Moncton completes perfect weekend with victory over Quebec Strong performance by Quebec comes up short in loss

DSCN5033 Moncton goaltender Alex Dubeau play key role making 43 saves on Quebec 45 shots on goal photo by Serge Poulin

Moncton goaltender Dubeau made43 saves photo by Serge Poulin

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Dominated by Quebec 45-30 in shots on goal the Moncton Wildcats found a way to pull out a 3-2 victory over Quebec with former Victoriaville center Phillip Danault’s goal with less than three minutes in the third period.

“We didn’t play our best game today but we found a way to win and got four points on this trip,” the Moncton Wildcats head coach Danny Flynn said after his team completed a perfect weekend with second victories in last twenty-four hours.

“He was rock solid from the first minute in and gave us a chance to win playoff type game.” said the Wildcats coach Flynn about his starting goalie Alex Dubeau making 43 saves on Quebec 45 shots on goal.

Moncton was the first team to break the ice in Quebec on Saturday night. The shot from the slot didn’t give any chance to Quebec goalie seeing Alex Saulmier’s shot beat Francois Brassard low on his stick side at 18:23. Quebec dominated 20-9 but the Wildcats goalie was very solid throughout the initial period.

DSCN5047 Moncton veteran center Alex Saulmier scores Wildcats first goal of the game photo by Serge Poulin

Moncton Saulmier photo by Serge Poulin

Quebec duo Anthony Duclair and Adam Erne combined efforts on Quebec’s tying goal with 4:55 gone in second period. After making first save on Duclair shot the Wildcats netminder didn’t had any chance on rebound when Erne put it behind Dubeau.

Moncton regained the lead midway through the third period when a shot from the blue line by Danick Emond went through a couple skates then redirected and found tiny hole under Brassard arm before going in.

The Wildcats adds a third goal that becoming later the goal that will make the difference in favor of the visiting team for second consecutive time in the last 24 hours. A giveaway not one, not twice but third times by Quebec center Hubert Lamarre turn in disfavor of Quebec giving Moncton their third goal of the night.

Trying to recover the puck the diminutive center saw Wildcats center Phillip Danault took the first shot on Quebec goalie making first save but the rebound taken by former Victoriaville player went in for what became later in the game the goal that made the difference in Moncton favor.

Frederic Bergeron reduced the visitor lead with his 12th goal of the season making the score 3-2 but unfortunately for the 14,908 fans in the building their favorites loses for second times in last twenty-four hours.

DSCN5034 Moncton center Phillip Danault (10) scores game winning goal photo by Serge Poulin

Moncton Danault score game winning goal photo by Serge Poulin

After the game the Quebec head coach Patrick Roy could not make many criticisms of his team, the only missing on the night was a victory.

“We played a strong game, sixty minutes, really satisfied of team performance. We have had good meetings this morning and guys applied exactly what we talked this morning, they did exactly what we looked for. I adored the effort, the intensity. I’m sad because the only thing missing tonight is the result. But like I said to the players we have to keep our heads up because we really played a strong game.”

“I think the guys know deep down inside themselves, it was an important game, I very happy.’ The Remparts coach Roy said.

Quebec will go on the road for their next two games. First stop will be next Tuesday in Baie-Comeau facing the Drakkar. On Friday, they will play the Victoriaville Tigres.

Three other games were on QMJHL schedule on Saturday

Saint John 1 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 4

Prince Edward Island 3 vs. Rouyn-Noranda 6

Halifax 4 vs. Val-d’Or 3 (shootout)

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