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QMJHL: Zykov chases Michel Bergeron trophy after scoring twice vs. Cataractes

Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 8:24 PM / News

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QMJHL: Zykov chases Michel Bergeron trophy after scoring twice vs. Cataractes

Valentin Zykov is making a strong case for the Michael Bergeron Trophy as the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's offensive rookie of the year.

The 17-year-old Russian forward scored two goals as the Baie-Comeau Drakkar downed the host Shawinigan Cataractes 4-1 on Sunday.

Zykov has scored in four straight games and is currently riding a six-game point streak that includes five goals and seven points. He currently leads all first-year skaters in goals with 39 and points with 73, in only 62 games played.

The chances of Zykov giving up the rookie-scoring lead in the final two weeks of the season are slim as the closest player to him is the Moncton Wildcats' Ivan Barbashez, who has 59 points in 61 contests.

Dominic Poulin and Carl Gelinas also scored for the Drakkar (41-17-5), who improved to 22-9-1 on the road, and Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau earned the game's second star with two assists.

Dylan Labbe scored the lone goal for the Cataractes (14-42-7), who are winless in eight games.

Baie-Comeau's Francis Desrosiers made 21 saves for his fourth win since being acquired from the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. Shawinigan's Marvin Cupper turned away 42-of-46 shots in a losing cause.

The Drakkar went 2 for 7 on the power play while the Cataractes failed to score on six chances with the man advantage.

Baie-Comeau is second overall in the QMJHL standings while Shawinigan, which won the 2012 Memorial Cup, trail the Saint John Sea Dogs by 10 points for the final playoff position with only five games remaining in regular season.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Victoriaville 5, Cape Breton 4; Drummondville 6, Sherbrooke 5 (OT) and Blainville-Boisbriand 3, Gatineau 2 (SO).

At Shawinigan, Que., the Drakkar put up 18 shots in the opening 20 minutes and Poulin and Zykov both scored on the power play to give Baie-Comeau a 2-0 lead heading into intermission.

Labbe responded for Shawinigan at 5:11 of the second period, keeping the game close heading into the final period despite his club being outshot 34-14.

Cupper could only hold his team in for so long as Zykov and Gelinas scored 18 seconds apart late in the third period to secure the victory for the Drakkar.

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Tigres 5 Screaming Eagles 4

At Sydney, N.S., Angelo Miceli scored twice as Victoriaville (30-24-8) opened up a 5-0 advantage in the first period before nearly giving up the lead to Cape Breton (12-42-8), which is winless in its last six games.

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Voltigeurs 6 Phoenix 5 (OT)

At Drummondville, Que., Jordan Murray scored the winner while Matthew Boudens and Olivier Archambault had a goal and two assists each in regulation as the Voltigeurs (35-23-4) won their fourth game in a row by edging Sherbrooke (19-35-8).

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Armada 3 Olympiques 2 (SO)

At Gatineau, Que., Tommy Giroux scored the only goal in the shootout and Etienne Marcoux only had to make 13 saves as Blainville-Boisbriand (37-17-8) slipped past the Olympiques (27-31-4), who have dropped seven games straight.

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