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QMJHL: Riopel and the Wildcats shut down Acadie-Bathurst

The Canadian Press

1/16/2009 11:29:37 PM

Nicola Riopel and the Moncton Wildcats continued their defensive domination of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Friday night.

Riopel needed to make only 13 saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season as the Moncton Wildcats stifled the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4-0.

Riopel entered the game with the league's best goals-against average (1.99) and save percentage (.933) amongst starting goaltenders.

It helps that he plays for the best defensive team in the QMJHL. Moncton (33-6-2-3) has only allowed 91 goals through 44 games. The Wildcats are the only team left in the league with under 100 goals against.

On Friday, they held Acadie-Bathurst to six shots through the first two periods, while Adam Bezak and Simon Jodoin scored for Moncton to build a 2-0 lead. The Titan managed seven shots in the third, but the Wildcats answered with 19 shots of their own.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Quebec 4, Drummondville 3; Cape Breton 4, P.E.I. 1; Gatineau 3, Shawinigan 2 (OT); Lewiston 4, Rouyn-Noranda 3; Montreal 5, Val-d'Or 4; Rimouski 5, Chicoutimi 2; and Saint John 4, Baie-Comeau 2.

At Moncton, Pierre-Marc Lessard and David Savard scored third-period goals for the Wildcats, who fired 50 shots in total.

Nicholas Champion stopped 46 shots for Acadie-Bathurst (17-21-5-4).

Remparts 4, Voltigeurs 3

At Quebec, Mikhail Stefanovich's 26th goal of the season early in the third period was the game-winner as the Remparts edged Drummondville.

Sebastien Trudeau, David Gilbert and Alexandre Neron added goals for Quebec (34-8-0-3).

Christopher DiDomenico had a goal and two assists for the Voltigeurs (34-7-0-3), while Dmitry Kulikov and Dany Masse also scored.

Screaming Eagles 4, Rocket 1

At Sydney, N.S., Nick MacNeil scored a pair as the Screaming Eagles downed P.E.I. to win their eighth straight.

Chris Culligan and Taylor MacDougall also scored for Cape Breton (33-12-1-1).

Ben Duffy found the net for the Rocket (16-23-4-5) at 15:29 of the third period to ruin Screaming Eagles netminder Christopher Holden's shutout bid.

Olympiques 3, Cataractes 2 (OT)

At Gatineau, Que., Alain Goulet scored a minute and 56 seconds into overtime as the Olympiques upset Shawinigan.

Paul Byron scored twice in regulation for Gatineau (22-20-2-2).

Nicholas Petersen had both goals for the Cataractes (36-9-0-2).

Maineiacs 4, Huskies 3

At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Maxime Gratchev scored a hat trick, including two third-period goals to lift Lewiston over the Huskies.

Pierre-Olivier Morin had the other goal for the Maineiacs (15-32-0-0).

Jeff Desjardins scored twice and Jeff Desjardins added another for Rouyn-Noranda (22-18-4-2).

Junior 5, Foreurs 4

At Val-d'Or, Que., Angelo Esposito and Nick Layton scored two goals each to lead Montreal past the Foreurs.

Matt Fillier added a goal and an assist for the Junior (24-17-1-1).

Alexandre Monahan scored twice, while Samuel Morneau and Keven Guerette-Charland also scored for Val-d'Or (10-29-2-4).

Oceanic 5, Sagueneens 2

At Chicoutimi, Que., Philippe Cornet assisted on four goals as Rimouski defeated the Sagueneens.

Jordan Caron had a goal and two assists, Marc-Andre Bourdon had a goal and an assist, while Sebastien Piche, Patrice Cormier and Patrick Delisle-Houde also scored for the Oceanic (24-20-1-0).

Antoine Roussel and Mathieu Tousignant replied for Chicoutimi (16-23-2-3).

Sea Dogs 4, Drakkar 2

At Baie-Comeau, Que., Payton Liske had a goal and an assist as Saint John sunk the Drakkar.

Michael Kirkpatrick, Shea Kewin and Olivier Ouellet also scored for the Sea Dogs (24-19-2-2).

Felix Petit and Roman Malinik found the net for Baie-Comeau (13-24-5-2).