Quebec bounces back with shutout win against Shawinigan

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — After giving up eight goals the night before against

Quebec forward Adam Erne photo by Serge Poulin

Quebec forward Adam Erne photo by Serge Poulin

Baie-Comeau, Quebec bounced back scoring seven on Friday night against Shawinigan to win 7-0 against the Cataractes. Tending goal for the second time since the season began, Zachary Fortin the young netminder, kept his concentration in the third period to register his first shutout in his junior career.
 
If Quebec scored only one goal in first period the night before, Patrick Roy’s team took the bull by the horns scoring four times in the initial period against Shawinigan. Adam Erne opened the scoring with his first of four goals in the game with only 2:43 gone. Mikhail Grigorenko gave Quebec a 2-0 lead scoring his 11th of the year with his team on a power play with Shawinigan right winger Peter Sakaris in the penalty box.
 
Working hard brings dividends, that’s exactly what happened when Frederic Bergeron scores his first career goal in juniors giving Quebec 3-0 lead. Erne came back less than three minutes later with his second of the game, at 13:42.
 
“Yes, it was good to play with Shaw ( Logan) and Sorensen (Nick),” answered Erne when he was asked how he felt after his teams loss the night before. “We want to be the hardest working team in the league, I think last night we didn’t show that and as I said we want to be the hardest working team from here on in and that’s our goal for the season.”
 
Knowing you will get the nod to be in goal for the next game after your team gets trounced isn’t an easy task for a young netminder like Fortin. Playing his first game against Rimouski on last October 6th the young netminder blanked the Oceanic until 16:15 of third period.
 
Coming back between the pipes for his second game he totaled 19 saves reserving his best for the middle frame. Not wanting to repeat what he called the same mistake, he kept his concentration and has been well rewarded with his first career shutout.
 
“It’s the goalie’s job to make the save,” Fortin said answering a question about the credit he should deserve. “At the end it’s a team victory, like what happened last night it was a team loss. You can’t blame only the goalie everyone should take the blame. As far as the credit is concerned, I won’t say it’s my shutout, it’s a team shutout. To end with a shutout is always a plus, it’s a great feeling. Pat (Patrick Roy always said, “you should always come stronger in the second game.” So that’s what I will try to do the next time.”
 
Quebec center Mikhail Grigorenko photo by Serge Poulin

Quebec center Mikhail Grigorenko photo by Serge Poulin


Leading by four after the first twenty minutes didn’t seem enough for Roy’s team. Talking about the missing intensity in last Thursday night’s game against Baie-Comeau, Quebec head coach Roy saw his team coming back with two other goals in the middle frame both by Erne. The third one to complete his second hat trick this year came at 6:05, during a penalty to Shawinigan forward Charles-Antoine Alain. Erne’s fourth goal in the game came at 17:51 giving a comfortable 6-0 lead to Quebec.
 
Jason Houde completed the scoring for Quebec with Remparts seventh goals at 17:15 of third period.
 
“If you combined both score we made a game,” answered Quebec head coach Roy when he was asked about the contrast of both games (the one the night before against Baie-Comeau 8-2 loss) and tonight win (7-0).”
 
“It was a better game tonight, we played with more intensity and we worked better. That’s what gave result in first period.”
 
Talking about the intensity in the game against Shawinigan, Roy said, “We just hope it won’t be short term, I want it to be a long term, I’m anxious about Sunday afternoons game, and I just want to see how we would play facing a different opposition. It’s important to see if the team will play with the same kind of intensity.”
Quebec left winger Jason Houde photo by Serge Poulin

Quebec left winger Jason Houde photo by Serge Poulin


 
Quebec will end this weekend of three games in four nights facing the Gatineau Olympiques.
 
Six other games were on QMJHL schedule on Friday
Drummondville 4 vs. Cape Breton 1
Prince Edward 3 Island vs. Cape Breton 4 (overtime)
Baie-Comeau 2 vs. Sherbrooke 3 (shootout)
Moncton 3 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 2
Rimouski 4 vs. Val-d’Or 3 (shootout)
Acadie-Bathurst 3 vs. Gatineau 4
 
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