Quebec wins in OT over Shawinigan

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Unable to score a goal that would make the difference after trading goals in first two periods, a goal by Quebec defenseman Marc-Antoine Carrier with 3:52 gone in overtime gave Quebec a 3-2 win over Shawinigan.
 
Coming into Shawinigan after losing last Wednesday in Rimouski, Quebec came into Bionest Center with firm intention of coming out of Shawinigan with their 16th victory. After ending the first period 1-1 and the middle frame 2-2, Cataractes netminder Marvin Cupper made a difference helping his team unexpectedly in overtime. Quebec finally was able to pull the trigger in OT and keep their overtime record intact with a third victory.
 
Quebec scored the first goal in the game for the 17th time in the last 21 games. Jumping on a rebound shot from Jason Houde, Remparts right winger Axel Rioux scored his 3rd of the year, beating the Shawinigan goaltender Marvin Cupper with 15:07 remaining in the opening period.
 
Shawinigan tied the game less than 6:00 later with J. C. Campagna 5th of the regular season. The Cataractes left winger went by Quebec defenseman Stephen Midensky before seeing his backhand shot went under Quebec goaltender Zachary Fortin right pad.
 
Quebec head coach Patrick Roy was happy to welcome back two of his veterans. Missing the last 8 games being injured last October 31 to a shoulder defenseman Martin Lefebvre played a solid first period in stabilizing the Quebec defensive unit.
 
Not sure if he would be able to play, veteran center Logan Shaw also came back, after being injured in game against Cape Breton, missing only one game against Rimouski last Wednesday made his presence felt with Quebec second goal.
 
After trading goals in first period, both teams did the same in second period.
 
Shawinigan took the lead for first time in the game with 4:04 gone in second period when Cataractes scoring leader Frederick Gaudreau who scored his 5th of the year.
 
Quebec came back 3:10 later tying the score 2-2. Logan Shaw’s wrist shot beat the Cataractes German netminder to his left with 12:16 to play in middle frame.
 
Being 0-in-2 with a man advantage with half game played Quebec was unable to take advantage in the beginning of the third period playing with a man up for 1:16.
 
Neither team were able to get a goal in the third period thanks to Fortin on Quebec side and Cupper on Shawinigan who made key saves with less than 1:00 left in the regulation time.
 
Quebec successfully kept its overtime record intact with Marc-Antoine Carrier’s goal in overtime beating Cupper under his right pads.
 
Quebec will end the weekend hosting the Victoriaville Tigres on Sunday.
 
Seven other games were on QMJHL schedule on Friday
Saint John 2 vs. Cape Breton 5
Rouyn-Noranda 3 vs. Halifax 8
Val-d’Or 5 vs. Moncton 4
Acadie-Bathurst 3 vs. Prince Edward Island 6
Gatineau 4 vs. Sherbrooke 1
Drummondville 3 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 6
Rimouski 3 vs. Chicoutimi 4 (shootout)
 
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