Brassard second shutout leads Quebec to 5-0 win against Sherbrooke

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Playing their first game on the road, Quebec has shown little mercy for their opponent. Mikhail Grigorenko and Nick Sorensen with two goals each led Quebec to their second shutout in the first three games. Perfect in front of the Quebec goal Francois Brassard made 19 saves for his fourth career shutout.
 
Beginning a series of six games in the next nine days with first game on the road, after winning first two at home (9-4) against Chicoutimi and (5-0) versus Baie-Comeau, Quebec scored two goals in less than five minutes.
 
Grigorenko scored his second of the year completing a two-on-one breakaway with Logan Shaw giving 1-0 lead at 2:35.
 
Less than five minutes later Pierre-Maxime Poudrier gave Quebec two-goal lead with his first of the year at 7:25.
 
Patrick Roy’s team didn’t miss on their first power play opportunity taking a 3-0 lead.
 
Making first save on Duncan MacIntyre shot, Sherbrooke goaltender Jacob Gervais-Chouinard saw Quebec right winger Sorensen pick up the rebound leaving no chance to Phoenix netminder at 15:58. Sherbrooke defenseman Vincent Richer was in the penalty box with only four seconds remaining to his penalty.
 
After seeing the home team taking the first three shots, Quebec dominated the first period shooting the next 13 shots scoring first two goals on first five. Quebec ended the initial period dominating the shots on goal 16-4.
 
Playing a much better second period with more intensity and being more aggressive on forechecking Sherbrooke was unable to beat Quebec’s Brassard who was perfect with 13 saves after forty minutes.
 
Special unit can play important role in a game. Team can get important goal playing with a man advantage or if your team is success killing penalty it can become a boost to your team leading to turn things around or get a goal.
 
After killing a penalty to center Brandon Shea Quebec added what has been considered the killing goal with Grigorenko’s second of the game on a perfect pass from Shaw. Going on breakaway, the Quebec center, made a perfect move beating Phoenix netminder Gervais-Chouinard high with a backhanded shot with 4:37 remaining in middle frame.
 
Already playing with a man advantage being one-for-two in the game for 50 percent efficiency Quebec has been given a golden opportunity with a second penalty to Sherbrooke forward Mathieu Laverdure with Alexandre Contois already in the box with 1:05 left to former Quebec Remparts player.
 
A tic-tac-toe play with less than seven minutes to play in the third ended with the second goal of the night by European forward Sorensen giving Quebec a 5-0 lead at 14:28.
 
Quebec will be back in action on Sunday hosting the Val-d’Or Foreurs.
 
Five other games were on QMJHL schedule on Saturday
Baie-Comeau 3 vs. Victoriaville 7
Cape Breton 2 vs. Halifax 3 (shootout)
Gatineau 1 vs. Saint John 3
Rouyn-Noranda 5 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 4 (shootout)
Val-d’Or 3 vs. Drummondville 4
 
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