QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Beginning a series on the road for a team often means trying to win at least one game in the first two in a 2-2-1-1-1 format. Winning the first game of a series with the format 2-3-2 because of the distance between two towns is even more important for the visiting team. That exactly what the Rouyn-Noranda did on Friday night when they signed a 6-1 wins over the Quebec Remparts.
Led offensively by Maxime St-Cyr and Gabriel Slight with two goals each the Rouyn-Noranda take 1-0 lead in their Quarterfinal series against Quebec.
“We played a very solid game,” the Huskies head coach Andre Tourigny after his team won the first game of the series. “We played a very good game defensively and with discipline. It will be a key in that series if we are able to be discipline we will be successful. Quebec has a very good power play if they can take the momentum with their power play it will become harder for us and they could score big goal.”
Rouyn-Noranda opened the scoring on a turnover. After making first save on a first shot by Nikita Kucherov Quebec defenseman Martin Lefebvre was unable to clean the rebound giving chance to the former Quebec player (traded during the regular season) to take his own rebound and beat Quebec netminder Francois brassard with only 2:46 gone in the opening period.
“The goal scored by Kucherov was a big one it took away lots of pressure. I t was a goal on a rebound. We were opportunistic. We played with less stress, Quebec played with little more pressure it was normal. The fact we didn’t took penalty the Remparts can’t used their power play to come back in the game. It will be a key for us.” The Head coach Tourigny said about the first goal of the game.
The Huskies added a second goal to their lead little bit over 12:00 later at 14:21 on another defensive turnover. Unable to get the puck out of his zone Quebec young defenseman David Hunter saw Kucherov picking the puck to make a great pass to Maxime St-Cyr to score his first of the night.
Quebec scored their only goal in the game on Adam Erne tipping in a shot from Brent Turnbull at 17:55 giving no chance to Huskies goalie Alexandre Belanger.
Rouyn-Noranda came back in the second scoring two goals. The first one (Huskies third goal) originate from the behind the net. A beautiful pass from Mathieu Lemay to St-Cyr surprised Quebec netminder low on blocker side at 8:29.
Gabriel Slight scored his first of two goals in the night. Tipping in a shot from Sven Andrigetho, on power play Slight scored his first of two goals at 16:03. Gabriel Desjardin another former Quebec players came to aunt his former teammates with his second of the series in an empty net at 13:32.
Slight with his second of the game scored Rouyn-Noranda sixth goal to complete the visitor’s offense at 19:29.
“They were the first on loose puck, they won their one-on-one battle, they simply dominated us,” Quebec veteran defenseman Marc-Antoine Carrier said to explain his team first loss in the series. “It was a shame,” Carrier added.
Winning only one game in four at home since the playoff began isn’t the best situation if you want as far as possible in series. “It was a very good question,” answered the veteran defenseman Carrier. “I’m asking the same question myself. If we want to go further in playoff we will have to win at home. We need to take the advantage of playing at home but we didn’t take advantage as of yet.”
For Patrick Roy, his team performance was unacceptable, “It’s a shame and embarrassment. First I want to give credit to Rouyn-Noranda performances I don’t missing any respect to the Huskies performance but if we look our performance I found it regrettable to offer a performance like that to our fans. Losing three games in four attempts at home was unacceptable. I can’t say that I’m happy of what I have seen tonight.”
Game two of that series will be play on Saturday (tonight) before playing next three games in Rouyn-Noranda.
Three other series will be on QMJHL schedule on Friday
Gatineau 0 vs. Halifax 7 (Halifax lead quarterfinal series 1-0)
Victoriaville 3 vs.Baie-Comeau 5 (Baie-Comeau leads series 1-0)
Val-d’Or 1 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 10 (Blainville-Boisbriand leads series 1-0)
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