The Quebec Remparts started their four-game road trip with a 6-5 victory over the Victoriaville Tigres Nov. 20 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) action.
Zachary Gravel led the way with two goals and one assist for the Remparts.
Théo Rochette, Mikaël Huchette, Christopher Farmer and Xavier Filion were the other scorers for the Diables Rouges.
Goaltender Fabio Iacolo, who was playing against his former team for the first time since winning the Memorial Cup with the Tigres last year, blocked 15 of the 20 shots he faced.
The Remparts are in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island this week for three games. On Nov. 25, Quebec plays the Wildcats in Moncton. The next day, the team crosses the Confederation Bridge and plays the Charlottetown Islanders at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Quebec will complete its road trip in Bathurst on Nov. 27 with a matinee game against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. The team will be back at home on Dec. 2, when they host the Sherbrooke Phénix at the Videotron Centre.
Cape Breton wins 3-1
The Remparts’ last game at home before the road trip was on Nov. 19.
It was Cancer Awareness Night at the Videotron Centre. However, it was also Nicolas Ruccia’s own “awareness game.” The Cape Breton Eagles goaltender blocked 42 of the 43 shots he faced from the Remparts, guiding his team to a 3-1 victory.
Quebec opened the scoring in the first period when Zachary Charest beat Ruccia to give the Remparts a 1-0 lead.
Midway through the second period, Jacob Squires tied the game for the Eagles when he beat Remparts goalie William Rousseau on the power play.
In the third period, a James Malatesta penalty gave the Eagles the opportunity they wanted. Émile Hegarty Aubin tipped in a Jérémy Langlois shot from the point on which Rousseau had no chance, giving Cape Breton the lead with less than 14 minutes remaining.
Ivan Ivan added an empty netter for the Eagles to close out the scoring.
Even though Rousseau allowed two goals on 18 shots, the young Remparts goaltender was solid in net, making point-blank saves on many occasions.
Before the game, the team honoured captain Théo Rochette and defenceman Edouard Cournoyer as the offensive and defensive players of the month for September and October.
On Nov. 17, the Remparts won 4-1 against the Océanic in Rimouski.