QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Players offered great a gift to their head coach PatrickRoy who took his place behind the Quebec bench for his 500th QMJHL games with 6-0 shutout victory. Mikhail Grigorenko with three goals and Nick Sorensen with two goals and one assist led the Quebec offensive effort against Sherbrooke.
After dominating the first period in shots on goal (13-6) and unable to get a puck behind veteran Sherbrooke goalie Jacob Gervais-Chouinard, Quebec took a commanding lead 4-0 with three goals in span of 3:09 in second period.
A penalty to Phoenix center Daniel Audette opened the door to Quebec.
Perfect in the first period with 13 saves, the Sherbrooke netminder saw the first puck go behind him with only nine second gone to Audette penalty. The wrist shot by Mikhail Grigorenko, went between Gervais-Chouinard’s pads for the Russian’s first goal of the game at 5:49.
Three goals in a span of 3:09 gave Quebec a commanding 4-0 lead after forty minutes.
It all started with Grigorenko’s second of the night at 13:30 of middle frame. Coming out from behind the net the Russian center slides the puck far side beating Sherbrooke netminder on his blocker side.
Usually centering Quebec’s fourth line the diminutive Hubert Lamarre finally scored his first of the season only 18 seconds after the Remparts second goal. Enjoying his first goal of the season, in front reporters after the game, the number 77 predicted his first goal in morning skate.
“It will be tonight,” said Lamarre to players who surrounded him at morning skate. “For sure it was a heavy weight that left my shoulder, I missed several chances lately but to see the puck passing the goalie red line is a great feeling. Hearing the crowd yelling is one of the best things that happened to me. I will remember it all my life.”
Already registering an assist on the previous goal scored by Lamarre, The other Quebec European Nick Sorensen scored the next two Quebec goals.
His first one came at 16:39 of second period. Sorensen’s second of the night 9th of regular season came on Quebec fourth power play opportunities. Already being 1-3 with a man advantage the right winger slide the puck under Sherbrooke netminder following a great pass from Anthony Duclair who ends the game with three assists at 7:07 of third period.
Grigorenko sealed the visitor’s fate with his third of the night, his 23rd of the regular season on a breakaway following another great piece of play by Duclair at 9:41.
For one, Quebec goaltender Zachary Fortin registered his third shutout in sixth outing making 24 saves. After the game the St-Jerome native enjoyed his performance but talked more about the team performance.
“It is fun to get another like that (third shutout in six outings) but like I said, at the end, the two points is always what is the most important. It is fun that it ended with a shutout it’s a little plus at the end.”
“It was a really good game, “mentioned the one who ended with three goals Grigorenko. “We played really well as a team. Their goalie played really good and it was really close all the time but in first intermission head coach Patrick Roy said that we played really good and asked us to keep going to do what we did and the puck will eventually get in.”
“We were really good tonight,” said Roy after being behind Quebec bench for his 500th games. “Every times we gave scoring chances Zachary (Fortin) was there to make the save. I have to admit that Gervais-Chouinard was really good either because we have had really good scoring chances we could have easily scored more goals, so it was a really great team performance.”
Quebec next game will be on the road facing Chicoutimi on Sunday.
Seven other games were on QMJHL schedule on Friday
Cape Breton 2 vs. Halifax 4
Baie-Comeau 3 vs. Prince Edward Island 2 (overtime)
Chicoutimi 5 vs. Victoriaville 4 (shootout)
Acadie-Bathurst 5 vs. Val-d’Or 3
Blaiville-Boisbriand 3 vs. Gatineau 0
Drummondville 5 vs. Rimouski 7
Shawinigan 0 vs. Rouyn-Noranda 4
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