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Riopel stops 32 as Moncton blanks Rimouski to even series at one apiece @NHLdotcom

Nicola Riopel wasn't about to let his Wildcats leave Moncton with a 2-0 series deficit.

Riopel stopped all 32 shots he faced for his second Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff shutout as the Wildcats blanked the Rimouski Oceanic 3-0 on Saturday night to tie their best-of-seven quarter-final series at one game apiece.

Riopel had five shutouts during the regular season, when he set QMJHL records for goals-against average (2.01) and save percentage (.931). Moncton's netminder had a 2.15 GAA and a save percentage of .929 in the playoffs heading into Saturday after allowing two goals on 26 shots in Friday's 2-1 series-opening loss to Rimouski.

Riopel recorded his first playoff shutout in game two of the first round against the P.E.I. Rocket on March 21.

Ted Stephens opened the scoring with his fifth of the playoffs on a power play late in the first period. Randy Cameron added a goal for the Wildcats midway through the second period and Zach Sill capped things off with an unassisted shorthanded marker in the third.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Drummondville 4, Montreal 3 (OT); and Gatineau 5, Shawinigan 3.

At Moncton, Maxim Gougeon made 29 saves for Rimouski, which lost for just the second time in 27 games. The Oceanic had not been shut out since Oct. 21, 2007 in a 1-0 loss to the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Game three is scheduled for Tuesday night in Rimouski, Que.


Voltigeurs 4, Junior 3 (OT)

At Drummondville, Que., Marc-Olivier Vachon scored seven minutes and 39 seconds into overtime to lift the Voltigeurs over Montreal for a 2-0 lead in their quarter-final series.

Dany Masse had two goals and an assist to give him 10 goals and 22 points in the post-season, while Gabriel Dumont also scored and Christopher DiDomenico added two assists for Drummondville.

Pat O'Keefe, Samuel Grenache and Dmitri Kostromitin replied for the Junior and Toni Ritter had a pair of helpers.


Olympiques 5, Cataractes 3

At Gatineau, Que., Tye McGinn scored a hat trick to help the Olympiques salvage a split in their first two games against Shawinigan.

McGinn opened the scoring on a late first-period power play and scored another late in the third, also with the man advantage, to put Gatineau up 4-3. He added an empty-netter with 52 seconds remaining to complete the trick.

Jean-Philip Chabot scored the other two goals and added an assist for the Olympiques, who got three assists from Alain Goulet and Paul Byron and a pair from Maxime Mallette.

Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and Pierre-Alexandre Vandall both had a goal and an assist and Charles-Olivier Roussel also scored for the Cataractes.

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