The second time was good for Ève Gascon. The Gatineau Olympiques goalkeeper made 23 saves to earn her first victory on the Courteau circuit. The Olympiques beat the Voltigeurs 7-3.
“It won’t just be April Fool’s Day, it will also be the date of my first victory in the QMJHL,” Gascon told our colleague Stéphane Leroux after the game on April 1, 2022.
“With my first game, I hadn’t received many shots and there had been the goals. Today, they played really well in front of me, I made good saves and it proves that the girls can play with the guys, ”she analyzed on her match.
In front of just under 4,000 spectators, Gascon was voted the game’s first star and earned warm applause from the crowd. Gascon became the second woman in the history of the QMJHL to sign a victory, the first since Charline Labonté on February 10, 2000 in Bathurst as reported by our colleague Stéphane Leroux.
“I hope and think that we will see more girls playing with men. 22 years is a long time! Charline and Manon (Rhéaume) were idols for me and if I can be idols for girls, so much the better. If there can be more girls one day in the QMJHL, so much the better,” she hopes.
“It proves that girls can play with guys”
While Gascon stopped the Voltigeurs’ nine shots in the first period, Gatineau took a three-goal lead. Mathieu Bizier first opened the brand, before seeing Zachary Dean and Manix Landry add more.
The two teams traded goals in the second period. Tyler Peddle first closed the gap for the Voltigeurs.
Midway through the period, the Olympiques resumed their three-goal lead thanks to the 6and Isaac Bélliveau’s net of the season.
Drummondville closed the lead before the end of the period thanks to a goal from Luke Woodworth.
In the third period, Dean, Simon Pinard and Tristan Allard hit the target to allow the Olympiques to distance the Voltigeurs.
“The guys played really well in front of me. It was a great team game and when I got scored they bounced right back. It was a good game, ”analyzed the goalkeeper.
Gascon had also been in front of the Olympiques cage on March 19 against the Rimouski Océanic. The game ended with a score of 5 to 4 for the Océanic and Gascon had saved 18 pucks.
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Kidney inspires the Titan
Canadiens prospect Riley Kidney is tough these days and the Wildcats have learned that the hard way. Kidney had four assists in a 5-1 Titan win.
Thanks to another good harvest, Kidney now totals 81 points in 52 games and he enters the top-5 of the best scorers of the Courteau circuit this season.
He is the 2nd player with the most assists this season, after the 57 of the other hope of the Canadian Joshua Roy.
Acadie-Bathurst gave the Wildcats no chance with five straight goals. Ty Higgins first opened the scoring in the first period, before seeing Logan Chisholm double the lead in the middle period.
In the opening minutes of the third period, Bennett MacArthur hit the target twice to quickly increase the Titan’s lead to four goals. He has now scored 39 goals this season.
Later in the period, Chisholm scored his second goal of the game.
Yoan Loshing completed the scoring for Moncton late in the game.
Jonathan Lemieux of the Wildcats faced 42 shots in the loss.
A last minute goal
David Lafrance ended the game in the last second of overtime to give the Halifax Mooseheads a 3-2 win over the Charlottetown Islanders.
Lafrance rattled the ropes 4:59 into the extra period for his fifth goal of the campaign. He thus outsmarted Oliver Satny on the 28thand his team’s throw on the Islanders cage.
Mooseheads goaltender Mathis Rousseau distinguished himself in this game by fending off 36 pucks.
Elliot Desnoyers took his tally to 30 goals this season to open the scoring in the second period. The Islanders responded with two straight goals, courtesy of Brett Budgell and Jakub Brabenec.
Markus Vidicek tied the game midway through the third period to force overtime.
The Remparts win ahead of the Cats
The Quebec Remparts defeated the Shawinigan Cataractes by a score of 6 to 3.
James Malatesta opened the scoring for Quebec, but it only took Shawinigan a minute to tie the game through Maximilien Ledoux.
Nathan Gaucher gave the Remparts the lead in the middle period, but once again, the Cataractes replied quickly. Pierrick Dubé scored his 15and goal of the season a little less than three minutes after Gaucher’s goal on the power play.
Zachary Bolduc and Mikael Huchette gave the Remparts a two-goal lead before retreating to the locker room. After a goal from Martin Has to reduce the lead to one goal, Pier-Olivier Roy put the game out of reach for the Cataractes with one minute left in the game. Olivier Coulombe put the final touch in an empty net.
The Sea Dogs beat the Eagles
It wasn’t an easy task, but the Saint John Sea Dogs took advantage of a shootout to win their second game in a row, this time by a score of 3-2 against the Cape Breton Eagles.
Top scorer on the Courteau circuit, William Dufour hit the mark in the shootout to help his team claim victory.
The Sea Dogs took the lead in the opening moments of the game thanks to Charlie Desroches’ eighth goal of the season.
Midway through the first period, Nicholas Girouard brought everyone back to square one.
Saint John offered the reply before the end of the first period. Ryan Francis hit the target for the 18th time this season and the Sea Dogs took the lead after twenty minutes.
After just 1:01 of play in the middle period, Girouard scored his second goal of the game, which eventually forced overtime and then the shootout.
Nikolas Hurtubise made 31 saves in the win.
The Drillers hold on
Three consecutive goals by the Val-d’Or Foreurs in the middle period paved the way for a 3-2 win over the Victoriaville Tigres.
Down 1-0 after 20 minutes of play, Jérémy Ste-Marie tied the game with his 10and goal of the campaign. A little less than 10 minutes later, his teammate Jérémy Michel made it 2-1 for the Abitibi squad.
Nathan Bolduc hit the mark with just under two minutes to go in the second period.
Despite Justin Gendron’s goal early in the third period, Frédéric Cousineau closed the door for the rest of the game to help his team collect the two points. His vis-à-vis Nathan Darveau allowed three goals on 24 shots.
Goaltenders at their best for BLB and Rouyn
Despite a great outing from Samuel Richard, the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada got the better of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2-1 in the shootout.
The game was a two-goal affair as Richard gave up only once on 35 shots. Only Anri Ravinskis was able to find the back of the net against him in regulation time.
Louis-Philippe Fontaine beat Nicholas Sheehan who still finished his match with 26 saves.
Fourth player sent to the Armada side, Mikaël Denis got the better of Richard and this goal made the difference. Charles Boutin for Blainville-Boisbriand and Mathieu Gagnon for the Huskies had rattled the ropes earlier in the session.