QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — With 32 saves, Quebec goaltender Francois Brassard registered his first shutout of the playoffs helping his team to a 4-0 win over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens pushing their opponent to the verge of elimination next Friday in Quebec. Beside Brassard, Mikhail Grigorenko (1g-1a) and defenseman Martin Lefebvre with two assists led Quebec offence.
Tying his personal record with a goal in a third consecutive game Nick Sorensen scored his sixth goal of the playoff on a perfect pass from teammate Adam Erne with 14:37 remaining in the first period.
Running at 25% efficiency (4-in-16) the Chicoutimi power play raking 7th overall got three chances to tie the game but thanks to Brassard who was very efficient making all 17 saves helped Quebec prevent the home team of breaking the ice.
Ranked last, 16th with a man advantage (2-in-18 11.1 percent), Quebec got their first power play opportunity when Carl Tremblay was found guilty of hooking at 10:47, but again Chicoutimi was able to kill the penalty leaving Quebec with 2-in-19 with a man advantage in playoff.
Like the first period Quebec was the only team to score in the middle frame with a goal scored by Jason Houde his 2nd of the playoff at 9:47.
Brassard was perfect after two periods of play making 24 saves with the most important one on a breakaway against Chicoutimi right winger Guillaume Asselin and also on the rebound taken by Mathieu Gagnon.
Being 0-in-3 in first forty minutes Quebec scored their third goal with a man advantage during a penalty to Chicoutimi forward Thomas Gobeil. Jeremy Beaudry took a rebound from Martin Lefebvre shot at 6:32.
Quebec came back less than seven minutes later scoring another goal, this time on a five-on-three power play. Havng already registered an assist on Beaudry’s goal, Mikhail Grigorenko left no chance to Chicoutimi netminder Christopher Gibson with a one-timer at 13:44.
Quebec will get the chance to eliminate Chicoutimi Friday in Quebec playing game five on March 29.
Seven other games were on QMJHL schedule on Tuesday
Halifax 6 vs. Saint Joh1 (Halifax leads wins series 4-0)
Blainville-Boisbriand 4 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 1 (Blainville-Boisbriand leads series 3-1)
Baie-Comeau 5 vs. Sherbrooke 2 (Baie-Comeau wins series 4-0)
Moncton 0 vs. Victoriaville 1 (Victoriaville takes 3-1 leads)
Rouyn-Noranda 4 vs. Drummondville 3 (Rouyn-Noranda leads series 3-1)
Rimouski 0 vs. Gatineau 4 (Gatineau takes 3-1 leads)
Prince Edward Island 0 vs. Val-d’Or 3 (series tied 2-2)
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