QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —The Quebec Remparts ended their road portion of their 2012-13 schedule on a victorious note, facing the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. Taking a 3-0 lead in the first forty minutes Quebec was able to keep a one-goal lead after seeing the home team scoring twice in the first half of third period.
Quebec opened the scoring in Blainville-Boisbriand with the game only 51 seconds old. A long shot by Quebec defenseman Jeremy Beaudry surprised the Armada goaltender Etienne Marcoux to his right side.
The Remparts added a second goal on their first power play opportunity on a perfect tic-tac-toe play leaving no chance on the play to the Blainville-Boisbriand netminder. Frederic Bergeron who picked up his 14th of the regular season completed the perfect exchange between Kurt Etchegary and Nick Sorensen at 13:21 of the initial period.
A penalty to Quebec at the end of first period gave the chance to Blainville-Boisbriand to begin the second the beneficiary of a power play. Unfortunately for the Armada, Quebec successfully killed the penalty to Etchegary.
Quebec was the only team to get on the scoreboard in the middle frame adding a third goal with only 41.5 seconds remaining to the period.
A loose puck by Armada defenseman Christian Marti at the offensive blue line turn out to give a three-on-one resulting to Anthony Duclair 20th goal of the year shooting the puck over Marcoux left shoulder giving Quebec a 3-0 lead. Duclair became the fifth 20 goals scorer on the team.
Trailing by three at home in front of their crowd the team coach by Jean-Francois Houle took the bull by the horns and put pressure in Quebec zone and finally get a first goal on the board with 16:40 to play in the third.
Trying to make a pass to one of his teammates Quebec forward Alexandre Boivin saw his attempt been intercepted by Armada Marc-Olivier Roy in the slot. The Blainville-Boisbriand right winger wrist shot beat Quebec goalie Francois Brassard for his 34th goals of the season.
Fighting for the rebound, veteran forward Christopher Clapperton scored the Armada’s second goal cutting the visitor lead to only one with 10:20 to go in the period.
Trying an ultimate effort to tie the game the Armada pulled its starting netminder sending a sixth forward but it wasn’t enough as Quebec registered a 39th victory on their last road game in 2012-13 season giving them 83 points, tied in fifth place in the overall standing with the Moncton Wildcats.
Moncton still has a game in hand over Quebec.
Quebec will return in action on next Tuesday hosting the Sherbrooke Phoenix.
Five other games were on QMJHL schedule on Sunday
Acadie-Bathurst 3 vs. Prince Edward Island 5
Saint John 2 vs. Cape Breton 3
Val-d’Or 1 vs. Drummondville 4
Halifax 3 vs. Moncton 2 (shootout)
Shawinigan 2 vs. Victoriaville 5
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