Quebec begins 2013 with convincing victory against Rouyn-Noranda

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Quebec ended 2012 winning in OT against Sherbrooke and Patrick Roy’s team began 2013 on the same victorious note with a 6-1 win against Rouyn-Noranda. Alexandre Boivin, with his first two QMJHL career goals, and Frederic Bergeron with three assists were Quebec best forwards. Quebec’s win was their 25th victory in 39 games.
Quebec opened the scoring in Rouyn-Noranda with only 1:50 gone in the first period. Boivin redirected a shot from Bergeron behind Huskies goaltender Alexandre Belanger for his fist career goal in the QMJHL.
A penalty to Huskies defenseman Mathieu Brisebois led to Quebec’s second goal. Being patient, Adam Erne’s shot from the slot paid dividends on his 20th goal of the year at 5:42.
Playing a strong first period Quebec scored the next two goals in 49 seconds to take a 4-0 lead after the first twenty minutes. Acquired at the first day of last period of trade in QMJHL, from Cape Breton, Blake Millman scored his first goal with his new team, his third of the year beating Belanger to his left side with a backhanded shot at 14:57.
Driving to the net veteran forward Logan Shaw beat Huskies netminder for Quebec’s fourth goal in 49 seconds leading Huskies head coach to make a goalie change trying to find a way to change the tempo of the first period dominated 12-5 in shots on goal by Quebec.
Seeing his young netminder victimized by four goals on nine shots interim Rouyn-Noranda head coach Mario Pouliot (Andre Tourigny is with team Canada at the World Junior Tournament as assistant to head coach Steve Spott) decided to pull Belanger sending veteran Robin Gusse in for the rest of the game.
Playing a better second period even if the Huskies were shutout on five power plays (four in middle frame), Rouyn-Noranda broke the ice with the team’s first goal but not before seeing their opponent adding a fifth goal to their total.
Already having scored his first career goal in QMJHL, Boivin scored his second of the game giving Quebec 5-0 lead. Going on a breakaway following another great pass from Frederic Bergeron (third one in the game) Quebec center beat Gusse with a backhanded shot with 7:41 remaining to the period.
Rouyn-Noranda scored their first goal of the game with 3:58 to go in the middle frame. Beating Quebec defenseman Jeremy Beaudry, Huskies center Maxime St-Cyr beat Quebec goalie top shelve on Francois Brassard left corner.
Quebec scored the only goal in third period. Winning his battle along the board Jason Houde found Marc-Antoine Carrier who took a first shot on Huskies netminder. Unable to control the rebound Anthony Verret pushed the puck behind veteran Huskies goalie Gusse for his 6th of the year at 11:16.
Quebec next game is tonight in Val-d’Or visiting the Foreurs to end the weekend.
Four other games were on QMJHL schedule on Friday
Saint John 3 vs. Halifax 2 (overtime)
Cape Breton 3 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 5
Chicoutimi 4 vs. Sherbrooke 3
Victoriaville 2 vs. Val-d’Or 7
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