QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Coming off a solid performance in Baie-Comeau against the Drakkar, Quebec won 3-0 over the Acadie-Barthurst in front of 8,255 fans in le Colisee Pepsi.
Trying to kill a penalty to teammate Dillon Donnelly who had been found guilty of high sticking at 3:10 of first period Anthony Duclair picked up a loose puck along the board went along Acadie-Barthurst defenseman before backhanding a shot giving no chance to Titans goaltender Jacob Brenan in a shorthanded situation at 3:42 of the opening period.
Making 40 saves on Quebec ‘s43 shots Titan head coach has been the first to praise the effort of his goaltender.
“Jacob has been very solid tonight he is a professional,” Titan head coach Danny Dupont said after the game. “He kept us in the game all along. At 3-0 he gave us some breath. It was just sad we began the game on wrong foot with the two shorthanded situation a d the five-on-three. We shoot ourselves on our feet.”
Fabrice Herzog gave Quebec a 2-0 lead, redirecting a shot from the blue line from defenseman Ryan Culkin. It was another goal where the Acadie-Bathurst netminder could not do anything to stop the puck. Only 40 seconds after the penalty to former Quebec Remparts player Anthony Gingras. Herzog’s goal came at 8:42.
After getting the first two power plays in the game, Acadie-Bathurst got the next nine penalties. On that aspect of the game, the Titan head coach refused to comment except to recognize that the style of referees between Maritime and Quebec is different, “I won’t comment on the referees work tonight. The style of referring is little bit different in Quebec. It was our first game so we will have to adjust for tomorrow game,” said the sun of Andre Dupont former Philadelphia defenseman.
After a second period without a goal, Quebec came back in third with another marker with the help of its special teams. With Titans defenseman Lukas Grundy in the box Adam Erne who played at center instead of his usual left wing position score his fifth of the regular season backhanding a shot beating Brennan for last goal in the game with only 2:02 gone in the third.
Francois Brassard on the other end registered his first shutout of the season making 21 saves reserving his best against Titans left winger Dominic Beauchemin grabbing Titans forward shot with his glove with less than 9:00 minutes in the game.
After the game, Brassard was very happy about his team win. ”We have had a tough season starts but we are very happy about the effort tonight. It was satisfying, after the first two periods we were mostly in their zone, in the third the thing was to stay concentrated until the end.”
For Anthony Duclair, the win came at the right time, “Tonight we were very confident as a team, I thing we proved it tonight. We began our game playing very well all players bringing their contribution.”
For Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher, his team’s performance was very satisfying,.
“Honestly we played very well tonight. We began very strongly at the beginning of first period maybe we have had a little down at the end of first. It is never easy to come back from a road trip. You can see some players been tired. We have had several scoring chances that we missed that we put it on the count of been tired and when we had some tough time Brassard was very sharp.”
Quebec will return in action playing on Sunday afternoon hosting the Moncton Wildcats.
Five other games were on QMJHL schedule on Friday night
Cape Breton 3 vs. Charlottetown 2
Blainville-Boisbriand 4 vs. Halifax 3
Sherbrooke 1 vs. Rouyn-Noranda 4
Victoriaville 3 vs. Shawinigan 0
Drummondville 4 vs. Val-d’Or 6
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