Quebec Routs Team Atlantic at World U-17 Hockey Challenge
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – Canada’s Eastern teams battled for early Group A points on Wednesday, with Quebec notching a 9-3 victoryover Team Atlantic. Quebec’s six powerplay goals proved to be the difference in a hard-fought, physical affair.
“We’re all so close, we play against each other all year, so there’s some rivalry brought over,” said Halifax Moosehead Andrew Ryan, Atlantic’s player of the game with a goal and an assist.
Atlantic came out with a strong start, ending the first period up 2-1 thanks to Ryan and Matthew Bursey, but was overcome by the Quebec in the second period.
After killing a 5-on-3 early in the period, Quebec opened up the offence, scoring five times, capped off with a beautiful goal by Julien Leduc. Luca Campini, another Moosehead, and Raphael Lafonatine led the offensive outburst with two goals each for the team from la belle province.
Quebec continued their control into the third period, as Atlantic quickly picked up two penalties. Lafontaine made it 7-2 at 1:17 on a 5-on-3 before Michael Matheson went five-hole from the point 20 seconds later at 5-on-4.
Lafontaine notched his second power play goal of the period, and Quebec’s fifth of the game just past the midway point of the final frame for the eighth unanswered goal. Cole Harbour’s Nathan MacKinnon ahlted the Quebec scoring with a power play marker at 16:01.
Atlantic returns to the ice Friday when it takes on Finland, while Quebec takes to the ice Thursday against those same Finns in Portage.