Quebec Citadelles Report

By Annie Pascal

March 25, 2002

Saint John 2, Quebec 1

Last Friday, the Citadelles had visited the Flames in Saint John and had
earned two points in a 4-3 victory. Last Monday, it was the Flames who visited
the Citadelles at the Colisée Pepsi. In eight games this season, Quebec has a
6-0-2 record against them.

The two teams started the game quietly as no goals were scored in the first
period. Both had few scoring chances and they spent most of the period in the
neutral zone. The goaltenders weren’t very busy as well.

In the second period, the Flames and the Citadelles traded goals. Saint John
opened the scoring in the middle of the period when Jason Botterill beat Mathieu
Garon between the pads. Quebec tied the score five minutes later on a nice piece
of work from the excellent line of Landry / Darby / Ryder. Darby and Ryder went
in on a 2-on-1 and beat Kay Whitmore with a precise shot to score Quebec’s first
goal. The play was superbly started by Eric Landry at center ice. The Cits had a
good chance to break the tie when Benoit Gratton’s shot landed on the net.
Another scoring chance came from Eric Chouinard, but his powerful shot hit the
cross-bar.

The third period was scorless, which forced both teams to play an extra
period. In overtime, the Goats weren’t threatening as they managed only one shot
on goal. At 2:56, Steve Montadore put an end to the game by scoring his 8th goal
of the season. The two teams will face each other again in two days, which will
be the third game in a row between the two teams this week.

Game Notes

* Mike Ribeiro returned to the line-up tonight but he aggravated his knee
injury in the game. 

* The Citadelles lost defenseman Martti Jarventie in tonight’s contest. He
suffered a shoulder separation. 

* Gennady Razin (neck), Jacques Lariviere (healthy scratch), Xavier Delisle (healthy
scratch), Remi Royer (groin) and Francis Belanger (suspended) weren’t in uniform. 

* The defeat was Quebec’s only loss through their last four games.

Boxscore


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Saint John Nb  0  1  0  1--2
Quebec         0  1  0  0--1
----------------------------

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: None.  Penalties: M Garon, Que (delay of game), 4:33; M
Dupont, Snb (hooking), 5:34; M O'Dette, Que (hooking), 18:12.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Saint John Nb, Jason Botterill 20 (Blair
Betts, Justin Harney),11:37. 2, Quebec, Michael Ryder 6 (Craig Darby,
Eric Landry),15:23.  Penalties: S Montador, Snb (closing hand on
puck), 1:48; B Gratton, Que (holding), 9:34; D Hay, Snb (boarding),
16:39.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: None.  Penalties: B Henry, Snb (slashing), 0:46; O Saprykin,
Snb (goalie interference), 5:38; E Chouinard, Que (slashing), 11:53.

OVERTIME -- Scoring: 3, Saint John Nb, Steve Montador 2 (Blair
Betts, Jason Botterill),2:56.

Shots on goal:
---------------------------------
Saint John Nb   8  13  10   3--34
Quebec          5  13   5   1--24
---------------------------------

Power-play Conversions: Saint John Nb - 0 of 4, Quebec - 0 of 5.
Goalies : Saint John Nb, Kay Whitmore (24 shots, 23 saves; record:
8-14-7). Quebec, Mathieu Garon (34 shots, 32 saves; record: 20-12-11).
A: 3,783.  Referees: Eric Furlatt. Linesmen: Dave Taveroff.

                   
                  INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS

SAINTJOHN                              QUEBEC
                G   A        Shots                   G   A         Shots
J Botterill     1   1           6    M O'Dette       0   0           1
D Hay           0   0   even    1    P Poulin        0   0   -1      0
R Murray        0   0   even    1    B Gratton       0   0   -1      0
R Christie      0   0   -1      2    M Descoteaux    0   0           1
O Saprykin      0   0           4    J Ward          0   0   -1      0
J Morgan        0   0   -1      2    C Darby         0   1           3
B Henry         0   0   -1      1    M Ribeiro       0   0   -2      4
B Betts         0   2           3    E Landry        0   1           3
M Dupont        0   0   even    3    E Chouinard     0   0   even    2
S Montador      1   0           4    P Sevigny       0   0   even    0
K Baker         0   0   even    1    R Hainsey       0   0   even    3
J Sullivan      0   0   -1      1    M Thinel        0   0   even    0
M Fritz         0   0   even    0    T Vertala       0   0   even    0
J Harney        0   1           0    M Ryder         1   0           3
J Mitchell      0   0   even    2    F Beauchemin    0   0   -2      2
M Doman         0   0   -1      3    J Filipowicz    0   0   even    1
                                     M Jarventie     0   0   -2      1


March 27, 2002

Quebec 3, Saint John 4

For the last regular season confrontation between Quebec and the Saint John
Flames this year, the Citadelles played a disappointing game. Quebec saw the
Flames take control in the beginning of the game. Saint John took a two goal
lead by scoring once in each of the first two periods. Blair Betts and Jason
Morgan each scored for the home team.

