QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Beginning a series of four games in the next six nights Quebec made their first stop in Gatineau facing the Olympiques. Losing 20 of their first 32 games to begin the regular season Gatineau has played much better lately winning 7 of their last 10 games. Accumulating a record of 4-6-0-0 in their last 10 games Quebec looked for more offensive and playing with more grit.
Welcoming back center Kurt Etchegary after missing the last 37 games following two hip surgeries (November 7 and December 8) his grit wasn’t enough because Quebec was able to score only 3 goals finding them at the losing end of a 4-3 loss at the hands of the Gatineau Olympiques.
Forced to kill three penalties in the first ten minutes, Quebec finally pulled the trigger first with 7:11 to play in the opening period. Making first save on Brent Turnbull, Gatineau goaltender Robert Steeves made a second saves when the Quebec left winger took his own rebound, but taking the loose puck in front of Olympiques net Axel Rioux shot the puck behind Gatineau netminder for Quebec’s first goal in the game.
Playing his best hockey in the first period lately making 11 saves Gatineau tied the game 1-1 on Taylor Burke deflecting a shot from the blue line by Derik Boudreau at 14:03.
Quebec regained the lead with only 28 seconds remaining to the first period. Going on a two-on-one breakaway with center Anthony Verret Quebec left winger Frederic Bergeron took a shot scoring his 7th goal of the regular season.
Seeing their favorites trailing by one after first twenty minutes of play in Robert Guertin Arena the fans coming to the game on Tuesday night anticipated to see as interesting period as the first one.
Instead, fans had to wait until the second portion of second period before seeing their team tie the game at two goals-a-piece. Being shutout in the first five occasions, the Olympiques scored their second goal in the game playing in shorthanded situation trying to kill a penalty to their best scoring leader Emile Poirier.
Hiding behind Quebec defenseman Cody Donaghey, Gatineau center Rock Regimbald went on a breakaway taking a shot that went slowly behind Quebec goalie Francois Brassard for the Olympiques 16th shorthanded goal in the regular season at 15:35.
A penalty for delay of the game taken by Quebec goaltender Francois Brassard with only 48 seconds gone in third period proved to be costly for Patrick Roy’s team since Gatineau took a 3-2 lead. Olympiques forward Etienne Boutet scores his 10th of the season giving Gatineau their first lead in the game.
Being 1-for-7 with a man advantage, Gatineau scored a second goal playing for the eighth time in the game with a man advantage. This time Martin Reway beat Brassard to his left side at 12:22 of the third period, screened Brassard didn’t had the chance.
Still working and trying to reduce home team lead Quebec center Anthony Verret scored Quebec third goals at 16:41 but it was too late for Quebec coming out of Gatineau with a 4-3 loss.
Quebec’s next game will be Friday night visiting the Shawinigan Cataractes.
Only one game was on QMJHL schedule on Tuesday
Shawinigan 1 vs. Val-d’Or 8
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