QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Knowing Quebec has lost previous series after leading 3-1 Chicoutimi came to Quebec with the intention of forcing game six at home in Sunday afternoon and it s exactly what happened when the Sagueneens wins game five 3-1 in front of 13,326 fans in le Colisee Pepsi.
“Our goal was to come here and force a game six at home, we absolutely want to come back home,” the Sagueneens head coach Marc-Etienne Hubert after his team successfully prevent the elimination.
“I’m very satisfied by the way the team played tonight. Yes we felt the emotion in our players’ eyes yesterday in the meeting and this morning. Our three 20 years old were players who are really appreciated in the locker room. Players knew they might be their last game and guys were very on the job tonight and I’m very satisfied by the way we worked.”
As it often the case when a team loses several scoring chances or takes bad decisions it often turns against them. That was exactly what happened when Chicoutimi was the only team to get on the board with the only goal of the initial period.
A shot by Chicoutimi defenseman Carl Tremblay redirected by Sebastien Sylvestre led directly to Sagueneens first goal of the game at 5:50.
Quebec didn’t seem to come out with any intensity in the first forty minutes. Even if the Remparts dominated the shots on goal 13-6 in first twenty minutes bad pass, bad decision seemed to play against the home team in first period.
In the second, Chicoutimi adds to their precarious lead when Quebec goaltender allowed a second goal to the visiting team after Sagueneens captain Charles Hudon pick up a bad pass from Quebec captain Martin Lefebvre and beat Quebec goalie Francois Brassard a 50 feet shots the Quebec netminder would certainly like to see it back.
Leading by two in the Quarter-Final series (3-1) and with the possibility of eliminating their arch rival Quebec trailing by two goals (2-0) after forty minutes of play wasn’t the ideal situation to be in.
Coming out in the third period playing much better, Quebec finally got on board with their first goal when defenseman Jeremy Beaudry’s shot from left faceoff circle beat Chicoutimi netminder Christopher Gibson who as a veteran 20 years old wouldn’t wanted to see his season ended on Friday night. Beaudry’s goal came at 2:23 of third period.
Already registering a goal in the game Sagueneens captain Hudon confirmed his team stayed alive with a second goal in the game in an empty net with 50 seconds remaining to the game.
Leading by two (2-0) after the first two periods of play Chicoutimi head coach made sure by talking to his players between the period to be very careful about their action in their own zone. “We knew Quebec could turn things around with a goal with a man advantage and with the crowd here everything could happen.” The Saguennens head coach Hubert said.
“That’s exactly what happened with Quebec breaking the ice with a man advantage cutting Chicoutimi leads in half with Beaudry’s goal inside first three minutes of third periods. But fortunately for us we didn’t stop working. We went through the weather storm in third period and win the game. We knew the series wouldn’t be over until either team wins a-fourth games. We will continue until it isn’t over.”
On Quebec side Quebec head coach Patrick Roy was please about the way his team played in third period but underlined his team bad play in first forty minutes.
“Sure the third period was good but we missed the boat in first two. The first goal seemed to affect us. I don’t know what happed after game four but one team seem to have lot of gas, the other didn’t. We lose all our battle in one-on-one they were far away better than us, they got more intensity than us. We have to put pressure on their defensemen but we gave them lots of time to move the puck. We can’t be proud of our performances.”
Game six of that series will be in Chicoutimi on Sunday afternoon.
Five other series were on QMJHL schedule on Friday
Blainville-Boisbriand 3 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 2 (Blainville-Boisbriand wins series 4-1)
Moncton 2 vs. Victoriaville 3 (first overtime) (Victoriaville wins series 4-1)
Gatineau 1 vs. Rimousk2 (Gatineau leads series 3-2)
Prince Edward Island 1 vs. Val-d’Or 3 (Val-d’Or leads 3-2)
Drummondville 4 vs. Rouyn-Noranda 6 (Rouyn-Noranda wins series 4-1)
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