QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Trailing by one after forty minutes of play Quebecscored three unanswered goals leading them to 4-2 win over the Val-d’Or Foreurs.
Ranked fourth in Tellus western division with only three goals scored in three games Val-d’Or came into Quebec hoping to surprise the home team by playing physical in the opening moments of first period.
But after taking a 1-0 lead on the second goal of the year by Remparts defenseman Marc-Antoine Carrier Quebec saw the visiting team reply with the next two goals ending the second period leading by one (2-1) on goals by Vincent Dunn at 7:32 and veteran Anton Zlobin (formerly of Shawinigan Cataractes) at 19:37.
“The timing wasn’t good,” Val-d’Or head coach Marc-Andre Dumont said referring to the two penalties his team took giving the chance to Quebec to turn things around. “They took advantage of their chances they tied the game on a skate deflection, on the other goal they scored on a too many men penalty. They were opportunistic, we didn’t have the “zip” we had in for checking and when we have had the puck. We did not have too many shots on goal in the third period. That was a real indication of the game”
Referring to tight game his team played, Dumont agreed about the type of game his team played, “Yes, it was a tight game we are satisfied about that, that’s the kind of game we played, we want to keep the score low to keep our chance to win. After forty even fifty minutes we still had a chance to win but we drop it.”
Trailing by one after forty minutes of play Quebec was still confident they could come back.
Working along the board Grigorenko made a good pass to Adam Erne who seemed to have surprised the Val-d’Or netminder Francois Tremblay at 4:42 of third period.
With the score tied 2-2, Val-d’Or was found guilty of two consecutive penalties serving on a silver plateau to Quebec the chance to turn things around.
Two goals in span of 1:58 with a man advantage killed all visiting team effort done in first forty minutes.
With veteran Zlobin in the penalty box serving his team penalty for too many men on the ice, Quebec left winger, Jason Houde scored the go ahead goal on what appeared to be great pass from center Kurt Etchegary with only 9 seconds remaining to Zlobin penalty.
“I was at the right place at the right time,” Houde said talking about what became the game winning goal. “I was entering the zone when I saw the loose puck and I just had to hit the puck hard to get it in. Guys entered the zone great and Kurt (Etchegary) tried to make a pass but when I came in the slot I found the loose puck and only had to put it in.”
As Quebec scored their third goal Val-d’Or defenseman Julien Lecuc was penalized for high sticking at 10:17. Uniting their effort, the tandem of Grigorenko and Shaw end with Quebec fourth goal on a one-timer from right faceoff circle by the one who wears the number 11 Logan Shaw.
Even if his team didn’t begin the game the way he would like to see his team play Quebec head coach Patrick Roy was happy the way his team bounced back.
“Yes, I was satisfied. I found in the first two periods the team seemed to follow the rhythm of the game but, in third period, we stepped our game up and that’s what I want to see. I knew, we can do it, we skated good everybody work well. Now as I said to players we need to do it for sixty minutes.”
“On the other end, I should say the Foreurs began the game very well, they play good defensively, they protected their goaltender very well, it was a great test for us.” Roy continued talking about the opponent team.
Quebec will play their next game in Chicoutimi on Tuesday facing the Sagueneens. Patrick Roy’s team will be back in front of his fans hosting the Victoriaville Tigres.
Four other games were on QMJHL schedule on Sunday
Gatineau 2 vs. Prince Edward Island 6
Rimouski 4 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 5 (shootout)
Saint John 5 vs. Moncton 1
Baie-Comeau 4 vs. Chicoutimi 2
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