The Halifax Mooseheads broke out of their early-season scoring slump Friday night, taking advantage of a team that has had just as much trouble finding the net.
Linden Bahm had two goals and added two assists and Justin Pender also scored twice as the Mooseheads earned a 6-3 win over the Val-d'Or Foreurs in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
Halifax (1-2-0-0) entered the game having scored just four goals in a pair of season-opening losses to Cape Breton and Acadie-Bathurst. When Pender opened the scoring on a power play 3:14 into the first period Friday, it was the first time the Mooseheads had held a lead all season.
Pender added another man-advantage goal midway through the period, while Jessyko Bernard's goal at 8:53 of the second period stood as the game winner after Val-d'Or had eliminated deficits of 2-0 and 3-2.
Bahm added an insurance goal on a power-play 23 seconds into the third period, and completed the scoring with a late empty netter.
Charles Bety had the other Halifax goal and added two assists in the win.
In other QMJHL action Thursday, it was: Acadie-Bathurst 5 P.E.I. 2; Quebec 4 Rimouski 3; Shawinigan 4 Lewiston 1; Chicoutimi 3 Victoriaville 2; and Drummondville 5 Gatineau 2.
At Halifax, Kyle McNeil, Francois Lanctot-Marcotte and Marc-Andre Julien replied for the Foreurs (0-3-0-0), who entered Friday with just five goals to their credit. That doesn't include a pair of goals scored in the first period of Sunday's game against Gatineau, which was stopped due to poor on-ice visibility.
The game will be replayed in its entirety Oct. 8, meaning Val-d'Or's two goals won't count.
Mark Yetman preserved the win in goal with a 14-save performance for the Mooseheads.
Raffaelle D'Orso stopped 33 shots for the Foreurs, who have allowed a league-worst 20 goals.
Titan 5 Rocket 2
At Charlottetown, Tomy Joly scored a pair of third-period goals - one short-handed and one with a man advantage - as Acadie-Bathurst beat the Rocket.
Taylor Lambke, Olivier Jannard and Jordan Bernier added singles for the Titan (2-0-1-0).
Simon Olsson and Chris Doyle countered for P.E.I. (0-3-0-0).
Remparts 4 Oceanic 3
At Quebec, Benjamin Breault had a power-play goal and added two assists as the Remparts held on to beat Rimouski.
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, David Gilbert and Marc-Olivier Vallerand had singles to lead Quebec (2-1-0-0).
Sebastien Piche, Pierre-Alexandre Joncas and Ilya Silik replied for Rimouski (2-1-0-0).
Cataractes 4 Maineiacs 1
At Lewiston, Maine, Gabriel Girard's 37-save effort lifted Shawinigan past the Maineiacs.
Pierre-Alexandre Vandall, Michael Bournival, Tommy Gauthier and Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll had goals for the Cataractes (2-1-0-0).
Lucas LaBelle had the lone goal for Lewiston (1-2-0-0).
Sagueneens 3 Tigres 2
At Victoriaville, Que., Alexandre Lavoie's goal 6:32 into the third period stood as the game winner in Chicoutimi's triumph over the Tigres.
Jean-Philippe Foucher and Mathieu Populus also scored for the Sagueneens (2-2-0-0).
Dave Nolin and Brandon Hynes answered for Victoriaville (1-2-0-0).
Voltigeurs 5 Olympiques 2
At Drummondville, Que., reigning QMJHL offensive player of the week Samson Mahbod scored two goals to lift the Voltigeurs past Gatineau.
Marc-Antoine Desnoyers, Dany Masse and Dmitry Kulikov added singles for Drummondville (3-0-0-0), which scored all five of its goals with the man advantage.
Jean-Philip Chabot scored a pair of first-period goals for the Olympiques (2-1-0-0).