Rimouski wins at home against Quebec

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Trailing by three after the first 23 minutes of play, Quebec came back with next three goals to tie the game but it wasn’t enough. Rimouski had the last word, winning by the score of 5-4 against Quebec on Wednesday night.
 
Peter Trainor, Maxime Gravel and veteran Scott Oke took charge of the Oceanic offense with one goal one assist each, leading Rimouski to their 12th victory in 22 games played.
 
Another key role in the Oceanic win was goaltender Philippe Desrosiers who ended his night with 40 saves on Quebec’s 44 shots. Francois Brassard on the other side had a pretty tough night for Quebec allowing five goals on Rimouski 29 shots.
 
Rimouski opened the scoring 3:46 to go in first period. Anthony DeLuca redirected a shot from Michael Joly for Oceanic only goal in the period. Quebec gave up the first goal for only the fourth time in twenty games.
 
Rimouski added to their lead scoring the next two goals in 21 seconds to take a 3-0 lead in first three minutes of middle frame. Going on a two-on-one Oceanic left winger Francis Beauvillier saw Quebec goalie make the first save, but veteran Rimouski center Scott Oke wrist the rebound behind Quebec goalie beating Brassard over his right pad with only 1:58 gone in second frame.
 
The Oceanic came back 21 seconds later with their third goal when Peter Trainor wrist shot beat Quebec goalie at 2:19.
 
Quebec broke the ice with their first goal in the game with Mikhail Grigorenko seventeen of the years at 3:56. Patrick Roy’s team cut the opponent lead to only one goal at 8:38 of second period. After a great effort by Anthony Duclair, Pierre-Maxime Poudrier took a rebound to put the puck behind Philippe Desrosiers.
 
Quebec tied the game three goals-a-piece with only 1:26 gone in third periods. A great move by Remparts Anthony Duclair led the left winger to score his fifth goals of the regular season. Adam Erne got the only helper on Quebec third goal.
 
Rimouski regained their two-goal lead in the first nine minutes in third periods.
 
Oceanic right winger Simon Fortier surprised Quebec netminder with a shot Brassard would certainly like see back. The Quebec netminder got a tough night being beaten for fifth times in the game with 9:51 to go in third periods. Maxime Gravel beat Brassard to his left side with a shot from the red goal line at 10:09.
 
Coming back in the lineup after missing last three games, the Swedish right winger Nick Sorensen brought Quebec to only one goal back from Rimouski beating Oceanic goalie high on Desrosiers left side with 5:29 remaining.
 
Trailing by one with less than two minutes remaining in the period Quebec head coach Patrick Roy decided to pull his starting goalie sending a sixth forward in hope to get his team to score the fifth goal, that would push both teams in overtime, but unfortunately for the visitor, the star of the night, the Oceanic goalie Desrosiers kept the opponent out of scoring sheet preventing Quebec to get the fifth goal.
 
Quebec will play their next game this Friday visiting Cataractes in Centre Bionest in Shawinigan.
 
Three other games were on QMJHL schedule on Wednesday
Prince Edward Island 3 vs. Cape Breton 5
Val-d’Or 3 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 2
Shawinigan 1 vs. Baie-Comeau 7
 
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