Three-goal third period leads Val-d’Or over Quebec

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Trailing 1-0 after forty minutes of play against the Remparts, Val-d’Or scored three goals in third period leading them to a 3-2 win.
 
Like the night before in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec was the first team to get on scoreboard. Taking a shot from left corner, Remparts left winger Anthony Duclair surprised Val-d’Or goalie Francois Tremblay when the puck hit player’s skate before slowly sliding behind Foreurs goaltender with 9:51 to go in first period.
 
Quebec goalie Francois Brassard kept the home team at zero on the board with consecutive saves against Anthony Mantha and Brandon Hynes with less than five minutes in the period.
 
Ranked seventh with a man advantage in the league Val-d’Or got two other chances to break the ice in the second period but was unable to do so ending 0-in-3 on power play.
 
Samuel Henley saw Quebec netminder closing the door on what was best scoring opportunity for the home team in that period.
 
If first period didn’t have much action, the fans who came to the Air Creebeck Center to see their favorite, the second saw more action from both teams but Quebec still was the only team to get on scoreboard after two, leading 1-0, even if Val-d’Or lead 28- 17 in shots on goal.
 
After scoring only one goal in first forty minutes, both teams scored three goals in 1:04. Val-d’Or tied the game on goal scored by Thierry Comtois. Missing his icing attempt Quebec center Frederic Bergeron saw Jeremy Fraser take first shot. Unable to control the rebound Brassard saw the Foreurs center takes wrist shot giving no chance to Quebec netminder to make the save with 1:44 gone in third.
 
Quebec regained the lead (2-1) 23 seconds later with Brent Turnbull 3rd of the year. Val-d’Or replied 41 seconds later with Samuel Henley redirecting a shot from Maxime Presseault tying the score 2-2.
 
Val-d’Or takes the lead for first time in the game on a goal by Skyler Spiller who took a rebound shot from Guillaume Rioux-Legault at 6:26.
 
Working hard trying to come from behind Quebec defenseman took the direction of penalty box with 2:47 remaining to the game giving serious blow to his team chance in their attempt to get a third goal.
 
Taking advantage of a fourth power play in the game Val-d’Or was able to keep their one goal lead signing a 3-2 wins over the Quebec Remparts.
 
Quebec will end his four games road trip that began before Christmas this Thursday facing the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. Quebec will be back in front of their fans on Friday hosting the Shawinigan Cataractes and Saturday against Val-d’Or Foreurs ending a sequence of three games in three nights.
 
Erratum note : In the most recent QMJHL article published on PHN website on January 5th 2013, an error occurred in the leading paragraph.   In that paragraph, it was mistakenly reported that Quebec had lost its final game of 2012.   Pro Hockey News and the author have corrected the error to reflect Quebec’s OT win over Sherbrokke that evening.  
 
Five other games were on QMJHL schedule on Saturday
Baie-Comeau 3 vs. Shawinigan 2
Cape Breton 0 vs. Moncton 4
Prince Edward Island 2 vs. Saint John 1
Rimouski 3 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand 5
Victoriaville 6 vs. Rouyn-Noranda 3
 
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