Give­away hurts

Dmitri Ku­gry­shev steals the puck off Chris Doyle to set up the Que­bec Rem­parts’ game-winning goal in the over­time pe­riod against the P.E.I. Rocket

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - Sports Weekend - BY CHARLES REID

A few inches would have made a huge dif­fer­ence in the Que­bec Rem­parts 4-3 over­time victory against the P.E.I. Rocket on Fri­day at the Civic Cen­tre.

A few inches and Rocket for­ward Chris Doyle gets past Que­bec’s Dmitri Ku­gry­shev.

In­stead, Ku­gry­shev stole the puck, slipped it to line­mate Mikhail Ste­fanovich who scored 18 sec­onds into the ex­tra frame.

The goal ru­ined P.E.I.’s third-pe­riod come­back and left the Rocket with one point and a sour taste in its mouth.

“I thought I could beat him,” said Doyle, who fin­ished with a goal and two as­sists in the game. “I should have chipped the puck. It’s my fault 100 per cent.”

P.E.I. dropped to 10-6-1-2 in the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League while Que­bec upped its record to 133-2-1. Que­bec is 2-0 on its cur­rent road trip af­ter a win against the Monc­ton Wild­cats on Thurs­day.

For Ste­fanovich, the win­ner came as he tried to atone for an ear­lier miss in the game. And not want­ing to ruin a good setup.

“It was a great play by my buddy,” said Ste­fanovich. “I just tried to be open.”

A slug­gish first pe­riod fea­tured an­other ap­pro­pri­ate goal.

Kelsey Tessier drove a ‘ look-what-I-found’ puck past Rocket goalie Marco Cousineau af­ter P.E.I. de­fence-man Louis-Philippe Lacroix’s big hit sep­a­rated Ryan Bourque and the rub­ber and left it just out­side Cousineau’s crease. Tessier’s sixth of the year was the only first-pe­riod score.

Doyle started the sec­ond frame scor­ing with a turn­around jumper from the Que­bec half-boards on a screen by Jor­dan Southorn. His eighth of the sea­son tied things at 1-1.

But Que­bec fol­lowed with Ste­fanovich (his first of the game) and Pa­trick Cu­sack, his a see­ing-eye blast from in­side the Rocket blue-line and led 3-1 at the sec­ond in­ter­mis­sion.

From there, the Rocket struck with Matthew Hobbs drive from the right blue- line that slammed past Que­bec goalie JeanPhilippe Gagnon 30 sec­onds into the third pe­riod and Adam Po­lasek’s pow­er­play score 12 min­utes later.

Still there is some good news, as Doyle sees it, in P.E.I.’s sec­ond straight game with a third-pe­riod charge.

“ We came for two points, but if we wouldn’t have got a point if we didn’t come back,” he said “ We showed char­ac­ter in the third. If we play like we did in the third we can win a lot of games.”

Cousineau (5-7) faced 28 shots in the loss while Gagnon (6-3) stopped 20 of 23 shots for the win.

The Rocket hosts the Montreal Ju­nior tonight. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Civic Cen­tre.

Guardian photo by Nigel Arm­strong

P.E.I. Rocket head coach Eric Lav­i­gne dis­cusses the mer­its of the ref­eree’s call dur­ing the third pe­riod of the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League game against the Que­bec Rem­parts Fri­day night at the Civic Cen­tre. In the fore­ground is as­sis­tant coach Cor­rado Mi­calef.

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