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Fucale stops 28 shots as Mooseheads edge Wildcats in shootout

Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 8:24 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Fucale stops 28 shots as Mooseheads edge Wildcats in shootout

Zachary Fucale stopped 28 of 30 shots as the Halifax Mooseheads edged the host Moncton Wildcats 3-2 in a shootout on Sunday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

The 17-year-old goaltender improved his record to 43-5-3 and in his last four starts he's put up a .943 save percentage to go along with a 1.90 goals-against average.

Darcy Ashley and Martin Frk scored in the shootout for the Mooseheads (54-6-4), who have picked up at least one point in 13 straight games. Dominic Beauchemin and Luca Ciampini scored in regulation for Halifax.

Allain Saulnier scored both goals for the Wildcats (40-21-3), who are winless in three games, and Cole Holowenko made 24 saves in defeat.

Saulnier has four goals and 13 points in his last nine games and is second in team scoring with 82 points in 64 contests.

Both clubs went 0-for-5 on the power play.

Halifax has won six of the eight meetings this season against Moncton and outscored them 36-26 in the process.

The Mooseheads were without their top two scorers Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, who sat out with injuries.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: P.E.I. 5, Acadie-Bathurst 3; Cape Breton 3, Saint John 2; Quebec 3, Blainville-Boisbriand 2; Drummondville 4, Val-d'Or 1 and Victoriaville 5, Shawinigan 2.

At Moncton, N.B., Beauchemin opened the scoring 12:23 into the first period, however, Saulnier responded with a short-handed goal in the final minute of the period.

Ciampini regained the lead for Halifax early in the second period, but again Saulnier scored shorthanded to send the game to the third period at two goals apiece.

Each club put 13 shots on net through the third period and extra time, however, neither were able to score.

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Rocket 5 Titan 3

At Charlottetown, Louick Marcotte and Yan Pavel Laplante each had a goal and an assist as P.E.I. (38-23-4) downed the Titan (25-33-7) for its third win in a row.

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Screaming Eagles 3 Sea Dogs 2

At Sydney, N.S., Charles-Eric Legare and Jonathan Oligny scored in the third period as Cape Breton (14-43-8) came from behind to defeat Saint John (23-41-1).

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Remparts 3 Armada 2

At Boisbriand, Que., Francois Brassard made 33 saves and Frederic Bergeron had a goal and an assist as Quebec (39-21-5) edged the Armada (39-18-8), who lost for the first time in four outings.

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Voltigeurs 4 Foreurs 1

At Drummondville, Que., Louis-Philip Guindon stopped 38 of 39 shots and Olivier Archambault's goal 43 seconds into the third period stood up as the winner as the Voltigeurs (36-25-4) beat Val-d'Or (35-25-5).

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Tigres 5 Cataractes 2

At Victoriaville, Que., Carl-Antoine Delisle scored twice on the power play and Brandon Whitney turned away 28 shots as the Tigres (32-25-8) defeated Shawinigan (15-43-7) for their ninth win in their last 11 contests.

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