Victoriaville wins by shutout

QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. —Having the advantage for most of the game, Victoriaville had to wait until the third period before scoring the only goal of the game leading them to 1-0 win over the Quebec Remparts.

Dictating the tempo of the game right from the get go Victoriaville saw the young Quebec goaltender Callum Booth standing in front of his net for the second time in the weekend to keep his team in the game.

Playing their second of four games on the road Quebec goaltender was the best Remparts player making several key saves, preventing Victoriaville from getting on board first in the opening period.

Angelo Miceli, Nick Marois and Luke St- Amand were the best Tigres players in the first period having the best scoring opportunities.Tigres logo

Overall, the Victoriaville head coach was happy about his team’s effort but didn’t like what he saw from his team in first period, “I’m not too satisfied about the way we played defensively in first period. We took bad decisions, we didn’t respected the game plan.” Said Tigres head coach Yannick Jean.

“It was like if we missed some respect maybe we missed some emotion comparing to the first game. But in second and third we were more efficient.

Jean wasn’t surprise about the way the game ended, “If we took in consideration the players missing on both teams but on the other end we want to play that kind of game. With the score being 0-0 after forty minutes of play it is the kind of game we risk to see during the regular season.” The home team head coach Jean said.

‘”It was the kind of game in first half last year that we dropped. In second half we won more game like this and that is what I get the most.”

The home team continued to get the best scoring chances but again the Quebec goalie closed the door.

Quebec got two power play opportunities without be able to put the puck behind Victoriaville netminder Steve Veilleux. Shot on goal after forty minutes of play 21-15 in favor of Tigres.

The lone goal of the game came from the stick of Tigres center Marois who took a rebound beating Booth on his glove side at 14:13 of the third period.

On Quebec side, Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher who was hired last summer from the Rimouski Oceanic replacing Patrick Roy who left for NHL Colorado Avalanche as new Assistant Hockey Operation General Manager and head Coach, seem to appreciate his team effort.

“We didn’t play badly, offensively it was a challenge we can see it.” The Remparts head coach underlined the great work of his goalie for second times over the weekend. “The kid plays another big game. He had been good on Friday, he was very solid today it could be fun if it could win his first today, he should earn it.”

“On one break down in first, he made an incredible save and the other break down cost us the game in third. Offensively we can’t hide it, it is a challenge to execute.”

For young goalie Booth, he admitted that it was tough to end the game. “It was tough way to end the game. Same here than yesterday we came here for the two points very disappointed that we didn’t get it but that‘s over, it is in the past now just looking for the next chance I get.”

Quebec next game will be Friday September 20 in Baie-Comeau against the Drakkar.

Three other games were on QMJHL schedule on Sunday

Saint John 1 vs. Acadie-Bathurst 4

Shawinigan 3 vs. Chicoutimi 5

Sherbrooke 2 vs. Gatineau 6

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