Quebec splits first two pre-season games against Rimouski

QUEBEC CITY , P.Q. — Playing only four pre-season games during the 2012-13 training camp the Quebec Remparts lost their first outing in Rimouski against the Oceanic 3-2, but wins in shootout 2-1 on Saturday.
 
In the first game on Friday night against the same Rimouski, young rookie Anthony De Luca played key role in Rimouski victory with 1 goal 2 assists. The Oceanic head coach Serge Beausoleil was particularly happy after seeing his team won their first exhibition game.

Rimouski right winger Athony De Lucas photo by Serge Poulin

Rimouski right winger Athony De Lucas photo by Serge Poulin

 
“We like what we have seen of our team with 14 players ages 16 and 17 years old. I also like the defensive pairing of Simon Boudreau and Samuel Morin.” Said the Oceanic head coach after the game to Quebec newspaper.
 
Dominating the first period, (14- 5 in shots on goal) the line of Frederick Gauthier, Scott Oke and Anthony De Luca was everywhere on the ice. Rimouski took opened the scoring with two first goals scored with the help of a man advantage. Gauthier scored the first goal with the help of De Luca.
 
De Luca came back less than 7:00 minute later with Oceanic second goal. Both teams returned to their respective locker room with Rimouski leading 2-0.
 
Quebec broke the ice with the only second period goal with only one second left on the clock. Alexandre Caron-Roy got Remparts first goal putting the puck behind Rimouski netminder Philippe Desrosiers who tended the goal for the whole game for Rimouski.
 
Rimouski regained the two goal leads with Samuel Morin, Scott Oke and De Luca earned the assists at 14:56 of third period. Hubert Lamarre, who battle for a place with Quebec, got last Remparts goal 1:03 seconds after Rimouski third goal.
 
Even if his team lost his first pre-season game the Quebec head coach had good comments for several players after the game.
 
Quebec Duncan MacIntyre photo by Serge Poulin

Quebec Duncan MacIntyre photo by Serge Poulin


“We have seen good things, our two goaltenders (Hugo Campeau and Zachary Fortin) did very well. I especially like the work done by defenseman David Hunter (6’07”), we noticed him more and more.” The Remparts head coach Patrick Roy said to Quebec newspaper.
 
Quebec announced a minor trade on Friday making the acquisition of Jason Houde from the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. In return Quebec sent a 8th round pick in 2013. Elsewhere Sherbrooke sent Marc-Anthony Therrien to Victoriaville in return the Tigres sent a 14th round selection in 2013.
 
Both teams face again on Saturday this time needing a shootout to find a winner. Acquired the night before from Roun-Noranda in exchange of an eight round pick 19 years old left winger Jason Houde opened the scoring at 16:44 of the opening period.
 
If Friday night game between the two teams presents better hockey for fans in the building, the second one saw Quebec being able to keep the one goal lead until the third periods. Being 0 in 5 with a man advantage, Anthony De Luca the same one who ended the game the night before with 1 goal 2 assists, tied the game at one goal-a-piece during a penalty to Quebec Axel Rioux for high sticking.
 
After Remparts goaltender Hugo Campeau made the save on Charles-Eric Legare, Rimouski netminder Alex St-Pierre was unable to do the same on Massimo Carozza.
 
Quebec goaltender Zachary Fortin photo by Serge Poulin

Quebec goaltender Zachary Fortin photo by Serge Poulin


Campeau closed the door on De Luca and Michael Joly, St-Pierre made the save on Jason Houde.
 
Rimouski head coach Serge Beausoleil was satisfied of the effort his young team demonstrated for a second game in as many nights.
 
“I like the way we limited the scoring chances and how good our young kid are. We have good prospects that we will develop. We have had 15 or 16 young players aged 16 or 17 years old tonight. We only gave one goal in regulation to Quebec. Both teams had same kind of line up.”
 
The Oceanic came in Quebec with several decisions left to be taken and the head coach is confident about the decisions he is about to take. “Yes we still have some decisions to make and we have had our answer.”
 
Beausoleil also had very good words for Anthony De Luca surely the best player for his team in both games.
 
“Don’t know where he took his energy tonight but last night he had lots of ice times. He insisted to play tonight because it wasn’t in our plan to play him tonight. But that’s what we want a young talent who want to play. I have seen him block shots, play good defensively and he is able to shoot the puck.”
 
After the game the Quebec head coach recognized that part of decisions were taken about players being released but he also said that he want to take until the end of trading period before taking last decisions.
 
“We have some decisions been taken, we won’t make the same mistakes of last year we will take until the end of first trading period before taking last decisions. We will confirm latest decisions on next Tuesday.” Said Patrick Roy after his team played their second pre-season games.
 
Questioned about players causing surprises, four manes came out, defensemen Duncan MacIntyre and David Hunter. Quebec head coach also mentioned two goaltenders Hugo Campeau and Zachary Fortin.”
 
Last two pre-season games for Quebec will be next week with the visit of Shawinigan next Friday. Quebec will go to Centre Bionest next Saturday.
 
Contact the author at: serge.poulin@prohockeynews.com

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