With the help of Jacob Lagace, the Chicoutimi Sagueneens snapped their long losing skid by scoring a goal for each loss in the streak.
Lagace scored four goals and added an assist as Chicoutimi broke out of a 10-game slump in a big way, bombarding the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 10-5 on Saturday in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The Sagueneens (17-23-4-6) had not won since beating the Oceanic 6-3 in Rimouski on Jan. 3. Saturday marked the first time in nearly three years that Chicoutimi scored at least 10 goals in a game. The last time the Sagueneens reached double-figures was on Feb. 10, 2006, an 11-1 rout of the Oceanic.
Lagace, Chicoutimi's leading scorer with 23 goals on the season, kicked things off on Saturday with a pair of goals in the first nine minutes, the second one coming short-handed. Baie-Comeau responded before the end of the first period, but Lagace completed the hat trick in the second as part of a three-goal run by the Sagueneens that pushed the score to 5-1. By the end of the period, Chicoutimi led 6-2.
Lagace scored his fourth 34 seconds into the third.
In other QMJHL action Saturday, it was: Drummondville 4 Cape Breton 1; Rimouski 2 Gatineau 1; Val-d'Or 4 Moncton 2; Quebec 3 Montreal 1; Saint John 6 Acadie-Bathurst 3; Victoriaville 3 Lewiston 0; and Rouyn-Noranda 3 Halifax 0.
At Baie-Comeau, Que., Michal Hlinka scored twice and added three assists, Nicolas Deschamps had a goal and three assists, while Michael Nolet, Maxim Guerin and Antoine Roussel also scored for the Sagueneens. Dominic Jalbert chipped in three assists.
Felix Petit and David Duhamel each scored two for the Drakkar (16-28-5-2). Emrik Guillemette had the other marker.
Francois Levesque made 26 saves for Chicoutimi. Baie-Comeau netminding duty was split between Nathan Dunnett, who allowed five goals on 13 shots, and Francois Lacerte, who stopped 10 of 15.
Voltigeurs 4 Screaming Eagles 1
At Drummondville, Que., Yannick Riendeau scored twice as the Voltigeurs beat Cape Breton.
Mike Hoffman also had a pair of goals for Drummondville (39-9-0-3).
Joey Haddad scored the lone goal for the Screaming Eagles (37-15-1-1).
Oceanic 2 Olympiques 1
At Rimouski, Que., Phillipe Cornet's goal with 1:41 left propelled the Oceanic past Gatineau.
Jordan Caron added a power-play goal in the second period for Rimouski (29-22-1-0).
Nicholas Valliere-Mayer scored in the first period for the Olympiques (29-21-2-2).
Foreurs 4 Wildcats 2
At Val-d'Or, Que., Marco Scandella scored and added two assists to help the Foreurs upset Moncton.
Christian Morin, Matthew Lachaine and Sasha Famin also scored for Val-d'Or (14-31-3-4), which has won three straight. Maxime Sauve added three assists.
Matt Eagles and Devon MacAusland had a goal and an assist each for the Wildcats (37-9-2-3).
Remparts 3 Junior 1
At Quebec, Dmitri Kugryshev scored the game-winner as the Remparts downed Montreal.
Mikhail Stefanovich scored in the first period and Benjamin Breault added an empty-netter for Quebec (39-10-0-3).
Angelo Esposito found the net for the Junior (25-21-1-2).
Sea Dogs 6 Titan 3
At Bathurst, N.B., Steven Anthony scored twice in Saint John's win over the Titan.
Michael Kirkpatrick and Payton Liske had a goal and an assist while Mike Thomas and Bejamin Lecomte added singles for the Sea Dogs (27-23-2-2)
Eric Faille, Vincent Couture and Spencer Jezegou scored for Acadie-Bathurst (18-24-5-5).
Tigres 3 Maineiacs 0
At Lewiston, Maine, Antonio Mastropietro stopped 34 shots as Victoriaville shut down the Maineiacs.
Maxime Tanguay had a goal and two assists, while Keven Dupont and Chad Earle added goals for the Tigres (27-24-0-1).
Peter Delmas made 24 saves for Lewiston (18-34-0-1).
Huskies 3 Mooseheads 0
At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Antoine Lafleur stopped 22 shots as the Huskies blanked Halifax.
Sergey Ostapchuk scored all three goals for Rouyn-Noranda (24-22-4-3), which snapped a five-game losing skid. Benoit Gervais and Pier-Luc Giguere added two assists each.
Mark Yetman made 23 saves for the Mooseheads (13-32-3-2), who lost their sixth straight game.