QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Criticized lately by his head coach Patrick Roy for not playing up to his potential Anthony Duclair answered critics with a two-goal performance leading Quebec to 4-2 win against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
Accused of playing more for personal statistics than the logo on the Quebec jersey the left winger offered a performance closer to expectations.
“It’s fun to see a player’s performance being recognized, tonight it was Anthony Duclair, and he simply was sensational. He worked very hard with
teammates Kurt Etchagery and Frederic Bergeron. Very good shot on his first goal, on his second he drove the net super pass from Etchegary. Defensively we played very well, we worked very hard I ‘m very satisfied by our team performance,” Quebec head coach Patrick Roy said after the game.
After killing a penalty to teammate Blake Millman for roughing, Quebec took a 2-0 lead scoring the first two goals in less than three minutes both by Duclair. The Quebec left winger went to the slot getting perfect pass from Etchegary. Duclair’s shot left no chance to Armada goaltender Etienne Marcoux at 8:49.
Less than three minutes later Etchegary found Duclair driving to the net sending him another great pass and the left winger completed great play, defenseman Ryan Culkin got the second assists on the play at 11:57 of the opening period.
Quebec scored their first two goals on their first four shots ending the first period with only five shots Blainville-Boisbriand ended with seven.
Playing with a man advantage for the first time in the game Quebec added a third goal to their lead when Etchegary redirected a shot by Adam Erne behind Marcoux with only 2:59 gone in the middle frame.
Samuel Carrier got Armada back in the game scoring the visitor second goal when his shot from the blue line hit a Quebec player in front of the net deflecting the puck between Quebec goalie Francois Brassard’s pads at 7:50.
Frederic Bergeron scored Quebec’s fourth goal shooting the puck in an empty net with 50 seconds remaining to the game.
“We played very well as a team and it’s good to be able to score goals at home,” Duclair said in the locker room after the game. “I want to give credit to my teammates Etchegary gave me the puck and we played very well as a team and we completed each other defensively.” Duclair said after earning the first star of the game.
On the other side, Blainville-Boisbriand head coach Jean-Francois Houle gave credit to Quebec for the way they played their game.
“It was a good game it could go one side or the other. For sure we would like to win the game but we never gave up but we didn’t execute on our power play on three-on-two and that’s what cost us the game. Our D zone coverage cost us first two goals in the game.”
Quebec will play their next two games on the road next weekend. On Friday, they will make a first stop in Rouyn-Noranda facing the Huskies. On Saturday, Quebec will face the Foreurs in Val-d’Or.
Two other games were on QMJHL on Tuesday
Acadie-Bathurst 1 vs. Moncton 5
Victoriaville 5 vs. Gatineau 0
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