QMJHL: the Remparts collapse in Chicoutimi

QMJHL: the Remparts are collapsing in Chicoutimi


The Remparts let the victory slip away at the end of the game, Tuesday night, at the Center Georges-Vézina, to finally lose 5 to 4 in a shootout against the Saguenéens of Chicoutimi.

  We didn't have a strong game, conceded Red Devils head coach Patrick Roy after the game. I didn't like the way we behaved. We had a lot of difficulty imposing our rhythm. Keep it simple and get back to basics.”

The two teams started their season by meeting on September 23rd. Quebec had won 1-0, without several big names. However, the Remparts lost as Roy presented a more threatening squad on Tuesday.

At the start of the first period, both sides had their own scoring chances. At the end of the engagement, the Remparts took the lead thanks to Mikael Huchette, who was well placed in front of the net. On the sequence, Kassim Gaudet collected his first point of the current campaign.

Despite the 15 ranks that separated them before the game, the ” Sags “, who could not count on their captain, Jonathan Desrosiers, due to a concussion, were not intimidated. Thomas Bégin allowed Chicoutimi to put his club on the scoreboard. The forward accepted a skillful pass from Fabrice Fortin before beating William Rousseau on a breakaway. 

Quick response from left-hander

Barely 52 seconds later, the Red Devils resumed their lead thanks to Nathan Gaucher. The latter used a rival defender as a screen to unleash a powerful shot. 

Thereafter, the ” Sags ” took advantage of one of their many power play advantages to level the mark again. With 25 seconds left in the second period, Jacob Newcombe scored his second goal in as many games.  

The visitors benefited from a numerical advantage at the start of the third period, after a bench penalty from the Saguenéens. With an expedited shot, James Malatesta scored his 13th career goal against his Saguenean rivals. He thus became the sixth player in the history of the Remparts to score the most goals against Chicoutimi by overtaking Alexander Radulov. 

Not to help the cause of Chicoutimi, the goalkeeper, Charles-Antoine Lavallée, miscalculated a clearance. The puck bounced straight into the crease and Charles Savoie jumped at the opportunity. 

On a surge of hope, the Sags made it 4-4 with two unanswered goals by Félix Bédard and Andrei Loshko in the last minutes of the game. The locals continued their momentum by causing a surprise shootout.

The Remparts will host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday in Quebec City.

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