It was March Madness … in the Gatineau Bracket.

Eve Gascon, a diminutive 18-year-old from Laval, joined a Big Four Club of distinction by becoming only the fourth woman to compete in a Canadian Hockey League regular-season game.

She did it with style, too, drawing the largest crowd in the young history of the new Arena Slush Puppy, a capacity crowd of 4,700 in an electrifying atmosphere, and Gascon came within minutes of being a winner her first time out.

That was until the Rimouski Océanic tied the game with less than six minutes to play, then won 70 seconds into overtime when Xavier Cormier beat Gascon with a shot to seal a 5-4 win over the Gatineau OIympiques on Saturday to cap an emotional, historic and memorable evening when Gascon made 18 saves, many of them difficult.

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