SHAWINIGAN, Que. - Pierre-Alexandre Vandall came to the rescue after the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies nearly stole a win from the Shawinigan Cataractes.
Vandall's second goal of the game with 5:58 left in the third period lifted the Cataractes to a nerve-wracking 7-5 victory over the Huskies in Thursday's lone Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game.
The win didn't come easily for the Cataractes (4-2-0-0), who squandered a 4-1 lead but regrouped for their second straight victory. The seven-goal performance moved Shawinigan to the top of the QMJHL with 31 goals through six games.
With the score 5-5 and Shawinigan enjoying a power play, Vandall, who added two assists, took a Charles-Olivier Roussel pass and beat Huskies netminder Mathew Dopud to give the Cataractes the lead for good. Tommy Tremblay added an empty-netter with 21 seconds left to ice the victory.
Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll, Adam Bourque-Leblanc and Matthew Pistilli each had a goal and an assist for Shawinigan, while Philippe Paradis added a single.
Gabriel Levesque led the way with two goals and three assists for the Huskies (1-3-1-0), who have lost two straight games. Marc-Andre Bourdon and Benoit Gervais each had a goal and two assists, while Christophe Losier had the other Rouyn-Noranda goal.
Gabriel Girard made 23 saves to earn the win for the Cataractes. Dopud absorbed the loss in relief of Luke Gallant, who allowed three goals on 13 shots and was pulled after one period. Dopud stopped 17 shots the rest of the way.