The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles are playoff bound, thanks in no small part to their top prospect netminder.
Olivier Roy stopped all 26 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season as the Screaming Eagles clinched a playoff spot with a 6-0 rout of the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday night in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Cape Breton (35-13-1-1) has won nine of its last 10 games and Roy has played a major role in the Screaming Eagles' run. The Amqui, Que., native is 5-1 so far in January and has held his opponents to two goals or less in six of his last eight starts. Roy received QMJHL defensive player of the week honours on Jan. 12 after posting a 3-0 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and a save percentage of .950.
On Friday, Roy, ranked fourth among North American goaltenders in the Central Scouting Bureau's midseason report, won his 27th game of the season and trailed only Nicola Riopel of the Moncton Wildcats (31 wins) in that category.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Victoriaville 2, Shawinigan 1; Quebec 5, Halifax 2; Val-d'Or 6, Lewiston 5 (SO); Rimouski 4, Acadie-Bathurst 3 (SO); Drummondville 3, Chicoutimi 2 (OT); Gatineau 6, Rouyn-Noranda 4; and P.E.I. 7, Baie-Comeau 2.
At Sydney, N.S., Joey Haddad led the Screaming Eagles' offence with three goals and an assist, while Francis Meilleur had a goal and an assist. Vincent Lavigueur and Robert Slaney also scored. Nicolas Chouinard and Chris Culligan chipped in with three assists each.
Robert Mayer started in net for Saint John (25-21-2-2), but was pulled after allowing three goals on 10 shots. Karel St-Laurent replaced him and stopped 22 of 25 shots.
Tigres 2, Cataractes 1
At Victoriaville, Que., Olivier Hinse scored early in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie as the Tigres upset Shawinigan.
Andrej Nestrasil opened the scoring for Victoriaville (26-22-0-1). Pierre-Luc Pelletier assisted on both Tigres goals.
Nicholas Petersen had the lone marker for the Cataractes (38-10-2-0).
Remparts 5, Mooseheads 2
At Halifax, Marc-Olivier Vallerand scored the game-winner and added an assist as Quebec downed the Mooseheads.
Kevin Marshall and Kelsey Tessier also had a goal and an assist for the Remparts (36-9-0-3), Sebastien Trudeau and Mikhail Stefanovich added goals.
Jan Stransky and Linden Bahm replied for Halifax (13-30-2-2).
Foreurs 6, Maineiacs 5 (SO)
At Lewiston, Maine, Matthew Lachaine found the net in the fourth round of the shootout as Val-d'Or outlasted the Maineiacs.
Samuel Morneau scored twice in regulation for the Foreurs (11-31-2-4), who snapped a four-game losing skid. Jonathan Hazen, Keven Guerette-Charland and Sasha Famin also scored.
Billy Lacasse led Lewiston (16-33-0-1) with two goals and an assist. Maxime Gratchev had a goal and two assists, while Tommy Dery and Garrett Clarke also added goals for the Maineiacs.
Oceanic 4, Titan 3 (SO)
At Rimouski, Que., Jordan Caron scored twice in regulation and potted the lone goal of the shootout as the Oceanic handed Acadie-Bathurst its fourth loss in a row.
Luca Cunti also scored in regulation for Rimouski (25-22-1-0).
Remi Blanchard, Eric Faille and Taylor Lambke all scored for the Titan (17-23-5-5).
Voltigeurs 3, Sagueneens 2 (OT)
At Chicoutimi, Que., Marc-Olivier Vachon scored 1:31 into overtime as Drummondville came from behind to edge the sinking Sagueneens.
Ryan McKiernan and Mike Hoffman scored in regulation for the Voltigeurs (37-8-0-3) to erase a two-goal deficit.
Michael Belanger and Michal Hlinka scored first-period goals for Chicoutimi (16-23-4-4), which lost its eighth straight.
Olympiques 6, Huskies 4
At Gatineau, Que., Paul Byron had five points (three goals, two assists) as the Olympiques defeated Rouyn-Noranda for their fifth straight victory.
Alexandre Quesnel had a goal and two assists, Steven Delisle had a goal and an assist and Maxime Mallette also scored for Gatineau (26-20-2-2).
Christophe Losier and Sergey Ostapchuk both scored twice for the Huskies (23-19-4-3).
Rocket 7, Drakkar 2
At Charlottetown, Simon Olsson scored a pair to help the Rocket soar past Baie-Comeau.
Ben Duffy scored and added two assists, Jarrad Struthers and Maxime Levesque had a goal and an assist each, and Brandon MacLean and Benjamin Cassavant also scored for P.E.I. (18-23-4-5).
Antoine Letourneau and Roman Malinik found the net for the Drakkar (15-25-5-2).