Chicoutimi wins in OT Gignac plays the hero for the Sagueneens

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Leading by one after forty minutes, the Quebec Remparts saw their opponent come back to force the overtime. Penalized for delay of game with less than two minutes to play in the third period William Gignac came out of penalty box to play the hero for his team giving a 4-3 win to Chicoutimi against Quebec.

Victor Provencher made great pass to Gignac who let a wrist shot go beating Quebec goaltender Callin Booth on his left side at 2:29 in overtime period.

The right winger was very happy after giving his team their first victory, “Sure I’m very happy, the penalty killing unit did a very good job, without them, I couldn’t be able to put the puck in,” said Gignac in interview after the game in the Chicoutimi radio station. “I took advantage of great pass from Provencher (Victor). It’s a dream I never thought of this at my first game in overtime.”Chicoutimi Sagueneens

The first period was a terrific display of hockey in Chicoutimi, after both goaltenders made great saves to keep the score 0-0 in first portion of opening period.

Quebec opened the scoring first. Beneficiaries of a five-on-three for 1:38 following consecutive penalties to Sebastien Sylvestre (hocking) and Jasmin Boutet (checking from behind) Quebec got several good scoring chances but Sagueneens goaltender successfully kept visiting team out from the scoreboard.

But before the end of second penalty to Chicoutimi, the Remparts broke the ice with their first goal of the regular season. After Billia made first save on Brandon Shea Brandon Turnbull the Quebec right winger took the rebound to beat Chicoutimi netminder for first goal at 15:37.

Chicoutimi replied 2:29 later also playing with a man-advantage. Taking a shot from the blue line defenseman Loik Leveille tied the game 1-1 with the puck finding little hole under Quebec netminder Callum Booth’s right arm. Hubert Lamarre was in penalty box for Quebec.

Quebec regained the lead playing four-on-four only 17 seconds later. Stealing the puck from Chicoutimi goalie Billia behind his own net, Shea found Fabrice Herzog alone in front of an empty net. The Quebec European who just arrived before the game from Toronto Maple Leafs training camp only had to shoot the puck in an empty net at 17:48.

If first period gave good action to the fans who came to see their favorites in Chicoutimi with three goals two by Quebec, the middle frame wasn’t bad either with one goal scored on each side.

After successfully killing a penalty to young rookie Maxime Chevalier, Quebec took a two-goal lead. The shot from young 16-year old defenseman Raphael Maheux gave no chance to Sagueneens goalie after been redirected at 9:23.

Being 1-in-5 with a man-advantage, Patrice Bosch’s team took advantage of their sixth power play opportunity in the game to cut Quebec lead to one goal. Partially blocking the shot Quebec goalie saw the shot from Thomas Gobeil crossed the red line near his right pad for Chicoutimi second goal. Gobeil scored his first of the year at 11:58.

Samuel Roussy with a long shot from the blue line brought both teams back to square one beating Quebec goalie for the third Chicoutimi goal at 6:47 forcing both team to go in overtime.

Eight other games were on schedule in the QMJHL

Cape Breton 1 vs. Acadie Bathurst 4

Halifax 2 vs. Charlottetown 5

Saint John 5 vs. Moncton 3

Shawinigan 1 vs. Victoriaville 4

Rimouski 5 vs. Baie-Comeau 4

Sherbrooke 2 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 5

Rouyn-Noranda 3 vs. Drummondville 6

Val-d’Or 2 vs. Gatineau 4

Next Quebec game will be this Sunday afternoon in Victoriaville facing the Tigres.

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