QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Coming off a bad performance against the Rimouski Oceanic on Wednesday, Shawinigan played a better game in Quebec winning 4-3 in a shootout against the Remparts. Anthony Beauviller scored the goal making the difference in favor of the visiting team.
“It wasn’t an easy game, in the first period we respected the Remparts too much in the way we played,” said the Shawinigan head coach Martin Bernard. “In second perriods we played more aggressive be more on the puck be more physical and I think it made a difference.”
Asked if the visiting team surprised the Remparts, Shawinigan head coach answered, “The way we prepared ourselves lately we prepared the same way whatever whichever team we play. Tonight the guys reacts very well because we weren’t happy the way play played in Rimouski against the Oceanic so it was a great message the guys bounce back after a bad performance.”
Shawinigan never took the lead in the game trailing 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before tying the game 3-3 at the 10:00 mark in third period.
“Like I said it hasn’t been easy in first period we have had penalties to kill we loss Kris Hodge (game misconduct hit to the head) we loses Francis Beauvillier in the middle of second before he came back in the third so we have had to manage all events during the games that help our team to grow.” The Cataractes head coach Bernard said.
Quebec took the lead with 50 seconds remaining in the opening period. Back from injury list Brandon Shea redirected a shot from Anthony Duclair scoring his second of the year.
Shawinigan came back in second period tying the game one goal-a-piece with a goal in shorthanded situation 41 seconds into the middle frame. A turnover on Cataractes blue line led to James Phelan breakaway. Taking a first shot on Quebec goalie Callum Booth the Cataractes center took his own rebound beating Quebec netminder for his first of the year.
Beating Shawinigan defenseman along the left side board Anthony Duclair drove to the net sliding the puck under Storm Phaneuf for Quebec second goal at 3:04.
Being called up by Quebec due to the number of players out of the lineup for Quebec Derek Demontigny earned a penalty shot being prevented to shoot the puck on breakaway. Unfortunately for the kid Shawinigan netminder made the save with his right pad.
Being 0-in-4 with a man advantage Shawinigan tied the game 2-2 when Alexis D’Aoust beat Quebec goalie at 8:04.
Quebec came back taking the lead for third times in the game when Olivier Archambault on great pass from defenseman Cody Donaghey beat Cataractes netminder with a wrist shot with only 1:01 into the third period.
But 8:08 later Shawinigan brought both teams back to square one with their third goal of the game scored by Nicolas Welsh.
“In shootout we always have a chance to win,” answered Quebec goalie Callum Booth when a reporter ask if he almost win the game by himself. “This times we didn’t wins. I’m happy about my game I felt confident but when we lose in shootout it is a bit depressing but when I will wake-up tomorrow I will look my performance on a positive side.”
“The execution isn’t easy,” answered Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher when asked to explain what happened to his team after playing good first period. “They wanted bit more than us, I would like to tell you more but we have a regular goalie all our regular defensemen but at forwards we try to do our best.”
“We would like to do better in shootout,” said the Remparts coach after been asked about his team leading all the game but coming out with just a point. “It is tough since the beginning of the year. We would like to be more dangerous at four-on-four. Player will be back on regular bases after Christmas break so we just hope it will be better.”
Beside Anthony Beauvillier for Shawinigan Alexandre Delisle-Houde also scored after Duclair has had scored for Quebec.
Quebec will play their last game before Christmas break tonight (Saturday) hosting the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.
Eight other games were on QMJHL schedule on Friday night
Rimouski 3 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 2 (shootout)
Saint John 3 vs. Cape Breton 2
Halifax 4 vs. Moncton 5
Baie-Comeau 4 vs. Victoriaville 3 (overtime)
Charlottetown 2 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 6
Chicoutimi 1 vs. Drummondville 5
Gatineau 4 vs. Rouyn-Noranda 5
Sherbrooke 3 vs. Val-d’Or 6
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