Quebec bounces back with victory against Saint John Erne earns first star with 3 points

h Zilbert (26) was the only visiting  team player to put a puck behind Quebec goalie Francois Brassard photo by Serge Poulin

Zilbert (26) was the only visiting team player to put a puck behind Quebec goalie Francois Brassard photo by Serge Poulin

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — After losing the night before to Rimouski, Quebec offered a better effort winning 3-1 against Saint John. The line of Fabrice Herzog (0-1) Adam Erne (2-1) and Nick Sorensen (1-2) took charge in leading the Remparts to victory.

“Every game is huge; overall it was lopsided over last night points so anyway we want to win the next two so tomorrow we play another team that are behind us it will be important to win the game,” said Quebec center Adam Erne after the game.

“It is good to be back with my line obviously we have good thing going. Last night was tougher it was our first game back, we were little bit tired but it wasn’t an excuse but tonight it was good to be back on right track,” Erne continued. He was named first star of the game.

Quebec scored the first three goals with Erne getting the first two. On the first, he completed great play with Sorensen and Herzog driving to the net before tipping the puck just over Saint John goaltender Sebastien Auger at 7:07 in the opening period.

DSCN6832 Quebec center Adam Erne (73) played very solid game ending with 2 goals 1 assist photo by Serge Poulin

Adam Erne (73) played very solid game ending with 2 goals 1 assist photo by Serge Poulin

Erne came back in the second period with only 10 seconds gone with his second of the night beating Sea Dogs goalie again on his stick side.

Quebec’s third goal came from Nick Sorensen who picked up a great pass from Erne before shooting the puck behind Auger for his 14th of the year at 8:11.

Taking the blame for Friday night’s loss Quebec goaltender Francois Brassard was perfect blocking all 26 shots he faced except for the last one that went through his pads with 59.7 seconds remaining to the game. Noah Zilbert got his sixth of the regular season.

ie Francois Brassard has been almost perfect losing his shutout with  one minute remaining to the game photo by Serge Poulin

Francois Brassard has been almost perfect losing his shutout with one minute remaining to the game photo by Serge Poulin

“It was fun to get another game the day after to get the chance to play better,” said the veteran goaltender Francois Brassard. “It was good for me to get the chance to put last game behind me and start all over again today. Saint John is a team that work hard and every teams that come here to play want to prove something. You have lots of scout big crowd so every team that come here come to win.”

For Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher, he seemed happier to see his team performance but recognized his team need to work better with a man advantage being 0-in-10 in last two games.

SCN6856 Back from World Junior Championship with Silver medal Nick Sorensen ended the game with 1g  2a photo by Serge Poulin

Nick Sorensen ended the game with 1g 2a photo by Serge Poulin

“We played well “Brass” (Francois Brassard) has been very solid. Saint John came to play they are a young team it wasn’t too easy but we played very good beside our power play that we need to work. In shorthand situation we were very solid and at even strength we play good. In third period we changed our way to play and we did well.” Ended Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher.

Quebec will end the series of four games in last five nights visiting the Phoenix of Sherbrooke in the afternoon.

Four other games were on QMJHL schedule on Saturday night

Cape Breton 3 vs. Victoriaville 12

Acadie-Bathurst 2 vs. Halifax 4

Shawinigan 4 vs. Moncton 2

Baie-Comeau 3 vs. Rouyn-Noranda 2

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