QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — In an offensive festival the Blainville-Boisbriand got the final word in the Quarter-final over Rimouski by the score of 8-7. After scoring the tying goal to push both teams in overtime Nikita Jevpalovs gave to the Armada the victory over the Oceanic.
Ending the first period leading by four 4-0, Rimouski saw their opponent coming back in the middle frame scoring four times to end the second period training by only one, 5-4. The Armada scored three times in third period compared to two for Rimouski.
The second goal by Armada left winger gave the victory to the visitor to eliminate Rimouski and earning the right to face the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. In the other semi-final, the Val-d’Or Foreurs will face the Halifax Mooseheads.
Dominated in all aspects of the game night before, Rimouski scored four times in 4:03 after killing three power plays from the visitors in first ten minutes.
William Couture broke the ice for Rimouski with the first of two goals in opening period. A backhanded shot by Oceanic center beat Blainville-Boisbriand Etienne Marcoux with 4:33 remaining.
Oceanic left winger Peter Trainor scored his fourth goal and fifth point in the series pushing the puck in an almost an empty net at 17:32. Alexis L’oiseau and Michael Joly got the assists.
Couture was credited of Rimouski third goal after being the last Oceanic player to touch the puck after Armada nietminder deflected the puck in his own net only 1:09 later.
Taking the first shot off Marcoux’s right pad, Alexis Loiseau saw his teammate Michael Joly putting the puck behind Armada netminder for Oceanic fourth goal of the game with 30 seconds remaining to the first period.
Allowing four goals on 11 shots, Armada head coach Jean-Francois Houle decided to begin the second period with Samuel Montembeault in relief of veteran goalie Marcoux.
While Rimouski scored the first four goals in the game in 4:03, Blainville-Boisbriand replied with two goals in 57 seconds to cut Oceanic lead to two goals. Marc-Oliver Roy with 18:55 remaining and forgotten in Rimouski defensive zone Samuel Hodhod scored second Armada goals.
Rimouski came back with their fifth goal. Peter Trainor with his fourth goal in the last three games at 3:49 of the middle frame.
Blainville-Boisbriand came back with their third goal when Christopher Clapperton, on the breakaway, beat Philippe Desrosiers at 4:27. It was the fourth goal 3:22 into the second period, three by Blainville-Boisbriand one by Rimouski.
Ryan Tesink, on a power play, scored Armada;s fourth goal to reduce the Rimouski lead to only one goal at 11:05. Oceanic defenseman Ryan MacKinnon was in the box for Rimouski for hocking at 10:59.
Blainville-Boisbriand came back in third period tying the score 5-5 with Danick Martel following great pass from Guillaume Beaudoin at 1:59.
Tesink, with his second of the game, gave Blainville-Broisbriand first lead of the game 6-5 at 6:35.
Rimouski head coach Serge Beausoleil decided to pull his starting goaltender Philippe Desrosiers after allowing six goals on 25 shots.
Rimouski came back with a sixth goal when Tylor Boland redirected a shot from Oceanic defenseman Jan Kostalek. Invisible almost all game veteran center Sebastien Sylvestreas young Armada goaltender Montembeault was already down on his knees with 3:36 remaining.
Blainville-Boisbriand tied the game 7-7 on Nikita Jevpalovs’ seventh of the playoff at 17:08.
After 12:59 of first period of overtime the second goal of game by Nikita Jevpalovs gave Blainville-Boisbriand the victory and the right to go in Semi-final facing the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
In the loss, Rimouski head coach Serge Beausoleil took the time to praise his player,. “Listen it was a crazy game, at 4-0 we seem to have (the game) in plenty control we just wanted to keep things simple, we didn’t want to change anything but the momentum changed everything.
“At the same time I’m really proud it was a real heartbreaking loss. Three games went in overtime in that series. This game wasn’t a goaltenders game but Philippe Desrosiers kept us in so many games in the past. We lost Morin (Samuel) he only played ten minutes in the game we have had two 16-year olds on defense, we have had asked a lot of them and I will tell you that I’m real proud of them.”
Semi-final series set to begin on Friday.
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