QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Coming to Quebec after winning at home lastThursday against Victoriaville, Rimouski head coach Serge Beausoleil didn’t expect to see his team play so poorly. Led offensively by Mikhail Grigorenko and Jason Houde Quebec left no doubt as far as the outcome of this game.
The game was only 36 seconds old when Quebec opened the scoring with the fourth goal of the year by Kurt Etchegary. Quebec added a second goal at 11:59 of first period when the shot from the blue line by Stephen Midensky deflected off a Rimouski player before going behind Carl Hozjan giving a 2-0 lead to Patrick Roy’s team.
Already trailing by two, Rimouski served a golden opportunity to Quebec to add to their lead when Oceanic veteran Scott Oke has been found guilty of cross checking. Having one of the best power play in QMJHL Logan Shaw made sure the Oceanic paid the price scoring Quebec’s third goal at 13:25.
Seeing his team trail by three Beausoleil pulled his starting netminder, Hozjan, who allowed three goals on eight shots, sending Philippe Desrosiers.
After stopping Quebec defenseman Martin Lefebvre on a two-on-one breakaway, Desrosiers wasn’t able to repeat, against Quebec Russian forward Grigorenko scoring next two Quebec goals, first one at 5:18 the other at 18:31 giving Quebec a 5-0 lead after forty minutes.
Quebec came back in the third period adding two more goals to conclude Quebec offense for the night. Houde, with a shot from the slot following a great pass from Nick Sorensen, gave no chance to Rimouski netminder, ending Quebec night with 50 percent efficiency, with a man advantage (2–in-4) 2:36 into third period.
After scoring four goals at even strength, adding two others with a man advantage, Houde scores his second of the night in shorthanded situation, during an additional penalty to defenseman Stephen Midensky.
Intercepting a pass, Houde, drove to Oceanic net beating Desrosiers between his pads, with a backhanded shot at 4:12.
Being perfect doing the job for three quarter of the game Zachary Fortin, for whom, it was his first career start in junior hockey stopped all 30 shots he faced, but unfortunately for him, Rimouski forward Francis Beauvillier, prevent his team of being shutout with his third of the regular season at 16:15. Beauvillier came back scoring Rimouski second goal with only 55 seconds remaining to the game.
After the game Rimouski head coach Serge Beausoleil was disappointed about his veteran performance.
“I didn’t like our reaction, it was more than a deception to be frank with you, and it was the way we react to the adversity. Tonight we look like 12 guys who didn’t votes. The funny things here is, lots of our 17 years old were the one who did not give up, on the other end, veteran were the one who let it go, they didn’t face the adversity this disturb me more.”
“We will put that one in the book of lesson to learn and it was a solid one tonight. I’m not using any excuses, our young team played on the ice last Thursday and they played well. We simply didn’t deliver tonight,” Beausoleil answered following question about the fact his team is a young team.
“I think we began to understand each other more, it was tough at the beginning but as the game went along it feels better with Axel (Rioux) and Pierre-Maxime Poudrier,” Jason Houde said after scoring two goals in third periods.
“It wasn’t easy tonight, the first period was hard, but after the first one, we started to scores goals and it was probably easier,” Grigorenko said after another great performance.
“In fact, the team did well in front of me the shots were pretty even but our defensemen do very good keeping the shots outside the slot, I just had to do my job and make the key saves.” Zachary Fortin said after his first career start in junior hockey. “Honestly I was nervous before the game but as soon as I touch the ice, seeing the crowd and the ambiance everything disappear I knew I had a job to do.”
“We played a strong game,” were the first words said by Quebec head coach Patrick Roy after the game. “Zachary made good saves to begin the game guys played super in shorthand situations. Both duos Hubert Lamare and Jason Houde, Pierre-Maxime Poudrier and Axel Rioux did excellent work preventing the Oceanic to come in the game. It was a great team performance.”
Quebec will end his weekend visiting the Blainville-Boisbriand on Sunday afternoon.
Seven other games were on QMJHL schedule on Saturday
Moncton 7 vs. Baie-Comeau 4
Acadie-Bathurst 2 vs. Chicoutimi 1
Prince Edward Island 6 vs. Shawinigan 1
Saint John 2 vs. Halifax 11
Blainville-Boisbriand 1 vs. Gatineau 2
Victoriaville 1 vs. Drummondville 2 (overtime)
Cape Breton 5 vs. Val-d’Or 3
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