Val-d’Or wins against Quebec Mantha and Marcotte united their effort in Foreurs victory

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Trying to get their eleventh win in their last 19 games the Val-d’Or Foreurs won 4-1 against the Quebec Remparts. Anthony Mantha and Louik Marcotte with one goal, one assist each took Foreurs offensive in their hands helping their team to get their eleventh victories playing their 19th game.

Val-d’Or wasted no time to break the ice in the initial period. Coming out from behind Quebec goal Maxime Presseault surprised Francois Brassard with only 2:35 gone in first period.Val-d'Or_Foreurs_logo_1993-2007

Each team had occasion to play with a man advantage but in both situations the opposition successfully killed the penalty. Mantha has been found guilty for high sticking at 7:59 for Val-d’Or, Adam Erne went in penalty box for tripping at 10:45. In shot on goal department the Foreurs leads 19-12.

Entering the second period Val-dOr continued to dominate in shots on goal 15-7 but scored only one goal leading 2-0 after forty minutes of play.

Following some confusion in Quebec territory Mantha found teammates Randy Gazzola who gave no chance to Quebec netminder beating Francois Brassard with a one-timer with only 1:57 gone in middle frame.

Third overall with 28.9% on power play Val-d’Or was 0-3. Sixth overall with 24.5% efficiency with a man advantage Quebec was 0-1. After two periods of play Val-d’Or leads 34-19 in shots on goal department.

After successfully killing a penalty to Quebec defenseman David Hunter at 3:24 in third period, Quebec got a five-on-three power plays following consecutive penalties to Foreurs defensemen Jimmy Fraser (7:40) and Guillaume Gelinas (8:10).

Unable to take advantage of the double penalties Quebec finally broke the ice with Kurt Etchegary shot beating Val-d’Or goalie Keven Bouchard who had been perfect up to 10:26 of third period.

Another great scoring opportunity came to Quebec when Brent Turnbull and Fabrice Herzog went on a two-on-one breakaway. Prevented of making a pass to Herzog, Turnbull took the shot but Bouchard made the save.

Left alone in the middle of the ice, Mantha received a perfect pass from Louik Marcotte and put the puck behind Quebec goaltender at 14:03 making 3-1 Val-d’Or. And with 14 seconds left to the game Marcotte scored Foreurs fourth goals in an empty net stopping Quebec series at 10 games with at least a points in the standing.

Quebec will return in action Saturday visiting Rouyn-Noranda.

Seven other games were on QMJHL schedule on Friday

Acadie-Bathurst 1 vs. Cape Breton 4

Sherbrooke 4 vs. Charlottetown 3 (shootout)

Moncton 6 vs. Saint John 2

Blainville-Boisbriand 7 vs. Chicoutimi 2

Shawinigan 2 vs. Victoriaville 5

Rimouski 3 vs. Baie-Comeau 4 (shootout)

Halifax 15 vs. Rouyn-Noranda 5

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