SHAWINIGAN, Que. - Timo Pielmeier and the St. John's Fog Devils made head coach Real Paiement's record-tying game a victorious one.
Pielmeier was brilliant in goal, stopping 38 shots to lead the Fog Devils to a 3-1 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes in Wednesday's lone Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game.
The Cataractes blasted 17 shots at Pielmeier in the first period but could only beat the German-born netminder once, on Patrick Bernier's second goal of the season 11:55 into the period.
From there, Pielmeier, a third-round pick of the San Jose Sharks in the 2007 draft, was unbeatable as the Fog Devils (3-4-1-0) won for the second time in the past three games. Mario Kempe scored the game winner at 6:30 of the third period while Luke Adam and Wesley Welcher added singles.
Paiement equalled the QMJHL regular-season record with his 988th game behind the bench. Paiement shares the record with Guy Chouinard, who set the mark in 2001 while at the helm of the Quebec Remparts.
Paiement broke into the QMJHL with the Granby Bisons in 1986, and has also coached the Chicoutimi Sagueneens and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.
Roger Kennedy stopped 21 shots for the Cataractes (4-2-0-1), who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.