The Shawinigan Cataractes rewarded their fans who braved the cold with a 5-1 win over the Quebec Remparts to close out the 2019 QMJHL Winter Classic on Saturday afternoon.
Despite a 31-18 domination from the Remparts in the shot on goal department, the Cataractes were the ones to come out on top, most notably thanks to a stellar 30-save performance from goaltender Justin Blanchette.
It was a true team effort that led the Cataractes to the win as five different players found the back of the net, including a one goal and one assist outing for both Jérémy Martin and Marc-Antoine Pépin, as well as a two-assist game for Mavrik Bourque.
It was Martin who opened the scoring when he tipped a point shot from Pierre-Olivier Bourgeois past Rempart goaltender Anthony Pagliarulo at 9:01 of the opening period.
Pépin chose the best time to score the first goal of his QMJHL career when the blueliner increased the Cataractes lead to 2-0 just 42 seconds later.
The game’s next goal came at the 12:40 mark of the second period when former Remparts player Mikael Robidoux found the back of the net to triple the Cataractes’ lead.
The Remparts lone goal came with 31 seconds remaining in the middle frame when Samuel Dickner saw his perfect shot go off the inside of the post before crossing the goal line.
The Cataractes took a 4-1 lead in the third period thanks to Anthony Imbeault’s power play marker, the only goal of the game scored with an extra skater.
Rookie Charles Beaudoin closed out the scoring with 6:05 left in the game, scoring an empty netter after Patrick Roy had pulled Pagliarulo from his net in favor of an additional player.