QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Traling 1-0 in their first round series against Rouyn-Noranda Quebec played much better in front of their fans evening the series 1-1 with a 7-3 win against the Huskies. Nick Sorensen, with five points (3g-2a), led the offense making sure his team would not go in Rouyn-Noranda playing next three games trailing in series 0-2.
“Not really I mean we play good with our power lay and we believe in what we were doing,” answered Quebec right winger Nick Sorensen when asked if the team work on their power play.
“Today the puck bounce our way and we got our chances. We have lots of options on our power play today we found them and it is good it was working.”
Rouyn-Noranda broke the ice when Jack Nevins redirected a shot from the blue line by teammates Philippe Myers at 9:32.
Ending the first game 2-in-4 with a man advantage in the night before, Quebec power play continued to click with five goals in six power plays opportunities in game two.
With Huskies left winger Nevins in the box for hooking Adam Chapman completed perfect tic-tac-toe play with teammates Cody Doneghey and Sorensen deflecting the shot from Quebec defenseman at 16:17 in the opening period.
Quebec took control of the game in the middle frame scoring four times with Sorensen scoring twice at 3:43 and 13:49 taking a 3-1 lead over Rouyn-Noranda. Jean-Sebastien Dea cut Quebec lead in half with Huskies second goal also during a power play at 15:08.
Quebec replied with two goals in six seconds with Kurt Etchegary at 18:39 and European Fabrice Herzog 18:45. Quebec led 5-2 after forty minutes of play.
While Quebec goalie Francois Brassard would have loved to have a chance to see some of the shots that went behind him last night after the first game, he closed the door on visiting team in game two making 34 saves on Rouyn-Noranda 37 shots and agreed to say his team had to find a way to win this game.
“That is what we had in our heads, our goal tonight was to win that game whatever way we took to win. It could have been a game like last night or a game like we played tonight, we are very happy the way we did it tonight.” The Quebec goaltender Francois Brassard said after the game.
“We tight up our defense tonight, last night we made mistakes that led to scoring opportunities. Tonight we limited the dangerous shots I got lots of shots but it was easier shots, we were able to keep the rebound and play in their zone.”
Rouyn-Noranda opened the third period with Dea second of the game in shorthanded situation with only 1:11 gone.
Quebec came back with the final two goals of the game, the third one by Sorensen at 1:47 on the power play and the second of the game by Herzog at even strength at 9:56.
Huskies head coach decided to pull his starting netminder Alexandre Belanger after Quebec scored their sixth goals sending in Guillaume Decelle who allowed Quebec seventh goal scored by Herzog.
After the game Quebec head coach was much happier about the way his players react following last night loss.
The Huskies loss key European player center Jason Fuchs with broken pinkie finger.
“We are happy about the result, we can’t lose this one,” answered Remparts head coach Philippe Boucher. “We began the game slowly maybe a bit nervous Francis Lambert-Lemay began to hit and the rest of the team followed him. In playoff you need emotions we found it, we hope we can keep it.”
“We know we have a good power play we made some adjustment here and there, we have creative guys and multiple options so discipline is important in series.
On the losing side, Rouyn-Noranda head coach Gilles Bouchard agreed to say his team has been undisciplined. “Yes we have had great start, you know we did great things playing five-on-five. What made the difference tonight was the special unit, they got five goals in power play situations so it will be to us to be discipline. They got good players on power play they move the puck really well, for sure we will have to do some adjustment.
Game three of the first round series will be next Tuesday in Rouyn-Noranda
Six other series are on QMJHL schedule on Saturday
Shawinigan 1 vs. Baie-Comeau 3 (Baie-Comeau lead series 2-0)
Chicoutimi 1 vs. Rimouski 6 (Rimouski leads series 2-0)
Charlottetown 1 vs. Halifax 7 (Halifax leads series 2-0)
Victoriaville 5 vs. Drummondville 6 (Drummondville leads series 1-1)
Cape Breton 2 vs. Gatineau 8 (Gatineau leads series 2-0)
Acadie-Bathurst 0 vs. Val-d’Or 3 (Val-d’Or leads series 2-0)
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