The Montreal Junior know they'll need Angelo Esposito at his best in order to compete in the QMJHL's Telus West Division.
Wednesday, the world junior gold medallist delivered.
Esposito had a goal and two assists as the Junior ended a four-game losing streak with a 6-1 drubbing of the division-rival Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
Esposito, an Atlanta Thrashers prospect, had a point in every period to pace the Junior (25-20-1-2), who moved into a tie with the Huskies (23-21-4-3) for second place in the West. Both teams are seven points back of the Gatineau Olympiques.
Montreal's offence had laboured during its losing streak, scoring just four goals in that span. Esposito was a non-factor during the streak, registering a lone assist.
Wednesday's three-point performance left Esposito with 35 points (19 goals, 16 assists) in 29 games this season.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL on Wednesday, it was: Gatineau 2 Moncton 1; Shawinigan 5 Drummondville 3; and Saint John 3 P.E.I. 0.
At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Toni Ritter also had a goal and two assists to pace the Junior, while Jeremy Gouchie, Guillaume Asselin, Luke Adam and Matt Fillier added singles.
Jeff Desjardins had the lone goal for the Huskies, who have dropped four in a row.
Jake Allen preserved the win with a 26-save performance for Montreal.
Mickael Audette started for Rouyn-Noranda but was pulled after allowing four goals on 20 shots through two periods. Antoine Lafleur made seven saves in relief.
Olympiques 2 Wildcats 1
At Gatineau, Que., Maxime Clermont's 25 saves led the Olympiques past Moncton.
Alain Goulet and Alexandre Quesnel scored as Gatineau (28-20-2-2) won its sixth straight.
David Savard's power-play goal provided the lone offence for the Wildcats (36-8-2-3).
Cataractes 5 Voltigeurs 3
At Drummondville, Que., Shawinigan scored four third-period goals to beat the Voltigeurs.
Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll, Matthew Pistilli, Mathieu Bolduc, Dave Lebrecque and Michael Bournival had goals for the Cataractes (39-10-2-0).
Dany Masse, Mike Hoffman and Chris DiDomenico scored for Drummondville (38-9-0-3).
Sea Dogs 3 Rocket 0
At Saint John, N.B., Robert Mayer stopped 36 shots as the Sea Dogs blanked P.E.I.
Michael Kirkpatrick, Simon Despres and Shea Kewin scored for Saint John (26-22-2-2).
Bobby Nadeau made 29 saves in defeat for P.E.I. (19-24-4-5).