It was only in the third period that the Citadelles started to play. Matt O’Dette
scored the Goats’ first goal of the night when Benoit Gratton won the face-off
and immediatly passed the puck to O’Dette, who scored with a long shot. But
minutes later, Jason Botterill scored twice in a span of two minutes to allow
the Flames to take a 4-1 lead.

In the last five minutes of the game, the Citadelles tried hard to reduced
the lead. Their efforts were rewarded as they managed to reduce the deficit to a
single goal when Benoit Gratton and Eric Chouinard scored. Unfortunately, the
Goats ran out of time and lost for the second consecutive game against the
Flames.

Game Notes

* Suffering from a knee injury, Mike Ribeiro did not play. 

* The Citadelles were also deprived of their best scorer in Eric Landry who
had been recalled by Montreal during the day. 

* Jacques Lariviere made his debut with the Citadelles. 

* Vadim Tarasov was in net for Quebec. He did well considering he faced 45
shots. 

*Benoit Gratton played a good game. He contributed to each of the Citadelles
three goals (1 goal, 2 assists).

Boxscore


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Quebec         0  0  3--3
Saint John Nb  1  1  2--4
-------------------------

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Saint John Nb, Blair Betts 3 (Oleg
Saprykin, Jason Botterill), 14:37.  Penalties: B Gratton, Que
(hooking), 11:00; M O'Dette, Que (holding), 17:15.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Saint John Nb, Jason Morgan 17 (Ryan
Christie, Burke Henry), 6:01.  Penalties: J Mitchell, Snb (roughing),
6:40; J Lariviere, Que (roughing, ), 6:40; S Montador, Snb (roughing),
13:55; R Royer, Que (roughing, ), 13:55; J Botterill, Snb
(interference), 13:59; R Christie, Snb (high sticking), 18:01.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 3, Quebec, Matt O'Dette 7 (Benoit Gratton),
4:03. 4, Saint John Nb, Jason Botterill 21 (Oleg Saprykin), 4:40. 5,
Saint John Nb, Jason Botterill 22 (power play) (Blair Betts, Oleg
Saprykin), 6:26. 6, Quebec, Benoit Gratton 10 (power play) (Craig
Darby, Matthie Descoteau), 15:21. 7, Quebec, Eric Chouinard 20 (Remi
Royer, Benoit Gratton), 18:54 (WITH EXTRA ATTACKER).  Penalties: M
O'Dette, Que (holding), 5:20; M O'Dette, Que (unsportsmanlike cond
game misconduct), 6:16; M Doman, Snb (roughing), 7:48; R Murray, Snb
(holding, roughing), 19:51; B Gratton, Que (roughing), 19:51.

Shots on goal:
------------------------------
Quebec           7   5  13--25
Saint John Nb   14  18  13--45
------------------------------

Power-play Conversions: Quebec - 1 of 5, Saint John Nb - 1 of 6.
Goalies : Quebec, Vadim Tarasov (45 shots, 41 saves; record: 7-3-2).
Saint John Nb, Kay Whitmore (25 shots, 22 saves; record: 9-14-7). A:
5,071.  Referees: Chris Lee. Linesmen: Chuck Mctague, Derek Doucette.

