Mason McDonald earned his first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League shutout on Sunday as the Acadie-Bathurst Titan blanked the visiting Sherbrooke Phoenix 3-0.
The 16-year-old rookie stopped all 31 shots he faced for his first victory since Nov. 4th, a span of nine starts. McDonald is now 3-6-3 with a 4.33 goals-against average and .890 save percentage on a team that has the third-most goals scored against in the entire QMJHL.
Michael Beaudry scored twice for the Titan (19-26-6), who halted their six-game winless streak, and Robert Pelletier had the other.
Beaudry, who started the season as a member of the Val-d'Or Foreurs, has 12 goals and 22 points in 17 games with Acadie-Bathurst since being acquired on Dec. 11th. in a trade. The 20-year-old forward 27 goals and 64 points in 49 combined games this season, which is good for ninth in league scoring.
Jacob Gervais-Chouinard turned away 36-of-39 shots in a losing cause for Sherbrooke (14-29-6), who fell to 7-18-0 on the road.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Moncton 6, Quebec 2; Drummondville 6, Gatineau 3; Baie-Comeau 7, Shawinigan 3 and Val-d'Or 5, Chicoutimi 2.
At Bathurst, N.B., Pelletier opened the scoring at 18:31 of the first period and Beaudry added another 50 seconds later to make it 2-0 after 20 minutes of play.
The Titan outshot the Phoenix 16-5 in the second period and Beaudry added his second of the game at 9:44 on the power play.
Sherbrooke managed 17 shots against McDonald in the third period, however he stopped each one for his third win of the season.
Wildcats 6 Remparts 0
At Moncton, N.B., Dmitrij Jaskin scored three times, extending his point streak to 11 games, and Alex Dubeau stopped 29-of-31 shots as the Wildcats (32-16-1) defeated Quebec (28-17-3) for their eighth win in a row.
Voltigeurs 6 Olympiques 3
At Gatineau, Que., Jeremie Malouin had his second four-goal game of the season and Cole Hoawes chipped in with three assists as Drummondville (26-18-4) ended its three-game slide by doubling up the Olympiques (21-24-3).
Drakkar 7 Cataractes 3
At Shawinigan, Que., Petr Straka, Carl Gelinas and Felix Girard combined for five goals and nine points as Baie-Comeau (34-12-4) crushed the Cataractes (10-32-5), who have dropped four straight contests.
Foreurs 5 Sagueneens 2
At Val-d'Or, Que., Anton Zlobin scored once and set up two others and Philippe Trudeau earned his second win since being acquired from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles as the Foreurs (25-20-3) downed Chicoutimi (24-23-4).