SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Zach O'Brien had a hat trick and added an assist as the Acadie-Bathurst Titan roughed up the Saint John Sea Dogs with a 8-1 victory on Friday in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
It was the second straight loss for the Memorial Cup champions who were 12 players due to NHL camps.
Matthew Bissonnette had a goal and four assists for the Titan while Sebastien Trudeau chipped in with a goal and three assists.
Marc-Olivier Mimar, Ludovic Kabambi and Alec Jon Banville had the other Bathurst (1-0) goals.
Brock Morrison's first career QMJHL goal was the lone highlight for the Dogs (0-2).
O'Brien scored at 2:37 and 5:58 of the first to give the Titan a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Morrison drew the Sea Dogs back within one just 55 seconds into the second, tallying his first QMJHL goal on a power play. Spencer MacDonald picked up the lone assist.
But Mimar squeezed one between Auger’s right leg and the post at 5:48, then Kabambit made it 4-1 just 12 seconds later.
From there it was all Bathurst, with Trudeau and O’Brien striking at 8:09 and 19:20 of the second period, and Bissonnette and Banville rounding out the summary at 10:52 and 11:16 of the third.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was, Hamilton 6, P.E.I. 5; Cape Breton 3, Moncton 1; Victoriaville 6, Quebec 3; Blainville-Boisbriand 3, Rimouski 1; Rouyn-Noranda 6, Shawinigan 4; Baie-Comeau, Drummondville 2 and Gatinueau 4, Val-d'Or 1.
At Saint John, Acadie-Bathurst's Robert Steeves made 22 saves for the win, while Sebastien Auger made 19 saves at the other end.
Mooseheads 6, Rockets 5 (SO)
At Charlottetown, Cameron Critchlow scored the shootout-winner as Halifax edged P.E.I., after the Rockets tied the game with 26 seconds left in the third period.
Joshua Desmond, Luca Ciampini, Darcy Ashley, Matthew Boudreau, and Mitchell Shewfelt also scored in regulation for the Mooseheads.
Victor Provencher scored a pair for the Rockets, while Matthew Hobbs and Matej Beran also counted.
Screaming Eagles 3, Wildcats 1
At Moncton, Que., Cory MacIntosh scored a goal and added an assist as Cape Breton edged Moncton.
Kyle Farrell and Jonathan Brunelle also found the back of the net for the Screaming Eagles.
Alex Saulnier replied for the Wildcats.
Tigres 6, Remparts 3
At Quebec, Yanni Gourde score a goal and added two assists as Victoriaville doubled up the Remparts.
Philippe Maillet, Angelo Miceli, Jeremy Beaudry, Simon Darveau and Philippe Halley also counted for Victoriaville.
Frederick Roy, Alexandre Comtois and Axel Rioux scored for Quebec.
Armada 3, Oceanic 1
At Rimouski, Que., E.J. Faust and Dylan Anderson each had a goal and an assist as the Blainville-Boisbriand won its first game since moving from Montreal.
Alexandre Lemieux also scoerd for the Armada.
Jean-Francois Plante replied for the Oceanic.
Huskies 6, Cataractes 4
At Shawinigan, Que., Jessyko Bernard scored four goals as Rouyn-Noranda beat the Cataractes.
Steven Mercier and Antoine Quevillon also counted for the Huskies.
Anton Zlobin got a pair for Shawinigan, while Michael Bournival and Mitchell Maynard had the other goals.
Voltigeurs 3, Drakkar 2
At Baie-Comeau, Que., Frederic Gamelin scored a pair, including the winner early in the third period as the Drakkar downed Drummondville.
Charles Poulin had the other Baie-Comeau goal.
Matt Boudens and Adrian Saxrud-Danielsen got the Voltigeurs' goals.
Olympiques 4, Foreurs 1
At Gatineau, Que., Zachary Evans-Renaud scored a goal and added an assist as the Olympiques beat Val-d'Or.
Alex Zafiris, Kyle Morrison and Raphael Lafontaine had the other goals for the Gatinueau.
Jean-Francois Leblanc had the lone goal for the Foreurs.