Hugo Carpentier shattered the Rimouski Oceanic's plans for an upset.
Carpentier's overtime goal completed a hat trick as the Huskies kicked off their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Western Conference semifinal with a 4-3 win over the Oceanic Friday.
The seventh-seeded Oceanic seemed certain to open the series with an upset over the top-ranked Huskies. The Oceanic scored the first three goals and led for the better part of two periods.
But they couldn't stop Carpentier, who also sent the game to overtime with a goal in the last minute of regulation.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was: Saint John 4 Acadie-Bathurst 3; Halifax 4 Cape Breton 2; and Gatineau 3 Quebec 1.
At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Pier-Luc Champagne had the other goal for the Huskies.
Pierre-Alexandre Joncas, Patrice Cormier and Jordan Caron scored for the Oceanic.
Maxim Gougeon made 31 saves for the Huskies while Jean-Christophe Blanchard stopped 32 shots for Rimouski.
Game 2 is Saturday in Rouyn-Noranda.
Sea Dogs 4 Titan 3
At Saint John, N.B., Christopher DiDomenico scored the game-winner as the Sea Dogs took a 1-0 lead in the East Division semifinal against Acadie-Bathursrt.
Scott Howes, Payton Liske and Michael Kirkpatrick also scored for Saint John.
Tomas Svoboda had two goals for Acadie-Bathurst, while Eric Faille also scored.
Game 2 is Saturday in Saint John.
Mooseheads 4 Screaming Eagles 2
At Halifax, Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists as the Mooseheads opened their East Division semifinal against Cape Breton with a win.
Peter-James Corsi had a goal and an assist for Halifax, while Ryan Hillier and Jakub Voracek also scored.
Dean Ouellet and Joey Haddad replied for the Screaming Eagles.
Olympiques 3 Remparts 1
At Gatineau, Que., Claude Giroux had a pair of assists to give the Olympiques a 1-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal with Quebec,
Matthew Pistilli, Paul Byron and Darryl Smith scored for Gatineau.
Kelsey Tessier replied for Quebec.
Game 2 is Saturday in Gatineau.