QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Coming to Quebec in the front end of home-and-home series to end the regular season Rimouski was looking to win their 16th consecutive game. Leading by one with a goal with 50 seconds remaining in the second period, the visiting team saw Quebec tie the score 33-3 with 13 seconds remaining. Jan Kostalek put an end to the overtime with his fifth with only 56 seconds gone leasing the Oceanic to 4-3 overtime win over the Remparts.
“I was little disappointed to give a goal up with 13 seconds remaining but with traffic in front the net. It was a tight game it was a playoff kind of game,” Rimouski Oceanic head coach Serge Beausoleil said after his team won their 16th consecutive game.
“I really like how the players react after giving the goal we stayed calm we scored again in overtime it is good.”
Ending their 2013-14 regular season with a home and home series against one of the best team in the QMJHL was an excellent way to enter the playoff beginning next week. Quebec got the first scoring opportunity when Rimouski goaltender Philippe Desrosiers made a key save against Nick Sorensen who took a rebound from Maxime Chevalier preventing Quebec to open the scoring.
Rimouski broke the ice when Felix-Antoine Savage redirected a shot from defenseman Loic Leduc from the blue line at 4:49 beating Brassard on his left side.
Quebec tied the game with the help of their power play. Nick Sorensen’s one-timer left no chance to Oceanic netminder Desrosiers giving the home team their third scorer of 30 goals in regular season.
Rimouski regained the lead on a shot Quebec goaltender would like to have back. Jan Kostalek with his first of the night made Rimouski leading 2-1 at 9:29.
Looking for the chance to reach the plateau of 100 goals in QMJHL career Olivier Archambault brought back both teams to square one with his 19th of the season. Archambault’s wrist shot beat Rimouski goalie with 14:25 to go in middle frame.
“It is fun, it is a personal accomplishment but I think overall I want to reach the game to get the two points. It is fun and I will take it,” Archambault said.
“I think overall we played a good hockey game. The game could go one side or the other, they won the game but the positive side is we go back tomorrow and we will have to be ready.”
Thinking they had taken the lead for the first time in the game on Mikhail Grigorenko’s shot, the goal has been refused after referee Eric Charon and Mark Muylaert consulted each other.
With 50.8 seconds remaining on the clock Taylor Boland beat the Quebec goalie to his right giving Rimouski the lead for third time in the game.
Playing their best hockey in third Period Quebec tied the game 3-3 with 13 seconds remaining pushing both teams to overtime.
With only 56 seconds played in the overtime Kostalek silenced the home crowd with his second of the game to give to Rimouski their 45th victories of the season.
“We played very well against the Oceanic,” resumed veteran Quebec netminder Francois Brassard. “It was a game that could go either sides they have had good scoring chances in second we played very strong hockey. I think we can play against them and we will come back tomorrow.”
“We would like to end the regular season in front of our fans with a win we really would offered them a victory against like you aid one of the best team. We really came very close, Rimouski did the little things very well but I thought we play well enough to earn it,” Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher after the game.
“I think so, we paid the price we sacrifice ourselves we miss some execution here and there but we were good on our penalty kill, in power play we move the puck very well, we have had guys in the shooting lines guys were committed that is what we want, I repeat myself but we really would like to offer a victory to our fans tonight and to our 20 years old for whom it was their last year.”
Quebec will end their 2013-14 regular season on Saturday visiting the Oceanic in Rimouski.
Eight other games were on QMJHL schedule on Friday
Acadie-Bathurst 3 vs. Charlottetown 1
Saint John 2 vs. Halifax 7
Cape Breton 4 vs. Moncton 3
Baie-Comeau 4 vs. Chicoutimi 0
Val-d’Or 6 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 1
Rouyn- Noranda 1 vs. Drummondville 4
Sherbrooke 1 vs. Gatineau 7
Victoriaville 2 vs. Shawinigan 4
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