Quebec wins against Acadie Bathurst

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Losing four of their last five games Quebec came into Acadie-Bathurst hoping to get back on winning side. Winning their last 12 confrontations against Acadie-Bathurst in regular season matches (last loss against Titan came on October 2, 2007 by the score of 5-1), Quebec seemed confident to turn thing around. After trading goals in the first two periods, two goals in span of 46 seconds in third periods lead Quebec to 4-1 win over the Acadie-Bathurst. Dominating 10-3 in shots on goal with 10:40 gone in first period Acadie-Bathurst saw the visitor score the first goal of the night. Making the first save on Quebec center Jason Houde Titan goaltender Jacob Brennan unable to control the rebound Logan Shaw pick the loose puck and gave Quebec a 1-0 lead with his 12th of the year at 13:20. Acadie-Bathurst, under new head coach Danny Dupont (former Titan head coach was Eric Dubois), tied the game 1- 1 in the second period. Solid in front of Quebec goal since the game began (18 saves) Francois Brassard has been beaten by a strong slap shot coming from Matthew Bissonnette at 11:13. Having the best power play in the league (30.8 percent 36-in-117) and 0-in-1 with a man advantage Quebec got another chance with a man up with 2:56 to play in middle frame. Fortunately for the Titan fans their team successfully killed for second time the best power play in the league. Quebec dominates 31- 23 in shots on goal after forty minutes. Quebec regained the lead with two goals in 46 seconds. First Anthony Duclair broke the tie with his 8th goal with 12:46 to go in third period. Driving to the net the Quebec left winger slide the puck under Acadie-Bathurst goaltender Brennan stick at 7:14. Logan Shaw came back 46 seconds later with his second of the game giving Quebec 3-1 lead with 12:00 minutes to go. Acadie-Bathurst head coach Dupont decided to make a change in goal after seeing his starting netminder Jacob Brennan giving 3 goals on 35 shots. Mason McDonald came in to end the game. Already been shut-out on two previous power play Quebec ended 1-in-3 with Mkhail Grigorenko 20th goal of the regular season, his 11th with a man advantage at 18:46. Quebec will end their weekend with a game in Saint John facing the Sea Dogs tonight. Around the QMJHL: With the last trading period in the QMJHL beginning on December 22 to January 8, rumors began to swirl around the league. Some would see Quebec general manager and head coach Patrick Roy look for beefing up is defense. Some other tend to say that several trades would already been made but can’t be announce before the 22nd. Already having had a surgery on left hip, Kurt Etchegary got a second surgery this time on right hip. The Quebec center should be back in Quebec line up for the playoff but don’t be surprised to see him back at the end of the regular season if recovery goes like the first hip surgery. Six other games were in QMJHL schedule on Friday Moncton 3 vs. Victoriaville 7 Rimouski 6 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 5 (shootout) Baie-Comeau 0 vs. Chicoutimi 1 Drummondville 1 vs. Gatineau 3 Val-d’Or 4 vs. Rouyn-Noranda 6 Sherbrooke 0 vs. Shawinigan 4 Contact the author at: serge.poulin@prohockeynews.com Follow us on Twitter @prohockeynews.com

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