                   
                   INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS

QUEBEC                                 SAINTJOHN
                G   A        Shots                   G   A         Shots
F Belanger      0   0   -2      1    J Botterill     2   1           5
M O'Dette       1   0           2    D Hay           0   0   -1      2
P Poulin        0   0   -1      2    R Murray        0   0   -1      2
B Gratton       1   2   even    4    R Christie      0   1   even    3
M Descoteaux    0   0   -2      0    O Saprykin      0   3           5
J Ward          0   0           1    J Morgan        1   0   even    8
C Darby         0   1           2    B Henry         0   1           1
R Royer         0   1   even    4    B Betts         1   1           4
E Chouinard     1   0           1    M Dupont        0   0           5
P Sevigny       0   0   -1      3    S Montador      0   0   even    5
R Hainsey       0   0   -1      1    K Baker         0   0   even    2
M Thinel        0   0   even    0    J Sullivan      0   0   -1      2
G Razin         0   0   even    2    J Harney        0   0   even    1
M Ryder         0   0   -1      0    J Mitchell      0   0   -1      0
F Beauchemin    0   0   even    1    G Bembridge     0   0   even    0
M Descoteau     0   1   even    0    M Doman         0   0           0
M Jarventie     0   0   even    1
J Lariviere     0   0   even    0


March 29, 2002

St. John’s 5, Quebec 1

The Citadelles’ bad performances continued last Friday night as the St.
John’s Maple Leafs defeated them by a score of 5-1 at Le Colisée Pepsi, in
front of a large crowd of 7,241 people. The defeat was their third consecutive
loss this week.

As has often happened lately, the Cits and the Leafs started the game slowly.
In the middle of the first period, the Citadelles had recorded only two shots on
goal. In many occasions, Quebec left their goaltender alone. The Goats’ best
scoring chance came with less than three minutes left in the period when Pierre
Sevigny made a perfect pass to Eric Chouinard who found himself alone in front
of the goalie. But Sebastien Centomo made a great save. With only 37 seconds
remaining in the first, Jeff Farkas opened the scoring. The goal was scored
while Matthieu Descoteaux was serving a holding penalty.

In the first minute of the second period, St. John’s increased its lead to
two goals when a weak shot from the blue line from Chris Chartier beat Garon.
Midway in the stanza, Marcel Hossa opened the scoring for Quebec with a backhand
shot in the top corner of the net. Hossa made a return to the Citadelles’
line-up after being re-assigned earlier in the day.

The Citadelles saw a lot of their shots stopped by the Leafs’ defensmen who
paid the price by throwing themself onto the ice to block shots. At 15:27 of the
second period, the Maple Leafs managed to take a 3-1 lead when Bob Wren
surprised Mathieu Garon with a high shot that squeaked under his right shoulder.

In the beginning of the third, Francois Beauchemin received a major penalty
plus a game misconduct, as he hit an opponent with his knee. Beauchemin could
received a suspension from the league. Minutes later, Remi Royer also received a
penalty for elbowing. St. John’s scored a 4th goal as they took advantage of a
double powerplay. They also added a 5th goal near the end of the game, still on
powerplay.

The third period was played tough and numerous penalties were called. Tough
guys Matt O’Dette, Remi Royer and Jacques Lariviere got much more ice time in
the third. It is not a secret anymore that Mathieu Garon is a key player for the
Citadelles. The Leafs knew it and focused on playing physical against the Cits’
netminder throughout the game. In the last period, St. John’s Andre Payette hit
Garon in front of his net. Garon did not appreciate the gesture and started to
fight with Payette. His teammate Remi Royer came out to help Garon but the
referee quickly separated the two men. Garon received a roughing penalty for his
act. Royer has also received a penalty. As Royer and Payette headed off to the
penalty box, they exchanged unpleasantries.

Later in the game, it was Jacques Lariviere who was ready to drop the gloves
in front of Payette but he declined the invitation. Then, Lariviere received a
four minutes penalty. Quebec’s players and their coaches were all furious
following the game. Garon was hit throughout the night but the referee never
called a penalty against St. John’s.The Cits will end the regular season by
visiting St. John’s twice and we can expect some tough play there again.

BOXSCORE

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St Johns Nfld  1  2  2--5
Quebec         0  1  0--1
-------------------------

