Juniors' Four Unanswered Goals Secure Comeback
The Montreal Juniors and Drummondville Voltigeurs went head-to-head Sunday afternoon without Canadiens' first rounder Louis Leblanc and 2011 NHL Entry Draft eligible Sean Couturier in their respective lineups, both having departed to Team Canada's Selection Camp. Despite their absence, the two teams battled for sixty hard-fought, penalty-ridden minutes and the Juniors scored four consecutive goals to take the win by a score of 5-3.
With his team down 3-1 at the beginning of the second period, ex-Voltigeur and Canadiens' free agent signing Philippe Lefebvre got the wheels going on a comeback with his 14th goal of the season. The Juniors then rallied to erase the deficit with goals by Jérémy Gouchie and Trevor Parkes, restoring the lead that Louis-Marc Aubry had given them in the first period. Dylan Anderson's fifth goal of the year was the insurance-marker in the third period. The hosts also went 3/8 on the power play, while the Voltigeurs went 1/6.
Drummondville's tallies came from Marc-Olivier Brouillard, who took Couturier's place on the first line, Mathieu Guertin and Maxime Villemaire. The latter's goal was his first in the QMJHL. Ondrej Palat also managed to continue his point streak into the 22-game mark, and he took third-star honours in a losing cause.
The win brought the Juniors to a record of 25-5-3-1, while the Voltigeurs dropped to 1-4 in the season series between the two. The two teams hold the first and second spots in the Telus West Division respectively and next meet on March 11th, 2011.
The Juniors head to Gatineau on Wednesday to face the Olympiques before returning home to host the Lewiston MAINEiacs on Friday before embarking on their Christmas break. Drummondville visits Quebec on Friday, then the PEI Rocket rolls into the Centre Marcel Dionne on Saturday before the Voltigeurs take their leave for the holidays.