QMJHL Playoffs: Foreurs top Cataractes, advance to second round


VAL-D’OR, Que. – The Val-d’Or Foreurs advanced to the second round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs on Sunday, taking their best-of-seven opening-round series against the Shawinigan Cataractes in six games.

Charley Grasskamp scored two goals and set up another and Mathieu Nadeau had a goal and two assists as Val-d’Or downed the Cataractes 5-1 in Game 6.

Alexis Pepin and Maxim Mizyurin rounded out the offence for the Foreurs, who also won Games 1, 4, and 5 of the series.

Alexis D’Aoust had the lone goal for Shawinigan.

Etienne Montpetit made 38 saves for the win. Mikhail Denisov turned aside 19 shots in the losing effort.

Val-d’Or had three power-play goals, including the eventual winner from Mizyurin early in the second period.

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