It took Yannick Riendeau and the Drummondville Voltigeurs less than a minute to spoil the Shawinigan Cataractes' final game at their 71-year-old arena.
Riendeau scored twice in a 45-second span of the third period as the Voltigeurs shaded Shawinigan 3-2 Thursday night in the Cataractes' swansong at the Arena Jacques Plante.
Riendeau's second of the game at 9:28 of the third period was the final goal scored at the venerable rink, which first opened in 1937. The Cataractes will begin play at a new 4,000-seat multi-purpose arena Dec. 27, when they return from the league's holiday break.
Drummondville (28-4-0-2) did its part to spoil the farewell, posting its franchise-record 16th consecutive win over the division-rival Cataractes (28-8-0-0) in front of 3,560 fans. The win propelled the Voltigeurs to the top of the Telus Central Division - and the QMJHL overall standings - by two points over Shawinigan. Drummondville has two games in hand.
Samson Mahbod opened the scoring for Drummondville with his 20th goal of the season 1:40 into the second period. Pierre-Alexandre Vandall drew Shawinigan even at 6:58. Both goals came on the power play.
Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll's unassisted goal 1:37 into the third period restored the Cataractes' lead, setting the stage for Riendeau's heroics.
McNicoll finished with a goal and an assist while Dany Masse had an assist for Drummondville, leaving the two tied atop the QMJHL scoring ledger with 59 points apiece. Riendeau is third with 56 points.
In other QMJHL action Thursday, it was: Saint John 3 Lewiston 1; Montreal 4 Rimouski 2; Victoriaville 2 P.E.I. 0; and Rouyn-Noranda 4 Val-d'Or 2.
At Shawinigan, Que., Antoine Tardif earned the win with a 30-save performance as the Voltigeurs, ranked third in the Canadian Hockey League, won their second straight meeting with the fifth-ranked Cataractes. Shawinigan still leads the season series 3-2.
Timo Pielmeier turned aside 36 shots in defeat for Shawinigan.
Sea Dogs 3 Maineiacs 1
At Saint John, N.B., Payton Liske had the game winner in the Sea Dogs' win over Lewiston.
Ryan Sparling and Alex Grant also scored for Saint John (20-15-2-1).
Marc Bourgeois had the lone goal for the Maineiacs (13-23-0-0).
Junior 4 Oceanic 2
At Verdun, Que., Luke Adam and Nick Layton each had a goal and an assist to propel the Junior past Rimouski.
Benjamin Rubin and Guillaume Asselin added goals for Montreal (19-14-1-0).
Mathieu Asselin and Sebastien Piche countered for the Oceanic (22-14-0-0).
Tigres 2 Rocket 0
At Victoriaville, Que., Kevin Poulin's 41-save effort guided the Tigres past P.E.I.
Joel Chouinard and Kirill Tulupov had the goals for Victoriaville (18-18-0-1).
Bobby Nadeau turned aside 28 shots in defeat for the Rocket (12-18-3-5).
Huskies 4 Foreurs 2
At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Jean-Sebastien Berube scored twice as the Huskies beat Val-d'Or.
Maxime Mecenauer and Pier-Luc Giguere had singles for Rouyn-Noranda (19-11-3-2).
Samuel Morneau and Alexandre Monahan replied for the Foreurs (7-25-1-3).