The Chicoutimi Sagueneens and rookie goaltender Robin Gusse capitalized on another lacklustre offensive performance from the Shawinigan Cataractes on Friday.
Gusse stopped all 27 shots he faced to earn his first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League shutout as the Sagueneens blanked the Cataractes 1-0. The 16-year-old French-born Gusse was selected 17th overall by Chicoutimi (4-4-0-3) this year and has started in seven of the Sagueneens' first 11 games.
Shawinigan has struggled to find the net this season after being one of only two QMJHL teams to score more than 300 goals in 2008-09. The Cataractes (4-4-0-1) were last shut out on March 14, 2008, against the Drummondville Voltigeurs and sit last in the league with 25 goals in nine games.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was: Rouyn-Noranda 4, Halifax 3 (SO); Acadie-Bathurst 4, Lewiston 3; Rimouski 3, Quebec 2 (OT); Gatineau 10, Val-d'Or 4; and Drummondville 3, Victoriaville 1.
At Chicoutimi, Que., Jacob Lagace scored the lone goal early in the second period as the Sagueneens won their second game in a row.
Gabriel Girard made 24 saves for Shawinigan, which lost its second game in as many nights.
Huskies 4, Mooseheads 3 (SO)
At Halifax, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc scored in the fourth round of the shootout as Rouyn-Noranda edged the Mooseheads.
Philippe Cornet scored twice and added an assist for the Huskies (7-4-1-0) while Jeff Desjardins had a goal and two assists.
Gerrad Grant, Gabriel Desjardins and Jessyko Bernard replied for Halifax (1-9-0-1).
Titan 4, Maineiacs 3
At Acadie-Bathurst, Que., the Titan built a 4-0 lead and held off a late comeback attempt by Lewiston.
Derek Famulare, Olivier Dame-Malka, Taylor Lambke and Remi Blanchard scored for Acadie-Bathurst (5-3-2-1).
Michael Chaput, Jean-Francois Plante and Alexis Piette found the net for the Maineiacs (6-3-0-0).
Oceanic 3, Remparts 2 (OT)
At Rimouski, Que., Emmanuel Boudreau scored a power-play goal in overtime as the Oceanic downed the Remparts.
Dmitri Kugryshev and Danick Paquette scored in regulation for Rimouski (4-4-3-0).
Gleason Fournier and Patrice Cormier replied for Quebec (6-2-2-1).
Olympiques 10, Foreurs 4
At Gatineau, Que., Alexandre Quesnel led the way with five points as the Olympiques unloaded on Val-d'Or.
Quesnel scored twice, Tye McGinn had two goals and two assists, Alexandre Touchette had a goal and three assists, and Adam Janosik, Vincent Barnard, Hugo Laporte, Denis Kindl and Alexandre Leduc also scored for Gatineau (9-2-0-0).
Marco Scandella, Samuel Morneau, Guillaume Naud and Jonathan Hazen scored for the Foreurs (3-8-1-0).
Voltigeurs 3, Tigres 1
At Drummondville, Que., Marc-Olivier Vachon scored all three Voltigeurs goals to defeat Victoriaville.
Vachon leads Drummondville (8-1-0-1) with 11 goals this season.
Brandon Hynes had the lone reply for the Tigres (6-4-0-1).