Kirill Kabanov, welcome to Moncton.
The top prospect from Russia scored 15 minutes into his first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game and Louis Domingue made 29 saves as the Wildcats shut out the Lewiston Maineiacs 2-0 on Saturday night.
Kabanov, selected seventh overall by Moncton in the 2009 import draft, was forced to sit out for the first month of the season due to a contract rights dispute with the Kontinental Hockey League. He refused to report to Salavat Yulaev Ufa after being traded by Spartak Moscow over the summer, opting instead to join the Wildcats as part of his quest to play in the NHL.
The six-foot-three 17-year-old, widely expected to be a top-five selection in the 2010 NHL entry draft, opened the scoring for Moncton (7-3-1) and led the team with four shots in his debut. Randy Cameron assisted on Kabanov's goal and set up Brandon Gormley's insurance goal on a power play in the third period.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was: P.E.I. 2 Rouyn-Noranda 1 (OT); Saint John 5 Cape Breton 2; and Montreal 3 Baie-Comeau 2.
At Moncton, Domingue held the Maineiacs scoreless for his first career QMJHL shutout. A first-round selection by Moncton in 2008, the Mont St-Hilaire, Que., native is 4-3 through seven starts this season after backing up star netminder Nicola Riopel in 2008-09.
Adrien Lemay stopped 23 shots for Lewiston (6-4-0), which lost for the second time in as many nights.
Rocket 2 Huskies 1 (OT)
At Charlottetown, Ben Duffy scored the winner 26 seconds into overtime as the Rocket came back to beat Rouyn-Noranda.
Jordan Escott tied the game with just under five minutes remaining in regulation and Jordon Southorn assisted on both goals for P.E.I. (6-3-2), which sits a point back of Moncton and Saint John for first in the Atlantic Division.
Jerome Gauthier-Leduc scored on a first-period power play for the Huskies (7-4-2).
Sea Dogs 5 Screaming Eagles 2
At Sydney, N.S., Steven Anthony and Nathan Beaulieu each had a goal and an assist as the Sea Dogs snapped Cape Breton's three-game winning streak.
Olivier Ouellet, Tomas Jurco and Nicholas Petersen also scored for Saint John (7-3-1).
Viktor Hertzberg and Nick MacNeil replied for the Screaming Eagles (5-3-2).
Junior 3 Drakkar 2
At Baie-Comeau, Que., Trevor Parkes scored his second goal of the game with six minutes remaining to lift Montreal over the Drakkar.
Jeremy Gouchie also scored and Matthew Brenton assisted on all three goals for the Junior (7-3-0), who won their fourth straight.
Guillaume Goulet scored twice for Baie-Comeau (3-8-1) and Simon Olsson assisted on both goals.