QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Playing a good first period against Quebec despite the Remparts opening the scoring for the 19th time in last 23 games, penalties proved to be costly for Acadie-Bathurst in Quebec cruising past their opponent 9-3.
Led offensively by Anthony Duclair and European Nick Sorensen with two goals and one1 assist each Quebec took control of the game in last two periods.
Scoring once Duclair at 17:44 during a five-on-three power play with only one second remaining to first Acadie-Bathurst penalty to Brandon Hynes, Quebec exercised their domination in last forty minutes with four goals in the middle frame adding two others in the third.
“You can’t be unsatisfied when your team ended a game scoring nine goals,” said Quebec head coach Patrick Roy after seeing his team won decidedly over Acadie-Bathurst.
“When you score nine goals it means you did good things. Offensively we were very good I must admit that I like what I saw from a guy like Logan Shaw. Logan did two very good plays on Erne’s goals. We began slowly but scoring three goals on 8 power play chances it’s always important to move the puck right.” Answered Remparts head coach Roy on his team power play efficiencies.
While they weren’t able to score in the beginning of the second period, Quebec scored twice in middle frame with a man-advantage. After being blanked three times over four attempts in the first period and the first occasion in second period the Titan tied the score 1-1 with Adam Zboril 2nd of the year 3:25 into the second period. Zboril wrist shot beat Quebec goalie low on his blocker side.
Quebec didn’t waste time to regain the lead for good with the next four goals in 3:54. Adam Erne with his first of the night broke the tie only 55 seconds after the visitor scored their first goal in the game. Hearing some rumors about his teammate possible departure (Nikita Kucherov) didn’t seem to affect Mikhail Grigorenko who ended the game with two goals.
Grigorenko scored Quebec third goal, his first of two in the second period giving 3-1 lead to his team with his team playing on a power play at 13:42. Grigorenko came back more 2:00 later with his second of the game, second in middle frame at 14:55. Playing for the third times with a man advantage in second period, Quebec scored their fourth goals in second period, second in same period with a man advantage.
Left uncovered to Acadie-Bathurst goalie’s crease Quebec defenseman Martin Lefebvre only had to slide the puck in the net leaving no chance to Jacob Brennan who left the game after being pulled in third period being beaten 7 times on Quebec 25 shots.
Beneficiary of only their second power play in the game the Titan scored their second goal thanks to Brandon Hynes at 8:43 of the third period. Quebec came right back adding two more goals, first only one 36 seconds after Titan 2nd goals in the game, the second of the game by Duclair on a two-on-one with Jason Houde.
Pierre-Antoine Carrier made Quebec 7-1 completing great backhand pass from Axel Rioux 1:13 later. Veteran forward Hynes for Acadie-Bathurst scored Titan third goal, his second in the game to complete the Maritimes team offense for the night at 14:55.
Quebec added two more goals to end their offensive night, Erne scored his second of the game at 17:01 and Nick Sorensen scored Quebec last goal at 18:56.
Having to be left out of the lineup due to the European situation (having three but only have the right to play two in the lineup), asking Kucherov if he will play tonight when both came to the arena, Kucherov answered to Sorensen (Nick) that “he expected to leave in the afternoon or tomorrow.” (Trade happened in the afternoon).
“Knowing you (reporters) I learned about it on twitter,” continued Sorensen. “He was good about it, he just said that he wants to play hockey and its great news for all of us. I think having three players who doesn’t know who will play every nights isn’t ideal situation. Personally its good for me, I need to play all games, it is the same for them. If I was leaving, I’m pretty sure they would happy too, but it is never easy to see a teammate go, but in that case, I want to play and to stay here so I fought for my place.”
Acadie-Bathurst head coach Eric Dubois recognized his team began the game well but his team took too many penalties opening the door to their opponent. “You can’t win taking too many penalties. In first period I found we played well allowing only five shots at even strength. We began the second one good killing the penalty giving us the momentum to get the tying goal, but suddenly players got brain cramps losing the puck in one-on-one battle leading to Quebec goals.”
Quebec will be back in action this Friday hosting Sherbrooke Phoenix.
Notes: Quebec traded European Nikita Kucherov to Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in a three-way deal. First the Quebec general Manager traded the Russian winger to the Huskies in return for another European, Russian Dennis Kamaev and a second round pick (previously acquired from Chicoutimi) in 2013.
Secondly Quebec sent Kamaev and their first European pick in 2014 to the Sherbrooke Phoenix. In return, Quebec received Sherbrooke first European draft pick in 2014 and a fifth round pick in 2013.
Four other games were on QMJHL schedule this Wednesday
Moncton 4 vs. Cape Breton 2
Baie-Comeau 2 vs. Halifax 6
Chicoutimi 4 vs. Shawinigan 2
Victoriaville 0 vs. Gatineau 5
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