Grigorenko stays hot as Remparts beat Titan

December 8, 2012, 4:34 AM

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Mikhail Grigorenko scored in his third straight game and Francois Brassard stopped 30 shots as the Quebec Remparts downed the host Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4-1 on Friday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play.

Grigorenko now has 27 goals in 21 games, which ties him for the league lead with P.E.I. Rocket forward Josh Currie.

Brassard stopped at least 30 shots in his third consecutive outing to earn his 16th win of the season and currently is second in victories behind Halifax Mooseheads’ goaltender Zachary Fucale, who has 19 wins.

Logan Shaw scored twice for the Remparts (21-8-1), who have won all three meetings this season with Acadie-Bathurst, while Anthony Duclair had a goal and an assist. Martin Lefebvre chipped in with two assists.

Matthew Bissonnette scored the lone goal for the Titan (11-16-5), who now have the fourth-worst home-ice winning percentage in the QMJHL at .467.

Jacob Brennan turned away 32-of-35 shots in 48 minutes of action to pick up the loss. Mason McDonald replaced Brennan with 12 minutes remaining in the third period and stopped 11-of-12 shots in relief.

Quebec went 1 for 3 with the man advantage and now have the top power play in the league at 31.1 per cent while Acadie-Bathurst failed to score on either of its opportunities up a man.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Victoriaville 7, Moncton 3; Rimouski 6, Blainville-Boisbriand 5 (SO); Chicoutmi 1, Baie-Comeau 0; Gatineau 3, Drummondville 1; Rouyn-Noranda 6, Val-d’Or 4 and Shawinigan 4, Sherbrooke 0.

At Bathurst, N.B., Shaw opened the scoring at 13:20 of the first period to give the Remparts a 1-0 lead.

Despite being out shot 21-11 in the second period, Bissonnette was able to tie the game for the Titan at 11:13.

Acadie-Bathurst battled through the opening minutes of the third period, but goals from Duclair and Shaw, scored 46 seconds apart, gave the Remparts a 3-1 lead.

At 18:46, with McDonald in for Brennan, Grigorenko scored on the power play.

Tigres 7 Wildcats 3

At Victoriaville, Que., Phillip Danault had a goal and three assists and Brandon Whitney stopped 34 shots as the Tigres (12-13-5) halted Moncton’s (20-11-0) seven-game winning streak.

Oceanic 6 Armada 5 (SO)

At Boisbriand, Que., Rimouski led 4-0 after 20 minutes of play, however the Armada (21-6-4) scored four times in the second period before Jean-Francois Plante scored the shootout winner as the Oceanic (18-10-4) held on to defeat Blainville-Boisbriand.

Sagueneens 1 Drakkar 0

At Saguenay, Que., Charles Hudon scored the game’s only goal at 9:10 of the first period and Christopher Gibson stopped 31 shots as Chicoutimi (15-14-3) blanked Baie-Comeau (18-10-3) to snap its three-game winless streak.

Olympiques 3 Voltiguers 1

At Gatineau, Que., Adam Chapman and Tomas Hyka scored 19 seconds apart late in the second period and Eric Brassard made 20 saves as the Olympiques (12-17-1) handed Drummondville (17-13-1) its first regulation-time loss in six outings.

Huskies 6 Foreurs 4

At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Nikita Kucherov had three goals and two assists while Sven Andrighetto scored once and set up four more as the Huskies (19-10-1) beat Val-d’Or (15-14-2).

Cataractes 4 Phoenix 0

At Shawinigan, Que., Loik Poudrier scored twice and added an assist and Marvin Cupper turned away 23 shots as the Cataractes (5-21-3) ended a seven-game slide by shutting out Sherbrooke (7-20-3).

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