QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Facing each other for the second time over theweekend with Shawinigan needing an overtime period before defeating Quebec on Friday night (2-1), Quebec took their revenge winning in overtime for their first victory in four attempts.
With 1:12 remaining in the third period, Quebec tied the game on a goal by Quebec defenseman Ryan Culkin sending both teams to overtime. In Shawinigan victory on Friday, night, the Cataractes only needed 9 seconds to win the additional points.
On Sunday afternoon, Dillon Donnelly needed 1:15 to finally win one after losing first three giving Quebec a 3-2 win.
Shawinigan goaltender Marvin Cupper was definitely the Cataractes best player since the season began and he played two solid games this weekend.
“I repeat it since day one Cupper is our best player he is our MVP for us this year. He is part of our team, he is a big part of our team and again tonight he gave us a chance to stay in the game.” said the Shawinigan head coach Denis Chalifoux.
Talking about the final result the Cataractes head coach knew it was a big deception, “When you are about a minute to minute and a half of coming out of here with the two points it’s a deception to come out with only one,” the Cataractes coach Chalifoux added.
“Honestly in second periods we have had very good scoring chances we have had more then them, but in third period we felt the panic installed on our team especially in beginning of third in our zone so our inexperience played a role.”
Quebec opened the scoring in the first period when Anthony Verret’s shot beat Shawinigan netminder Cupper over his right shoulder at 10:07 of the first period.
Shawinigan tied the game 1-1 playing in shorthanded situation. The Cataractes center Antoine Mason received a double minor for high sticking with only 12 seconds gone in middle frame.
Losing the puck along the board Quebec defenseman Marc-Antoine Carrier saw Frederic Gaudreau going on breakaway taking but taking a loose puck near Quebec goalie crease Felix-Antoine Bergeron take his own rebound after trying to beat Quebec goalie Zachary Fortin. Bergeron took his own rebound beating Fortin tying the score 1-1 at 1:23.
Playing a strong second period where Shawinigan could scores more than just two goals if they could be luckier, Petr Sakaris gave Shawinigan the lead for first time in the game with his 18th of the year at 19:24 of the middle frame.
With hard times finding the net these days Quebec needed a good performance from their goaltender, and on Sunday afternoon, Zachary Fortin played very well stopping 9 of Shawinigan 11 shots against him giving him the third stars totaling 25 saves on 27 shots by the visitors.
Playing desperate hockey in the third to try to tie the game Patrick Roy’s team finally saw their effort rewarded with Ryan Culkin 4th of the regular season at 18:48. And with 1:15 gone in the overtime period Donnelly can’t asked a better moment to score his 1st of the year giving Quebec their second wins over the weekend.
“For sure it was important to end it on stronger note, we were very disappointed of our second period giving too many scoring chances, and Fortin (Zachary) has been phenomenal in this game. We gave up the puck three times in middle frame but fortunately he made the saves.” Quebec head coach Patrick Roy said about his goaltender.
“The third period has been very important and that’s the way we want to see our team play.” Roy said.
Quebec next game will be next Friday night facing Baie-Comeau in Baie-Comeau.
Five other games were on QMJHL schedule on Sunday
Rimouski 8 vs. Saint John 2
Moncton vs. Prince Edward Island (postpone)
Blainville-Boisbriand 1 vs. Drummondville 2 (overtime)
Sherbrooke 5 vs. Rouyn-Noranda 4 (shootout)
Gatineau 2 vs. Victoriaville 7
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