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QMJHL: Prokop nets winner as Voltigeurs take 2-0 series lead

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The Canadian Press
4/19/2009 9:00:18 PM
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DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. -- The Drummondville Voltigeurs used an imperfect performance on Sunday afternoon to reach a perfect 10 in the playoffs.

Patrik Prokop scored with 17 seconds left to cap a third-period rally as the Voltigeurs edged the Rimouski Oceanic 4-3 to improve to 10-0 in the post-season.

Drummondville now leads the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League semifinal 2-0.

Despite outshooting Rimouski 30-16 over the first two periods, the Voltigeurs trailed 3-1 heading into the third. It was only the second time of the playoffs Drummondville was behind after two periods.

Yannick Riendeau kick-started the third-period comeback, scoring his 16th goal of the post-season on a power play with under seven minutes remaining.

Gabriel Dumont scored less than a minute later to tie it 3-3 and setting the stage for Prokop's late power-play winner in a period where the Voltigeurs held a 15-5 shot advantage.

Mike Hoffman also scored his 16th of the playoffs and added an assist for Drummondville, while Christopher DiDomenico and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers had two assists each.

Keven Veilleux and Jordan Caron scored 51 seconds apart midway through the first period as the Oceanic got off to a much better start than they did in Game 1, when they fell behind in the first 11 seconds of the game en route to an 8-1 blowout loss.

Caron finished with two goals and Veilleux added an assist for Rimouski, which will host the Memorial Cup in May.

Marco Cousineau made 18 saves for the Voltigeurs, while Oceanic netminder Maxime Gougeon stopped 41 shots.

The series shifts to Rimouski, Que., for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Drummondville Voltigeurs (Photo: TSN)

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