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QMJHL: Moncton's Bezak scores SO winner to shock Titan

The Canadian Press

2/14/2009 10:31:56 PM

Normally, when a team is trailing by two goals with less than a minute to play, it ends up losing.

Don't tell that to the Moncton Wildcats.

Moncton scored two goals in the final minute of regulation to tie the game and Adam Bezak scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Wildcats an improbable 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Saturday.

Trailing 4-2 with 38 seconds remaining, Devon MacAusland scored a power-play goal to cut the deficit to one. Ten seconds later, Tomy Joly potted his second of the night to send the game to overtime.

Moncton (41-10-2-4), which holds an eight-point lead in the Atlantic Division, never led against the Titan (20-25-6-6), who sit fourth in the division.

In the first period, Taylor Lambke opened the scoring for Acadie-Bathurst and Vincent Couture gave the Titan the lead once more after Joly scored his first. Spencer Jezegou stretched the lead to two in the second before Matt Eagles added a goal for the Wildcats.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Rouyn-Noranda 7, Victoriaville 2; Shawinigan 6, Halifax 2; and Val-d'Or 5, Baie-Comeau 3.

At Bathurst, N.B., David Savard chipped in with three assists for Moncton, including helpers on both of the last-minute goals. Cameron Critchlow had the other goal for the Titan.

Nicola Riopel made 30 saves and was perfect in the shootout for the Wildcats, while Acadie-Bathurst netminder Frederic Piche stopped 36 shots.

Huskies 7, Tigres 2

At Victoriaville, Que., Sergey Ostapchuk scored four goals to help Rouyn-Noranda hammer the Tigres.

Pier-Luc Giguere had two goals and an assist and Christophe Losier also scored for the Huskies (25-25-4-3), who won for just the second time in their last 10 games.

Olivier Hinse and Pierre-Luc Pelletier found the net for Victoriaville (27-29-1-1), which is on a six-game losing skid.

Cataractes 6, Mooseheads 2

At Shawinigan, Que., Pierre-Alexandre Vandall had four points (two goals, two assists) as the Cataractes routed Halifax.

Nicholas Petersen scored twice in the third period and added an assist for Shawinigan (44-11-2-0), which won its fourth straight. Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll added a goal and two assists, while Maxime Macenauer also scored for the Cataractes.

Travis Randell and Charles Bety scored for the Mooseheads (15-35-3-3), losers of four in a row.

Foreurs 5, Drakkar 3

At Baie-Comeau, Que., Maxime Sauve scored the winner with just over two minutes remaining as Val-d'Or sunk the Drakkar.

Samuel Morneau - with a goal and an assist - Cedrick Henley, Dylan C. Capstick and Keven Guerette-Charland added goals for the Foreurs (17-34-3-4).

Guillaume Goulet, Marc-Olivier Mimar and Roman Malinik replied for Baie-Comeau (16-32-5-2), which lost for the fifth straight time.