QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Playing the home and home series against an arch-rival is always interesting during Christmas time. In the first of two games between Rimouski and Quebec, the Remparts came out with 5-4 overtime win on Kurt Etchegary’s goal, his ninth of the regular season.
Leading 4-3 with less than a minute remaining in the game playing with a man advantage Rimouski tied the game 4-4 on Peter Trainor’s goal, his 17th of the year at 19:37.
A penalty to Samuel Morin for cross checking proved to be costly since Etchegary completed the great effort by Anthony Duclair and defenseman Ryan Culkin at 2:25 of the overtime period.
For one, Rimouski head coach Serge Beausoleil did not agree on the penalty that gave the four-on-three advantage to Quebec.
“It was a good game for the fans but not for the coaches. It went in overtime on a ghost call, it is interesting.” When asked on which ghost call he made reference to the Oceanic head coach continued, “Even if the puck bounces if it went out of the ice it was supposed to be a two minute penalty for delay of game. No the ghost call was the one for cross checking on Morin in OT. You have had several ghosts call.”
Rimouski opened the scoring in first period on Morin’s shot on right side beat Quebec goaltender on a shot Francois Brassard would like to see again. Morin’s goal was scored with Quebec defenseman Maxime Chevalier in penalty box, the penalty was only 18 seconds old.
Quebec replied in the second period with two goals 52 seconds apart. Taking a rebound from Anthony Duclair shot, defenseman Cody Donaghey only had backhanded shot to beat Oceanic goalie Philippe Desrosiers.
Ending his game with one goal and three assists Anthony Duclair wist shot from the right face-off circle beat Rimouski goalie low on his stick side. Acquired last Sunday from Acadie-Bathurst in return of third round in 2015 previously belonging to Sherbrooke Adam Chapman made his presence felt playing the agitator but also registering his first point with his new team when he took a shot that rebound right on Olivier Archambault stick who only had to push the puck behind Rimouski netminder for his first of two goals in the game, giving Quebec a two goals lead 3-1.
Playing on their fifth power play in the game Rimouski cut Quebec lead to one goal when Alexis Loiseau backhanded shot went through Quebec goalie Brassard pads with 2:26 remaining to the second period.
Quebec regained their two goal leads with second of the night by Quebec left winger Archambault following first shot by defenseman Culkin. Archambault pick up a loose puck near Oceanic netminder only had to wrist it in for his eighth of the season only 46 seconds into the third period.
Leading 4-2, Quebec saw their opponent scoring next two goals forcing the overtime period. Michael Joly at even strength at 5:05 and Trainor at 19:37 brought both teams in overtime but a penalty qualified by Oceanic head coach as “ghost penalty” proved to be the penalty that cost his team the win.
“That happens a lots,” said the recent Quebec acquisition Adam Chapman when he was asked to comment on the fact he played like true agitator. “Everybody seem to like me. It was fun I think It help us out today. There were three penalties on one play the momentum seemed to turn up there.”
“So I’m not afraid to fight I fought over fifty times since I’m in the Q. It just today the coach asked me not to fight. Two or three guys told me not to fight so it was hard to listen to them but I was just wasn’t allowed.” said the new center.
“He played very well,” answered Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher in reference to his news acquisition Chapman. “He played in all situations, he played like an agitator he is part of the positive result. It is what we want to see from him.”
Next Quebec game will be this afternoon visiting Rimouski.
Eight other games were on QMJHL schedule on Saturday
Chicoutimi 2 vs. Baie-Comeau 1
Victoriaville 5 vs. Shawinigan 3
Drummondville 5 vs. Sherbrooke 2
Acadie-Bathurst 0 vs. Charlottetown 4
Cape Breton 3 vs. Halifax 5
Moncton 5 vs. Saint John 4
Blainville-Boisbriand 2 vs. Gatineau 4
Rouyn-Noranda 4 vs. Val-d’Or 5 (overtime)
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