QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —In a game that was more like a chess game than a hockey game, Quebec got the last word in overtime, winning 3-2, against the Rimouski Oceanic.
“It is two teams that know each other very well,” said Rimouski head coach Serge Beausoleil after his team loses in OT.
“I can’t say lots of things it wasn’t a great game,” admitted the Oceanic head coach Beausoleil.
After seeing his team open the scoring with 2:24 gone in the first period on Frederik Gauthier 6th of the year on their first power play opportunity.
Quebec tied the game later in the opening period.
After making the first save on Adam Erne’s first shot the Oceanic goaltender Philippe Desrosiers wasn’t been able to control the rebound and driving to the net Frabrice Herzog took the rebound to beat Rimouski netminder tying the score 1-1 at 18:22.
“For sure Erne drove the net and took a great shot and I only had to put the puck in,” said the European left winger Frabrice Herzog after the game. “I always try to drive the net putting the defense away and stay in front of the net.”
Herzog will battle for a place with his National team for the world Junior Hockey Tournament.
Quebec was the only team to score goal in middle frame. Guilty of mistakes that led to the first Quebec goal Rimouski defenseman Jimmy Oligny saw Quebec forward Alexandre Caron-Roy steal the puck in the middle going on a two-on-one breakaway with Marc-Olivier Groleau. Making perfect pass to Groleau Caron-Roy saw the Oceanic netminder making the first save on his teammate first shot but taking his own rebound Groleau scored his first QMJHL first goal at 14:51.
Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher was happy to see an NHL affiliated player come in as a reinforcement for a Quebec team hampered by numerous injuries (six players are currently injured).
Playing their best period in the third, Quebec wasn’t able to score the insurance goal in regulation time. Trailing by one and seeing their goaltender Desrosiers making great saves to keep his team within one, the visiting team tied the game at 17:38 on Anthony DeLuca 24th of the regular season to at least getting a point in the standing.
Unfortunately for Rimouski head coach Herzog came back being at the right place at the right time being the beneficiary of another great play by Erne. Herzog scored his second of the game with 3:02 on the scoreboard giving the additional point to the home team.
“We played good it wasn’t the greatest show, we worked great we had our chances, it would be nice to end it in regulation time but we will take it in overtime,” Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher after the game.
“We have had enough hard time to win in overtime or in shootout it is fun to see the puck went in when Erne decided with Herzog to end the game there.”
Talking about the two goals scored by Herzog the Quebec coach said,” It has been simple in first period it has been hard for us in first period and the only chance we have had was on our only net drive and we scored.”
“Same thing in overtime, when you drive the net great things will happen. We tried to find the angle for a shot at the point is was little bit harder but we works on that. When you look in junior hockey or professional that is how the majority of goals have been scored.”
Quebec will go on the road playing their next three games in four nights. First stop will be in Cape Breton facing the Screaming Eagles on this Wednesday December 4th.
Seven games were on QMJHL schedule on Sunday
Val-d’Or 6 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 1
Cape Breton 6 vs. Charlottetown 3
Moncton 2 vs. Halifax 0
Gatineau 5 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 4 in (shootout)
Drummondville 3 vs. Shawinigan 0
Baie-Comeau 2 vs. Sherbrooke 1
Chicoutimi 1 vs. Victoriaville 3
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