Trailing by a goal with five minutes to play, the Gatineau Olympiques looked to be heading for yet another loss. That's when Paul Byron stepped in.
Byron scored his second goal of the game to spark a two-goal burst in less than a minute as Gatineau rallied to snap a 13-game losing streak, downing the Montreal Junior 3-2 Saturday in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Matthew Brenton went to the penalty box at 15:53 of the third period to put the Olympiques on the power play. Nine seconds later, Byron scored to knot the game at 2-2, and 43 seconds after that, Nicolas Boyer scored his first of the season, giving Gatineau (6-16-1-1) its first victory in over a month.
The Olympiques' last win came on Oct. 8, a 2-1 victory over Val-d'Or. At that point, their record stood at a respectable 5-4-1-0.
Byron's pair gives him 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) and a share of the team scoring lead with Alexandre Quesnel (7-14). Gatineau ranks last in the league with 59 goals.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Drummondville 3, Moncton 2; Shawinigan 3, P.E.I. 1; Cape Breton 4, Baie-Comeau 1; Chicoutimi 4, Halifax 2; Val-d'Or 3, Acadie-Bathurst 1; and Saint John 6, Rouyn-Noranda 5 (OT).
At Gatineau, Que., Angelo Esposito and Dimitri Kostromitin scored for the Junior (12-12-0-0).
Maxime Clermont made 21 saves for his fourth win of the season, while Montreal netminder Jake Allen stopped 33 shots.
Voltigeurs 3, Wildcats 2
At Drummondville, Que., Gabriel Dumont and Samson Mahbod assisted on each other's third-period goals as the Voltigeurs broke Moncton's 11-game winning streak.
Mahbod also assisted on Dmitry Kulikov's second-period marker for Drummondville (16-4-0-2), which trailed 2-0.
Matt Lahey and Matthew Bissonnette tallied for the Wildcats (18-1-2-0), who lost for the first time in regulation this season and also saw their 10-game road win streak to start the season - a QMJHL record - come to an end.
Cataractes 3, Rocket 1
At Shawinigan, Que., Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll scored twice to lead the Cataractes past P.E.I.
Pierrick Martel had the other goal for Shawinigan (21-4-0-0), which won its 14th straight, a club record.
Matthew Lachaine scored for the Rocket (10-12-1-2).
Screaming Eagles 4, Drakkar 1
At Baie-Comeau, Que., Vincent Lavigueur had a goal and two assists as Cape Breton sunk the Drakkar.
Nicolas Chouinard, Jeremy Gouchie and Joey Haddad also scored for the Screaming Eagles (17-6-1-0).
Guillaume Langelier-Parent had the lone marker for Baie-Comeau (6-13-2-2).
Sagueneens 4, Mooseheads 2
At Chicoutimi, Que., Olivier Painchaud scored two third-period goals to lift the Sagueneens over Halifax.
Nicolas Deschamps and Joel Champagne added goals for Chicoutimi (10-11-1-2).
Yuri Cheremetiev and Jessyko Bernard replied for the Mooseheads (8-16-1-0), who have lost five in a row.
Foreurs 3, Titan 1
At Val-d'Or, Que., Alexandre Monahan's goal late in the second period turned out to be the game-winner as the Foreurs defeated Acadie-Bathurst.
Jonathan Hazen and Francois Gauthier also scored for Val-d'Or (3-19-1-1).
Olivier Jannard found the net for the Titan (10-11-5-1).
Sea Dogs 6, Huskies 5 (OT)
At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Keven Guerette-Charland scored his second goal of the game two minutes and 40 seconds into overtime to cap a three-goal rally as Saint John silenced the Huskies.
Stephen MacAulay and Ryan Sparling scored in the third period to tie the game, while Payton Liske had a goal and two assists and Alexei Dostoinov added a goal for the Sea Dogs (15-9-1-1). Guerette-Charland also had an assist for a three-point night.
Michael Beaudry had a pair for Rouyn-Noranda (13-8-3-0). Jean-Sebastien Berube, Nicolas Deslauriers and Ben Miller also scored.