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, St Johns Nfld, Jeff Farkas 4 (power play)
(Morgan Warren, Doug Doull), 19:22.  Penalties: D Doull, Snf
(roughing), 2:06; J Lariviere, Que (roughing), 2:06; P Svoboda, Snf
(interference), 3:43; C Darby, Que (goalie interference), 5:23; D
Maclean, Snf (interference), 9:40; M Descoteaux, Que (obstr hooking),
17:35.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, St Johns Nfld, Chris Chartier 1 (Donald
Maclean), 0:46. 3, Quebec, Marcel Hossa 17 (Unassisted), 9:02. 4, St
Johns Nfld, Bob Wren 22 (Chris Chartier, Jeff Farkas), 15:27.
Penalties: J Farkas, Snf (tripping), 12:06; A Ponikarovsky, Snf
(tripping), 15:54; A Payette, Snf (unsportsmanlike cond), 19:36; R
Royer, Que (slashing), 19:36.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 5, St Johns Nfld, Donald Maclean 6 (power
play) (Nathan Dempsey), 2:13. 6, St Johns Nfld, Jeff Farkas 5 (power
play) (Craig Mills, Allan Rourke), 18:34.  Penalties: F Beauchemin,
Que (major kneeing game misconduct), 0:35; R Royer, Que (elbowing),
1:59; A Payette, Snf (cross checking), 6:43; R Royer, Que (roughing),
6:43; M Garon, Que (roughing), 6:43; J Lariviere, Que (roughing, cross
checking), 9:00; S Centomo, Snf (delay of game), 10:22; B Wren, Snf
(goalie interference), 13:09; R Royer, Que (unsportsmanlike cond),
17:08; J Lariviere, Que ( misconduct), 17:08.

Shots on goal:
---------------------------
St Johns Nfld  14  7 11--32
Quebec         10 14  6--30
---------------------------

Power-play Conversions: St Johns Nfld - 3 of 8, Quebec - 0 of 5.
Goalies : St Johns Nfld, Sebastien Centomo (30 shots, 29 saves;
record: 9-6-4). Quebec, Mathieu Garon (32 shots, 27 saves; record:
20-13-11). A: 7,241.  Referees: Eric Furlatt. Linesmen: Dave Taveroff,
Martin Paulhus.

                   
                  INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS

STJOHNS                                QUEBEC
                G   A        Shots                   G   A         Shots
J Farkas        2   1   even    3    F Belanger      0   0   -1      7
A Ponikarovsky  0   0           1    M O'Dette       0   0   even    0
P Svoboda       0   0   even    0    M Hossa         1   0   even    2
N Dempsey       0   1           2    P Poulin        0   0   even    1
C Mills         0   1           3    B Gratton       0   0   -1      2
J Harrison      0   0   even    0    M Descoteaux    0   0   -1      1
A Rourke        0   1   even    0    J Ward          0   0   -1      2
A Payette       0   0           4    C Darby         0   0   even    2
D MacLean       1   1           3    X Delisle       0   0   even    3
C Chartier      1   1           1    R Royer         0   0   -1      1
M Warren        0   1   even    1    E Chouinard     0   0   even    2
B House         0   0   -1      0    G Razin         0   0   even    2
D Doull         0   1   even    2    F Beauchemin    0   0   even    1
A Eriksson      0   0   even    3    J Lariviere     0   0   even    0
B Wren          1   0   even    6    M Ryder         0   0   even    1
L Cereda        0   0   even    1    P Sevigny       0   0   even    1
F Bouchard      0   0   even    2    R Hainsey       0   0   even    2



March 30, 2002

Quebec  3, Lowell 1

The Citadelles finally put two points in the bank last Saturday night in
Lowell. Indeed, after they had suffered three defeats consecutively, we expected
another difficult game as they faced the Eastern conference’s best team. But
despite the fact that they were deprived of many good elements, the Cits
surprised their fans with a 3-1 victory.

In net, Mathieu Garon was excellent as he stopped 42 of the 43 shots by
Lowell. The game was certainly his best since being re-assigned to Quebec. Garon
lost the shutout with just five minutes remaining in the game. As had happened
in the game against St. John’s, Quebec’s goalie was hit by Lowell players. His
teammate Jayme Filipowicz made sure to let Brad Church know that Quebec wouldn’t
allow them to hit their goalie anymore.

Once again, the fans didn’t see much exciting hockey at the begining of the
game. It was only late in the second that Quebec opened the scoring with a goal
by Pierre Sevigny on a very nice pass from Michael Ryder.

In the middle of the third, Benoit Gratton increased Quebec’s lead at 2 when
he scored his 10th goal of the year. Jason Ward obtained an assist on the play.
Two minutes later, Michael Ryder added a third goal for the Cits. It was only at
15:16 of the third when Jeff Heerema scored Lowell’s lone goal of the game.

Game Notes

* Despite of a knee injury, defenseman Matthieu Descoteaux played tonight. 

* In the first period, Quebec’s Gennady Razin accidentally hit his teammate
Benoit Gratton with his stick in the face. Gratton broke his nose but he
returned in second period. 

