Victoriaville down Quebec, 5-3

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —In another exciting game between these two teams, Victoriaville came out on top for the second time in four meetings against Quebec. Tied 3-3 after two periods a goal scored by Slovakian center Dominik Rehak turned things in Tigres’ favor over the Remparts.
 
Before leaving for Victoriaville to play the first of two games in 48 hours before the Christmas break, Quebec head coach Patrick Roy expected to see his players playing 120 minutes of solid hockey.
 
Using their speed, Quebec put up a good fight but at the end Victoriaville successfully ended their night on a victorious note. For Quebec, it was their third loss in their last four games without Mikhail Grigorenko and Nick Sorensen.
 
Coming in to relieve to starting goaltender Francois Brassard who left the game after allowing four goals on eleven shots, Zachary Fortin made four saves on Victoriaville four shots in goal playing the last 13:40 of the game.
 
Dominated 8-5 in shots on goal, Victoriaville was the first team to open the scoring while playing on their first power play. Jean-Francois Labbe’s shot from the right point beat Quebec goalie Francois Brassard five-hole 10:29 into first period. Quebec left winger Jason Houde was in penalty box for goalie interference.
 
The Tigres added a second goal in the period.   Taking the initial shot on goal Sawyer Hannay (recently acquired by Victoriaville from Halifax) saw his new teammate Michael Rheaume take the rebound and beat Brassard to his right with 4:26 to go in the period.
 
Trying to ice the puck behind his net, goalie Brandon Whitney was unable to return in time to make the save against Quebec left winger Anthony Duclair who just had to push the puck in an empty net to cut Victoriaville lead in half with 1:10 remaining.
 
Already scoring Quebec first goal at even strength, Duclair came back in middle frame with his second goal of the game, taking a loose puck to put it in after Victoriaville goalie make the first save on Adam Erne. Duclair’s goal was his 11th of the year at 4:30.
 
Quebec took the lead for first time in the game scoring on their first power play opportunity. Veteran defenseman Martin Lefebvre’s wrist shot left no chance to Tigres goalie being beaten top corner at 12:16.
 
Already one-for-two with a man-advantage, Yannick Jean’s team brought both teams back to square one with their third goal of the game, their second in three power play opportunities. Angelo Miceli beat Quebec netminder to his right with 5:59 to go in the second period for his 15th of the year.
 
Victoriaville regained the lead with Slovak center Dominik Rehak 6th of the regular season beating Quebec netminder for the third time to his right side with 14:34 to go in third period.
 
Seeing his goalie beaten four times on 18 shots Quebec head coach Roy decided to pull his starting goalie and sending Zachary Fortin for the rest of the game.
 
With 26 seconds remaining in the game Miceli scored his second of the game in an empty net to seal the Victoriaville win.
 
Quebec will be back in action on tonight hosting the Rimouski Oceanic.
 
Only one other game was on the QMJHL schedule on Thursday
Acadie-Bathurst 3 vs. Saint John 0
 
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