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QMJHL: Voltigeurs claim first regular season title

The Canadian Press

3/13/2009 11:47:25 PM

Yannick Riendeau and the Drummondville Voltigeurs' offence added another milestone to their outstanding season on Friday night.

Riendeau scored and added two assists as the Voltigeurs thumped the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 7-2 to clinch their first-ever regular season title in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

With one game remaining, Drummondville (53-10-0-4) raised their season goal total to 341, 37 more than the Shawinigan Cataractes, the only other QMJHL team to reach 300 goals this season.

Their top-ranked offence has been a major factor in the Voltigeurs' improbable turnaround from a last-place finish in 2007-08, when they scored only 177 times.

Riendeau leads the league in points with 124 (58 goals, 66 assists), while teammate Dany Masse sits second with 107. Mike Hoffman, who scored on a second-period power play, has 51 goals for Drummondville, joining Riendeau as the only other player this season to reach the 50-goal mark.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Gatineau 3, Shawinigan 2; Moncton 4, Acadie-Bathurst 1; Rimouski 5, Quebec 3; Cape Breton 4, P.E.I. 3 (OT); Rouyn-Noranda 2, Montreal 1 (OT); Saint John 5, Halifax 4 (SO); Baie-Comeau 6, Lewiston 2; and Victoriaville 8, Val-d'Or 5.

At Drummondville, Que., Gabriel Dumont scored twice for the Voltigeurs, while Marc-Olivier Vachon, Philippe Bergeron and Maxime Frenette also scored.

Jacob Lagace and Dominic Jalbert found the net for Chicoutimi (23-32-4-8).

Marco Cousineau made 25 saves for Drummondville. Sagueneens netminder Sean Coulton stopped 38 shots.

Olympiques 3, Cataractes 2

At Shawinigan, Que., Alain Goulet scored twice on the power play as Gatineau edged the Cataractes.

Tye McGinn opened the scoring for the Olympiques (37-25-2-3). Paul Byron assisted on Goulet's markers.

Simon Lacroix and Matthew Pistilli replied for Shawinigan (51-14-2-0).

Wildcats 4, Titan 1

At Moncton, Matt Eagles scored a pair to help the Wildcats clinch the Atlantic Division with a win over Acadie-Bathurst.

Randy Cameron had a goal and an assist and Simon Jodoin also scored for Moncton (47-14-2-4). Pierre-Marc Lessard added three assists.

Artem Demkov had the lone goal for the Titan (20-34-7-6).

Oceanic 5, Remparts 3

At Rimouski, Que., Luca Cunti recorded his second career QMJHL hat trick as the Oceanic defeated Quebec.

Keven Veilleux had a goal and an assist and Patrice Cormier also scored for Rimouski (43-23-1-0). Felix Lefrancois added three assists.

Benjamin Breault and Dmitri Kugryshev each had a goal and an assist for the Remparts (49-15-0-3), while Kelsey Tessier added a goal.

Screaming Eagles 4, Rocket 3 (OT)

At Charlottetown, Francis Meilleur scored the overtime winner as Cape Breton rallied to down the Rocket.

Taylor MacDougall, Nick MacNeil and Nicolas Chouinard scored in regulation for the Screaming Eagles (46-17-3-1), who came back from an early 3-0 deficit.

Chris Doyle, Jarrad Struthers and Joel Champagne found the net for P.E.I. (25-32-5-5).

Huskies 2, Junior 1 (OT)

At Montreal, Nicolas Deslauriers scored on an overtime power play to lift Rouyn-Noranda over the Junior.

Sergey Ostapchuk assisted on Deslauriers' winner and scored in regulation for the Huskies (30-29-5-3).

Nick Layton replied for Montreal (33-30-2-2).

Sea Dogs 5, Mooseheads 4 (SO)

At Halifax, Olivier Ouellet scored the shootout winner as Saint John outlasted the Mooseheads.

Ouellet also scored in regulation for the Sea Dogs (33-29-2-2). Nicholas Pard, Steven Anthony and Michael Kirkpatrick had a goal and an assist each, and Pard found the net in the shootout.

Gabriel Desjardins, Charles Bety, Yuri Cheremetiev and Travis Randell scored in regulation and Jan Stransky scored in the shootout for Halifax (18-40-3-5).

Drakkar 6, Maineiacs 2

At Lewiston, Maine, Stephane Michaud had a goal and two assists as Baie-Comeau beat the Maineiacs.

Guillaume Langelier-Parent, Roman Malinik and Pierre-Luc Lessard had a goal and an assist each for the Drakkar (22-36-7-2). Guillaume Goulet and Mike Villeneuve also scored.

Marc Bourgeois scored both goals for Lewiston (22-43-1-1).

Tigres 8, Foreurs 5

At Victoriaville, Que., Philip-Michael Devos and Jonathan Bonneau both had a goal and two assists to lead the Tigres past Val-d'Or.

Andrej Nestrasil, Travis McIsaac, Maxime Gravel, David Cliche, Joel Chouinard and Kirill Tulupov also scored for Victoriaville (31-32-2-2).

Maxime Sauve had a goal and two assists, while Jonathan Hazen, Samuel Morneau, Alexandre Monahan and Raphael Neiderer replied for the Foreurs (19-40-3-5).