Cataractes win first ever QMJHL Winter Classic game


It was a historic night for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as well as the Shawinigan Cataractes and Victoriaville Tigres as the first ever Winter Classic took place in Saint-Tite, Que, Friday night.

The host Cataractes came out on the winning end with a 4-2 triumph over the Tigres.

Victoriaville got on the board first with two minutes left in the first, as Mathieu Ayotte notched his 13th of the year. Pascal Laberge and Phil Pietroniro had the helpers.

The Cataractes responded in the second period with three goals, starting with Dennis Yan’s 20th of the campaign, assisted by Anthony Beauvillier and Gabriel Sylvestre, at 7:43.

Alexis D’Aoust’s 21st of the season at 12:15 gave the home side a 2-1 lead. Beauvillier and Samuel Girard assisted on the powerplay goal.

Beauvillier pushed the lead to 3-1 with his 32nd goal of the year, assisted by Girard and Christophe Lalonde at 19:38 on another man advantage.

In the third period, Gabriel Gagne, with help from Pietroniro and Samuel Blais, brought Victoriaville within a goal at 6:22.

Olivier Caouette scored an empty netter with under 30 seconds remaining to seal the deal for the final score of 4-2. Beauvillier and Dylan Labbe picked up assists on the final goal.

Marvin Cupper made 27 saves in the win, while Chase Marchand pushed 26 shots aside in the losing effort.


Three Stars of the Game: 

1st Star – Anthony Beauvillier

2nd Star – Marvin Cupper

3rd Star – Gabriel Sylvestre