Montreal-Quebec Series: Montreal Wins Game One.
A new reality TV show is making heads turn this winter. The legendary ice hockey rivalry between Montreal and Quebec city that once made headlines all over the province has been revived for the lenght of this reality TV show.
Over 10 000 participants has registered and only 32 of them were selected by both teams. None of them has ever signed a professional contract and it is the only condition to be eligible in this competition.
The head coaches, Guy Carbonneau for Montreal and Michel Bergeron for Quebec city, are now engaged in a fierce battle for the next eight weeks. Both of these coaches are immensly popular in the province of Quebec and add to the credibility of the series.
The format is pretty simple: Both teams will play each other eight times, once every Sunday. The winners will earn the bragging rights.
Last Sunday was the first game of the series and it was disputed in a sold out Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec city. The atmosphere was electric and hockey fans had a fairly good opening game.
Quebec city opened the score early into the first period when Bruno Richard pounced on a rebound given by Montreal's goaltender. Montreal took the initiative after this early goal by Quebec city but had to deal with goaltender Julien Walsh who was excellent in net for Quebec city.
Montreal managed to tie the score during the second period when Franco Subrani finally put one behind Walsh.
Guillaume Rochon sent Montreal ahead for good during the third period. Then Sabrina Harbec, the revelation of this first game for Montreal, doubled Montreal's lead halfway into the last frame. Philippe Gauvin reduced Montreal's lead back to a single goal but Franco Subrani scored his second goal of the match late in the game to confirm Montreal's first victory.
Quebec's head coach, Michel Bergeron, exploded during the late stages of the game. Unsatisfied of referee Ron Fournier, Bergeron stirred things up and accused the referee of running the show.
Final score: Montreal 4 - Quebec 2. (Montreal leads the serie by 1-0.)
Game 2 will be played in Montreal at the Verdun auditorium next Sunday.