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Masse, Riendeau lead Drummondville to 5-4 overtime win over Shawinigan

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The QMJHL's top two goal scorers helped the Drummondville Voltigeurs win their latest showdown with the rival Shawinigan Cataractes.

And here's the really good news for Voltigeurs fans - more offensive help is on the way.

Dany Masse's third goal of the game 37 seconds into overtime lifted the Voltigeurs to a thrilling 5-4 win over the Cataractes in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Tuesday night.

The victory ended a rare two-game losing streak for Drummondville (32-6-0-3), while propelling the Voltigeurs into a tie with the Cataractes and Moncton Wildcats for first place in the overall standings. Shawinigan (33-9-1-0) lost its second in a row.

Masse and Yannick Riendeau combined to score all five Drummondville goals, putting on a show for the crowd of 3,409 at the Shawinigan Amphitheatre as the Voltigeurs handed the Cataractes their first loss at their new arena.

Drummondville beat Shawinigan 3-2 in the Cataractes' final game in their old building, the Arena Jacques Plante, on Dec. 18.

The pivotal victory came on the same day the Voltigeurs added even more offensive firepower, acquiring forward Chris DiDomenico from the Saint John Sea Dogs. DiDomenico, a key member of the Canadian team that won gold at the world junior hockey championship in Ottawa, has 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) in 26 games this season.

He wasn't in uniform Tuesday night, but could join the Voltigeurs in time for Wednesday night's game against the Rimouski Oceanic. His presence will bolster an already potent Drummondville offence that leads the league with 202 goals, seven more than the runner-up Cataractes.

In other QMJHL action Tuesday, it was: Lewiston 5 Baie-Comeau 4; and P.E.I. 5 Moncton 4.

At Shawinigan, Que., Riendeau had a first-period penalty-shot goal, then forced extra time with his second of the game 5:06 into the third period. He and Masse share the QMJHL goal-scoring lead with 30 apiece - one more than Shawinigan forward Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll, who scored twice in defeat.

Lalonde-McNicoll did retain the overall scoring lead, his three-point performance pushing him to 71 points for the season - one more than Masse, and two more than Riendeau.

Nicholas Petersen and Pierre-Alexandre Vandall had the other goals for the Cataractes, while Matthew Pistilli added two assists. Shawinigan defenceman Alex Grant, acquired Monday in a trade with the Sea Dogs, was held off the scoresheet.

Antoine Tardif stopped 23 shots to earn his 22nd win of the season for Drummondville.

Timo Pielmeier made 26 saves in his first start for the Cataractes since rejoining the team following his stint with Germany at the world juniors. He has lost his last four games, with three of those defeats coming at the hands of the Voltigeurs.

Maineiacs 5 Drakkar 4

At Lewiston, Maine, Etienne Brodeur had two goals in the Maineiacs' win over Baie-Comeau.

Billy Lacasse, Pierre-Olivier Morin and Dominic Savoie also scored for Lewiston (14-29-0-0), which halted a seven-game losing streak.

Gabriel Bourque, Tommy Samson, Stephane Michaud and Mike Villeneuve countered for the Drakkar (12-23-4-2), who rallied from a 5-1 deficit but fell short.

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Rocket 5 Wildcats 4

At Moncton, Que., Maxime Levesque scored twice as P.E.I. held on to beat the Wildcats.

Benjamin Casavant, Jean-Christophe Lirette and Brandon Street added singles for the Rocket (16-21-3-5), who nearly squandered a 5-1 third-period lead.

Daniel Pettersson scored twice while Simon Jodoin and Matt Eagles also had goals for Moncton (31-4-2-3), which saw its six-game winning streak come to an end.

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