QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — After winning the night before at home against Chicoutimi Drummondville came into Quebec playing an almost perfect road game winning 2-1 in overtime against Quebec. Matthew Boudens scored the goal that turned things in favor of the visiting team in the OT session.
Drummondville goaltender Louis-Philip Guindon played a very solid game in the first period to prevent Quebec from opening the scoring especially with less than four minutes to play with Quebec playing on a five-on-three power play.
The Voltigeurs broke the ice first with only 1:14 gone in middle frame. Former Remparts player came to haunt his former team when Jeremie Malouin scored his 30th of the regular season giving a 1-0 lead to the visiting team.
“We have to remember how the game began, I don’t think we began the way we wanted, we were in the game but we didn’t played the way we wanted, we had to give the advantage to Quebec,” the Voltigeurs head coach Mario Duhamel said trying to explain how his team played in first period.
“Guindon made key saves and especially when the team has had to kill Quebec the five-on-three power play, it was definitely a turning point in the game.”
Quebec replied 2:30 later on a turnover at the offensive blue line. Losing the puck at his own blue line Drummondville defenseman Charles-David Beaudoin saw Quebec left winger Frederic Bergeron the beat Voltigeurs netminder between his pads on a breakaway at 3:44.
As the game went on Quebec seemed to miss some energy in the third, losing most of their battle for the puck but thanks to their goaltender Francois Brassard Quebec was able to force at least the overtime trying to win an eighth games in their last nine. Unfortunately for Patrick Roy’s team the visitor scored the goal that made the difference in visiting team favor.
“After our first period we made some adjustment, we knew Quebec was a very strong team to enter the zone with the puck we have had to minimized that, we were too satisfied with that aspect of our game in first period so we made two little adjustments to tight our play we create more turnover at that time and we were able to bring a better for-checking in offensive zone.” Drummondville coach Duhamel said.
“We were very good in first period, in second we were ok and in third we were dominated for sure,” the Quebec head coach Patrick Roy said in his post game press conference.
“Not because of the shots on goal because Drummondville is a team recognized to put the puck on net but we need to make some adjustments and we have to be better in those situations.”
Questioned about his goalie’s performance the Quebec head coach Roy said, “Maybe without his performance the team might not get a point in the standing, but if Guindon didn’t do what he did in first period, we could have been leading by three nothing in first. Honestly both goaltenders had been very good. Guindon did the job in first period giving chance to his team, to return to their locker room 0-0. On the other end in third “Brass” (Francois Brassard) did the job for us in the third.”
Quebec will return in action right on tonight hosting the Moncton Wildcats.
Seven other games were on QMJHL schedule for Friday
Victoriaville 4 vs. Saint John 3
Blainville-Boisbriand 2 vs. Sherbrooke 5
Moncton 4 vs. Rimouski 2
Prince Edward Island 5 vs. Val-d’Or 6 (shootout)
Baie-Comeau vs. Gatineau
Halifax 5 vs. Rouyn-Noranda 2
Chicoutimi 4 vs. Shawinigan 0
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