It didn't matter which goaltender took the ice for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday night - the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles had little trouble beating both of them.
Nick MacNeill scored twice and Cape Breton captain Chris Culligan added a goal and three assists as the Screaming Eagles outgunned the Titan 10-6 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
The Screaming Eagles (5-0-0-0), ranked second in the Canadian Hockey League, erupted for three goals in the first period and five more in the second as they posted their highest goal total since a 12-2 rout of the Titan on Feb. 19, 2002. The offensive outburst gives Cape Breton 31 goals through five games, tying the Shawinigan Cataractes for the league lead.
Cape Breton shooters made life miserable for Acadie-Bathurst goaltenders Nicolas Champion and Frederic Piche. Champion started the game but was pulled after allowing two goals just 57 seconds into the game. Piche didn't last long himself: he was yanked after Mathieu Brodeur scored the Screaming Eagles' third goal at 5:01 of the first.
Champion returned and promptly allowed three more Cape Breton goals - giving way once more to Piche, who finished the game.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL on Friday, it was: P.E.I. 5, Halifax 2; Moncton 3, Lewiston 0; Chicoutimi 4, Baie-Comeau 3 (OT); Quebec 4, Drummondville 3 (SO); Gatineau 3, Rouyn-Noranda 2 (OT); and Montreal 6, Saint John 3.
At Sydney, N.S., reigning QMJHL offensive player of the week Michael Stinziani had a goal and two assists, as did Robert Slaney and Jeremy Gouchie. Nicolas Chouinard and Vincent Lavigneur added a goal and an assist apiece while Brodeur and Francis Meilleur added singles.
Taylor Lambke had two goals and an assist to pace the Titan (3-1-2-0), who entered the game having allowed just 11 goals all season. Eric Faille, Spencer Jezegou and Stefan Fournier added singles, while Remi Blanchard chipped in with three assists.
Olivier earned the win with a 28-save performance for Cape Breton.
Champion - the current QMJHL defensive player of the week - and Piche turned aside 29 shots in defeat for Acadie-Bathurst.
Rocket 5, Mooseheads 2
At Charlottetown, Jordon Southorn had a goal and two assists as the Rocket beat Halifax.
Maxime Provencher, Jean-Christophe Lirette and Benjamin Casavant had the other goals for P.E.I. (1-3-0-1).
Alexis Piette and Chad Earle replied for the Mooseheads (2-4-0-0)
Wildcats 3, Maineiacs 0
At Lewiston, Maine, Nicola Riopel remained unbeaten with a 22-save performance as Moncton blanked the Maineiacs.
Brandon Gormley, Pierre-Marc Lessard and Daniel Pettersson scored for the Wildcats (5-0-0-0).
Peter Delmas turned aside 25 shots for Lewiston (2-3-0-0).
Sagueneens 4, Drakkar 3 (OT)
At Baie-Comeau, Que., Jacob Lagace's goal 3:53 into overtime lifted Chicoutimi past the Drakkar.
Joel Champagne, Dominic Jalbert and Michal Hlinka also scored for the Sagueneens (3-3-0-0).
Guillaume Goulet scored twice and Kalin Paul added a single for Baie-Comeau (1-2-2-0).
Remparts 4, Voltigeurs 3 (SO)
At Drummondville, Que., Dmitri Kugryshev and Kelsey Tessier had shootout goals as Quebec handed the Voltigeurs their first loss of the season.
Kevin Marshall scored twice in regulation and Kugryshev added a single as Quebec (4-1-0-0) won its third game in a row.
Yannick Riendeau, Dany Masse and Marc-Olivier Vachon scored for Drummondville (4-0-0-1).
Olympiques 3, Huskies 2 (OT)
At Gatineau, Que., Maxime Mallette scored 2:56 into overtime as the Olympiques beat Rouyn-Noranda for the seventh straight time at home.
Gerrit Fauser and Hugo Laporte had singles for Gatineau (3-1-0-0).
Marc-Andre Bourdon and Michael Beaudry replied for the Huskies (1-3-2-0).
Junior 6, Sea Dogs 3
At Verdun, Que., Matt Fillier scored during Montreal's four-goal second period and added two assists as the Junior downed Saint John.
Luke Adam scored twice and added an assist while Guillaume Asselin, Nick Layton and Matthew Brenton also scored for Montreal (2-3-0-0).
Ryan Sparling, Francois Gauthier and Payton Liske scored for the Sea Dogs (2-3-0-0).