Game 6 – Quebec Remparts vs Rimouski Oceanic
Final : Quebec 0 – Rimouski 4
For two teams that pushed their QJMHL final series to the second overtime of the seventh game, this one was a bit of a letdown. Going in, Quebec knew that as long as they did not lose by eight goals or more, they would advance in the tournament. The amount of energy they came out with reflected that.
Early on, Rimouski came out shooting from anywhere and everywhere, which was not a bad strategy given the circumstances. After both teams went scoreless exchanging a few powerplays, Rimouski scored two big goals late in the first period. Combined with frustration towards the referees, this seemed to take away Quebec’s remaining energy, and it was all Rimouski from there.
Quebec’s lone bright spot in this game was the great play of Zachary Fucale, who made some truly great saves. In the end, the law of averages caught up to him, and let in four goals as a result of being left to fend for himself. He was pulled after the fourth goal, which was in no way a reflection of his play, but more of a mercy hook.
Nikolas Brouillard: The overage defenceman has been an offensive threat all year. He is very fluid carrying the puck, and shows great control. He has good hands and the ability to skate through players. He has a good one-timer shot from the point that reaches the net. On defence, his skating ability helps him take away space and retrieve the puck efficiently. Knocks against him would be his strength when battling for the puck, and his passing accuracy. I believe he is worthy of an AHL tryout, perhaps with an NHL camp invite.
Yanick Turcotte: I do not believe he has pro upside, but felt he deserved an honorable mention for this game. He is a tough physical player, who plays the agitator role wonderfully. In a game where his team came out as flat as they did, it would have been easy for him to regress in his role. But with a rematch the next night, Turcotte continued to play an intense physical style, getting in opponents’ faces, and playing with energy.
Michael Joly: The Rimouski offence ran almost entirely through Joly, who was a real scoring threat every shift. He participated in all four Rimouski goals. He has good speed, is effective gaining the zone, and is able to stop the play to look and find an open man. He led his team in shooting and finished with three assists. That dual threat makes him very hard to defend.
Frederik Gauthier: Gauthier is a reliable, versatile forward. He is good in the faceoff circle, and makes good decisions in all three zones. He reads the play very well and places himself in the right position. However, he does not play with much energy or hustle. His is big, strong, and athletic, and needs to better use the tools at his disposal. With hard work, he can very likely project as a solid bottom six forward at the pro level.