QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Trailing by one after forty minutes of play (2-1) the Oceanic scored three times in the third period to come from behind and win 4-3 against the Remparts.
For the second time in as many games (being pulled after giving 4 goals on 18 shots against Victoriaville on Thursday night) the Quebec starting goalie Francois Brassard was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 18 shots after 53:04 against Rimouski.
After giving up the first goal to Rimouski with 7:20 gone in the initial period Brassard wasn’t too busy having to face only three other shots from Rimouski. Dominating 11- 4 in shots on goal after first period Quebec tied the game in a shorthanded situation trying to kill a penalty to teammate Jason Houde.
The shot from Logan Shaw beat Philippe Desrosiers between his pads at 12:05. Quebec came back in the second scoring their second goal with only 36 seconds gone. Anthony Duclair only had to push the puck on Desrosiers stick side after great pass from Shaw in a two-on-one situation.
Rimouski head coach Serge Beausoleil was the first to admit his team was in mode of looking for solutions after Quebec was so dominant after first two periods. Dominating not just on shots on goal department (33-10) but on the most important board 2-1 after forty minutes.
“Quebec played very solid game in first two periods,” the Oceanic head coach Beausoleil said after the game. “I have to say we looked for some solution with Quebec playing the way they were playing. But thanks to our goaltender Desrosiers he closed the door after giving up Quebec second goal. Without him I wouldn’t be here discussing our victory.”
Trailing by one Rimouski began the third continuing to play hard and working deep in Quebec defensive zone and when you work hard sometime chance turn in your favor. Victim of a shorthanded goal on Quebec tying goal in first period, Rimouski also tied the game in same circumstances.
Working in shorthanded situation following a penalty to Peter Trainor Rimouski right winger Michael Joly went alone against Quebec goalie following great pass from Frederik Gauthier. Making great move, Joly put the puck behind Brassard for Oceanic second goal 5:12 into third period.
Rimouski regained the lead (3-2) for second time in the game after Jean-Francois Plante pushed the loose puck in Quebec goalie’s crease to put it in with 8:19 to go in the period following a first shot blocked by Brassard.
Scoring first goal at even strength, the second one in shorthanded situation, the Oceanic scored their fourth goal with a man advantage. Killing first three visitor power plays Quebec thought they could be successful killing a fourth one but unfortunately for Patrick Roy’s team Rimouski adds a fourth goals with Quebec center Pierre-Maxime Poudrier in the box.
The shot from defenseman Samuel Morin slowly went through Brassard’s pads meaning the end of his working night for second times in as many games. Morin’s goal came at 13:04.
Zachary Fortin came in facing no shots in last 5:04.
After being pulled for second times in last two games, in last 48 hours, Brassard didn’t seem shaky, “For sure it was frustrating when you see your team dominating the game and goals didn’t come. But we have had a 2-1 lead and I think it’s deceiving to lose the way we did,” the starting goalie said.
With the last trading period beginning tomorrow rumors said that Quebec would have four trades done that will be announce tomorrow (League rule oblige). Ask what the Quebec need to make the team better the number one netminder has been illusive to the question.
“I don’t know but I expect some moves. Patrick seems to have some trades already done with other teams so guys with little bit toughness might come here, maybe a third or fourth defensemen would be nice.”
Been shutout in previous seven power plays opportunity, Quebec finally put one in on their eight ones. Captain Martin Lefebvre scored Quebec third goals at 19:33 but it was too late for the Remparts losing fourth games in their last five without Mikhail Grigorenko and Nick Sorensen.
Quebec head coach Roy came in front the reporters satisfied of his team effort even if his team loses the game.
“I think we played three good periods,” answered the Quebec coach Roy said answering first question if the game outcome had been played in third? “I adored the team performances, the only thing missing was the result. If we played like that we will win the majority of our games.”
“For me it’s positive, I came out of the arena some nights being mad about our team even if we won but tonight unfortunately we lose but I must say that I’m very satisfied about our team performance. Nothing his negative in what we have done it’s very positive for me.”
Quebec will have six days off with Christmas break. Team will be back in action December 28 hosting Baie-Comeau.
Eight other games were on QMJHL schedule on Friday
Moncton 4 vs. Cape Breton 3 (first overtime)
Prince Edward Island 5 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 3
Halifax 5 vs. Saint John 1
Drummondville 5 vs. Sherbrooke 4 (shootout)
Shawinigan 4 vs. Victoriaville 0
Rouyn-Noranda vs. Blainville-Boisbriand
Baie-Comeau 2 vs. Chicoutimi 0
Val-d’Or 6 vs. Gatineau 3
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