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Tigres claw their way to first February win with 4-3 triumph over Moncton

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The Victoriaville Tigres snapped out of their February funk against the most unlikely of teams on Friday night.

Andrej Nestrasil scored twice in the first period as the Tigres jumped out to a 3-0 lead and hung on to down the Atlantic Division-leading Moncton Wildcats 4-3 in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

This was Victoriaville's first win in February. The Tigres (28-32-1-2) were on a 10-game losing skid, with their last win coming on January 31 against the Lewiston Maineiacs.

Victoriaville surprised the QMJHL's best defensive team in the first period, firing 19 shots on Moncton's star netminder Nicola Riopel, who allowed an uncharacteristic three goals in the first 20 minutes before being replaced by Louis Domingue.

The Wildcats (44-11-2-4) attempted to mount a comeback in the third period, scoring twice in the first four minutes to cut the Tigres' lead to one, but they couldn't complete the rally.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Shawinigan 7, Quebec 4; Drummondville 7, Montreal 3; Rimouski 6, Chicoutimi 5; Lewiston 2, Gatineau 1 (SO); Cape Breton 4, Halifax 3 (SO); Saint John 3, Acadie-Bathurst 2 (OT); and Rouyn-Noranda 4, Baie-Comeau 2.

At Victoriaville, Que., Alexandre Labonte and David Cliche also scored for the Tigres. Tomy Joly, Brandon Gormley and Ted Stephens replied for Moncton, which lost for the first time in five games.

Antonio Mastropietro made 17 saves for Victoriaville, while Domingue stopped 27 of 28 shots he faced in the final 40 minutes for the Wildcats.

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Cataractes 7, Remparts 4

At Shawinigan, Que., Nicholas Petersen scored twice as the Cataractes defeated Quebec.

Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll, Matthew Pistilli and Maxime Legault all had a goal and an assist for Shawinigan (49-12-2-0). Dave Labrecque and Michael Bournival also scored.

Marc-Olivier Vallerand scored two goals and added an assist, while Jonathan Audy-Marchessault had a goal and an assist and Mathieu Loisel also scored for the Remparts (45-13-0-3).

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Voltigeurs 7, Junior 3

At Montreal, Sean Couturier had a pair of goals and an assist as Drummondville took down the Junior.

Mike Hoffman also scored twice, while Gabriel Dumont, Jonathan Brunelle and Philippe Lefebvre added goals for the Voltigeurs (49-10-0-4).

Jeremy Gouchie, Nick Layton and Matthew Brenton replied for Montreal (31-27-1-2).

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Oceanic 6, Sagueneens 5

At Rimouski, Que., Philippe Cornet scored twice and added two assists, all on the power play, as the Oceanic edged Chicoutimi for their 15th straight win.

Sebastien Piche had two goals and an assist, Keven Veilleux had a goal and an assist and Patrice Cormier also scored for Rimouski (39-22-1-0). Olivier Fortier chipped in with four assists and Jordan Caron had three helpers.

Olivier Painchaud, Antoine Roussel and Drew Paris each scored and added an assist for the Sagueneens (22-29-4-7). Jean-Philippe Foucher and Luc-Olivier Blain also scored.

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Maineiacs 2, Olympiques 1 (SO)

At Gatineau, Que., Billy Lacasse scored the shootout winner as Lewiston surprised the Olympiques.

Pierre-Olivier Morin opened the scoring in regulation and Filip Janosik had the other shootout marker for the Maineiacs (21-39-1-1).

Vincent Barnard tied the game for Gatineau (33-23-2-3) while Alexandre Quesnel scored for the Olympiques in the shootout.

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Screaming Eagles 4, Mooseheads 3 (SO)

At Halifax, Stephen Horyl had the lone shootout marker as Cape Breton outlasted the Mooseheads.

Jan Piskacek had a goal and an assist in regulation, while Brad Tesink and Joey Haddad added goals for the Screaming Eagles (42-17-3-1).

Travis Randell, Alexis Piette and Yuri Cheremetiev all had a goal and an assist for Halifax (17-37-3-4).

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Sea Dogs 3, Titan 2 (OT)

At Saint John, N.B., Michael Kirkpatrick scored twice, including the overtime winner, as the Sea Dogs edged Acadie-Bathurst.

Danick Gauthier had the other goal for Saint John (30-26-2-2).

Jonathan Lessard and Artem Demkov scored in regulation for the Titan (20-29-7-6).

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Huskies 4, Drakkar 2

At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Sergey Ostapchuk had a goal and two assists as the Huskies defeated Baie-Comeau.

Michael Beaudry had a goal and an assist, while Pier-Luc Giguere and Nicolas Deslauriers also scored for Rouyn-Noranda (28-27-4-3).

Guillaume Goulet scored both goals for the Drakkar (17-34-7-2).

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