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Danick Martel scores twice as Armada edge Wildcats 3-2 in Game 1

Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 9:54 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Danick Martel scores twice as Armada edge Wildcats 3-2 in Game 1

BLAINVILLE, Que. - Danick Martel scored twice, including the eventual winner, and the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada held off a late Moncton comeback attempt to pull away with a 3-2 victory over the Wildcats in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff action.

Ryan Tesink had a goal and an assist as the Armada took a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-seven set. Frederic Bergeron chipped in with two assists.

Will Smith and Ivan Barbashev scored for the Wildcats (0-1), and Stephen Johnson helped on both Moncton goals.

Blainville-Boisbriand goaltender Etienne Marcoux stopped 23 shots for the victory. Moncton's Alex Dubeau made 21 saves in defeat.

The Armada broke out to a 2-0 lead midway through the first period as Tesink found the back of the net on a power play and Martel scored his first of the game nine seconds later. Martel made it 3-0 at 12:09 of the second period.

After two scoreless frames, the Wildcats came out firing in the third. Barbashev scored at 2:34 and Smith cut Blainville-Boisbriand's lead to one with his goal at 16:04.

The second game of the series goes Friday in Blainville.

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[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.

— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday