Despite being active buyers at the trade deadline and facing one of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's weakest teams, the Rimouski Oceanic couldn't overcome their recent troubles on Friday night.
Samuel Morneau had a hat trick to help the last-place Val-d'Or Foreurs upset the Rimouski Oceanic 6-5.
The Oceanic - hosts of this season's Memorial Cup - are mired in an eight-game losing streak.
Matthew Dopud, acquired by Rimouski (22-20-1-0) from Rouyn-Noranda on Jan. 5, allowed six goals on 20 shots, including four on nine shots in the first period.
Alexandre Monahan and Francois Gauthier scored two of the first-period goals for Val-d'Or (10-27-2-4), while Morneau had the other pair. Sasha Famin scored in the third period to put the Foreurs up 6-3, which was enough to fend off a comeback attempt by the Oceanic, who cut the deficit to one late in the third.
Maxime Sauve chipped in with three assists for Val-d'Or, which won for the first time in four games.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Cape Breton 4, Acadie-Bathurst 2; Gatineau 2, Moncton 1; Rouyn-Noranda 3, Quebec 2 (SO); Baie-Comeau 7, Halifax 2; Shawinigan 4, Lewiston 3; and Drummondville 7, Victoriaville 1.
At Val-d'Or, Que., Logan MacMillan scored twice, Luca Cunti and Patrice Cormier had a goal and an assist each, and Marc-Andre Bourdon also scored for Rimouski. Gleason Fournier added two assists.
Raffaele D'Orso stopped 46 shots for the Foreurs.
Screaming Eagles 4, Titan 2
At Bathurst, N.B., Robert Slaney scored and added two assists as Cape Breton used three third-period goals to down the Titan.
Chris Culligan and Vincent Lavigueur had a goal and an assist each and Michael Stinziani also scored for the Screaming Eagles (30-12-1-1).
Taylor Lambke and Eric Faille replied for Acadie-Bathurst (16-20-5-3).
Olympiques 2, Wildcats 1
At Moncton, Joshua Domingues scored with less than four minutes remaining to lift Gatineau over the Wildcats.
Alain Goulet opened the scoring for the Olympiques (20-19-2-2).
Daniel Pettersson had the lone goal for Moncton (31-5-2-3).
Huskies 3, Remparts 2 (SO)
At Quebec, Christophe Losier scored the fifth-round shootout winner as Rouyn-Noranda outlasted the red-hot Remparts.
Benoit Gervais and Jeff Desjardins scored power-play goals in regulation for the Huskies (22-16-3-2).
Kelsey Tessier had a goal and an assist and Benjamin Breault also scored for Quebec (32-8-0-3), which saw its nine-game winning streak come to an end.
Drakkar 7, Mooseheads 2
At Baie-Comeau, Que., Stephane Michaud scored a pair and added an assist as the Drakkar pounded Halifax.
Guillaume Goulet also scored twice, while Kalin Paul, Mike Villeneuve and Marc-Olivier Mimar added goals for Baie-Comeau (13-23-4-2).
Gabriel Desjardins and Alexis Piette replied for the Mooseheads (11-27-2-2).
Cataractes 4, Maineiacs 3
At Shawinigan, Que., Maxime Legault's 20th goal of the year was the game-winner as the Cataractes held off Lewiston.
Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and Matthew Pistilli each added a goal and an assist for Shawinigan (34-9-1-0). Philippe Paradis also scored.
Danick Paquette, Samuel Finn and Dominic Savoie found the net for the Maineiacs (14-30-0-0).
Voltigeurs 7, Tigres 1
At Drummondville, Que., Marc-Olivier Vachon and Yannick Riendeau both scored twice to help the Voltigeurs rout Victoriaville.
Philippe Lefebvre had a goal and an assist, while Dmitry Kulikov and Jonathan Brunelle rounded out the scoring for Drummondville (34-6-0-3).
Andrej Nestrasil scored for the Tigres (23-21-0-1).