Rouyn-Noranda leads series with win at home over Quebec Huskies lead first round series 2-1

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Losing 7-3 in game two of the first round series, rouyn-noranda logocame back home making several adjustment winning 5-2 over the Quebec Remparts to take a 2-1 leads in their series. Mathieu Lemay, with two goals and Jean-Sebastien Dea with one goal and one assist, led the Huskies to their second victory in front of 1,597 fans in the Iamgold Arena.

Being 7-in-10 in the first two games in that series Quebec opened the scoring on their second power plays opportunity. After seeing Rouyn-Noranda successful in killing a penalty to teammates Antoine Waked, the Remparts broke the ice with Nick Sorensen’s fifth of the series.

Sorensen only had to put the puck behind Huskies netminder Alexandre Belanger at 10:23. Quebec goaltender Francois Brassard kept Rouyn-Noranda at bay in the opening period with key glove save with less than minute remaining against Ryan Penny wrist shot on great effort by former Shawinigan left winger Francis Beauvillier.

Quebec began the second period minus one player when Adam Chapman who left the ice after being checked.

Dominated in shots on goals 11-6 in first period but trailing by one on the main scoreboard, Rouyn-Noranda turned things around in middle leading by two 3-1 after forty minutes.

Right winger Mathieu Lemay tied the game 5:30 into the second period beating Quebec goalie between his pads with a backhand shot. Huskies netminder made key saves on a shot from Quebec defenseman Maxime Chevalier. Coming from behind the net Belanger grab the shot from Quebec defenseman from the slot with his glove.

Before being beaten twice in the second half of the second period the Quebec netminder made another key saves against Mathieu Lemay.

Unable to take advantage of their two power play opportunities, Rouyn-Noranda broke the tie with two goals inside three minutes.

Guilty of a turnover in his own zone Quebec defenseman Cody Donaghey saw Huskies left winger Francis Perron beat Brassard between his pads for a second time in the period with 3:00 remaining.

The Huskie added another goal with 55 seconds left in the middle frame Francis Beauvillier with a slap shot from left side beat Quebec goalie for third times between his pads giving a 3-1 leads to Rouyn-Noranda after two periods of play.

Trying to ice the puck in the middle Huskies defenseman Justin Guenette saw Quebec center Mikhail Grigorenko intercept the puck, finding teammate Sorensen completely alone Grigorenko made perfect pass to Quebec right winger who beat Huskies goalie with only 10 seconds into the third period.

With 8:04 to go in third period Rouyn-Noranda regained a two-goal lead with Jean-Sebastien Dea beating Brassard to his right.

The last goal of the game came with only two seconds when Lemay scored his second of the game beating Quebec goalie to his right side. Rouyn-Noranda dominated the shots on goal 54-21

Game four of that series will be on Wednesday night.

Seven other series were on QMJHL schedule for Tuesday night

Halifax 4 vs. Charlottetown 1

Blainville-Boisbriand 4 vs. Moncton 3

Gatineau 7 vs. Cape Breton 2

Val-d’Or 3 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 2 (first overtime)

Baie-Comeau 3 vs. Shawinigan 0

Rimouski 4 vs. Chicoutimi 0

Drummondville 6 vs. Victoriaville 3

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