QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —While Chicoutimi took advantage of penalties in the first game to win against Quebec in game one, Quebec played a more disciplined game and took advantage of Chicoutimi lack of discipline leading them to 5-1 win over the Sagueneens.
Nick Sorensen, with three goals and Mikhail Grigorenko with three assists, combined their effort and took Quebec offensive in their hands helping their team to tie the series 1-1.
“The team chooses one player to be the best player after every game so they choose me today. Supporting a game like this we’ve played very well we took advantage of their penalties we scored and the team did a good job,” said Nick Sorensen after the game. “Grigorenko is unbelievable with the puck is he tough Erne (Adam) is tough he is really good, me I’m in between grinding with players.” Said the one who earned the first stars of the game.
After a scoreless first period where Quebec played with more aggressiveness dominating 14-4 in shots on goal the Remparts took a 2-0 lead scoring the first two goals inside the first four minutes of the middle frame.
In game one, the game misconduct to Adam Erne after scoring the first goal of the game seemed to turn momentum in Chicoutimi’s favor, a four-minute penalty to Thomas Gobeil gave Quebec the opportunity to open the scoring with first of the night by Nick Sorensen with only 14 seconds gone.
And 3:26 later Sorensen scored his second of the night completing the work of Kurt Etchegary and defenseman Ryan Culkin.
“We got a pretty bad game last night we just want to bounce back we knew we can’t be sad or anything about that, we just have to come today and play harder.” Sorensen said about the way his team played in second game to get the series tied at 1-1.
Adam Erne made Quebec 3-0 when after making first two saves on Grigorenko firs shot and Anthony Duclair the Chicoutimi goalie Chistopher Gibson was unable to do anything on Erne backhanded shot at 13:46 of second period.
Hooked by Quebec player on a breakaway Chicoutimi forward Alexandre Roy saw referee give him a penalty shot with 3:31 remaining in the second period but unfortunately for the Sagueneens fans in the arena Roy missed the net.
Goals scored at the end of a period or early in a period most often played against the team that was victim of those goals. Already scoring with only 14 seconds gone in second period Quebec came back in third scoring with only 1:02 gone in third Logan Shaw’s shot from the slot left no chance to Sagueneens netminder Gibson.
Sorensen completed his hat trick scoring Quebec fifth goal at 10:46. Chicoutimi head coach Marc-Etienne Hebert pulled his veteran netminder after Quebec fifth goal sending Julio Billia for the last nine minutes of the third period.
Chicoutimi broke the ice with their only goal at 17:23 of third period preventing them of being shutout. Lukas Sedlak with his first of playoff scored Chicoutimi only goal for the visiting team.
Quebec did the same sending Zachary Fortin after the only Sagueneens goal in the game simply to protect Francois Brassard because the players let their frustration out and Quebec head coach Patrick Roy didn’t want to take any chances.
“It was 7-2 in penalties for Quebec we came out of our game plans, we have to be extremely discipline when we played against a team like Quebec,” Chicoutimi head coach Marc-Etienne Hebert said in his post game press conference.
“Especially when they are at home last night we did good things in penalty killing tonight it didn’t turned on our side. Penalties played key roles in that game tonight. We came out of our game plan last night we left lots of energy, we have played an almost perfect game last night in our execution in our game plan, tonight it gas been little harder. We have to regroup next game is the most important one.”
For Roy, his team played much better and he was pleased about the result, “Very satisfying,” were the first words after the game. “We began the game very strongly and we maintained that until the last five minutes of third periods. We dominated and that what it took.”
“We were very solid offensively and defensively, we moved the puck very well on our power play. In first period if it wasn’t for Gibson we could come out leading by two he was very good.
Games four and five will be Tuesday and Wednesday March 26 and 27 in Chicoutimi.
Six other games were on QMJHL schedule on Saturday
Sherbrooke 1 vs. Baie-Comeau 8 (Baie-Comeau takes 2-0 lead)
Gatineau 5 vs. Rimouski (Rimouski 3 (series tied 1-1)
Saint John 1 vs. Halifax 2 (Halifax takes 2-0 lead)
Victoriaville 2 vs. Moncton 3 (overtime) (series tied 1-1)
Val-d’Or 8 vs. Price Edward Island 3 (series tied 1-1)
Drummondville 2 vs. Rouyn-Noranda 3 (Rouyn-Noranda takes 2-0 lead)
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