QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — In the first of two games in three days, the Quebec Remparts won 3-2 over the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Quebec captain defenseman Ryan Culkin led the visitor offense with two goals his second becoming the game winning goal.
“You don’t have too many teams that work like Drummondville. They are a team that work very hard,” said Quebec coach Philippe Boucher. “We tried to match their work ethic it wasn’t always perfect but “Brass” Francois Brassard kept us in the game we blocked lots of shots at the end and that is what we like to see from our guys it is the only way to win hockey game.”
Quebec opened the scoring in Drummondville after Voltigeurs goaltender Louis-Philip Guidon made first save on Quebec defenseman Duncan McIntyre, Anthony Duclair took the rebound and wrist it behind Drummondville netminder for his 32nd of the season at 5:26.
Drummondville tied the score less than two minutes later on the 29th of the year by Jerome Verrier at 7:33.
Playing with a man up for the first time in the game Quebec regained the lead 2-1. Screening Voltigeurs goalie with Adam Chapman in front, Remparts captain defenseman Culkin let a slap-shot go from the blue line beating Guindon at13:28.
After a scoreless second period Drummondville tied the game 2-2 with Matthew Boudens 14th goals of the regular season. Missing his first shot on goal he took his own rebound shooting it behind Quebec netminder at 8:43.
After tying the score, Boudens was found guilty of high sticking; a penalty that proved to be costly for his team. With 18 seconds remaining to Voltigeurs center Quebec veteran defenseman Culkin successfully beat Drummondville goalie Guindon with a shot from the blue line at 10:48.
“The team played very well defensively it was a big two points for us,” said Quebec netminder Francois Brassard in the locker room after the game. “The biggest difference from pass year is I played with lots of confidence. When the confidence is there you played with more consistency more you play with consistency more you are confident. Better the team play defensively better it will be for me.”
“We would really wins that game Drummondville won 13 of their last 14 games so we work real hard all game we never let it go. Sure I always wanted to stay here it is my fourth years with the team I played 200 games with this uniform so I really really want to stay here,” the Quebec captain said making references to the last trading period in the QMJHL.
Quebec next game will be this Sunday afternoon hosting the Sherbrooke Phoenix.
Six other games were on QMJHL schedule for Friday night
Cape Breton 5 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 2
Charlottetown vs. Halifax (cancel due to bad weather)
Victoriaville 2 vs. Chicoutimi 3
Blainville-Boisbriand 3 vs. Baie-Comeau 4
Sherbrooke 4 vs. Gatineau 8
Val-d’Or 3 vs. Rimouski 5
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