At first, the Rimouski Oceanic's winning streak was proof they could be competitive as the host of the 2009 Memorial Cup.
Now, they're flirting with history. Jordan Caron kept his point streak alive with a goal and an assist as the Oceanic thrashed the Gatineau Olympiques 7-2 for their 17th straight victory in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Friday night.
With the win, Rimouski (41-22-1-0) moved ahead of the 1972-73 Quebec Remparts for sole possession of the fourth-longest winning streak in QMJHL history. The Oceanic are only two wins away from matching their franchise mark of 19 games, set in 2004-05.
Caron's two points for Rimouski extended his streak to 11 goals and 12 assists in 13 games. The Sayabec, Que., native is enjoying his most productive season to date, with 63 points (34 goals, 29 assists) in 52 games.
Philippe Cornet had a three-point game, with a pair of first-period power-play goals and an assist in the second. The Oceanic led 4-1 after 20 minutes on the strength of three power-play goals.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Chicoutimi 4, Montreal 1; Quebec 4, Shawinigan 2; Moncton 4, Acadie-Bathurst 1; Cape Breton 5, Saint John 1; Baie-Comeau 5, Victoriaville 4 (OT); Lewiston 5, P.E.I. 3; and Val-d'Or 6, Rouyn-Noranda 3.
At Gatineau, Que., Keven Veilleux had a goal and two assists, Luca Cunti had a goal and an assist, while Emmanuel Boudreau and Sebastien Piche also scored for Rimouski.
Josh McQuade and Alexandre Quesnel scored for the Olympiques (36-24-2-3).
Matthew Dopud made 40 saves for the Oceanic. Gatineau netminder Maxime Clermont was pulled after allowing three goals on seven shots. His replacement, Marc-Antoine Gelinas, stopped 16 of 20.
Sagueneens 4, Junior 1
At Chicoutimi, Que., Sebastien Rioux scored the eventual winner as the Sagueneens took down Montreal.
Nicolas Deschamps, Mathieu Tousignant and Luc-Olivier Blain had a goal and an assist each for Chicoutimi (23-31-4-7), which snapped a four-game losing streak.
Jeremy Gouchie scored the lone goal for the Junior (33-28-1-2).
Remparts 4, Cataractes 2
At Quebec, Benjamin Breault led the way with a goal and two assists as the Remparts defeated Shawinigan.
Kelsey Tessier scored in the second and added an empty-netter and Dmitri Kugryshev had a goal and an assist for Quebec (47-14-0-3).
Matthew Pistilli scored both goals for the Cataractes (50-13-2-0).
Wildcats 4, Titan 1
At Bathurst, N.B., Zach Sill and Scott Brannon scored 17 seconds apart in the first period as Moncton handed the Titan their 10th straight loss.
Randy Cameron and David Savard also scored for the Wildcats (45-13-2-4).
Spencer Jezegou found the net for Acadie-Bathurst (20-32-7-6).
Screaming Eagles 5, Sea Dogs 1
At Sydney, N.S., Stephen Horyl and Nicolas Chouinard had a goal and an assist each as the Screaming Eagles soared over Saint John.
Logan Shaw, Michael Ward and Robert Slaney also scored for Cape Breton (44-17-3-1).
Mike Thomas scored for the Sea Dogs (31-28-2-2).
Drakkar 5, Tigres 4 (OT)
At Baie-Comeau, Que., Gabriel Bourque scored a minute into overtime as the Drakkar edged Victoriaville.
Felix Petit had a goal and two assists, Guillaume Goulet had a goal and an assist, while Stephane Michaud and Jonathan Parisien also scored for Baie-Comeau (20-35-7-2).
Bradley MacDonald scored twice in the third period for the Tigres (29-32-2-2) to send the game to overtime. David Cliche and Andrej Nestrasil added goals.
Maineiacs 5, Rocket 3
At Lewiston, Maine, Dominic Savoie scored his first QMJHL hat trick to lead the Maineiacs past P.E.I.
Alexander Beaton had a goal and three assists and Maxime Gratchev also scored for Lewiston (22-41-1-1).
Jordon Southorn, Joel Champagne and Simon Olsson replied for the Rocket (24-32-4-5).
Foreurs 6, Huskies 3
At Val-d'Or, Que., Keven Guerette-Charland scored three times and added an assist to lift the Foreurs over Rouyn-Noranda.
Maxime Sauve and Francois Gauthier both had a goal and an assist for Val-d'Or (19-38-3-5), while Alex Noel also scored.
Benoit Gervais, Pier-Luc Champagne and Pier-Luc Giguere scored for the Huskies (28-29-5-3).