What a Friday night here in Charlottetown. With it being Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Eastlink Centre and having Patrick Roy’s Quebec Remparts in Charlottetown, it was bound to be a highly competitive bout. The Remparts were eager coming into this one after falling to the Moncton Wildcats last night as well as unfortunate losses to last-place teams the Cape Breton Eagles and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Sitting at 13-8-0-0, they were going to enter hungry to make a statement against the top-tier Islanders. With Oliver Satny between the pipes and an Isles squad on a five-game roll, Charlottetown was ready for a fight this evening.
Bodies were all over the ice early in this one, from puck movement to big bruising hits, we weren’t even close to being short on action. Unfortunately for fans, the Abby horn wasn’t sounded in the first as it was Quebec first to break the scoreboard. Zachary Gravel took his time looking for a lane to shoot from the blue-line before eventually wristing one through traffic and over the blocker shoulder of Satny. Assisting on the goal were Xavier Filion and Nicolas Savoie.
Shots through the first 20 minutes of play favored the Remparts 13-12.
It was a quick striking Remparts squad that came out of the first intermission and blazing into the second frame. Just 24 seconds in, Nathan Gaucher was able to find the back of the net on Satny and put Quebec up 2-0 very early into the second frame. Helpers on the tally went to James Malatesta and Charle Truchon. Thankfully for Isles fans, the Abby horn would shake the building in this period. The Isles caught a lucky break when the Remparts were penalized for too many men on the ice at 11:41 into the frame. Patrick Guay took a nice cross-ice sauce from Simoneau to launch a one-timer way past Rousseau twenty seconds into the man advantage. Set-up men for Guay were Xavier Simoneau and Lukas Cormier.
Shots were all knotted up at 23 entering the final twenty minutes.
The final frame was not the Islanders friend in this game sadly. Just before getting five minutes into the frame, Zachary Bolduc was able to clean up a rebound at the side of the net and lift it past Satny. Helpers on the goal to make it 3-1 were Kassim Gaudet and Davis Cooper. Later in the period with time winding down, Satny made his way to the Isles bench for the extra attacker. It was the Remparts once again taking advantage of a situation on the ice when Zachary Bolduc once again delivered. Bolduc caught the puck as he was entering the offensive zone and saucered in a bank hand to put the cherry on top and secure a 4-1 Quebec road win.
Final shots in this one favored the Remparts 36-29.
Three Stars of the Game:
- William Rousseau(QUE)- 28 saves.
- Oliver Satny(CHA)- 33 saves.
- Nathan Gaucher(QUE)- 1 goal.
“You know I thought both goalies were really good. I thought Satny did his job and kept us in the game but Quebec’s a good team, we knew they were gonna push. We were gonna have some bend moments and hope we didn’t break too much but I thought Satny did a real good job.” Head Coach Jim Hulton on his goaltender’s performance. “I thought Quebec had a slight edge in the urgency department tonight. I didn’t mind our game through forty minutes tonight, but I thought we fell asleep in the first ten minutes of the third and that was the game. At 2-1 were okay, there was a lot of back and forth and we forced their goalie to be the first star of the game. You know though it’s a quality club and we need to play more games like this.” Hulton on breaking down his team’s efforts against the Remparts.
In what was a highly contested bout throughout the first two frames unfortunately ended with the Isles win-streak being snapped. Quebec proved their slump couldn’t last forever either taking down a league front runner in the Charlottetown Islanders. Patrick Roy and the Remparts can now roll on over to Bathurst happy as they face the Titan tomorrow. For the Islanders, sights now turn towards the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada whom they face at the Eastlink Centre Sunday afternoon at 3:30 pm.
GO Isles GO!