QMJHL Roundup: Armada remain undefeated as league returns to action

RIMOUSKI, Que. - Mathias Laferriere had two goals and an assist, and the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada beat the Rimouski Oceanic 5-2 on Friday in their first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action since late November.

Yaroslav Likhachev, Benjamin Corbeil and Mikael Denis also scored to help undefeated Blainville-Boisbriand (9-0-0) extend their win streak to nine games.

Alexander Gaudio and Zachary Bolduc supplied the offence for the Oceanic (4-11-2), who have lost six games in a row.

Olivier Adam made 23 saves for the Armada while Raphael Audet stopped 32-of-37 shots for Rimouski.

The QMJHL was the only one of three leagues in the Canadian Hockey League to have started a 2020-21 season, but play was suspended Dec. 1 due to COVID-19 concerns.

The league has returned with its 12 Quebec teams playing in four "bubble'' markets, while the QMJHL's six teams in Atlantic Canada are still on hiatus until further notice due to provincial health protocols.

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CATARACTES 5 HUSKIES 1

SHAWINIGAN, Que. — Xavier Bourgault potted a hat trick, with Olivier Nadeau assisting on all three goals, and the Cataractes (7-3-1) topped the Huskies (7-7-3) for their fourth win in a row.

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SAGUENEENS 3 PHOENIX 2 (SO)

CHICOUTIMI Que. — Dawson Mercer scored in regulation and the shootout winner as the Sagueneens (6-2-4) dealt a sixth straight loss to winless Sherbrooke (0-6-0), which has played the fewest amount of games among the 18-teams.

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FOREURS 3 VOLTIGEURS 1

DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. — Jacob Gaucher had a goal and an assist to extend Val-d'Or's (11-1-4) point streak to 12 games at 10-0-2 with a victory over the Voltigeurs (5-6-1).

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