QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Leading the series 2-1, Rouyn-Noranda entered game four with a certain confidence playing in front of their fans for a second time. Trailing twice by one and a second time by two goals, the Huskies successfully came back to tie the game before winning in overtime by 5-4.
Liam O’Brien made the difference with only 2:49 into first overtime with the game winning goal.
As Quebec did in game three they were the first team to open the scoring when Anthony Duclair took a perfect pass from behind the net from Logan Shaw to wrist a shot from the slot giving a 1-0 lead Quebec at 3:56.
A penalty to Quebec forward Jason Houde gave Rouyn-Noranda the opportunity they wanted to tie the game. Working at 81 percent the Huskies power play did the job. After first shot by Rouyn-Noranda defenseman Mathieu Brisebois stopped by Quebec goalie Gabriel Desjardins hit the puck in the air to get the puck in at 8:04.
Quebec came back scoring the next two goals with a man advantage. With only 02 seconds remaining to Huskies center Marc Power, Nick Sorensen gave Quebec a 2-1 lead taking a rebound from Adam Erne at 17:50.
Before the period ended Quebec added another goal making them two–for-two with a man advantage when Mikhail Grigorenko beat Huskies goalie top right corner with a backhanded shot with 9.5 seconds remaining to the second periods.
For Grigorenko it was his first point in the series.
Already scoring with man advantage in first period Rouyn-Noranda added two more goals to tie the game 3-3. With Quebec left winger Duclair in the penalty box Jean-Sebastien Dea reduced Quebec lead to only one goal with 14:04 to go in the middle frame.
Missing his shot on Brassard Dea saw his teammate Gabriel Desjardins taking the shot and beat Quebec goalie with 11:13 remaining to the second period.
But before the second period ended Quebec regained the lead for a second times with 22.5 seconds left to the second periods. Quebec left winger Duclair who already got a goal (first Quebec goal in the game) scored his second of the game giving Quebec 4-3 lead.
Rouyn-Noranda tied the game 4-4 with the only goal in third period. Liam O’Brien beat Quebec netminder Francois Brassard with a precise shot from right side at 8:31.
Mark Power gave Rouyn-Noranda its third victory in the quarterfinal series with his second of the playoff with only 2:49 into first period of overtime beating Quebec goalie between his pads.
The next game quarterfinal in the series will be this Friday.
Three other series were on QMJHL schedule on Wednesday
Baie-Comeau 2 vs. Victoriaville 1 (Baie-Comeau wins series 4-0)
Halifax 5 vs. Gatineau 3 (Halifax wins series 4-0)
Blainville-Boisbriand 2 vs. Val-d’Or 1 (Blainville-Boisbriand wins series 4-0)
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