QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — With three games to play to end their regular season, the Quebec Remparts missed an excellent opportunity to leave a message to a potential first round opponent. Jean-Francois Plante and Anthony Miceli led their team to a 6-3 win against Remparts.
Despite his team opening the scoring and taking a 2-0 lead inside 2:43 with two power play goals on their first three shots, Victoriaville head coach Yanick Jean wasn’t really satisfied about his team played in first period.
“I think we were the beneficiary of a chance factor in the equation,” answered the Tigres head coach Jean.
“We gave them lots of scoring chances in first period, they could take advantage of they missed several shots, our goaltender made several good saves it could went either ways. I wasn’t really satisfied the way we played, we haven’t been physical enough we gave them too much spaces. We saw it in second period when we were more physical, when we were able to play our game we were able to put more pressure. They are a good team so you can’t gave them the momentum.”
After Tigres scored the first two goals of the game Quebec got on the board with their first goal of the night. Taking the first shot Quebec defenseman David Hunter saw his teammate Mikhail Grigorenko getting the puck on his stick from the board and beat Tigres goaltender at 13:38.
As in the first period, Victoriaville came back scoring two more goals taking a 4-1 lead before Quebec replied with their second of the game. Angelo Meceli (7:00) and Samuel Blais scored Victoriaville before Nick Sorensen scored Quebec second goal 44 seconds later pushing the puck in an empty net following a Grigorenko pass.
Already been 2-in-5 with a man advantage, the visiting team hit the five hundred mark adding a third goal on their sixth power play opportunity with Jean-Francois Plante’s 52nd of the year with Quebec captain in the box for tripping.
Quebec defenseman Francis Lambert Lemay, with Remparts third goal in the game at 16:47, and Carl Marois for Victoriaville at 18:16, completed the scoring sealing the Tigres 6-3 win.
Scoring his second career goal Lambert-Lemay would have traded his goal any time for a victory.
“Absolutely I would better scored in a victory situation,” the former Drummondville Voltigeurs defenseman. “It really has been deceiving just on the eve of the playoff to get out that way.
Recognized for his “in your face style” of play, Adam Chapman has been found guilty more than he used to on Wednesday night.
“I don’t know what to say without getting in trouble but it is for sure wasn’t the best fairest game I ever seen,” said the center who played left wings on second line. “I wouldn’t want to say too much but for sure I’m not happy about it.”
“Not surprised about the false start, honestly we won game lately without playing our best hockey. We didn’t have had play up to our maximum to wins them. The first period had been so, so we weren’t surprised. After that we have had more shots more scoring chances but for sure we have to play much better than that in playoff. In front of our net we weren’t tough enough to play against and it cost us at repetition. We have had more scoring chances to score more goals but their goaltender has been very good.” The Quebec head coach concluded.
Quebec will end their home portion of their schedule hosting the Rimouski Oceanic. The Remparts will end their 2013-14 regular season visiting the same Oceanic on Saturday
Three other games were on QMJHL schedule on Wednesday
Saint John 1 Cape Breton 2
Rimouski 2 vs. Chicoutimi 1
Shawinigan 4 vs. Sherbrooke 3 (shootout)
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