CHL playoffs: Drakkar, Foreurs take 2-0 series leads
Valentin Zykov assisted on the eventual winner and then added an insurance goal into an empty net as the Baie-ComeauDrakkar downed the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3-1 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League post-season action.
Baie-Comeau now leads their playoff series 2-0.
Charles Hudon opened the scoring for the Drakkar at 2:07 into the first period and Dominic Poulin added the winning goal just over two minutes later on a play started by Zykov.
Christopher Clapperton opened the scoring for the Armada just 41 seconds into the game.
Baie-Comeau's Philippe Cadorette made 23 saves for the win while Blainville-Boisbriand's Etienne Marcoux kicked out 29-of-31 shots in a losing cause.
Foreurs 4, Mooseheads 2
HALIFAX — Louick Marcotte scored once and set up three more and Antoine Bibeau stopped 31 shots as Val-d'Or doubled up the Mooseheads to take a 2-0 series lead.
Samuel Henley, Randy Gazzola and Guillaume Gelinas had a goal and an assist apiece for the Foreurs.
Jonathan Drouin and Brendan Duke supplied the scoring for Halifax while MacKenzie Weegar assisted on both of his club's goals.
Zachary Fucale gave up four goals on 19 shots before giving way to Kevin Darveau, who stopped the only shot he faced in 12:50 minutes of relief.
Winterhawks 5, Rockets 3
KELOWNA — The Portland Winterhawks scored four goals in the second period, including two in 13 seconds, to come from behind and defeat the host Kelowna Rockets 5-3.
Dominic Turgeon, Nicolas Petan, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Brendan Leipsic scored in the second for the Winterhawks, who evened the Western Conference final at a game apiece. Alex Schoenborn added another goal in the third period. Petan tacked on two assists for a three-point outing and Derrick Pouliot had three assists.
Corbin Boes earned the win for Portland after stopping all 15 shots he faced in 38 minutes of relief. Boes replaced starter Brendan Burke, who allowed three goals on 12 shots.
Madison Bowey, Riley Stadel and Nick Merkley supplied the scoring for the Rockets, who blew leads of 2-0 and 3-1.
Kelowna's Jordon Cooke turned away 48-of-53 shots in defeat.