After finishing dead last in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, the Drummondville Voltigeurs are hungry for redemption.
Gabriel Dumont scored two goals and added an assist as Drummondville routed the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 9-4 Saturday to improve to 2-0-0-0.
Dumont's second period short-handed goal, his second of the night, broke open a 3-3 tie and the Voltigeurs responded by scoring the next five straight. Samson Mahbod, Dany Masse, Benoit Levesque and Maxime Frenette each scored on four straight Drummondville power-play opportunities as Baie-Comeau fell into penalty trouble in the third period.
The loss drops the Drakkar to 0-1-1-0. Baie-Comeau finished one point behind league-leading Rouyn-Noranda in the regular season but dropped out of the playoffs in the first round to Rimouski.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was: Chicoutimi 6, Lewiston 1; Shawinigan 8, Val-d'Or 2; Moncton 3, Saint John 1; and Rimouski 4, Rouyn-Noranda 3.
At Baie-Comeau, Jonathan Brunelle, Yannick Riendeau and Mike Hoffman added goals for the Voltigeurs.
Marc-Andre Laroche scored a goal and added assist while Guillaume Goulet, Stephane Michaud and Pierre-Luc Lessard tallied for Baie-Comeau.
Antoine Tardif got the win between the pipes for Drummondville after replacing Nathan Dunnett in the second period. The pair faced 20 shots.
Baie-Comeau pulled goalie Marek Benda after the first period but Alexandre Alain-Rajotte fared no better as the Drakkar surrendered nine goals on 42 shots.
Sagueneens 6, Maineiacs 1
At Chicoutimi, Olivier Painchaud's third-period goal capped a five-goal run as the Sagueneens routed the Maineiacs at home.
Nicolas Therrien and Mathieu Populus scored in the first and second periods respectively for Chicoutimi (1-1-0-0). Louis-Felix Laporte, Christopher Guay and Dominic Jalbert tallied in the third.
Eric Gelinas scored the Maineiacs (1-1-0-0) lone goal in the first period.
Cataractes 8, Foreurs 2
At Shawinigan, Nicholas Petersen scored twice in the second period as the Cataractes beat the Val-d'Or Foreurs in the season opener for both teams.
Francis Filion, Philippe Paradis, Gabriel Lemieux, Dave Labrecque, Antoine Houde-Caron and Pierrick Martel each scored for the Cataractes. Derek Famulare and Cedrick Henley tallied for Val-d'Or.
Shawinigan goalie Gabriel Girard made 26 saves for the win.
Wildcats 3, Sea Dogs 1
At Moncton, Scott Brannon scored twice as the Wildcats beat the Saint John Seadogs in front of the 3,668 in attendance at Moncton Coliseum.
Ted Stephens scored in the first period for the Wildcats (2-0-0-0) one night after netting a hat trick against the P.E.I. Rocket.
Francois Gauthier scored the lone goal for the Sea Dogs (1-1-0-0).
Oceanic 4, Huskies 3 (OT)
At Rouyn-Noranda, Ryan Kavanagh scored the overtime winner as the Rimouski Oceanic rallied to beat the Huskies.
Rimouski centre Felix Lefrancois tied the game 3-3 in the third period to force overtime. Sebastien Piche and Patrick Delisle-Houde also scored for the Oceanic (2-0-0-0).
Gabriel Levesque, Pier-Luc Giguere and Benjamin Lecomte tallied for the Huskies, who dropped to 0-1-1-0.