QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Being perfect for the last 199.56 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal Quebec was able to contain Chicoutimi in the third period signing a 3-2 win to conclude a perfect weekend. Anthony Duclair and defenseman Ryan Culkin led the Quebec offense with one goal one assist each. Spectacular in third period Quebec goalie Callum Booth stopped 34 of Chicoutimi 36 shots, 22 of the Sagueneens 36 shots came in the third.
The power play produced two Quebec goals in the opening period ending the initial period with 2-0 lead against Chicoutimi.
A penalty to Chicoutimi left winger Simon Tremblay gave Quebec their first opportunity with a man advantage. Nick Sorensen got a point in an eighth consecutive game scoring his seventh goal with 12:58 remaining in the opening period.
Ranked 6th overall with a man advantage on the road before the game Quebec added another goal playing on their second power play in the first period. Making the save on Adam Erne first shot, Chicoutimi goaltender Julio Billia saw the puck hit Duclair before sliding behind the Sagueneens goalie for Quebec’s second goal at 14:32.
Stopped twice by Shawinigan goalie Marvin Cupper the night before, Duclair got another chance on a breakaway during a shorthanded situation and again the goalie got the best against the Quebec left winger with Billia making the save.
Only one goal was scored in the second period. Already scoring two goals on three power plays attempts Quebec scored a third one in the game being three-on-four after two period of play.
A one-timer from the blue line by defenseman Ryan Culkin gave no chance to Chicoutimi netminder with16:24 remaining in the period.
Leading 3-0 and 24-14 in shots on goal Quebec saw their opponent trying to turn things around in third period dominating in shots on goal 22-2, but Quebec goaltender Callum Booth maintained the fort allowing only two goals to Chicoutimi.
The record for the most consecutive minutes without allowing goal being 207:08 seconds Quebec played 199.56 before Booth was beaten for the first time in the game.
A double minor to Quebec defenseman Dillon Donnelly 2:44 and to defenseman Duncan MacIntyre at 4:17 opened the door the team coached by Patrice Busch and Laurent Dauphin broke the ice for Chicoutimi at 4:30.
Chicoutimi came back less than two minutes later with their second goal to cut Quebec leads to only one goal.
As Quebec defenseman MacIntyre came back on the ice following the end of his penalty, William Gignac took a rebound from Nicolas Roy first shot. With the puck coming back on Gignac’s stick from the board Chicoutimi right winger scores his third of the year at 6:21.
With the score 3-2 Quebec Remparts netminder made two key saves preventing the Sagueneens from tying the score. One save came against Samuel Roussy with his right pad, the other against Jeremy Bouchard with less the ten minutes remaining in the third.
“We have had very big week,” answered Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher near the visiting locker room. “We played very well sure in the third it wasn’t like text book, it wasn’t perfect we missed some discipline but Callum (Booth), kept us in the game and we were able to win the game.”
Quebec next game will be next Friday hosting the Victoriaville Tigres.
Seven other games were on QMJHL on Saturday
Val-dOr 2 vs. Baie-Comeau 4
Rouyn-Noranda 3 vs. Sherbrooke 0
Halifax 6 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 3
Drummondville 4 vs. Cape Breton 5 (overtime)
Charlottetown 3 vs. Noncton 2 (shootout)
Shawinigan 3 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 6
Saint John 4 vs. Gatineau 8
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