QMJHL review: Foreurs beat Olympiques winless against shootout winner Mirzabalaev


GATINEAU, Que. – Alexander Mirzabalaev scored in regulation time and scored the shootout game-winner to lead the Val-d’Or Foreurs to a 4-3 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Saturday.

The second-place Foreurs (3-0-1) remain undefeated in regulation while the last-place Olympiques (0-1-2) have yet to win this season.

The Foreurs were leading 2-0 when Nathan Bolduc scored with 54 seconds left in the second period. Alexandre Doucet and Mirzabalaev scored in the third period to give Val-d’Or a 3-2 lead.

Olivier Boutin sent the game into overtime with a goal at 13:31 of the third. Mathieu Bizier and Antonin Verreault scored in the first half for the home team.

Gatineau’s three goals came on the power play. The Olympics were 3 for 7 with the additional skater.

Goalkeeper Philippe Cloutier stopped 36 of 39 pucks for the win while Emerik Despatie made 28 saves.

CATARACTS 5 HUSKIES 0

SHAWINIGAN, Que. – Olivier Nadeau scored two goals and added an assist and Charles-Antoine Lavallee stopped the 24 shots he faced while Shawinigan (1-0-2) shut out Rouyn-Noranda (2-2-0) for his first victory of the season.

RAMPARTS 4 SAGUENEENS 1

QUEBEC РTh̩o Rochette has scored for the third time this season, and his goal in the first period was the winner for Quebec (3-1-0) against Chicoutimi (1-1-2). The Remparts have won three straight victories.

PHOENIX 5 DRAKKAR 2

SHERBROOKE, Que. – Xavier Parent and Julien Anctil each scored two goals to give Sherbrooke (1-2-0) their first victory of the season. The Phoenix dominated the Drakkar 51-16.

MOOSEHEADS 2 ISLANDS 0

HALIFAX – Brady James fended off the 32 shots he faced in Halifax’s 3-1-0 win over Charlottetown, which suffered its first loss of the season. David Lafrance and Robert Orr scored for the Mooseheads (2-1-1).

TITAN 4 SEA DOGS 3 (SO)

SAINT JOHN, NB – Ben Allison scored the only goal of the shootout to lead Acadie-Bathurst (4-0-0) without a win over Saint John (0-3-1). Riley Kidney marked his fourth of the season for the Titan.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 9, 2021.

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