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DiDomenico leads way with five points as Voltigeurs hammer Montreal

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New opponent, same result.

Christopher DiDomenico chipped in a goal and four assists as the Drummondville Voltigeurs continued their domination of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with a 7-1 rout of the Montreal Junior in their quarter-final series opener on Friday night.

The Voltigeurs - who finished first overall while scoring a league-best 345 goals during the regular season - swept Lewiston in the first round, outscoring the Maineiacs 38-9 over four games.

It was more of the same in Drummondville's first game against Montreal as Mike Hoffman opened the scoring on a penalty shot seven minutes into the game and Dany Masse added a power-play goal later in the first to stake the Voltigeurs to a 2-0 lead.

Drummondville scored four more times in the second and added another in the third to put the game out of reach. The Voltigeurs fired 30 shots in the final 20 minutes and outshot the Junior 66-27 overall.

DiDomenico's five-point effort gives him 16 assists and 19 points in five playoff games, tying him with Masse (eight goals, 11 assists) for second place in league playoff scoring. Teammate Yannick Riendeau, who had a goal and two assists on Friday, leads all playoff scorers with 22 points (10-12).

Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Rimouski 2, Moncton 1; and Shawinigan 4, Gatineau 3. Also Friday, Quebec hosted Cape Breton.

At Drummondville, Que., Hoffman finished with two goals to bring his playoff total to 13 and added an assist for the Voltigeurs, who also got a pair of goals from Samson Mahbod and finished 5-for-11 with the man advantage.

Nick Layton scored for the Junior to break Marco Cousineau's shutout bid. Cousineau made 26 saves for the victory.

Montreal netminder Jake Allen allowed six goals on 36 shots over the first two periods. Jean-Francois Berube replaced him in the third, stopping 29 of 30.

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Oceanic 2, Wildcats 1

At Moncton, Logan MacMillan scored the winner with five minutes remaining in the third period as Rimouski kept its momentum going by edging the Wildcats.

Keven Veilleux opened the scoring midway through the second for the Oceanic, who take a 1-0 series advantage in their quarter-final series against Moncton after sweeping the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in the first round.

Including the regular season, Rimouski has only lost once in its last 26 games.

David Savard scored the only goal for the Wildcats.

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Cataractes 4, Olympiques 3

At Gatineau, Que., Matthew Pistilli's second goal of the game midway through the third period put Shawinigan ahead for good in its series opener against the Olympiques.

Pistilli finished with two goals and an assist for the Cataractes, while Dave Labreque had a goal and an assist and Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll also scored.

Yoan Pinete had a goal and an assist and Olivier Croteau and Jean-Philip Chabot added goals for Gatineau.

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