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QMJHL: Zykov nets OT winner as Drakkar take 3-2 series lead

The Canadian Press

4/26/2013 11:18:36 PM

BAIE-COMEAU, Que. -- Valentin Zykov scored at 2:55 of overtime Friday as the Baie-Comeau Drakkar defeated the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2-1 in the first game since the teams were involved in a massive brawl two days earlier.

Baie-Comeau now leads the best-of-seven Quebec Major Junior Hockey League semifinal 3-2. Blainville-Boisbriand will look to avoid elimination on home ice in Game 6 on Sunday.

The QMJHL suspended 12 players, fined another and banned both coaches for two games after Wednesday's fight that saw the benches empty following the Armada's 4-3 victory on home ice.

The league also threatened to impose a $25,000 fine for "all inappropriate future behaviour" for the rest of the series.

Petr Straka had the other goal for the Drakkar, while Zykov picked up an assist. Simon Lemieux, pressed into action after both two goalies from each team involved in the brawl were suspended, made 29 saves to get the win.

Nikita Jevpalovs scored for the Armada as the teams traded goals late in the second period. No. 3 goalie Storm Phaneuf made 20 saves for Blainville-Boisbriand before being replaced by fourth-stringer Marc-Antoine Turcotte, who finished with six saves.

The teams appeared to get the message from the league, with just eight minutes in penalties handed out.

The Armada were without five players, while the Drakkar were down seven.

Ryan Tesink of the Armada was suspended two games, while teammates Aaron Hoyles, Yassin Cisse and goalies Etienne Marcoux and Guillaume Decelles each got one-game bans.

For Baie-Comeau, Bokondji Imama was suspended two games, while Jeremie Gregoire, Gabriel Verpaelst, Jon Banville, Alexandre Ranger and goalies Philippe Cadorette and Francis Desrosiers got one game each.

Blainville-Boisbriand forward Cedric Paquette, who appeared to start the brawl by taunting the Drakkar on the ice as the game ended, was fined $1,000 for "inappropriate behaviour."

Armada coach Jean-Francois Houle and Baie-Comeau counterpart Eric Veilleux, who spent the brawl shouting at each other on the benches, were each suspended two games.

Each team was also slapped with a $5,000 fine.

Multiple fighting majors and game misconducts were handed out after the melee, which saw fans litter the ice with plastic bottles and other debris as several fights broke out at once.

The winner of the series will face the Halifax Mooseheads in the final.