BAIE-COMEAU, Que. - Philippe Cadorette made 28 saves as the Baie-Comeau Drakkar beat the Shawinigan Cataractes 3-1 to take a 2-0 series lead in the first round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs on Saturday.
Alexandre Ranger, Gabriel Verpaelst and Charles Hudon each scored for the Drakkar.
Alex Filiatrault had the lone goal for Shawinigan in the dying minutes of regulation.
Marvin Cupper did all he could to keep the Cataractes in the game. He finished with a jaw-dropping 61 saves, and was especially good in the first when he kept the game scoreless despite Shawinigan being outshot 23-13.
OCEANIC 6 SAGUENEENS 1
RIMOUSKI, Que. ? Samuel Morin scored a pair of goals as the Oceanic crushed Chicoutimi.
Beau Rusk, Jimmy Oligny, Frederik Gauthier and Francois Beauchemin also scored for Rimouski, which took a 2-0 series lead.
Dominic Beauchemin had the only goal for the Sagueneens.
Philippe Desrosiers made 17 saves in net for Rimouski. At the other end of the ice, Julio Billia allowed five goals on 27 shots. He was replaced late by Domenic Graham, who gave up one goal on four shots.
MOOSEHEADS 7 ISLANDERS 1
HALIFAX ??? The Mooseheads spotted Charlottetown an early lead before scoring seven in a row to take a 2-0 series lead.
Jonathan Drouin had two goals and two assists while Philippe Gadoury also scored twice for Halifax. Darcy Ashley, Nikolaj Ehlers and Andrew Shewfelt chipped in a goal apiece.
Daniel Sprong gave Charlottetown a brief lead 5:23 into the first period.
Zachary Fucale stopped 10 shots for Halifax. Mason McDonald meanwhile was a lot busier, allowing all seven goals on 49 shots.
VOLTIGEURS 6 TIGRES 5
DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. ??? Christophe Lalancette scored to lift the Voltigeurs past Victoriaville in a slugfest.
Charles-David Beaudoin scored twice for Drummondville, which tied the series at one. Matthew Boudens, Jerome Verrier and Georgs Golovkovs also scored.
Philippe Hudon had two goals for the Tigres, with Antoine Marcoux, Jean-Francois Plante and Angelo Miceli adding singles.
Louis-Philip Guindon stopped 28 shots for Drummondville, while Francois Tremblay made 26 saves at the other end of the ice.
OLYMPIQUES 8 SCREAMING EAGLES 2
GATINEAU, Que. ??? Emile Poirier scored a hat trick as the Olympiques rolled over Cape Breton to take a 2-0 series lead.
Adam Stevens, Vaclav Karabacek, Jonathan Bourcier, Simon Tardif-Richard and Vincent Dunn also scored for Gatineau.
Cameron Darcy opened the scoring 34 seconds into the game for the Screaming Eagles and Raphael Corriveau also scored in the second period.
Olympiques goaltender Robert Steeves made 22 saves, while Alex Bureau stopped 21-of-27 shots before being lifted in Cape Breton's net for Zachary Fortin, who allowed two goals on five shots.
FOREURS 3 TITAN 0
VAL-D'OR, Que. ??? Samuel Henley had a pair of goals as the Foreurs shutout Acadie-Bathurst.
Pierre-Maxime Poudrier also scored for Val-d'Or, which took a 2-0 series lead.
Foreurs goaltender Antoine Bibeau stopped 19 shots including a first-period penalty shot by Rafael Lafontaine.
Jacob Brennan, meanwhile, finished with 34 saves for the Titan.
REMPARTS 7 HUSKIES 3
QUEBEC CITY ??? Nick Sorensen scored a hat trick as the Remparts evened their series with Rouyn-Noranda at a game apiece.
Fabrice Herzog scored twice for Quebec, with Kurt Etchegary and Adam Chapman providing singles.
Jean-Sebastien Dea had a pair of goals for the Huskies and Jack Nevins added one.
Remparts goaltender Francois Brassard finished with 34 saves. Alexandre Belanger allowed all seven goals on just 17 shots in the Huskies' net. Guillaume Decelles came on to stop five shots in 10 minutes of relief.