Quebec ties series with 4-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda Erne plays key role with two goals

DSCN5378 Rouyn-Noranda left winger Gabriel Desjardins scores Huskies second goal photo by Serge Poulin

Rouyn-Noranda Gabriel Desjardins scores Huskies second goal photo by Serge Poulin

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Already losing the first game on Friday night, Quebec began the game playing nervously. After seeing the Huskies takes 1-0 Quebec came back with next four goals to lead them to their first victory in their quarterfinal series.

Rouyn-Noranda dominated the first half of game two in Quebec but was able to get on board with their first goal in second period after only 31 seconds. A bad defensive coverage in Quebec zone led to Huskies first goal.

Huskies’ center Jean-Sebastien Dea found Gabriel Desjardin who only had to push the puck in empty net for Rouyn-Noranda taking the lead 1-0.

After the first game Huskies head coach Andre Tourigny talked about Quebec great power play and that Quebec could turn things around by scoring. That’s exactly what happened on Quebec tying goal.

DSCN5386 Quebec veteran right winger Logan Shaw scores Quebec first goal photo by Serge Poulin

Quebec veteran Logan Shaw scores Quebec first goal photo by Serge Poulin

With Rouyn-Noranda defenseman Guillaume Fournier in the box for interference Logan Shaw took a rebound shot from Anthony Duclair and beat Huskies goalie Alexandre Belanger at 11:36.

Quebec went to the lead for first time on defenseman Marc-Antoine Carrier’s shot inside the blue line with 3:07 to play in middle frame.

Quebec added two more goals, both scored by Adam Erne. Erne’s first goal came at 6:51 with a man advantage and his second in an empty net at 18:36. Gabriel Desjardin scored Rouyn-Noranda second goal at with 30 seconds remaining to the game.

After the game Rouyn-Noranda head coach Mr. Tourigny admitted that penalty that led to Quebec tying goal play key role in the final result, “Yes it was a turning point,” the coach said. The penalty on Sven Andrighetto could be a breakaway but yes it was a key moment in the game.”

“Whoever was in front of us tonight we have seen enough of them,” Tourigny said about the fact Quebec center Mikhail Grigorenko seemed to be neutralize by the Huskies. “I gave credit to Quebec.”

DSCN5407 Quebec goaltender Francois Brasard played key roles in Quebec first win photo by Serge Poulin

Quebec goaltender Francois Brasard photo by Serge Poulin

Playing with discipline in first two periods the visiting team took some bad penalties in third. “Yes we took several bad penalties in third but I think we were little bit frustrated,” the Huskies head coach said, “We didn’t begin the third the way we would and we became frustrated it has been the story of the game. When they scored their third goal we didn’t play or best hockey at the moment. If we didn’t have had that bad moment we might come back. A game is 60 minutes and Quebec played good game.” concluded Tourigny.

For Quebec head coach Patrick Roy, he was much happier than after game one where his team just loses first game of the series.

DSCN5408 Quebec left winger Adam Erne (73)ended his game with two goals photo by Serge Poulin

Quebec Adam Erne added two goals on nightphoto by Serge Poulin

“The game has been played two times. The Huskies dominated the first portion of the game. “Brass” (Quebec goaltender Francois Brassard) was very good he gave us a chance to stay in the game until our first goal. Beginning with that first goal I played much better. We were nervous to begin the game. I t was a weird game cause until the midway of first period the shots were 5-3 and we began the second period very strongly. Our goaltender has been very good in key moment.”

Next three games of series will be in Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Three other series were on QMJHL schedule on Saturday

Victoriaville 2 vs. Baie-Comeau 6 (Baie-Comeau lead the series 2-0)

Gatineau 0 vs. Halifax 5 (Halifax lead series 2-0)

Val-d’Or 4 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 5 (Blainville-Boisbriand lead series 2-0)

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