RIMOUSKI, Que. - Patrick Zdrahal scored a goal and assisted on two more, and Philippe Desrosiers stopped 31 shots as the Rimouski Oceanic blanked the Victoriaville Tigres 5-0 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action on Monday.
Loic Leduc, Brent Turnbull, and Felix-Antoine Savage also scored for Rimouski (34-15-7) while Michael Joly recorded his 37th goal of the season on a short-handed shot. Jimmy Oligny added two assists as the Oceanic picked up their fifth straight victory.
Francois Tremblay started in net for Victoriaville (29-21-6), but left the game after allowing five goals on 29 shots through 51:22. Brandon Whitney stopped all four shots he faced in relief.
Jean-Francois Plante led the Tigres in shots on goal with five.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday