Michel sends Foreurs to 2-1 Game 1 win over Olympiques in overtime

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GATINEAU, Que. — Jérémy Michel scored at 8:10 of overtime to give the Val-d'Or Foreurs a 2-1 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques Thursday in Game 1 of their first-round QMJHL playoff series.

Tristan Boileau made 41 saves in the Foreurs' victory as they were outshot by the Olympiques 42-21.

Michel also assisted on Val-d'Or's only other goal, a marker that came just over five minutes into the third period from Justin Robidas that tied the game up at 1-1.

Mathieu Bizier scored Gatineau's lone goal, 26 seconds before the first frame was about to expire.

Gatineau entered the post-season as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and has now seen its home-ice advantage stripped away in its first game of the 2022 playoffs.

The Olympiques won't have to wait long to try to bounce back as Game 2 goes Friday evening.

Including the Gatineau-Val-d'Or tilt, all eight first-round QMJHL playoff series got started Thursday.

The Charlottetown Islanders got off to a strong start with a 7-2 win over the Moncton Wildcats, the Rimouski Oceanic stole home-ice advantage from Saint John with a 3-1 win, snapping a 15-game win streak the Sea Dogs had been on since the regular season, the Halifax Mooseheads topped the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 6-3, the Shawinigan Cataractes trounced the Rouyn Noranda Huskies 6-1, the Drummondville Voltigeurs edged the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2-1, the regular-season champion Quebec Remparts thrashed the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 6-1 and the Sherbrooke Phoenix blanked the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 7-0.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2022.

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