Gatineau avoids elimination: CHL Playoffs
Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored a hat trick as the Gatineau Olympiques staved off elimination with a 5-3 victory Friday over the Quebec Remparts in Game 5 of their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League semifinal series.
The Remparts still lead the best-of-seven 3-2 with Game 6 set for Sunday in Gatineau, Que.
Christian Ouellet and Philip-Michael Devos had a goal and an assist each for the Olympiques, while Maxime Clermont stopped 24 of 27 shots.
Tomas Filippi, Olivier Hinse and Vincent Barnard had the goals for Quebec.
Pageau scored his first of the game in the first period, giving Gatineau a 2-1 lead heading into the second.
Filippi tied the game seven minutes into the second period, but Pageau restored the lead with his 11th of the post-season.
Devos gave the Olympiques a two-goal cushion at 16:49 of the third and Pageau got his third of the game with an empty-netter to make it 5-2.
Hinse pulled one back while on the power play with under a minute left to play.
Ouellet and Barnard traded goals in the first period.
Louis Domingue finished with 20 saves for the Remparts, who went 2-for-3 on the power play.
Chiefs 8, Winterhawks 3
Levko Koper had a hat trick and an assist as the Spokane Chiefs routed the Portland Winterhawks 8-3 on Friday in the WHL's Western Conference final to even the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.
Collin Valcourt had a goal and three assists while Tyler Johnson had a goal and two assists for Spokane, in the only blowout after the series opened with three one-goal games.
Matt Marantz, between Darren Kramer and Valcourt, opened the scoring 10 seconds into the game with his fourth playoff goal.
Portland tied it midway through the first period on the power play as Joe Morrow fired from the top of the right circle after hearing the crowd counting down the final seconds of the man advantage.
Johnson, who led the league with 53 goals in the regular season, scored on a feed from Koper to put the Chiefs up for good, 2-1 in the first.
Valcourt scored early in the second, pouncing on a rebound from a backhand by Kramer, a play that was started by Valcourt.
A rare mistake by Jared Cowen gave the Winterhawks an opportunity to notch their second short-handed goal of the series, this one by Tyler Wotherspoon that made it 3-2.