Rimouski over Quebec Sylvestre and Courtemanche played key roles in Oceanic victory

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Playing their second game of three in four nights Rimouski came out of Quebec signing a 6-3 win against the Remparts. Sebastien Sylvestre and Samuel Coutemanche with two goals one assist each to lead the visitors to their 26th victory.

DSCN6801 Quebec center Adam Erne (73) scores Quebec third goals in second period photo by Serge Poulin

Adam Erne (73) scores Quebec third goals in second period photo by Serge Poulin

Rimouski wasted no time breaking the ice scoring with only 43 seconds into the opening period. The Oceanic recent acquisition from Chicoutimi, Sylvestre scored his first of the night as he surprised Quebec goaltender Francois Brassard between his pads.

Another veteran brought his contribution giving the visitors a 2-0 lead. If Quebec netminder would like to see back the shot that lead to first Rimouski goal, on the second goal scored by Peter Trainor he did not have a chance when the Rimouski left winger completed a perfect tic-tac-toe by pushing the puck in an empty net at 12:26 during a power play.

With a record of 4-10-1 when Quebec concedes the first goal, it didn’t look good for Philippe Boucher’s team as Rimouski adds a third goal to their lead. Making the first save on Felix-Antoine Savage first shot the Quebec netminder weren’t able to control the rebound taken by Coutemanche who beat Ottawa Senators prospect for Oceanic third goal.

Quebec head coach did not put the blame of the lost on his veteran netminder even if he appeared weak on two of the visitor’s six goals.

ki left winger Samuel Courtemanche (20) also played key roles in Oceanic victory with 2 goals 1 assist photo by Serge Poulin

Samuel Courtemanche (20) also played key roles in Oceanic victory with 2 goals 1 assist photo by Serge Poulin

After the game, Brassard took the blame for the loss, “We didn’t have the kind of beginning we wanted and even if we came back in second we have had difficulties in the third. I will take the blame for this game and we will start all over tomorrow.” Said Francois Brassard near the locker room after the game.

“We have had less files to work on these days accepts the coaching,” answered Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher after the game.

“At Victoriaville it wasn’t an indication of what is coming up we played correct at “Victo” but we have had lots of things to work. We talked to the players on that and we were too smooth in first period Rimouski played well. In second we proved we have had the control of the second period almost totally. “Brass” (Francois Brassard) for sure would like to see the two shots back at 4 seconds of the end of second period. We talked about it in the locker room in from of everyone and with all the points we gave us the chance to win we won’t put the blame on him.”

Trailing by three Quebec came back with the next three goals bringing back both teams to square one with goal by Anthony Duclair, Zachary Moody and Adam Erne in next 10 minutes in second frame.

mouski center Sebastien Sylvestre (81) made his presence felt in his new uniform with 2 goals 1 assist photo by Serge Poulin

Sebastien Sylvestre (81) made his presence felt in his new uniform with 2 goals 1 assist photo by Serge Poulin

Playing in shorthanded situation Rimouski took advantage of Quebec goalie bad outing behind his net leading to Oceanic fourth goal scored by Courtemanche his second of the night with 4.8 seconds on scoreboard.

Rimouski added two more goals in the third period in less than two minutes. Felix-Antoine Savage and Sylvestre with his second of the game completed the visiting team offense.

“Surely,” answered Rimouski head coach Serge Beausoleil when reporter made reference to last time both teams met when Rimouski had lose the last meeting. “We traded the momentum several times during the game, the five-on-three at the beginning of third periods could have been fatal but we successfully resisted. I think the goal by Savage did lot of damage.”

“In first period we were very solid when we get the puck out of our zone but in second thing didn’t go well for us lots of turnover in our own zone leading to two goals against us. We will put it all in place and work on it for our next game.”

Quebec will be back in action tonight hosting the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Six other games were on QMJHL schedule for this Friday

Shawinigan 3 vs. Charlottetown 4

Moncton 5 vs. Halifax 1

Sherbrooke 3 vs. Chicoutimi 4 (shootout)

Cape Breton 4 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 3

Victoriaville 1 vs. Gatineau 0

Baie-Comeau 5 vs. Val-d’Or 1

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