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
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.
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.