Turnovers prove to be costly for Quebec in Rimouski

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Two turnovers in the third period sealed Quebec fate in Rimouski. With the teams trading goals in the first forty minutes, two turnovers in the Rimouski defensive zone paved the way to Simon Fortier’s two third period goals leading the Oceanic to a 4-1 win over Quebec.  
Playing a much different game than the night before in Acadie-Bathurst, Quebec saw their opponent get the last word in Saturday’s game.
Having only one goal since the season began Oceanic right winger Simon Fortier played the hero scoring his second and third goals of the season helping his team to put an end to Rimouski losing streak at three in their last four games.
Dominating 15- 4 in shots on goal, Rimouski opened the scoring first. Beneficiary of a turnover at Quebec blue line, Anthony DeLuca break the ice with Oceanic first goal beating Quebec netminder Francois Brassard under his right arm at 13:08 of the first period.
Beginning the second period playing on their first power play Quebec saw Rimouski goaltender Carl Hozjan make several saves preventing the Remparts from knotting the game.
Playing much better in the middle frame Quebec tied the game a few minutes later scoring their first goal of the night. Going on a two-on-one breakaway Nikita Kucherov find his teammates Mikhail Grigorenko letting a shot go that finds his way behind Rimouski goalie at 5:39.
Thinking he had given his team a 2-1 lead, Rimouski left winger Francis Beauvillier saw referee Jean-Philippe Sylvain refuse the goal after video review saying the puck had been hit over the shoulder with 4:03 left in the period. Quebec got the best in shots on goal department 13-8 but Rimouski still lead 23-17 after forty minutes of play.
Rimouski regained the lead thanks to another turnover this time in defensive zone. Losing the puck in his own zone Quebec forward Samuel Gauthier saw the puck hit Jess Tanguy, picking the loose puck Simon Fortier’s wrist shot beat Quebec goalie Brassard high with 12:06 to play.
Fortier came back more than six minutes later with his second goal of the game, his third of the year, beating Brassard between his pads with a backhanded shot with 6:23 remaining in the game.
Jan Kostalik put an end to any Quebec hope scoring the Oceanic fourth goal in an empty net with 53.2 seconds remaining.
After the game, Quebec head coach reviewed his team’s loss saying, “In the first period we expected to see the Oceanic coming out strong, and that’s exactly what they did. Even if the shots on goal were 15- 4 in favor of Rimouski I think we kept their shots mostly outside. We didn’t give them too many good scoring chances.”
“The only goal they scored was on turnovers when we tried to get out of our zone. Even if we weren’t able to score the goal that could give us the lead, it was two turnovers that lead the Oceanic to their two goals. Overall, we knew it could have been a great challenge here this afternoon, the Oceanic loses their last two games, they played us this afternoon, they play Halifax Sunday, and so, it shouldn’t too hard to motivate his team.”
Quebec will come back home next Friday hosting the Prince Edward Island. On Sunday the Remparts will play the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Four other games were on QMJHL schedule on Saturday
Baie-Comeau 5 vs. Chicoutimi 2
Rouyn-Noranda 2 vs. Victoriaville 4
Blainville-Boisbriand 0 vs. Moncton 3
Halifax 5 vs. Drummondville 1
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