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  • Gatineau Olympiques' Francois Brassard becomes first QMJHL goalie to get 2 goals in a season (VIDEO)

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net4 hrs ago

    For most goalies who scores goals, it's once-in-a-lifetime thrill, yet François Brassard has made Quebec Major Junior Hockey League history by doing it twice in a season.

    Exactly 11 weeks after scoring a goalie goal, the overage netminder who's finishing up his junior tenure with the Gatineau Olympiques repeated the feat on Saturday night. This time, the 21-year-old Brassard retrieved a shoot-in by the Saint John Sea Dogs behind his own net and, with textbook hand placement, wristed it 185 feet into the empty cage to wrap up a 6-2 Olympiques victory.

    Brassard's earlier goal came Dec. 13, when he was playing for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, during an 8-5 win over the Quebec Remparts. That tally involved shooting the puck off the glass in his own zone and having the puck ricochet down the ice and into the net.

    There are 17 players who have appeared in a game for Gatineau this season without scoring more than one goal. And their goalie has two.

    Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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  • St. Louis Blues pick Samuel Blais records 5 points for Tigres: Friday's 3 Stars

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net1 day ago

    No. 1 star: Samuel Blais, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)

    Blais had four points in the third period, among his five on the night, to help the Tigres outlast the Sherbrooke Phoenix 7-4.

    The 18-year-old St. Louis Blues pick had an assist on an early second-period goal by linemate Angelo Miceli, as the teams were square 2-2 after 40 minutes. In the final frame, it got frantic, is Blais (1G-4A, +2) assisted on power-play goals 90 seconds apart with a Phoenix tally sandwiched in between. The teams were tied again with 6:19 left when Blais created a chance that Miceli (3G-1A, +2) capped off to put Victoriaville ahead to stay.

    Blais, a sixth-round pick of the Blues, also scored a dagger goal with 3:32 left in the game.

    No. 2 star: Jansen Harkins, Prince George Cougars (WHL)

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  • Shawinigan Cataractes' Giovanni Fiore notches first QMJHL hat trick: Wednesday's 3 Stars

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net3 days ago

    No. 1 star: Giovanni Fiore, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

    Fiore was on fire (sorry, had to) in the Cataractes' decisive 7-2 win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix, scoring his first Quebec League hat trick. The 18-year-old from Laval, Que., who's found his perch as a complementary scorer with the Cataractes after being traded in each of his first two seasons, gave his team an early jolt by scoring just 19 seconds after the opening faceoff on a setup from Dylan Labbé. Just two minutes and 11 seconds later, Fiore scored unassisted for a quick 2-0 lead.

    Four other Cataractes chipped in goals, while goalie Marvin Cüpper only had to make 18 saves. Fiore completed his hat trick by scoring with an assist from Christophe Lalonde with 3:07 left in the third period.

    No. 2 star: Sam Bennett, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)

    The Fronts had only two six-goal outings in 55 games without Bennett. In the Calgary Flames first-rounder's return after recovering from shoulder surgery, Kingston scored six in the second period in a 7-3 blowout of the Belleville Bulls, whom they're chasing for playoff position. Bennett (1G-2A, +3) was on the ice for all but one of those tallies.

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