Cataractes beat Islanders in 5-1 QMJHL playoff win

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CHARLOTTETOWN — Xavier Bourgault kicked off a three-goal second period as the visiting Shawinigan Cataractes opened the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League championship series on Saturday with a 5-1 win over Charlottetown.

CHARLOTTETOWN – Xavier Bourgault started a second period with three consecutive goals as the Shawinigan Cataractes opened the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League championship series on Saturday with a 5-1 win over the Charlottetown Islanders .

Pierrick Dubé, Lou-Félix Denis and Mavrik Bourque also scored for the Cataractes, who scored two power-play goals and outshot the Islanders 29-28. Jordan Tourigny had three assists, while Bourque added a pair.

The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period and Shawinigan took a 4-1 lead in the final period. Game 2 of the series is Sunday.

Brett Budgell scored for the Islanders, who qualified for the best-of-seven championship series by beating the Sherbrooke Phoenix 3-1 in a best-of-five semifinal series. The Cataractes needed five games to beat the Quebec Remparts in the semi-finals.

The winner of the QMJHL Championship Series will advance to the Memorial Cup June 20-29 at TD Station in Saint John, NB

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 4, 2022

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