Val-d’Or trounces Quebec Mantha led Foreurs offense with five points

DSCN5928 Val-d'Or goaltender Francois Tremblay  made 21 saves on Quebec 23 shots on goal photo by Serge Poulin

Val-d’Or goaltender Francois Tremblay made 21 saves on Quebec 23 shots on goal photo by Serge Poulin

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Quebec lost in overtime the night before against Chicoutimi, Val-d’Or left no doubt on who was the winner Saturday night winning 11-2 against Quebec. Veteran center Anthony Mantha took charge of the visiting team’s offense ending with four goals and one assist.

“Everything worked for us tonight,” said the Foreurs head coach Mario Durocher. “On the other side Quebec played without Archambeault (Olivier), Sorensen (Nick) we played all our players the power play worked very well (5-in-11), we were disciplined, we have respected our game plan. It was a great win for us on the road.”

Questioned about a discussion between the two coaches in the third period Val-d’Or head coach said, “I’m in the league for 20 years I never miss respect to Quebec. In the third period, I rolled all my lines. What I tried to make understood is that on my power play I use Samuel Hanley and in third it was Sille (Timotej). So I think he was able to see that I sent all our lines one after the other. We played five guys I used two defensemen. So I don’t think I miss some respect toward Quebec.”

For the Foreurs center who went to Detroit training camp, it was a great night and big win for his team after losing the night before in Blainville-Boisbriand (1-4).

“It went very well we are all ready to play. Last night we loss so today we want to going strong and I used my role of leader on the ice to inspire the other players. Overall the team played very well.”

While Quebec played a strong first period the night before against Chicoutimi on Friday night, the story was completely different on Saturday with Val-d’Or dominating the first period not just on shots on goals (14-7) but on main scoreboard leading 3-0.

DSCN5935 Val-d'Or center Anthony Mantha led his team offensive scoring 4 goals adding 1 assist photo by Serge Poulin

Val-d’Or center Anthony Mantha led his team offensive scoring 4 goals adding 1 assist photo by Serge Poulin

Anthony Mantha broke the ice for the visiting team scoring the first goal in the game with only 42 seconds gone. The shot from veteran center property of Detroit Red Wings in the NHL BEAT Quebec rookie goaltender Callum Booth on glove side.

Val-d’Or came back later in the initial period with their second goal and first with a man advantage during a penalty to Quebec left winger Anthony Duclair. Julien Gauthier with his first of the season gave 2-0 lead to visiting team at 13:25.

Trying to turn things around for his team Adam Erne dropped the gloves with Phil Pietroniro but both were ejected of the game for premeditate fight at 15:09.

Before the siren announced the end of first period Val-d’Or added a third goal with 1:22 remaining. The puck being lost in Quebec netminder crease Anthony Beauregard only had to slide the puck behind the goal line for Foreurs third goals of the first period.

Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher decided to make a goalie change to begin the second frame sending veteran goalie Francois Brassard who had been welcomed by the visiting team with two goals by veteran center Mantha completing his hat trick. His second of the game came at 2:03. The third one came at 4:53.

Val-d’Or added three more goals before the second period ended.

Guillaume Gelinas (13:36) on a power play, Anthony Mantha with his fourth of the night 2:59 seconds later. Quebec got their first of the night when Anthony Duclair beat Foreurs goalie Francois Tremblay for the first time of the night at 18:35 and Shawn Ouellet St-Amant came to close the middle frame with Val-d’Or eighth goals of the game at 19:11.

Goaltender Callum Booth has been pulled out of the game after first period allowing 3 goals on 15 shots photo by Serge Poulin

Goaltender Callum Booth was pulled out of the game after first period allowing 3 goals on 15 shots photo by Serge Poulin

Quebec scored their second goal of the game with Brent Turnbull second of the year on a power play 4:06 into third period before the Foreurs adds three more goals to close the offense for the night. Timotej Sille (7:48) on power play, Julien Gauthier at even strength (9:00) and Shawn Ouellet-St-Amant at 13:12 completed the scoring for the visitor.

Quebec captain Ryan Culkin was the first to come out of Quebec locker room to talk to the reporters. “It wasn’t us tonight,” were the first words pronounced by Culkin following this one-sided loss. “We didn’t play as a team, guys didn’t want to block shots, didn’t want to do simple plays, we aren’t intense. I felt really bad for the fans it was really a shame, we will have to change things.”

For Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher it was simply unacceptable. “Unacceptable at home no effort, miss opportunity for some. We began by us we will look at us the coaching staff in the mirror but I hope the guys will do it too because it wasn’t fun.”

Questioned about the undisciplined Remparts head coach said, “Completely stupid the majority of the penalties we took. Last night we would like to get the other point but tonight it was unacceptable completely unacceptable. Slashing penalty, penalty in defensive zone guys who knows they were supposed to step on the ice and they didn’t, I never see it. We have lots of thing to work. I will look myself in the mirror but I hope guys will do it too.”

Quebec next game will be this Tuesday hosting the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

Six other games were on QMJHL schedule on Saturday
Moncton1 vs. Drummondville 4
Rouyn-Noranda 5 vs. Victoriaville 2
Cape Breton 5 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 2
Baie-Comeau 1 vs. Halifax 2 (shootout)
Sherbrooke 1 vs. Saint John 4
Shawinigan 1 vs. Gatineau 4

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