One of the QMJHL's most potent power-play units was at its best Saturday afternoon.
Jean-Philip Chabot scored two of Gatineau's season-high five goals with the man advantage, leading the Olympiques to a 7-5 victory over the Montreal Junior.
Chabot's first goal at 13:18 of the first period cut Montreal's lead to 2-1, and his second came in a five-goal second period as the Olympiques (31-21-2-2) won their second straight game. Gatineau clinched a playoff berth later Saturday with the Halifax Mooseheads' 4-2 loss to the Rimouski Oceanic.
The two-goal effort moved Chabot into a first-place tie with Paul Byron and Alexandre Quesnel for the team lead in goals with 29.
Gatineau made the Junior (25-24-1-2) pay for their trips to the penalty box, going 5-for-7 with the man advantage. The Olympiques came into the game ranked third in the league in power-play goals (75) and sixth in efficiency (23.1 per cent).
Montreal has dropped four straight games, and remain two points back of the idle Rouyn-Noranda Huskies for second place in the Telus Western Divison. With the win, Gatineau moved 11 points up on the Huskies for the division lead.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL on Saturday, it was: Shawinigan 6 Victoriaville 5 (OT); Moncton 5 Chicoutimi 0; Drummondville 10 Lewiston 1; Acadie-Bathurst 5 P.E.I. 3; Rimouski 4 Halifax 2; and Quebec 6 Val-d'Or 3.
At Gatineau, Que., Steven Delisle had a goal and two assists, while Tye McGinn and Yoan Pinette added a goal and an assist apiece for the Olympiques. Josh McQuade and Christian Ouellet-Martel had singles, while Byron chipped in three assists.
Angelo Esposito led the way with a goal and an assist for the Junior, giving him a five game point streak (five goals, four assists). Nick Layton, Alex Wall, Philippe Fontaine and Jeremy Gouchie also scored, while Guillaume Asselin added a pair of assists.
Maxime Clermont stopped 16 shots to earn the win for Gatineau.
Jake Allen made 29 saves in defeat for Montreal.
Cataractes 6 Tigres 5 (OT)
At Victoriaville, Que., Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll's 34th goal of the season 3:55 into overtime gave Shawinigan a wild win over the Tigres.
Lalonde-McNicoll and Pierre-Alexandre Vandall each finished with a pair of goals, while Maxime Macenauer and Charles-Olivier Roussel added singles for the Cataractes (42-11-2-0).
Maxime Tanguay, Bradley McDonald, Jonathan Bonneau, Joel Chouinard and Kirill Tulupov replied for Victoriaville (27-26-1-1).
Voltigeurs 10 Maineiacs 1
At Drummondville, Que., Dany Masse scored four times and added two assists, and Yannick Riendeau added a goal and six assists as the Voltigeurs crushed Lewiston
Mike Hoffman scored twice while Samson Mahbod, Christopher DiDomenico and Philippe Lefebvre added singles for Drummondville (42-9-0-3).
Pierre-Olivier Morin had the lone goal for the Maineiacs (18-36-1-1).
Wildcats 5 Sagueneens 0
At Moncton, N.B., Nicola Riopel's 23-save efforted lifted the Wildcats past Chicoutimi.
Zach Sill scored three times while Brandon Gormley and Mark Barberio added singles for Moncton (39-9-2-3)
John Nauta stopped 27 shots in his debut for the Sagueneens (17-26-4-6).
Titan 5 Rocket 3
At Bathurst, N.B., Remi Blanchard scored twice in the Titan's win over P.E.I.
Vincent Couture, Maxime Renaud and Vincent Arseneau also scored for the Titan (19-24-5-5).
Benjamin Casavand scored twice and Simon Olsson added a single for the Rocket (20-26-4-5).
Oceanic 4 Mooseheads 2
At Halifax, Patrick Delisle-Houde scored twice as Rimouski downed the Mooseheads.
Jordan Caron and Patrice Cormier added goals as the Oceanic (31-22-1-0) won their seventh straight game.
Gabriel Desjardins and Jessyko Bernard countered for Halifax (15-33-3-2).
Remparts 6 Foreurs 3
At Quebec, Mikhail Stefanovich scored three times as the Remparts beat Val-d'Or.
Sebastien Trudeau, Benjamin Breault and Kevin Marshall also scored for Quebec (40-10-0-3).
Derek Famulare, Keven Guerette-Charland and Marco Scandella countered in defeat for the Foreurs (16-32-3-4).