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Moncton Wildcats edge Halifax Mooseheads 4-3 as Riopel makes QMJHL history

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Nicola Riopel has made his mark in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League history.

Riopel made 21 saves as the Moncton Wildcats edged the Halifax Mooseheads 4-3 on Saturday.

Garrett Clarke beat the 21-year-old goaltender 17:53 into the game, ending Riopel's shutout streak.

It was the first goal Riopel surrendered in 179 minutes and 59 seconds of play. The run is the second longest in QMJHL history, behind only Mathieu Chouinard of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens who was not scored on for 207:04 during the 1997-98 season.

During the span Riopel surpassed records held by notable National Hockey League goaltenders like Roberto Luongo (134:50, Val-d'Or Foreurs 1997-98) and Jose Theodore (154:21, Hull Olympiques 1994-95).

Jake Allen of the Drummondville Voltigeurs is hot on Riopel's tail. With Saturday night's 7-0 shutout of the Gatineau Olympiques, Allen's streak is still alive at 173:44, fourth all-time.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was Montreal 6 Shawinigan 1; Baie-Comeau 4 P.E.I. 3 (SO); Saint John 6 Rouyn-Noranda 5 (SO); Cape Breton 6 Acadie-Bathurst 1; Drummondville 7 Gatineau 0 and Lewiston 5 Quebec 4.

At Halifax, Nicolas Deschamps scored twice for Moncton (43-13-5), while Scott Brannon and Kelsey Tessier also tallied.

Pascal Amyot and Charles Bety had the other goals for the Mooseheads (13-44-6).

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Junior 6 Cataractes 1

At Shawinigan, Que., Eliezer Sherbatov scored twice to lead Montreal past the Cataractes.

Nicolas Chouinard had a short-handed marker and two assists for the Junior (30-26-6), while Louis-Marc Aubry, Xavier Ouellet and Hugo Roux.

Maximilien Le Sieur countered for Shawinigan (29-28-8).

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Drakkar 4 Rocket 3 (SO)

At Baie-Comeau, Que., Simon Olsson and Marc-Olivier Mimar scored in the shootout as the Drakkar knocked off P.E.I.

Mike Villeneuve, Jean-Philippe Caron and Jean-Marc Leger scored in regulation for Baie-Comeau (19-37-6).

Ben Duffy, Adam Polasek and Jordon Southorn scored unanswered goals to force extra time for the Rocket (32-22-9).

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Sea Dogs 6 Huskies 5 (SO)

At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Mike Hoffman had a hat trick and scored in the shootout to lift Saint John to a win over the Huskies.

Tomas Jurco also had a shootout goal for the Sea Dogs (52-10-1), while Nicholas Petersen and Michael Kirkpatrick scored in regulation.

Jean-Sebastien Berube had a goal and two assists for Rouyn-Noranda (37-20-7), while Gabriel O'Connor, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Gabriel Levesque and Christophe Losier all found the back of the net.

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Screaming Eagles 6 Titan 1

At Sydney, N.S., Luke Adam had a hat trick as Cape Breton flew to a win over Acadie-Bathurst.

Viktor Hertzberg scored and added an assist for the Screaming Eagles(38-20-5), while Logan Shaw and Maxime Legault had singles.

David Gilbert was the lone scorer for the Titan (21-37-6).

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Voltigeurs 7 Olympiques 0

At Drummondville, Que., Jake Allen made 14 saves as the Voltigeurs blasted Gatineau.

Gabriel Dumont had back-to-back goals for Drummondville (46-15-2). Marc-Olivier Vachon, Christopher DiDomenico, Marc-Antoine Desnoyers, Sean Couturier and Benoit Levesque rounded out the Voltigeurs offence.

Dereck Tait stopped 31 shots for the Olympiques (26-31-5).

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Maineiacs 5 Remparts 4

At Quebec, Michael Chaput's power-play marker with 28 seconds left in the third period capped a Lewiston rally over the Remparts.

Samuel Henley and Jess Tanguy also scored in the final frame for the Maineiacs (23-37-3), while Cameron Critchlow also tallied. Tanguy also had a goal in the second period.

Danick Paquette had two consecutive goals for Quebec (37-20-7), while Maxime Gravel and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault added singles.

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