QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Things turned positive side for Quebec on Sunday afternoon. After losing in Drummondville (shootout) and Shawinigan in overtime, already tying the score 2-2 with his 9th of the season Anthony Duclair closed the light at le Colisee with the goal that turned things around in Quebec’s favor with a 3-2 shootout win over Chicoutimi.
Trailing by two with the first two goals by Chicoutimi on the power play Quebec came back with next two to tie the game forcing both teams to play five minutes of overtime to find a winner. Still tied after 65 minutes of play the Quebec veteran right winger made the difference in Quebec favor with the last goal scored.
Chicoutimi placed their opponent on their heels with first two goals in the game playing with a man advantage. With Quebec defenseman Stephen Midenski in the box for elbowing Chicoutimi forward Guillaume Asselin made sure his team didn’t missed the occasion when he took the rebound from Sebastien Sylvestre and beat Quebec goaltender Francois Brassard low on his stick side with 9:33 gone in the initial period.
Less than seven minutes later Chicoutimi came back with their second power play goal in the first period just 1:01 after Quebec forward Frederick Bergeron took place in the penalty box for Boarding. Stationed to Brassard right side near the goalie crease, Simon-Claude Blackburn left no chance to Quebec netminder, when the Saguennens right winger slide the puck just under Brassard stick at 16:04.
Trailing by two after first twenty minutes wasn’t exactly what Quebec head coach had in mind. Coming back in locker room the Quebec head coach made sure he addresses the situation with his players.
“I didn’t like our first period,” said Quebec head coach Patrick Roy to the reporters after the game. “But I have to admit that you put our working boots in second and third periods. We were far better, not perfects, I would like to see our team generates more scoring chances, more dangerous shots but I have to say that we worked much harder. That’s the kind of work ethic we would like to have.”
Playing with a man-advantage for the first time in the game Quebec began their come from behind with the only goal scored in second period with the help of the power play with 8:44 to go in second frame. Adam Erne scored his 19th of regular season beating Chicoutimi goalie Christopher Gibson between his pads.
Expecting to step up his game due to the absence of key players in the game (due to the World Junior Championship (December 25th January5th) Duclair answered critics with 1 goal 1 assist against Chicoutimi.
“We didn’t play good hockey in first period but we came back in second and third,” said Duclair after the game. “Every player’s had step up beginning with the first line. Lamare’s line was always intense and we would like to continue. We showed some character coming back in second and third.”
“I’m not feeling well playing the way I did lately, I talked with Pat (Patrick Roy) and I understand. It’s up to me to step up my game, we have lots of good players gone and it’s up to me to play our kind of game.”
Already been 1-in-2 with a man advantage Quebec hit for second times with the help of power play when Duclair put the puck behind Chicoutimi netminder with Sagueneens center Nick Marois in the box for high sticking at 2:48 of third period. Duclair’s goal came at 3:04 Erne and Shaw got the helpers on Duclair 9th of the year.
Neither team was able to score in overtime pushing teams to the shootout. Already registered the first goal of his team Asselin saw Quebec goalie make the first save. Gibson did the same for Chicoutimi when he stopped Erne for Quebec. Jeremy Gregoire was the first Sagueneens to put a puck behind Quebec goalie giving a 1-0 lead in shootout to Chicoutimi.
Quebec came back to tie it with Logan Shaw’s goal. Making the save against Chicoutimi defenseman Mathieu Gagnon Quebec netminder Brassard saw his opponent Gibson been unable to stop Duclair giving Quebec the additional point in the standing.
Chicoutimi head coach Marc-Etienne Hubert was happy about his team effort and was happy to take the point in the standing too.
“It was a very big point for us we will take it with lots of enthusiasm. We gave them two goals in power play we gave them nothing at even strength,” said the Sagueneens head coach Hubert after the game. “We left here with 8- 5 in dangerous shots in our favor. So I think we played good game considering the circumstances.”
Quebec head coach Roy was happy to see his player’s answering the expectations. “Yes they answered my expectations,” said Roy answering first question about the player who step up their game. “You won’t find anyone who doesn’t want to play good, sometimes it’s just to acknowledge the role they have and the role they play inside the team, it’s just that,” Roy continued.
“We need them to be dominant in all games. If Quebec will have certain success I think that should come from them (nucleus players). Everyone got roles you have got third and fourth lines player brings certain dimension to the team like the players who plays on first and second lines. Same for our defensemen.”
Quebec will play their next game on the road in Victoriaville facing the Tigres. Next home game will be next Friday hosting Rimouski.
Five other games were on QMJHL schedule on Sunday
Saint John 3 vs. Prince Edward Island 6
Acadie-Bathurst 5 vs. Cape Breton 7
Drummondville 3 vs. Baie-Comeau 2
Shawinigan 1 vs. Rimouski 4
Sherbrooke 0 vs. Victoriaville 3
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