Quebec stops losing streak with victory against Baie-Comeau

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Leaving Quebec for the next six games on the road, the Remparts made their first stop in Baie-Comeau to face the Drakkar. With both teams losing their last three games, Quebec and Baie-Comeau looked to put an end to their respective losing streaks.
 
With the Quebec leading (2-1) after forty minutes of play Baie-Comeau came out and dominated the third period but Quebec was the only team to score adding a third goal on their second shot in the period to win 3-1 over the Drakkar stopping at three their losing streak.
 
Quebec struck first with 15:11 to go in first period. Trying to take a shot on goal, Logan Shaw saw his shot hit a Drakkar defenseman. Frederick Bergeron took the rebound and beat Drakkar goaltender Philippe Cadorette to his right for his second of the year.
 
Dominating 12-9 in shots on goal, Baie-Comeau’s best scoring opportunity came from the stick of Petr Straka but Quebec goalie Francois Brassard answered the bell when he had to, keeping the home team out of scoreboard in first period.
 
Baie-Comeau began the second period putting pressure in offensive zone with Straka and Felix Girard getting two great chances in the first three minutes. Getting 23 points in first 13 games with a goal in his last 8 games, Raphael Bussierre tied the game 1-1 with his 17th of the regular season.
 
Caught out of position, Quebec defenseman Ryan Culkin was unable to come back to prevent a two-on-one breakaway with Bussiere and Steve Lebel.
 
Being patient Bussiere took slap shot beating Brassard to his left side 4:38 into the middle frame.
 
Already shutout 0-2 with a man-advantage with almost two periods behind them, Quebec regained the lead as the beneficiary of a two-man advantages for 27 seconds.
 
With already Petr Straka in the box for elbowing, Felix Girard was penalized by referee Eric Charron for goalie interference and roughing being accompanied by Quebec defenseman Martin Lefebvre who came to his goalie defense, giving to Patrick Roy’s team a five-on-three power play.
 
Mikhail Grigorenko gave Quebec 2-1 lead scoring his 25th goal with three seconds left to Straka penalty. Grigorenko’s shot left no chance to Baie-Comeau goaltender being beaten high to his left side at 18:08.
 
Trailing by one in the third period, Baie-Comeau dominated 15- 0 in shots on goal with 5:51 remaining but Quebec got the only goal in the period to seal Drakkar’s fate and extending their losing streak for a ninth time at home against Quebec.
 
After taking first shot on Cadorette Grigorenko saw his teammates Logan Shaw pick up a loose puck pushing it in an empty for Remparts third goal at 14:19. Baie-Comeau last victory against Quebec came last January 2, 2010.
 
Quebec’s next game will be this Wednesday in the Maritimes visiting the Prince Edward Island Rocket.
 
Seven other games were on QMJHL schedule on Sunday
Cape Breton 3 vs. Prince Edward Island 4 (shootout)
Rimouski 4 vs. Saint John 1
Chicoutimi 4 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 7
Victoriaville 2 vs. Halifax 3
Blainville-Boisbriand 6 vs. Drummondville 7 (first overtime)
Val-d’Or 6 vs. Shawinigan 2
Gatineau 3 vs. Sherbrooke 2 (first overtime)
 
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