QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Beginning a busy schedule with three games-in-three nights, Quebec came to Shawinigan hoping to return home with the victory. Dominating 28- 11 in shots on goal after forty minutes of play the score was still 1-1. Unable to find a winner in regulation time and shutout 0-in-4 with a man advantage, Shawinigan scored the game winning goal with only 9 seconds in the overtime playing with a man advantage for the fifth time in the game.
Frank Schunacher with his second of the year gave Shawinigan a 2-1 wins against Quebec.
Trailing 1- 0 in first two periods Shawinigan finally got on board with only 2:03 into the third period. Dominating the first forty minutes of that game Quebec saw their opponent the beneficiary of a fifth power play opportunity following a two-on-one breakaway by the Cataractes forcing Quebec defenseman Jeremy Beaudry to take a hooking penalty with only 1:10 remaining in regulation time.
Beginning the overtime on four-on-three power play Frank Schumacher’s one-timer beat Quebec goalie Zachary Fortin top corner on left side with only 9 seconds gone in overtime.
Quebec was the first team to break the ice in Bionest center in Shawinigan.
Winning his battle along the board, Adam Erne made a great pass to Nick Sorensen who beat Cataractes goaltender with a backhand shot to Marvin Cupper’s right side with 12:42 to go in first period.
Quebec had two chances to play with a man advantage but Shawinigan goaltender made sure to close the door both times. The Catarates played only once with a man advantage but were unable to beat Zachary Fortin with only four shots on goal. Quebec dominated the shots on goal 12-2 after twenty minutes.
Dominating 28-11 after forty minutes of play Quebec had two other chances with a man advantage in second without being able to add another goal, looking the perfect play instead of taking shots on goal.
The best scoring opportunity for Patrick Roy’s team was in a two-on-one breakaway with Anthony Duclair and Logan Shaw during a power play ending with no shots on goal.
Shawinigan finally got on board with 2:03 gone in third period. After a first shot taken by Simon Boudreau, Marc-Antoine Bergeron took the loose puck pushing it behind Quebec goalie Zachary Fortin who was unable to control the rebound.
With the score 1-1 each goalie made key saves both times with their gloves. With 6:49 to play Quebec netminder Fortin made a glove save on two-on-one breakaway play from Shawinigan.
Cupper stole Quebec left winger Anthony Duclair with a glove save keeping the score tied. A penalty to Quebec defenseman Jeremy Beaudry on another two-on-one breakaway by the Cataractes lead Shawinigan to their fifth power play opportunities in the game being 0-in-4.
Unable to score before the end of the regulation time, both teams went to overtime with 50 seconds remaining to Quebec penalty playing four-on-three in OT.
Quebec will return in action in front of their fans hosting the Victoriaville Tigre on Saturday. On Sunday the same Shawinigan Cataractes will visit Quebec.
Seven other games were on QMJHL schedule on Friday
Baie-Comeau 5 vs. Cape Breton 3
Rimouski 2 vs. Prince Edward Island 3
Saint John 6 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 4
Halifax 5 vs. Moncton 8
Chicoutimi 0 vs. Victoriaville 5
Drummondville 3 vs. Val-d’Or 4
Gatineau 2 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 1 (shootout)
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