Drakkar blank Armada to move to QMJHL final

Philippe Cadorette stopped all 24 shots he faced and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar forced Game 7 in their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff series against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada with a 4-0 victory on Sunday night. (QMJHL Images)

BLAINVILLE, Que. — Philippe Cadorette stopped all 24 shots he faced and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar beat the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4-0 on Sunday night to win their QMJHL best-of-seven semifinal 4-2.

Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau and Felix Girard each had a goal and an assist for the Drakkar, who will face the Halifax Mooseheads in the final.

Valentin Zykov and Alexandre Ranger also scored for Baie-Comeau, which outshot the Armada 35-24.

It was the second game since the teams were involved in a massive brawl on Wednesday in Game 4.

The QMJHL suspended 12 players, fined another and banned both coaches for two games after a 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.

Sunday’s game had no fighting majors.

Paquin-Boudreau opened the scoring midway through the first and Ranger doubled the lead less than a minute later with his first of the post-season at 10:16.

Girard made it 3-0 at 17:07 in the second and Zykov finished the scoring with a power-play goal two minutes into the third.

Etienne Marcoux made 31 saves in taking the loss for Blainville-Boisbriand.

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