QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Playing the first of their next five games at home, the Quebec Remparts won 7-3 over the Gatineau Olympiques. Anthony Duclair (3g-1a) and captain Ryan Culkin with 3 assists played key roles to begin an important series of home games.
Winning their last two games on the road, Quebec looked for a strong first period against their opponent. Scoring his 25th, 26th and 27th goals in the regular season Duclair scored twice in the opening period after Fabrice Herzog broke the ice with Quebec’s first goal at 5:49.
“Playing against Gatineau has been great test for us,” said Duclair. “They were four points ahead of us so all points are important before Christmas. This year the standing is very thigh it isn’t predictable so we have two big points tonight and we are very confident for the other games coming up.”
Duclair’s first two goals in the game came at 6:25 and 9:12.
Quebec added three more goals in second, leading 6-0, before Gatineau prevented the shutout with two goals returning to their locker room trailing 6-2.
Alexandre Carrier, with his second goal of the season with 3:00 remaining to the middle frame and Jonathan Bourcier at 18:25, scored Gatineau first two goals. Zachary Moody (5th) at 7:08, Massimo Carozza (1st) 9:56 and Duclair (13:44) with his third of the game in shorthanded situation made Quebec leading 6-0.
With the departure of three players, Adam Erne, Nick Sorensen and Fabrice Herzog, for the world Championship, other players will have to step up their game. With three assist on Friday night defenseman Ryan Culkin is well aware of the situation.
“Yes but younger guy will be count on they will have to step their game up,” said the Quebec captain. “I hope for the best as far as our first line is concern.”
It was the first time this year the team played with all players available and also a first time the team scored seven goals. “It was great to see in first two periods,” said Culkin. “Our third line contributes when everyone works hard it is fun to see.”
Tommy Lapiere scored Gatineau third goal with only 2:50 gone in third. Kurt Etchegary gave back Quebec a four-goal lead contributing to seal Quebec third consecutive game.
“It is possible, I would like to say no but at 6-0 and eight shorthanded situation breaks the rhythm,” said Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher trying to explain what happened in second periods. “What I like was our energy to begin the game. The for-check, the execution work well. The execution we looked for two weeks ago we did it on the road and brought it back here tonight.”
Anthony Brodeur (son of Ney Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur) began the game allowing five goals 14 shots. Robert Steeves came in the game allowing two goals on 11 shots. Francois Brassard on the other side made 28 saves on 31 shots.
Quebec next game will be this Sunday against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
Five other games were on the QMJHL schedule on Friday night
Moncton 3 vs. Cape Breton 2
Saint John 1 vs. Charlottetown 2
Halifax 0 vs Baie-Comeau 3
Victoriaville 2 vs. Rimouski 5
Acadie-Bathurst 0 vs. Shawinigan 3
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