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Moncton Wildcats squash Cape Breton 4-0; advance to second round of playoffs

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Goaltender Nicola Riopel's stellar play is putting the Montcon Wildcats further into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs and his name into the record books.

Riopel made 30 saves as the Wildcats mauled the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-0 in QMJHL post-season action Friday night.

Moncton takes the first round series 4-1 and is moving on to a quarter-final pairing with the Saint John Sea Dogs, their division rivals.

The clean sheet is Riopel's fourth playoff shutout in his junior hockey career. He blanked the Cape Breton 6-0 earlier in the series.

Riopel is now tied with Martin Biron (1994-97) for third in QMJHL history. He trails Guillaume Lavallee by one (2001-04).

Adam Russo (2000-03) is the all-time leader with nine post-season shutouts.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was Gatineau 4 Montreal 1.

At Moncton, N.B., Nicolas Deschamps, Kelsey Tessier and Gabriel Bourque scored for the Wildcats, while Devon MacAusland added an empty-net marker.

Olivier Roy stopped 22-of-25 shots for Cape Breton.

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Olympiques 4 Junior 1

At Gaineau, Que., the Olympiques reeled off three unanswered goals to tie their playoff series with Montreal.

Olivier Croteau, Denis Kindl and Yoan Pinette all tallied in the third period for Gatineau, while Adam Janosik had a marker mid-way through the first.

Guillaume Asselin was the lone scorer for the Junior.

With the series tied 3-3, Game 7 will be played on Montreal's home ice in Verdun, Que., on Tuesday night.

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