QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Trailing twice in the game Quebec scored five goals in third period leading the Remparts to commanding 6-3 victory over the Charlottetown Islanders. Anthony Duclair with four goals all in third period turns things around in favor of home team.
With the score being 3-2 Charlottetown Alexandre Goulet was found guilty of roughing at 12:34 giving a golden opportunity to Quebec to tie the game. With already one goal in the game Duclair’s shot from left face-off circle left no chance to Antoine Bibeau at 13:08.
After the game Charlottetown head coach Gordie Dwyer recognized the penalty taken by his player Goulet as the turning points in the game. “It’s always difficult to lose a game like that. We came out strong in the first forty minutes of the game we limited their offensive opportunity. Things happened in game we took couple penalties in the third and we were unable to keep the score like it was.”
“The penalty to Goulet was the turning point for us, we have a young team that work hard and play physical style. I think it was an excellent play in particular on that play. Obviously we weren’t all agreed but I think it was the turning point in the game. They were opportunistic ion their power play and the game was over.” The visiting head coach Dwyer said after the game.
Coming in town as the best team in the QMJHL the Charlottetown Islanders played their style trying to intimidate Quebec with a fight with only 37 seconds gone in the opening period involving one of the best fighters in QMJHL Jack Nevins and Dillon Donnelly.
Several second later the visitor were the first team to break the ice with 1:20 gone. The shot from the goal line in right corner hit the inside pads of Quebec goaltender Francois Brassard giving a 1-0 lead to Charlottetown.
Quebec came back 2:17 seconds later tying the game on captain Kurt Etchegary third goal of the regular season. Etchegary’s wrist shot beat Islanders netminder Bibeau on his glove side.
The visitors replied with next two goals taking a 3-1 lead. Alexis Pepin broke the tie with a wraparound goal surprising Quebec goalie Brassard to his right with 6:45 remaining in second period.
Charlottetown opened the third period scoring their third goal with only 1:09 gone. A great pass from Deverick Otteyes to Matej Beran beat Quebec goalie on his glove side for second times in the game.
Leading by two in the third period the visiting team saw the winds turning sides with first of the night by Anthony Duclair at 2:53 followed by two power play goals the second and third in the game by Duclair adding his fourth one in an empty net at 19:20.
Nick Sorensen scored Quebec fifth goals prior Duclair fourth one at 18:44 also in an empty net.
After the game Philippe Boucher seemed pretty satisfied of his team performance. “Very big third period, “Was the first reaction from Quebec head coach Boucher in his post-game press conference. “We were correct in first forty minutes they rolled bit better than us in first two periods but we were very good in third.”
Insisting during the week for his players to take better shots on goal better quality shots on goal Boucher was happy to see his players finally taken some qualities shots. “It took forty minutes but they came in the third,” answered Quebec head coach Boucher. “We also talked about giving a good show so we hope the fans appreciated it.”
Quebec will return in action on Sunday afternoon hosting the Gatineau Olympiques victorious in shootout 5-4 in shootout against Rimouski.
Five other games were on QMJHL schedule on Saturday
Cape Breton 4 vs. Baie-Comeau 5
Saint John 2 vs. Chicoutimi 3 (shootout)
Gatineau 5 vs. Rimouski 4 (shootout)
Moncton 1 vs. Shawinigan 2 (shootout)
Acadie-Bathurst 3 vs. Halifax 4
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