SHAWINIGAN, Que. — Matthew Highmore scored 46 seconds into overtime as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the Shawinigan Cataractes 6-5 on Friday to open their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League semifinal series.
Sam Povorozniouk and Spencer Smallman had a goal and two assists apiece while Highmore tacked on two helpers to also finish with a three-point outing for the No. 3 Sea Dogs. Daniel Del Paggio, Joey Veleno and Samuel Dove-McFalls rounded out the offence with a goal apiece.
Alex Pawelczyk, Anthony Beauvillier, Dmytro Timashov, Dennis Yan and Gabriel Gagne scored for the No. 2 Cataractes.
Saint John’s Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 26 saves for the win as Philippe Cadorette turned away 19-of-25 shots for Shawinigan.
The Sea Dogs went 1 for 1 on the power play while the Cataractes scored once on three chances with the man advantage.
Saint John defenceman Thomas Chabot was ejected at 13:56 of the first period after receiving a major and game misconduct for checking to the head.
Shawinigan hosts Game 2 of the best-of-seven set on Saturday.
HUSKIES 4 WILDCATS 1
ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. — Chase Marchand made 26 saves and Francis Perron had a goal and an assist as the No. 1 Huskies beat No. 6 Moncton to take Game 1 of their semifinal matchup.
Timo Meier, Peter Abbandonato and Anthony-John Greer also found the back of the net for Rouyn-Noranda.
Conor Garland was the lone scorer for the Wildcats. Keven Bouchard stopped 23-of-27 shots in 51:11 of action before giving way to Blade Mann-Dixon, who stopped all seven shots he faced in relief.
Game 2 goes Saturday in Rouyn-Noranda.