QMJHL Playoffs: End couldn’t come soon enough for Voltigeurs


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DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. — Timo Meier scored three times and set up two more as the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies swept their first-round series after beating the Drummondville Voltigeurs 7-3 on Wednesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff action.

Rouyn-Noranda took the best-of-seven set 4-0, outscoring Drummondville 33-4.

Anthony-John Greer had a goal and two helpers for the top-seeded Huskies, who also got goals from Martins Dzierkals, Gabriel Fontaine and Nikolas Brouillard. Francis Perron chipped in with three assists.

Meier and Perron lead the QMJHL in playoff scoring. Both players have recorded 13 points in four games.

Frederic Aube, Nicolas Beaudin and Alex Barre-Boulet found the back of the net for the Voltigeurs.

Rouyn-Noranda’s Samuel Harvey made 32 saves for the victory. Tristan Berube stopped 24-of-30 shots for Drummondville.

The Huskies went 4 for 7 on the power play while the Voltigeurs converted twice on six chances with the man advantage.


BATHURST, N.B. — Daniil Miromanov scored four times and Reilly Pickard stopped 40 shots as the Titan staved off elimination in their first-round series by doubling up Saint John.

Jordan Maher and Christophe Boivin also scored for Acadie-Bathurst, which trails the series 3-1.

Matt Murphy, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Nathan Noel supplied the scoring for the Sea Dogs. Marc-Antoine Turcotte took the loss after allowing four goals on 12 shots in 22:50 of action. Alex Bishop made 13 saves in relief.


CHARLOTTETOWN — Samuel Blais scored 6:36 into overtime as the Islanders held on to edge Rimouski for a 3-1 first-round series lead.

Kameron Kielly, Alexis Vanier and Filip Rydstrom scored in regulation for Charlottetown, which got a 38-save outing from Mason McDonald.

Nicolas Werbik and Jeremie Beaudin scored 60 seconds apart in the third period to force extra time for the Sagueneens. Matous Belohorsky scored in the first while Alexandre Lagace stopped 39 shots in defeat.


SHERBROOKE, Que. — Samuel Girard scored in the second overtime to lift Shawinigan over the Phoenix as the Cataractes took a 3-1 series lead.

Alexis D’Aoust struck twice in regulation and added an assist for Shawinigan. Philippe Cadorette made 34 saves.

Carl Neill and Nicolas Poulin replied for Sherbrooke. Evan Fitzpatrick stopped 73 shots.


QUEBEC CITY — Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau had two goals and an assist as Gatineau beat the Remparts to sweep its first-round matchup 4-0.

Vitalii Abramov also had a pair of goals for the Olympiques while Mark Grametbauer kicked out 27 shots for the win.

Olivier Garneau and Bronson Beaton scored for Quebec. Evgeny Kiselev turned aside 27-of-30 shots in a losing cause.


VICTORIAVILLE, Que. — Alexandre Goulet struck twice as the Tigres avoided elimination in their first-round series by toppling Moncton.

Mathieu Ayotte and Maxime Comtois also scored for Victoriaville, which still trails the series 3-1. James Povall made 24 saves for the victory.

Conor Garland and Zack MacEwen responded for the Wildcats. Keven Bouchard stopped 37-of-40 shots in a losing cause.

Ayotte was handed a game misconduct late in the second period for cross-checking.


BOISBRIAND, Que. — Samuel Montembeault made 29 saves as the Armada went ahead 3-1 in their first-round matchup with a win over Val-d’Or.

Connor Bramwell, Jan Dufek and Kristian Pospisil supplied the offence for Blainville-Boisbriand.

Anthony Beauregard and Shawn Ouellette-St-Amant scored for the Foreurs. Etienne Montpetit turned aside 25-of-28 shots in defeat.


CHICOUTIMI, Que. — Taylor Cooper had a pair of goals and Julio BIllia made 41 saves as the Sagueens slipped past Cape Breton to even their first-round series 2-2.

Antoine Marcoux, Nicolas Roy and Timothe Simard also scored for Chicoutimi.

Maxim Lazarev led the Screaming Eagles with a goal and two helpers while Michael Joly, Colin MacSween and Pierre-Luc Dubois added the others. Alexandre Belanger allowed five goals on 22 shots in defeat.

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