QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Bolstered by a victory over Rouyn-Noranda Sunday Quebec came into Blainville-Boisbriand hoping to register a sixth victory in their last 11 games. The return of Nick Sorensen (missed six games due to concussion) combined with first two goals by Alexandre Caron-Roy in the QMJHL led Quebec to a 6-0 win against the Armada.
Making 27 saves and leading in the QMJHL for most shutout with two, Francois Brassard adds a third one to his record. Blainville-Boisbriand lost only for third time in twenty-two games at home.
Playing their best first period of the regular season Quebec took the lead 3-0 leading 17-6 in shots on goal department.
Sorensen made his presence felt scoring two of the Remparts three goals against the Armada.
The right winger opened the scoring with 17:31 remaining in first period following a face-off won by teammate Adam Erne. Sorensen wrist shot left no chance to Blainville-Boisbriand goaltender Etienne Marcoux.
Strong forechecking by center Alexandre Boivin led to Quebec’s second goal scored by Anthony Duclair. The native of Montreal surprised one of the best goalies in the QMJHL scoring Quebec second goal at 10:28.
Sorensen came back less than a minute later with his second of the game, second in the opening period at 11:05 beating Armada netminder top shelf on Marcoux left side. Allowing 3 goals on first 13 shots Blainville-Boisbriand head coach Jean-Francois Houle decided to pull his starting goalie sending Samuel Motembeault in relief.
Quebec continued to play a solid game in the second period adding two more goals, one at even strength, the second one with a man advantage leading 5-0 after two periods of play.
Going on a breakaway following Armada forward loose puck Alexandre Caron-Roy scores his first in the QMJHL beating Armada goaltender under his left arm at 15:39.
Caron-Roy came back more than two minutes later this time with his team playing on first power play of the night. Beneficiary of perfect pass by Duclair Caron-Roy only had to push the puck behind Montembeault who was already down on the ice at 17:56.
Quebec added a sixth goal when the wrist shot from the blue line by defenseman Ryan Culkin beat a screened Blainville-Boisbriand goalie with 16:03 remaining in third period.
After the game Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher was very satisfied about his team play,
“For one reason,” the head coach said after been asked if this win had been more satisfying than the one in Quebec against Rouyn-Noranda. “The guys played that game for their teammate Kurt Etchegary who will have heart surgery on Thursday morning after being diagnosed with Pericardia effusion. They know how hard the day will be for him tomorrow (Thursday). We know he would like to play with us but can’t because of what happen. Just for that yes it surpass the victory against Rouyn-Noranda.
“Today it was the first time of the year we were able to play with four lines the return of Sorensen made other players felt on their place in the lineup. Sorensen played with lots of energy. He was happy to come back and he is very dangerous.”
Quebec’s next game will be this Friday hosting the Shawinigan Cataractes. On Saturday the team will travel to Chicoutimi facing the Sagueneens.
Two other games were on QMJHL were on QMJHL schedule on Wednesday
Drummondville 4 vs. Charlottetown 1
Rimouski 1 vs. Moncton 6
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