He's too old for the world junior hockey championship, so Drummondville Voltigeurs forward Dany Masse will have to settle for being the leading scorer on the hottest team in the QMJHL.
Masse had a goal and three assists as the Voltigeurs extended their winning streak to a franchise record-tying 10 games with an 8-2 drubbing of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Wednesday night. The QMJHL player of the month for November opened the scoring at 4:57 of the first period, and added helpers on the next two Drummondville goals - both from Samson Mahbod, and both coming on the power-play - as the Voltigeurs (22-4-0-2) opened up a 4-0 first-period lead and cruised from there.
Drummondville outshot the Titan 23-3 in the opening 20 minutes, and 56-18 overall.
Masse, who sits second in the league with 48 points (21 goals, 27 assists), wasn't one of the 38 players invited Wednesday to the Canadian world junior selection camp. But that wasn't necessarily meant as a slight - the 20-year-old forward is ineligible for the under-20 tournament which begins Dec. 26 in Ottawa.
It's a different story for teammate Dmitri Kulikov, the league's rookie of the month in November. The 18-year-old defenceman, who will likely suit up for Russia at the world junior tournament, had three assists Wednesday night to take the lead in scoring among first-year players with 29 points (4-25).
In other QMJHL action Wednesday night, it was: Moncton 2 Cape Breton 1; and Val-d'Or 6 Gatineau 2.
At Bathurst, N.B., Yannick Riendeau had his 20th goal of the season and added two assists, while Gabriel Dumont, Mathieu Gingras, Maxime Frenette and Philippe Lefebvre added singles. Nathan Dunnett stopped 16 shots to earn his seventh win of the season.
The Voltigeurs haven't lost since a 5-2 defeat in Shawinigan on Nov. 1, outscoring the opposition 65-20 over their course of their record-tying streak. Wednesday's eight-goal effort moved Drummondville into top spot in the league with 139 goals, one better than the Cataractes.
Vincent Couture and Stefan Fournier countered for Acadie-Bathurst (12-15-4-2), which suffered through another disappointing performance from Frederic Piche. The backup netminder allowed five goals in just over 27 minutes of action, falling to 0-9-0 on the season.
Nicholas Champion relieved him and turned aside 22 of 25 shots the rest of the way.
Wildcats 2 Screaming Eagles 1
At Sydney, N.S., Randy Cameron's third-period goal lifted Moncton past the Screaming Eagles.
Matt Brown added a second-period goal for the Wildcats (22-2-2-2).
Michael Stinziani provided the lone offence for Cape Breton (19-9-1-1).
Foreurs 6 Olympiques 2
At Val-d'Or, Que., Alexandre Monahan had a goal and an assist in a three-goal first period that lifted the Foreurs past Gatineau.
Jason Legault, Maxime Levesque, Maxime Sauve, Derek Fulmare and William Beaudoin added singles for Val-d'Or (6-21-1-3), winners of two straight.
Jean-Philip Chabot and Olivier Croteau replied for the Olympiques (11-18-1-1).