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QMJHL Roundup: Cole Holowenko earns first shutout for Moncton Wildcats @NHL

Cole Holowenko is looking for some redemption in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The 19-year-old goaltender made 24 saves for his first QMJHL shutout as the Moncton Wildcats blanked the visiting Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-0 on Saturday.

Holowenko started the season with the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips and in four starts with them, he had zero wins and a 6.41 goals-against average.

After being released in late October by the WHL club, the Fort Nelson, B.C., native signed with Moncton on Nov. 7th and is now 6-3-0 with 3.11 goals-against average and .885 save percentage in 10 appearances.

Jonathan Narbonne scored once and set up two more for the Wildcats (24-15-1), who snapped a three-game slide, while Allain Saulnier and Jonathan Racine had a goal and an assist each.

Christophe Lalonde added a single goal to round out Moncton's offence.

David Honzik took the loss for the Screaming Eagles (9-25-7), who are now winless in five games, after allowing four goals on 27 shots through 47 minutes of action. Philippe Trudeau stopped all five shots he faced in 13 minutes of relief.

Moncton improved its home record to 14-5-1 as Cape Breton fell to 4-14-3 on the road, which is the least amount of road wins for any team in the league.

The Wildcats, who have the QMJHL's second-best power play, went 2 for 5 with the man advantage while the Screaming Eagles failed to score on three power-play opportunities.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Baie-Comeau 3, Shawinigan 2; P.E.I. 2, Saint John 1; Blainville-Boisbriand 5, Rimouski 3; Victoriaville 6, Rouyn-Noranda 3 and Val-d'Or 3, Quebec 2.

At Moncton, N.B., Saulnier opened the scoring for the Wildcats at 18:34 of the first period with a power-play goal.

Just 1:28 into the second period Lalonde scored another goal with the man advantage, which gave his club a 2-0 lead heading into the second intermission.

Any chance of a comeback for Cape Breton was dashed when Narbonne and Racine scored 1:54 apart early in the third period to make it 4-0.


Drakkar 3 Cataractes 2

At Shawinigan, Que., Valentin Zykov and Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau each had a goal and an assist and Philippe Cadorette made 23 saves as Baie-Comeau (26-11-3) beat the Cataractes (8-26-5) for its fifth win in a row.


Rocket 2 Sea Dogs 1

At Saint John, N.B., Ryan Graves broke a 1-1 tie at 9:33 of the third period and Antoine Bibeau turned aside 27 shots as P.E.I. (22-15-2) slipped past the Sea Dogs (18-21-0), who lost for the first time in three outings.


Armada 5 Oceanic 3

At Boisbriand, Que., Christopher Clapperton scored twice and Ryan Tesink had a goal and an assist as the Armada (23-10-5) handed Rimouski (25-10-5) its first regulation-time loss in 10 games.


Tigres 6 Huskies 3

At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., William Cochrane scored once and set up two more while Carl-Antoine Delisle had two goals as Victoriaville (15-18-7) end its four-game winless streak by doubling up the Huskies (25-12-1), who have dropped three straight contests.


Foreurs 3 Remparts 2

At Val-d'Or, Que., Skyler Spiller, Samuel Henley and Thierry Comtois all scored in the third period as the Foreurs (19-17-3) came from behind to beat Quebec (25-11-3) for their third victory in as many games.

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