One period is not supposed to be enough to win, yet half a period did it for Val-d'Or in a 5-4 road win over the Gatineau Olympiques in a marquee matinee between two of the Q's top five teams. The Foreurs went from losing 0-2 at the game's midpoint to leading 5-2 at the second intermission, with the 17-year-old Aubé-Kubel (2G, +2) burying a pair during the goal rush.
The former first-round selection's first goal came at 10:04, paring Gatineau's lead to a goal. The Olympiques took a roughing penalty moments later and Anthony Mantha needed all of seven seconds to pot his QMJHL-leading 33rd goal. Defenceman Guillaume Gélinas (3A, +1) assisted on the go-ahead goal and Aubé-Kubel struck again for the fourth Foreurs goal in a span of three minutes 31 seconds.
Late in the frame, Calgary Flames first-rounder Émile Poirier was sent off for slashing. The Foreurs cashed in through Louick Marcotte scoring on the power play. That provided just enough cushion to win after Poirier set up two goals in the third to nearly bring Gatineau all the way back.
With 11 goals, Aubé-Kubel has already surpassed his rookie season output.
No. 2 star: Sébastien Gauthier, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
Gauthier is having a happy honeymoon in the Mauricie. The 19-year-old defenceman whom Shawinigan recently picked up scored the third-period equalizer and assisted on the overtime goal to help the last-place Cataractes shock the Chicoutimi Saguenéens 5-4.Read More »from Nicolas Aube-Kubel leads Foreurs’ goal rush in big win at Gatineau: Sunday’s 3 Stars