QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —After losing a game last Thursday and winning on Friday, Quebec ended the weekend defeating Gatineau 2-1 on Sunday. A goal by defenseman Marc-Antoine Carrier made the difference in Quebec’s favour registering their 12th win in 14 games.
Recognised as a team playing with intensity, Gatineau came to Quebec and took the lead 1-0 on a goal by Emile Poirier with only 2:09 gone in the first period.
“We played a great game, we competed I think both goaltenders made the difference. They didn’t have lots of shots but they have had quality shots on both sides. We did great in shorthanded situations but the power play was another thing tonight,” Gatineau head coach Benoit Groulx said after the game.
“Overall it’s frustrating to get out of here with no points, you always hope to get one. We played great games in our last three games and I hope we can continue the same way”
With the deciding goal being scored in third period in favor of Quebec, the game could have gone either way. “It’s part of the game,” answered Groulx when asked if the game could go either way. “We hoped to get a point but we didn’t.”
Trailing by one with only with only eight shots on goal after the first period, the Quebec coach, Patrick Roy asked his players to be more precise with their shots on goal. But like Quebec netminder Francois Brassard did in the first period, the Olympiques goalie Eric Brassard (not related) did the same in the second after being unable to do anything on Adam Erne’s’ 11th of the year at 7:48 of the second period.
With the score tied at 1-1 the Olympiques put pressure on the Quebec zone during a penalty to Quebec defenseman David Hunter. But like he did in the first period the Quebec netminder closed the door on Olympiques’ offense preventing them from regaining the lead ending 0-for-5 with a man advantage. Quebec was no better being 0-in-8.
“They gave us more work,” Quebec goalie Francois Brassard said. “Defense answered real well.”
With the score 2-1 following a screened shot coming from the blue line by Carrier at 11:32, the Quebec goalie tried to get the insurance goal by icing the puck but he just missed the empty net with less than a minute to go.
“Yes, I didn’t have any pressure, so I have had enough time it was my chance but I just missed” Added Brassard about his attempt to score a goal.
“It was slow to start but we picked it up in second and third period, we did what we needed to do” Answered Adam Erne when questioned about the team start.
“Everybody needs to step up,” Erne continued when asked about if he feels more pressure to perform with the injuries to some of his teammates.
Patrick Roy, the Quebec head coach, agreed to say the game wasn’t the prettiest one. “No it wasn’t for sure, I would say that midway through the game we have had seven shots on goal so I told the guys to put the puck on goal and stop trying to find the perfect play, we heard this sentence often but at the end of the second period we put more pucks on goal. It wasn’t the prettiest goal, Marc-Antoine Carrier took a shot with traffic in front of the net and it was a different way to score”
Quebec’s next two games will be on the road facing Acadie-Bathurstm next Friday and playing in Rimouski against the Oceanic on Saturday.
Four other games were on QMJHL schedule on Sunday
Chicoutimi 2 vs. Saint John 3 (overtime)
Prince Edward Island 3 vs. Halifax 7
Victoriaville 1 vs. Baie-Comeau 4
Rimouski 3 vs. Rouyn-Noranda 8
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