Quebec open weekend with shutout victory Brassard leads the league in shutout registering his 4th

winger Nick Sorensen (94) scores his sixth of regular season giving Quebec 1-0 lead in second periods photo by Serge PoulinQUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Closing the door with 29 saves Quebec goaltender Francois Brassard led the QMJHL registering his fourth shutout in a 4-0 win against the Shawinigan Cataractes. Anthony Duclair, with two goals being the first to reach twenty goals on the team and defenseman Cody Daneghey with one goal one assist, brought their offensive contributions helping their team to win their twelfth victory in the first 25 games.

“Shawinigan has had great scoring chances in second periods they shot the puck on net they made good pass so I have had to be alert,” said Quebec netminder Francois Brassard after the game. “It is official after coming out of a shutout you always are on good spirit, it has been to keep my concentration and not to think about it too much,” Brassard said about his fourth shutouts.

After a scoreless first period where Duclair saw Shawinigan goaltender Marvin Cupper stop Quebec left winger twice on two breakaways, the homeclair (10) scores his 20th and 21st of regular season in 4-0 victory against the Shawinigan Cataractes photo by Serge Poulin team scored two goals in a span of 2:04.

Intercepting a pass by Cataractes defenseman Zachary Taylor, Adam Erne drove to the net seeing Shawinigan netminder Cupper make two consecutive saves on Erne before Nick Sorensen only had to wrist the loose puck in an open net for Quebec’s first goal at 5:44.

Just 2:04 later Quebec defenseman Cody Donaghey’s shot from the blue line beat Cataractes goalie top shelf on Cupper’s glove side.

Quebec came back later in the middle frame with their third goal. Brent Turnbull made perfect pass to Duclair who let a wrist shot go beating Shawinigan goaltender low on his right side.

In the third, Quebec added a fourth goal sealing the fate of Shawinigan. Duclair scored his second of the night at 18:48.

“Even if they were last in the standing it is a team that work until the end,” said Anthony Duclair talking DSCN6351 Young defenseman Cody Donaghey (18) contribute offensively with 1 goal 1 assist photo by Serge Poulinabout their Friday night opponent. “They battle on every shift all the lines on the other side competed very well. They worked until the end.”

“It was very funny,” continued Duclair about the fact he scored his 20th and 21st goals of the regular season. I didn’t do it without the help of my teammates. I have great chemistry with Turnbull (Brent) and Boivin (Alexandre). We just worked hard in the offensive zone and we have lots of great scoring chances.”

“If we remembered last Sunday we didn’t our best hockey, we talked about it with the players we knew we owed one to our fans because it hadn’t been our best effort. We had been little nervous, we played very well on the road we were anxious to come back home and try to give a good show. We have the best fans around the league everyone knows it but they will let us know when we didn’t play our best hockey,” said Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher in his post-game pressDSCN6362 Quebec goaltender Francois Brassard registered his fourth shutout making 29 saves photo by Serge Poulin conference.

“The effort was there we might be little nervous we squeezed the stick a little bit. We had only two shots after first twelve minutes in opening period. “Lappy” (assistant coach Martin Laperriere) said between the first and second,” we have had four good scoring chances but we have had only two shots. So we would like to have more shots on goal and we took the control of the game.”

Quebec will play their next game on Saturday traveling in Chicoutimi to visit the Sagueneens.

Seven other games were on QMJHL schedule this Friday

Moncton 0 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 2

Rimouski 3 vs. Cape Breton 0

Halifax 4 vs. Charlottetown 3

Saint John 3 vs. Sherbrooke 6

Blainville-Boisbriand 3 vs. Victoriaville 2

Val-d’Or 5 vs. Baie-Comeau 4

Rouyn-Noranda 4 vs. Gatineau 3

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