QMJHL Roundup: Armada down Olympiques to extend win streak to seven games

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Olivier Adam stopped 35 shots as the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada remained undefeated with a 2-1 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques on Tuesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play.

Benjamin Corbeil beat goaltender Remi Poirier over the glove on a short-handed breakaway at 8:47 of the second period with the eventual winner, helping to extend Blainville-Boisbriand's win streak to seven games. 

Alexis Gendron also had a goal for the Armada (7-0-0), who appear to be thriving at Videotron Centre following an earlier halt to their season due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Kieran Craig was the lone skater to beat Adam for the Olympiques (6-2-0), who had their five-game win streak come to an end. Poirier finished with 18 saves. 

Soon after the season started on Oct. 2, the Armada announced a COVID-19 outbreak when 18 members of the club tested positive, and suspended play following an Oct. 4 game.

Blainville-Boisbriand is one of the seven teams currently playing a series of games in a bubble at the Videotron Centre in an effort to complete a 60-game season during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The series, which opened Nov. 21 and runs until Nov. 27, will see every team play six games — one against each of the other teams. Many of the QMJHL's Quebec-based teams have had their 2020-21 campaign impacted by COVID-19, leading to games being suspended and rescheduled. 

The QMJHL's Atlantic teams looked to be out of trouble and continued to be play games while the Quebec-based squads were shut down, but the league announced Monday it has postponed seven games in its Maritimes Division this week following new COVID-19 restrictions in that region. 

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VOLTIGEURS 3 TIGRES 2

QUEBEC CITY — Francesco Lapenna made 13 of his 25 saves in the third period, while the Voltigeurs (4-3-1) used two power-play goals  in a six-minute span of the first to beat Victoriaville (5-4-0) and snap a three-game skid.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published November 24, 2020.

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