QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Losing the night before in Victoriaville (7-1), Val-d’Orcame to Quebec knowing they have had to play much better to get back on right on winning track. Led offensively by right winger Brandon Hynes the Foreurs prolonged Quebec’s losing streak by defeating the Remparts 6-2.
“Last night we didn’t show up in Victoriaville,” Val-d’Or head coach Mario Durocher described in response to a question of the loss the night before was an accident.
“We weren’t the first on the puck, we didn’t use our body. Tonight we followed our game plan, we drive the net we won our battle along the board. Last night we have had only one shot from the slot, the one at the end by Mantha (Anthony), Tonight we scored goals on power play in the slot we were dominant in the slot.”
With both teams having lost their respective game the night before (Val-d’Or 7-1, Quebec 4-0) fans who came to the game on Saturday in Quebec should expect to see a better effort from the home team in le Colisee Pepsi.
Quebec gave a better effort, they worked harder but result wasn’t there at the end losing for third consecutive times in as many games.
Being blanked the night before against the worst team in QMJHL Shawinigan, Quebec took advantage of a four-on-three power play to open the scoring. Driving to the net Quebec center Logan Shaw slide the puck between Val-d’Or goalie Francois Tremblay’s pads at 5:28.
Trailing by one with only 5:28 gone in first period the visitor replied by scoring the next five goals taking advantage of playing with a man advantage ending the game with 3 goals on 5 power plays opportunities.
Brandon Hynes with first of two goals in the game, tied the score 1-1 when he took the rebound from first shot by Cedrick Henley at 11:53.
Beneficiary of their first power play of the period (penalty to Dillon Donnelly 17:49) Val-d’Or take the lead for the first time in the game with Anthony Mantha 33rd of the year at 19:32. Quebec came back in second getting some scoring chances (Anthony Duclair) but when thing didn’t go your way, the other team always seem to take advantage of the situation. Already registering an assist on Foreurs second goal, Cedrick Henley scored visitor third goals on their second power play opportunities during the penalty to Quebec defenseman Marc-Antoine Carrier.
Val-d’Or adds fourth goal in the game, their third consecutive with Hynes second of the night, his 20th of the regular season at 14:53. Foreurs right winger Samuel Hanley gave his team a lead of four goals with his 17th of the year with 3:00 remaining in the second period.
Quebec scored their second goal with 1:59 remaining to the middle frame.
Already scoring twice with a man advantage Val-d’Or concluded their offensive night with third goals in five opportunities, when they scored the unique goal in third period with only 17 seconds gone to Quebec defenseman Duncan MacIntyre penalty. A shot from the blue line beat Quebec goalie Francois Brassard on his stick side at 15:52.
“It was a better effort tonight, no doubt in my mind,” Quebec head coach Patrick Roy said after the game in his post game press conference. “Tonight was good, I appreciate that you mentioned it.”
“We think we have had between 15 to 20 good scoring chances that were good for us. When things didn’t seem to go our way you always have something that happen. Tonight it was penalty killing that seem to be the problem. Officially they scored three goals on 5 power plays but the fourth one scored by Val-d’Or our guy just came out of the penalty box.”
Quebec next game will be next Friday night when the Halifax Mooseheads will be the visitor.
Four other games were on QMJHL schedule on Saturday
Rouyn-Noranda 0 vs. Baie-Comeau 7
Saint John 4 vs. Victoriaville 6
Prince Edward Island 3 vs. Halifax 4
Gatineau 3 vs. Moncton 5
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