QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Playing their fifth game in the last eight nights Quebec completed a perfect weekend with a second victory in as many games. After defeating Drummondville on the road Friday, Quebec came back in front of their fans winning 6-3 against Sherbrooke.
Olivier Archambault with 2 goals 1 assist played very solid game with Kurt Etchegary (0-2) and Anthony Duclair (1g-1a).
“Very good, honestly, he played very well lately, he is very dangerous every time he is on the ice,” Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher said about the first stars of the game.
“We would like to see him shooting more on net but he is excellent with the puck and we use him in penalty killing situation he didn’t made bad job, on power play when he took his speed in neutral zone he is extremely dangerous.”
“It went very tonight,” said the one who ended the game with 3 points. “Whether it will be with Duclair and Erne or any other we completed ourselves very well. Very happy about the game.” Concluded Archambault.
Quebec showed their true colors in the first period taking a 4-0 lead on goals by Duclair on power play, with a wrist shot from the slot leaving no chance on Sherbrooke goaltender Gabriel Parent. At 9:00. Achambault followed with his first of the night beating Phoenix netminder top corner at 13:36.
Taking his own rebound Zachary Moody gave Quebec 3-0 lead at 15:33. Quebec fourth goal came with only 10 seconds remaining in first period. Losing the puck at his own blueline Phoenix defenseman Nathan Glass saw Duclair make perfect pass to Adam Erne who scored his first goal since been back from the World Junior Championship, his 13 of the regular season.
Leading 4-0 dominating the game against a team that lost their last 10 games on the road Quebec saw their opponent scoring three goals in the second period cutting Remparts lead from four goals to only one goal.
Sherbrooke broke the ice with Simon Desbiens 11th of the season accepting a long pass from defenseman Nathan Glass at 10:54. Less than two minutes later Tin Weiser cut Quebec lead to two goals with his 11th of the regular season at 12:19.
Sherbrooke defenseman Carl Neil surprised Quebec goaltender Francois Brassard with a shot from the blueline that found tiny hole between Remparts veteran netminder’s pads with 2:08 remaining to the middle frame.
After seeing their opponent making a three-goal come back in the second period, Quebec replied with two other one at even strength the other in shorthanded situation.
Screening Sherbrooke netminder Adam Chapman redirected a shot from center Adam Erne scoring his first goal with his new team at 5:24. Trying to kill a penalty to teammate defenseman Ryan Culkin Archambault sealed the faith of their opponent with his second goal of the game at 10:02.
“It is very rare to have a one way game in the QMJHL,” coach Boucher said when he was asked if he believed in a one way game against Sherbrooke.
“It was like that in the league when you think it will be easy and your energy dropped it wasn’t. Sherbrooke is a team that work very hard. We were very good in first period if you accept the first five minutes the rest of first periods we played very well. We have had a letdown in second but we played strongly in third.”
“Sure it became frustrating over a long run,” Sherbrooke head coach Jules Vallee after his team loses their 11 consecutive games on the road.
“When you said that we weren’t able to get points in the standing it became redundant. We have lots of problem in our own zone we loses all our battle one-one against our opponent and it put us in trouble. The positive side yes we made a come -back we have had hard time in third in all our defensive situations.”
Quebec coach and General Manager Boucher confirmed a rumor that we heard before the game saying that Brent Turnbull has been traded to Rimouski Oceanic for a third round in 2015 that will become a third round in 2014 following other details of the trade that will come later.
Quebec next game will be in Victoriaville this Wednesday follows by a busy weekend with three games in three nights in Quebec next weekend.
Four other games were on QMJHL schedule for this Sunday
Moncton 1 vs. Charlottetown 4
Acadie-Bathurst 1 vs. Saint John 2
Rouyn-Noranda 5 vs. Drummondville 3
Gatineau 3 vs. Shawinigan 2 (shootout)
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