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Shawinigan retires Lalime's jersey, then squashes Victoriaville 8-3

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Thursday was doubly satisfying for former Shawinigan Cataractes goalie Patrick Lalime.

After seeing his No. 33 jersey hoisted to the Shawinigan Amphitheatre rafters, Lalime watched the Cataractes trounce the Victoriaville Tigres 8-3 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

The one-sided victory was a fitting end to a special night for Lalime, who spent parts of three seasons with the Cataractes from 1990-92, posting a 32-44-6 record with a 4.44 goals-against average in 98 games.

The 34-year-old native of St. Bonaventure, Que., went on to become a sixth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1993 before emerging as one of the league's top netminders with the Ottawa Senators.

He's now a backup goaltender with the Buffalo Sabres.

His former team put on another offensive display Thursday, with Matthew Pistilli's three goals and one assist leading the way. Pistilli had a goal in each period, giving him 32 on the season and moving him into a tie for fourth place in the QMJHL scoring race with 67 points.

Nicholas Petersen added a goal and three assists for Shawinigan (38-9-2-0), which won its second straight to open a three-point lead over the Moncton Wildcats and Drummondville Voltigeurs in the overall standings. The Cataractes are second in the league with 222 goals, three back of the Voltigeurs.

In Thursday's other QMJHL game, it was: Drummondville 4 Montreal 1.

At Shawinigan, Que., Pierrick Martel and Pierre-Alexandre Vandall had a goal and an assist apiece while Dave Lebrecque and Michael Bournival added singles. Maxime Macenauer and Charles-Olivier Roussel chipped in with two assists each for the Cataractes, who went 2-for-4 with the man advantage.

Alexandre Labonte, Tyler Noseworthy and Philip-Michael Devos countered for the Tigres (25-22-0-1), who saw their two-game winning streak come to an end.

Shawinigan goaltender Timo Pielmeier stopped 21 shots en route to his 22nd victory of the season.

Victoriaville's Antonio Mastropietro was pulled midway through the third period after surrendering seven goals on 32 shots. Jean-Michel Fortier stopped four of five shots the rest of the way.

Voltigeurs 4 Junior 1

At Drummondville, Que., Yannick Riendeau scored his league-leading 35th goal of the season as the Voltigeurs cruised past Montreal.

Chris DiDomenico added a goal and two assists while Benoit Levesque, Mike Hoffman also scored for Drummondville (36-8-0-3).

Luke Adam had the lone goal for the Junior (24-19-1-1), who have lost two in a row.

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