* Entering the game, the Citadelles had a 2-1-0 record against the Lock
Monsters.

 

Boxscore


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Quebec    0  1  2--3
Lowell    0  0  1--1
--------------------

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: None.  Penalties: I Macneil, Low (goalie interference), 3:24;
J Filipowicz, Que (slashing), 12:49; K Astashenko, Low (holding),
16:12.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Quebec, Pierre Sevigny 13 (Michael Ryder),
14:24.  Penalties: B Gratton, Que (boarding), 0:09; R Royer, Que
(roughing), 14:55; I Macneil, Low (roughing), 14:55; J Vodrazka, Low
(high sticking), 14:55; G Razin, Que (tripping), 18:08.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Quebec, Benoit Gratton 11 (Jason Ward),
11:11. 3, Quebec, Michael Ryder 7 (Pierre Sevigny, Remi Royer), 12:26.
4, Lowell, Jeff Heerema 33 (Ted Drury, Brad Defauw), 16:16.
Penalties: R Royer, Que (hooking), 6:16; J Filipowicz, Que (roughing),
17:16; B Church, Low (goalie interference), 17:16.

Shots on goal:
------------------------
Quebec    11  14  13--38
Lowell    12  13  18--43
------------------------

Power-play Conversions: Quebec - 0 of 3, Lowell - 0 of 4. Goalies :
Quebec, Mathieu Garon (43 shots, 42 saves; record: 21-13-11). Lowell,
Tyler Moss (38 shots, 35 saves; record: 19-16-7). A: 4,754.  Referees:
Jay Sharrers. Linesmen: Bob Bernard, Jack Millea.

                   
                    INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS

QUEBEC                                 LOWELL
                G   A        Shots                   G   A         Shots
M Hossa         0   0   -1      1    T Drury         0   1   even    8
P Poulin        0   0   -1      3    J Mccarthy      0   0           6
B Gratton       1   0           4    I Macneil       0   0   -2      2
M Descoteaux    0   0   even    0    T Kurka         0   0   even    2
J Ward          0   1           4    B Defauw        0   1   even    4
C Darby         0   0           6    J Heerema       1   0   even    7
X Delisle       0   0           1    N Tselios       0   0           1
R Royer         0   1           1    G Kuznik        0   0   -2      0
J Lariviere     0   0   even    0    B Church        0   0   -1      2
J Filipowicz    0   0   even    5    P Reynolds      0   0   -1      0
E Chouinard     0   0   -1      2    K Astashenko    0   0   -1      1
M Thinel        0   0   even    0    R Berg          0   0   -1      1
G Razin         0   0   even    0    M Zigomanis     0   0   even    5
F Beauchemin    0   0           5    K Aucoin        0   0   -1      2
M Ryder         1   1           1    J Vodrazka      0   0   -1      0
P Sevigny       1   1           3    R Bast          0   0   -1      0
R Hainsey       0   0   even    2    E Hill          0   0   -1      2


Injury Update

Matt O’dette: O’dette injured his ankle last
week and he’s expected to miss one week of action.

Francis Belanger: Belanger suffered a shoulder injury
but  should return to action this week.

Mike Ribeiro: Ribeiro (knee) returned to the
line-up last Monday.

Martti Jarventie: Jarventie suffered a shoulder separation and won’t be
available for the next few weeks.


News

* The Citadelles have announced that Pierre Sevigny will be the team’s
candidate for the Yanick Dupré’s trophy. 

* Ron Hainsey was named to the AHL’s Rookie All-Star team. 


Transactions

03/27/02: The Montreal Canadiens recalled forward Eric Landry from the
Citadelles.

03/29/02: The Montreal Canadiens assigned Marcel Hossa to the Citadelles.


Top 10 Scorers

1. #10 Eric Landry…………..71 pts

2. #19 Craig Darby………….67 pts

3. #18 Jason Ward………….54 pts

4. #7 Eric Chouinard………..412 pts

5. #23 Francis Belanger……40 pts

6. #81 Marcel Hossa…………32 pts 

7. #17 Ron Hainsey………….30 pts

8. #25 Pierre Sevigny………..26 pts

9. #44 Benoit Gratton…………26 pts

10. #55 Xavier Delisle………..25 pts


Upcoming Schedule

04/03/02: Portland Pirates (home)

04/05/02: St. John’s Maple Leafs (away)

04/06/02: St. John’s Maple Leafs (away)