QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Playing against one of the youngest teams in theQMJHL, Quebec posted a 5-2 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Brent Turnbull with 2 goals I assist, Jason Houde with 1 goal 1 assist and Hubert Lamarre leads Quebec to their 29th victories in 49 games.
“I am very satisfied by our performance I’m also very satisfied of the line of Lamarre, Houde and Turnbull. Turnbull played strong game since he arrived he continued to progress, gain confidence and took a super shot on his first goal in the game. On his second he drove to the net. Tonight the victory was signed by our third line and the effort of fourth line to begin the game.” Quebec head coach Patrick Roy said.
While Quebec coach underlined his team effort in that first victory to begin the weekend, Drummondville opened the scoring with only 44 second gone in the opening period. A turnover in neutral zone by Quebec defenseman Martin Lefebvre leads to Drummondville two-on-one breakaway with Guillaume Gauthier 13th of the year.
Quebec came back less than nine minutes later with the tying goal. Frederick Bergeron’s wrist shot from the slot left no chance to Louis-Philip Guindon at 8:14.
Quebec dominated 7-3 in shots on goal in the initial period scoring only one goal.
Drummondville didn’t come out the way they would have expected, the Voltigeurs played much better in second dominating 17-6 in shots on goal.
Quebec took the lead for the first time in the game playing with a man advantage for second time in the game ending 1-in-4. Defenseman Jeremy Beaudry’s shot from the blue line went through Guindon’s pads at 6:11 of second period.
Drummondville tied the game 2-2 after the Quebec netminder was unable to control rebound following first shot by Voltigeurs left winger Olivier Caouette. Losing sight of the puck Drummondville center Matthew Boudens pushed the puck behind Quebec goalie at 13:30.
Quebec regained the lead for second time in the game 3:22 later on a two-on-one breakaway resulting in first of the night by Quebec left winger Brent Turnbull. Turnbull wrist shot beat Drummondville goaltender low to his glove side.
Turnbull came back in third period with his second of the night when driving to the net he pushed a losing puck between Voltigeurs netminder’s pads at 5:57 of third period. Quebec adds another goal the fifth one in the game in an empty net by Jason Houde in shorthanded situation at17:29.
After the game, the Drummondville head coach agreed to say that his team didn’t began the game as he would like to.
“For certain it was their first experience here, maybe it played a certain role in first period but we didn’t come out like we would for certain. We let them skate in first period. Yes the periods ended 1-1, we only have three shots on goal, we hit a post, we did not take charge of the game we like we like to do. We saw the difference in second when we took charge we work much better. It made the difference in second. But we have to give credit to Quebec they were opportunistic, they capitalized on their chances. Tonight power plays should make the differences but we didn’t do it. It was five or six plays that made the difference in the game.”
For Quebec netminder Francois Brassard it was a great way to begin the weekend with a victory.
“Beginning the weekend with great victory, at home 5-2 is good way to begin the weekend. We will be even better tomorrow. It went well tonight I surely would want to get the second goal back a weird bounce but beside that it went very well,” Brassard said.
Quebec will be back in action on Saturday hosting the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
Eight games were on QMJHL schedule on Friday
Cape Breton 1 vs. Prince Edward Island 2
Rouyn-Noranda 4 vs. Sherbrooke 2
Halifax 3 vs. Baie-Comeau 1
Victoriaville 1 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 2
Acadie-Bathurst 3 vs. Chicoutimi 2 (shootout)
Saint John 3 vs. Gatineau 6
Val-d’Or 4 vs. Rimouski 5
Moncton 2 vs. Shawinigan 1 (overtime)
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