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Esposito notches hat trick as Montreal hands Gatineau 11th straight loss

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If Angelo Esposito's young hockey career is like a roller coaster, his start with the Montreal Junior is more of a peak than a valley.

Esposito scored three goals and added an assist as Montreal knocked off the Gatineau Olympiques 6-3 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Friday night.

The Montreal native is on a four-game point streak, registering seven points (four goals, three assists) over that span. With 14 points over 10 games, Esposito's fourth QMJHL season is off to a solid start, but he is not yet on pace to eclipse the 98-point rookie campaign that made him a top prospect. Drafted 20th overall in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Esposito's playing rights now belong to the Atlanta Thrashers.

Gatineau (5-14-1-1) could not find the net after the first period. This latest loss extends the Olympiques' losing streak to 11 games.

The Junior (11-9-0-0) trailed 3-0 after the first 20 minutes, but came back to tie the score in the second period thanks to two goals from Esposito and another from Luke Adam. They pulled ahead in the third on a goal from T.J. Brennan - assisted by Esposito. Adam added his second of the game and Esposito scored an empty-netter to complete his hat trick and put the game away.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Quebec 8, Baie-Comeau 6; Cape Breton 4, P.E.I. 3 (OT); Acadie-Bathurst 2, Rouyn-Noranda 1; Chicoutimi 3, Victoriaville 2; and Val-d'Or at Rimouski (ppd.).

At Gatineau, Que., Tye McGinn, Jean-Philip Chabot and Paul Byron scored for the Olympiques.

Jake Allen stopped 33 shots to earn his 10th win of the season, while Gatineau netminder Marc-Antoine Gelinas made 28 saves in a losing effort.

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Remparts 8, Drakkar 6

At Quebec, Kelsey Tessier had a five-point night with three goals and two assists as the Remparts exploded for five goals in the third period to defeat Baie-Comeau.

Dmitri Kugryshev scored twice and Marc-Olivier Vallerand, Jean-Simon Allard and Sebastien Trudeau added goals for Quebec (15-3-0-1), who went 4-for-9 on the power play.

Marc-Andre Laroche and Guillaume Goulet both scored a pair, while Gabriel Bourque and Marc-Olivier Mimar added singles for the Drakkar (5-10-2-2).

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Screaming Eagles 4, Rocket 3 (OT)

At Charlottetown, Nick MacNeil scored in the third period and potted the overtime game-winner to lead Cape Breton past the Rocket.

Samuel Finn and Michael Stinziani also scored for the Screaming Eagles (15-5-1-0).

Chris Doyle had the tying goal and two assists, while Ben Duffy and Jordon Southorn scored second-period goals for P.E.I. (9-10-1-2).

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Titan 2, Huskies 1

At Bathurst, N.B., Cameron Critchlow's second-period marker stood up as the winner as the Titan held off Rouyn-Noranda.

Tomy Joly scored on the power play in the first period for Acadie Bathurst (9-10-4-0).

Jeff Desjardins had the lone goal for the Huskies (11-7-2-0).

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Sagueneens 3, Tigres 2

At Victoriaville, Que., Nicolas Deschamps and Jacob Lagace combined to assist on each other's third-period goals to lift Chicoutimi over the Tigres.

Dominic Jalbert had the other goal for the Sagueneens (8-10-1-2).

Maxime Tanguay and Alexandre Labonte replied for Victoriaville (10-13-0-0).

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Foreurs at Oceanic (ppd.)

At Rimouski, the game between Val-d'Or and the Oceanic was postponed when a zamboni malfunction damaged the ice surface, rendering it unplayable. The game will be made up on Sunday, November 9.

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