QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Playing a second game in as many days the Quebec Remparts ended their weekend with a second victory completing a perfect weekend in front of 10,827 happy fans. Fabrice Herzog with two goals led his team playing very well on power play.
Herzog was the first to break the ice for Quebec with eight minutes remaining in the opening period. Taking first shot from the blue line Quebec defenseman Duncan MacIntyre saw Gatineau goaltender making first save but Robert Steeves was unable to do anything on Hurzog taking the rebound to put it in at 11:00.
“He played very well to begin the game,” said Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher when asked to comment the European player. “But he has had couple shift in second where it was bit more difficult but he is very dangerous in front of the net especially on the power play. He got a good hand eyes coordination. He did not have any problem to redirect the puck or to take rebound in front of the net.”
Quebec came back 5:29 later with their second goal of the game also with a man advantage. Anthony Duclair made perfect pass to Herzog who only had to redirect behind Olympiques goalie for Quebec second goals in first period.
After seeing Gatineau netminder stop Zachary Moody on a breakaway as he got out of the penalty box, the rookie center came back and beat Steeves with a screened shot from the blue line at 7:59 of second period.
Closing the door on the net in making 22 saves Quebec goaltender Callum Booth saw the visitors getting their first goal of the night. Taking a shot from the slot Olympiques European right winger Vaclav Karabacek gave no chance to Quebec netminder scoring his seventh of the regular season at 3:00.
Quebec rookie defenseman Maxime Chevalier scored his first goal in the QMJHL with a shot from the blue line giving to his team a three goal leads at 4:31. But only 20 seconds later Gatineau replied with their second in the goal game.
Vincent Dunn was the last Gatineau player to beat rookie goalie Booth at 4:51. Being on the losing end in his first game played in front of their fans the young netminder was nervous before the game but was able to keep his concentration for the whole sixty minutes.
“I was excited to play here, playing in Saint John was fine you got atmosphere but nothing to compare of here especially when it is our fans.” Said Quebec goaltender Callum Booth. “Yes I gained confidence as the game went on. I didn’t have in memory the last game I played here but sure I was nervous, I always be nervous it is good to be little nervous. I’m really anxious to get my first win here.”
Gatineau head coach Benoit Groulx gave credit to Quebec team for their victory but admit in same time that his team did not began the game as strong as he would like to see his team doing.
“I don’t think we played a great game, they completely dominate the first period like yesterday in Rimouski and Sherbrooke we did not began our game like we want to. We did a bit better in second but overall Quebec got better legs it click much better on their side then ours and they deserve the victory.”
For Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher, his team played with more consistency, “We played good hockey lately, we began this couple weeks at home, we continued on the road and we played great hockey against two good teams over the weekend.”
“We played with much better consistency. We have had couple shift in second period where it was difficult but Gatineau is a good team. Our goaltender was very solid. We have had great start and he did the good things he did in practice and he proved it during the game.” Remparts head coach Boucher said in his post-game press conference after the game.
Quebec’s next game will be this Wednesday as they will host the Baie Comeau Drakkar.
Five other games were on QMJHL schedule on Sunday
Shawinigan 1 vs. Drummondville 5
Charlottetown 3 vs. Rimouski 5
Moncton 2 vs. Sherbrooke 3
Rouyn-Noranda 5 vs. Val-d’Or 4
Blainville-Boisbriand 3 vs. Victoriaville 1
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