Quebec begins weekend losing in Victoriaville

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Leading by one (3-2) after forty minutes of play, Quebec saw Victoriaville come back with four third period goals, leading Victoriaville to a 6-3 win. Philippe Halley with two goals, Jean-Francois Leblanc (1g-1a) and Petr Sidlik also with two points (1g-1a), led the home team to their fifth victory in the 2012-13 regular season.
 
Quebec was the first team to get on the scoreboard for the eleventh time in a row. Ryan Culkin beat Victoriaville goaltender Brandon Whitney to his left side with a wrist shot from the slot with 7:54 gone in first period.
 
Victoriaville tied the game less than three minutes later with Leblanc’s third of the year. After Quebec netminder Francois Brassard made first save with his right pad on Tommy Veilleux’s shot, driving to the net, Leblanc took a loose puck beating Brassard for the first Tigers goal at 10:50.
 
With the game tied one goal-a-piece, Victoriaville got the first chance to play with a man advantage, following a penalty to Quebec center Kurt Etchegary, guilty of hooking. Unfortunately for Tigers, fans their favorites, were shutout on this first occasion.
 
Ranking second behind Victoriaville with a man-advantage (32.0 percent 16-in-50), Quebec played for the first time with a man-up with Troy Vance in sin bin for Victoriaville. The Tigers kept Quebec of of scoreboard with no real good scoring opportunities.
 
But before the initial period ended, Vance was guilty for second time in the period giving Quebec the chance to begin the second period on the power play.
 
After killing first three Quebec power plays, Victoriaville broke the tie playing with a man short for the fourth consecutive time.
 
Trying to ice the puck, Quebec defenseman Marc-Antoine Carrier saw Tigers forward Phillip Daneault intercepted the puck, making great pass to Sidlik, sending teammate Halley on the breakaway. The Victoriaville left winger took his own rebound after seeing Brassard make the first save and beat the Quebec netminder taking the lead for first time in the game (2-1) at 7:19.
 
Quebec came back tying the game 23 seconds later on the same power play, during the penalty to Victoriaville center Jean-Francois Leblanc. Mikhail Grigorenko took a rebound shot from Adam Erne scoring Remparts second goal of the game, getting a point in an eleventh consecutive game.
 
Guilty of a turnover on the Victoriaville second goal, Marc-Antoine Carrier surprised the Tigers goaltender taking a long wrist shot from the left point regaining the lead for the second time in the game at 9:34 in the middle frame.
 
Victoriaville tied the game again with 13:27 seconds to go in the third period. Taking another loose puck in front of the Quebec goalie following the first shot by Alex Filiatrault (first point this season) Angelo Micelli beat Brassard with a low backhanded shot for Tigers third goal.
 
Already shutout in three previous power play attempts, the fourth one gave Victoriaville the opportunity to take the lead for the second time in the game. Brassard saw Carl-Antoine Delisle make a back-door pass to Sidlik who scored Tigers fourth goal of the game with 6:59 left in the third period.
 
Trailing by one with 1:25 remaining in the game Quebec head coach Patrick Roy decided to pull his netminder sending a sixth forward looking for the tying goal.
 
Unfortunately for the visitors, Victoriaville scored the last two goals in an empty net. Halley 19:09 and Carl-Antoine Delisle 19:30 completed the scoring leading the Yanick Jean’s team to their fifth win of the regular season.
 
After the game on team broadcast station Quebec head coach gave credit to Victoriaville.
 
“I found we played just fine, we have had our chance to win the game, and the game could have gone either side. I have to admit the Victoriaville played very well offensively especially around the net. They were solid in front of the goal taking rebounds, that’s the way we scored goals some night. They did a good job so we have to give credit to them.”
Giving 19 goals in first 10 games Roy admit his team didn’t play good hockey in their defensive zone.
 
“Listen, it’s little tougher in our zone in the last two games, we will have to pull ourselves together, we have some things to work and we will do it. Now we need to be ready for our next game on Sunday in Drummondville. We won’t be able to practice tomorrow, so we will look at it in the beginning of next week.”
 
Quebec will complete the weekend in Drummondville facing the Voltigeurs on Sunday afternoon.
 
Eight other games were on QMJHL schedule on Friday
Sherbrooke 3 vs. Halifax 4
Prince Edward Island 5 vs. Moncton 0
Cape Breton 1 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 5
Gatineau 4 vs. Val-d’Or 7
Blainville-Boisbriand 4 vs. Baie-Comeau 5 (shootout)
Saint John 4 vs. Chicoutimi 3 (shootout)
Shawinigan 0 vs. Rimouski 4
Drummondville 5 vs. Rouyn-Noranda 4
 
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