Powerplay goals made difference in first game Four push for trophy

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Four teams still have the chance to win the QMJHL trophy, the emblem of the QMJHL champion the President Cup. In first series beginning on Friday night, Blainville-Boisbriand faced Baie-Comeau. In the other (beginning on Saturday), Rouyn-Noranda Huskies face Halifax Mosseheads.

Two goals on the powerplay in four opportunities made the difference on Friday night in a 2-1 win by Baie-Comeau over the Blainville-Boisbriand. Valentin Zykov’s goal in the third period with only 45 seconds gone on the scoreboard gave the first victory to the Drakkar over the Armada.1701

The series between Blainville-Boisbriand and Baie-Comeau promises to be interesting. Ending the regular season in second place with 93 points the Drakkar scored 274 allowing 193. On the side the Armada ended in third place overall with 90 points scoring 272 goals for allowing 192 goals against.

Baie-Comeau broke the ice in their semifinal with only 1:06 gone in the opening period scoring on their first powerplay opportunity. Jeremy Gregoire beat Armada goaltender Etienne Marcoux with his 9th goal of the playoff. Dominic Poulin and Petr Straka got the helpers.

Getting their first shot on goal after first 7:30 of play Blainville-Boisbriand took the tempo of the opening period due to three penalties taken by Baie-Comeau, but the Drakkar returned in their locker room with the only goal in the first period.

After a second period without goal, Blainville-Boisbriand tied the game one goal-a-piece playing four-on-four only 45 seconds into the third period.

The shot from the blue line by Armada defenseman Christian Marti took by surprised Baie-Comeau netminder Philippe Cadorette.

Playing with another man up a fourth times in the game Baie-Comeau right winger Valentin Zykov gave back the lead to the Drakkar and Zykov goals became the one that made the difference at the end giving to Baie-Comeau the first victory in the semi-final.

Next game will be Saturday afternoon.

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