feet in taken by Marc-Olivier Roy gave a 2-1 lead to the visitor.
In the second period, Blainville-Boisbriand played very thigh in all three zone giving almost nothing to their opponent. But Quebec scored the only goal in middle frame playing with a man advantage. A great piece of play by Adam Erne driving to the net gave Quebec the chance to end the second period tied 2-2. Erne wrist shot beat Marcoux to his right side at 9:31.
The goal that made the difference in the visitor’s favor came from a player losing his battle for the puck in corner. Losing the puck in corner Quebec defenseman Dillon Donnely saw Nikita Jevpalov made pass to Marcus Hins who gave no chance to Quebec goalie with only 2:08 gone in third period.
“We lost because of mistakes you can’t commit against big team like that,” said veteran winger Jason Houde. “We gave them the game it was very frustrating.”
For Quebec’s Roy, his best players didn’t played like they were supposed to play and you can’t count on players who played on third and fourth lines to score on regular bases.
“I can come in front of you and said its fine but it’s not enough,” were the first words of Quebec head coach after the loss against Blainville-Boisbriand. “Thing that are cleared is our first two lines must be better, they have to generate more offence. I understand Francois (Brassard) gave a bad goal a game these days, I understand that the first goal can hurt us but offensively we must be more dangerous.”
“Our best players are Erne (Adam), Duclair (Anthony), Shaw ( Logan) their’s the one that should pull the team, Lefebvre (Martin) and Carrier (Marc-Antoine) on defense should also play better hockey. You ended the game Sorensen has had two dangerous shots (on same sequence in shorthanded situation), Erne got two shots on power play, Shaw got only one dangerous shot and Duclair also got one dangerous shot, that’s not enough.” Roy continued giving some explanations.
Quebec next game will be on Tuesday night in Gatineau facing the Olympiques.
Six other games were on QMJHL schedule on Saturday
Acadie-Bathurst 5 vs. Baie-Comeau 4 (shootout)
Moncton 2 vs. Drummondville 3
Val-d’Or 1 vs. Rimouski 3
Saint John 2 vs. Shawinigan 3 (overtime)
Victoriaville 4 vs. Sherbrooke 3
Rouyn-Noranda 4 vs. Gatineau 6
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