Defenceman Samuel Finn scored the game winner seven minutes into the second period as the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles cruised to a 6-3 win over the Val-d'Or Foreurs on Wednesday night in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
It was the first career QMJHL goal for Finn, a second-year blue-liner who had just seven assists in 54 games with the Screaming Eagles (3-0-0-0) last season. Finn's power-play goal gave Cape Breton a 4-0 lead, capping a three-goal second period for the Screaming Eagles.
Michael Stinziani, Jeremy Gouchie and Bret McCarron each had a goal and an assist to pace Cape Breton, while Nick MacNeil and Murdock MacLellan added singles. Robert Slaney, Francis Meilleur and Pierre-Olivier Payment had two assists apiece in the victory.
In the other QMJHL game Wednesday, it was: Gatineau 5 Chicoutimi 3.
At Sydney, N.S., Christian Morin, Louis Laflamme and Alex Noel had third-period power-play goals for the Foreurs (0-2-0-0), who have surrendered 14 goals in their first two games. Derek Falumare added a pair of assists in defeat.
Olivier Roy stopped 31 shots to earn the victory for Cape Breton.
Jean-Sebastien Boucher made 32 saves for Val-d'Or, including one on a Slaney penalty shot midway through the third period.
Olympiques 5 Sagueneens 3
At Gatineau, Que., Alexandre Touchette scored 14 seconds into the game and finished with a pair of goals as the Olympiques held on to beat Chicoutimi.
Jean-Philip Chabot and Alexandre Quesnel, on a penalty shot, also had first-period goals while Maxime Mallette added some insurance in the third period for Gatineau (2-0-0-0).
Olivier Ouellet scored twice and Sebastien Rioux added a single for the Sagueneens (1-2-0-0).