The Gatineau Olympiques have mastered the art of the comeback.
Paul Byron had the lone shootout goal as the Olympiques stormed back to beat the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4-3 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Tuesday night.
The win moved Gatineau (24-20-2-2) into a first-place tie with the Huskies atop the Telus Western Division, two points up on the idle Montreal Junior. Montreal has four games in hand on both teams.
Trailing 3-0 after one period, the Olympiques cut into the deficit on Maxime Mallette's goal 9:20 into the second. Alain Goulet's unassisted power-play goal 1:55 later made it 3-2, and Joshua Domingues forced extra time with his eighth of the season midway through the third period.
The spirited comeback was fitting for a Gatineau team that has burst back into contention. Since enduring a 13-game losing streak that sent the Olympiques to the bottom of the QMJHL standings, Gatineau has gone 19-4-1-1.
In Tuesday's other QMJHL game, it was: Drummondville 4 Lewiston 1.
At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Goulet finished with a goal and an assist to pace Gatineau, while Maxime Clermont stopped 33 shots in regulation and overtime all three Huskies shootout attempts in the win.
Sergey Ostapchuk, Nicolas Deslauriers and Benoit Gervais replied for Rouyn-Noranda (23-19-4-2), which finished 2-for-8 on the power play. Gatineau went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
Antoine Lafleur made 26 saves in defeat for the Huskies.
Voltigeurs 4 Maineiacs 1
At Lewiston, Maine, Antoine Tardif stopped 22 shots as Drummondville beat the Maineiacs.
Samson Mahbod, Yannick Riendeau, Philippe Lefebvre and Chris DiDomenico had goals for the Voltigeurs (35-8-0-3)
Marc Bourgeois scored the lone goal for Lewiston (16-33-0-0).