Quebec wins by shutout over Baie-Comeau

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Coming off their first win on Friday night against Chicoutimi, the Quebec Remparts ended their weekend shutting out Baie-Comeau 5-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Quebec goaltender Francois Brassard photo by Serge Poulin

Quebec goaltender Francois Brassard photo by Serge Poulin

While Quebec took control of Friday night game against the Sagueneens scoring the first three goals in the first period, nothing would have led the faithful to believe Quebec would win by shutout against the Drakkar.   Quebec seemed to be missing some cohesiveness against Baie-Comeau but key saves by Quebec netminder Francois Brassard, kept their opponent off the scoreboard early.   Logan Shaw led the Quebec offense with his first of three goals for his first hat trick of the regular season, second in his career, tipping in a shot from young defenseman Duncan MacIntyre at 12:06 in the initial period.  
Quebec left winger Samuel Gauthier photo by Serge Poulin

Quebec left winger Samuel Gauthier photo by Serge Poulin

“You’ve got to take what you can get,” were the first words by Shaw trying to explain his offensive success. “Sometimes lucky goals come easy I guess. Sometimes some go in, some others don’t but you can take what you can get. I have to give credit to Grigorenko (Mikhail) and Duclair (Anthony) I mean it’s easy to play with those guys.”   Baie-Comeau played well in first period but as the game went on mistakes cost Eric Veilleux’s team.   Quebec head coach Patrick Roy insisted a lot in practice asking his players to drive to the net. Quebec second goal was a perfect example. A two-on-one breakaway led to Shaw’s second goal of the night. A perfect pass from Grigorenko left the Quebec right winger in front of an empty net at 6:13 of middle frame.   A shot from 45 feet in by Quebec defenseman Ryan Culkin led to Quebec’s third goal beating Baie-Comeau netminder high on his glove side at 11:22.   Already leading by three, Quebec could have been the beneficiary of a five minutes power play following Samuel Moreau ejection of the game for cross-checking. But consecutive penalties to Marc-Antoine Carrier and Ryan Culkin left Quebec with only 23 seconds of power play.   But before the siren sounded the end of the second period Quebec had the time to add another goal with only 37.4 seconds remaining. Author of two goals in the game Shaw completed his hat trick tipping in a shot from Anthony Duclair. If some thought Quebec was lucky to lead by one after first twenty minutes, fans can have a pretty good idea of the winner after two periods with Quebec leading 4-0.  
Quebec defenseman Ryan Culkin photo by Serge Poulin

Quebec defenseman Ryan Culkin photo by Serge Poulin

While Quebec scored five of their nine goals in Friday night wins against Chicoutimi on seven power play opportunities all of Quebec first four were scored at even strength.   Already trying to kill a penalty to teammate David Hunter, Jason Houde block a pass from Baie-Comeau player, going on a breakaway beating Drakkar goalie for Quebec fifth goals in shorthanded situation at 11:21.   After giving up the fifth goal, Baie-Comeau head coach pulled his starting netminder Cadorette sending Simon Lemieux for the last 8:39 minutes of play.   After the game Baie-Comeau head coach Veilleux was the first to recognize Quebec opportunism. “They capitalized on their scoring opportunities, we gave several good scoring chances. On the other end we didn’t. We played fancy in some occasions in the game. Honestly it didn’t work for us today.”  
Baie-Comeau goaltender photo by Serge Poulin

Baie-Comeau goaltender photo by Serge Poulin

Registering his first shutout after only his second game of the year Brassard was confident before the game. “Yes it was very good hoping it isn’t the last one,” was the first comment the Quebec netminder said after his shutout. “Making some saves kept us in the game and gave us some momentum for the rest of the game. For me it was a game like any other one.” Answered Brassard when asked his impression on the number of saves he has had to make in first period.   For the Quebec head coach, it was a great way to end a weekend. “Honestly it was very good,” said Patrick Roy after his team won for second times over the weekend.   “Again I adored our intensity this afternoon, the way we drove the net, Logan Shaw scored twice in those occasions. It proved that it worked. I also like the way “Brass” Francois Brassard played his game, he definitely earned his second stars. Tonight he was super in front of his net. In first period we made several errors along the board in our zone but “Brass” made the key saves keeping us in the game.”   Quebec’s next game will be next Saturday on the road in Sherbrooke. The team will be back in front of their fans next Sunday afternoon facing Val-d’Or Foreurs.   Three other games were on QMJHL schedule on Sunday Halifax 8 vs. Prince Edward Island 1 Moncton 5 vs. Cape Breton 4 (shootout) Drummondville 2 vs. Sherbrooke 1   Contact the author at: serge.poulin@prohockeynews.com  

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