QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Playing without five forwards, the Quebec Remparts put an end to their winless streak with a 5-2 win against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Anthony Duclair (2g-1a) and Alexandre Boivin (1g-2a) played key roles in helping their team stop their winless streak at three.
After a scoreless first period, where the visitors led in shots on goal 11-6, Quebec opened the valves scoring three times in the first 12:15 in the second period.
Yanick Turcotte with his first in the QMJHL was the first to beat Rouyn-Noranda goaltender when he pushed the loose puck behind Alexande Belanger at 3:25.
Exactly four minutes later Quebec doubled their lead when Boivin scored his second of the year completing great efforts by Duclair and Cody Donaghey.
Less than five minutes later Duclair scored his first of the night when the left winger precise shot beat Huskies netminder on his stick side at 12:15.
The Huskies first goal came shorthanded. With teammates Alan Caron in penalty box for tripping at 12:41, Marcus Power found a tiny hole under Quebec goalie right arm and beat Francois Brassard only eight seconds after the penalty to Caron began.
Usually when a team scores a goal in shorthanded situation you can see the other team play with more caution but Quebec didn’t waste time replying and regaining their three-goal lead with a power play goal.
With Huskies forward Caron still in the box, Zachary Moody beat the Huskies netminder with a wrist shot stick side with 5:23 to play in middle frame.
Thinking the visitors had scored their second goal in the game when Power put the puck behind Brassard the Remparts were relieved to discover the goal was waved-off due to goalie interference.
Rouyn-Noranda came back with their second goal in the game this time playing with a man advantage. With Quebec rookie defenseman Duncan MacIntyre in the box for goalie interference, Huskies defenseman Victor Baldaev let a shot go from the blue line that found its way through a host of skates to beat Quebec goalie at 18:43.
Duclair came back with his second of the game in an empty net at 19:26 of the third period.
After the game, Rouyn-Noranda head coach Gilles Bouchard gave credit to Quebec, “We felt in the trap,” said the Huskies head coach. “We won our last game against them, things went well and I don’t think we have had the same preparation. We have to give credit to the Remparts that is the first thing. It is a great team a great organization it is a proud team. They came here to play the game, they played twenty guys together contrary to us where we have had high and low. We thought it would be easier unfortunately we did not play our game. We complicated our lives we tried to be too fancy.”
On the other side, Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher was satisfied with his team’s play, “It wasn’t always cute, but it was efficient,” Quebec head coach said. “It was the best satisfied victory of the season. For me we worked we did not let it go, so when you work you will get great bounce on your side. To see Turcotte launch us at the beginning of second period it was great for us.”
Quebec will get back in action on Sunday afternoon hosting the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Five other games were on QMJHL schedule on Saturday
Chicoutimi 6 vs. Drummondville 3
Cape Breton 4 vs. Shawinigan 2
Val-d’Or 5 vs. Sherbrooke 1
Gatineau 4 vs. Charlottetown 3 (overtime)
Saint John 5 vs. Halifax 7
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