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Couturier helps Drummondville Voltigeurs slip by Rimouski 5-4 in OT

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Sean Couturier made sure his Drummondville Voltigeurs started their second-round Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff match-up on the right foot.

Couturier forced overtime with two minutes left in regulation and then scored the winner 24 seconds into the extra period as the Voltigeurs eked out a 5-4 win over the Rimouski Oceanic on Friday night.

Drummondville now has a 1-0 series lead and will host Game 2 on Saturday night.

Couturier has five goals and four assists this post-season, good for third on the Voltigeurs.

Christopher DiDomenico has three goals and nine assists for Drummondville, while Gabriel Dumont has six goals and five assists.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was: Victoriaville 4 Quebec 1; Saint John 7 Gatineau 4; and Moncton 6 Rouyn-Noranda 1.

At Drummondville, Que., Dumont had a goal and two assists for the Voltigeurs, while DiDomenico scored and had a helper. Marc-Antoine Desnoyers added a short-handed goal.

Alexandre Mallet scored on a penalty shot for Rimouski, while Jakub Culek, Ryan Kavanagh and Petr Straka had the other goals.

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Tigres 4 Remparts 1

At Quebec City, Victoriaville had three unanswered goals as the Tigres toppled the Remparts.

Philippe Maillet, Guillaume Goulet and Tomas Kubalik all scored in the second period for Victoriaville, while Travis McIsaac had a power-play goal in the first.

Marc-Olivier Vallerand had the only goal for Quebec.

The Tigres lead the series 1-0. Game 2 will be in Quebec City on Saturday night.

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Sea Dogs 7 Olympiques 4

At Saint John, N.B., Stanislav Galiev scored twice and added three assists as the Sea Dogs out-paced Gatineau.

Michael Kirkpatrick had a pair of goals for Saint John, while Tomas Jurco, Nicholas Pard and Mike Hoffman also scored.

Adam Janosik, Mitchell Porowski, Benjamin Laliberte and Hubert Labrie supplied the offence for the Olympiques.

The Sea Dogs have a 1-0 series lead and will host Game 2 on Saturday night.

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Wildcats 6 Huskies 1

At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Moncton used a five-goal first period to out-pace the Huskies.

Devon MacAusland, Ted Stephens, Daniel Pettersson, Mark Barberio and Randy Cameron all tallied for the Wildcats in the first 11:38 of the game. Kelsey Tessier added a single in the second period.

Jeff Desjardins had the only goal for the Huskies.

Moncton leads the series 1-0. Game 2 will be in Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday night.

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