Josh McQuade picked the perfect time to score his first two Quebec Major Junior Hockey League goals.
McQuade's second goal, scored with six minutes remaining in the third period, was the game-winner as the Gatineau Olympiques edged the Drummondville Voltigeurs 3-2 on Sunday.
The 19-year-old from Grimsby, Ont., was invited to play for Gatineau on Jan. 9 after spending most of last season with the Newmarket Hurricanes of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League. In his first three games with the Olympiques (23-20-2-2), McQuade failed to record a point.
On Sunday, Alexandre Touchette opened the scoring for Gatineau three minutes into the first period. McQuade made it 2-0 less than two minutes into the second as the Olympiques held Drummondville, the best offensive team in the league, to just 13 shots in the first 40 minutes.
The Voltigeurs (34-7-0-3) came alive in the third, with Mike Hoffman scoring his 29th of the season to cut the deficit to one before McQuade scored his second.
Dany Masse, who assisted on Hoffman's marker, scored his 33rd of the season on a late third-period power play, but Drummondville couldn't complete the comeback despite swarming the Gatineau net in the final minute.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Shawinigan 4, Rimouski 3; Quebec 5, Saint John 2; Moncton 6, Halifax 4; and Baie-Comeau 3, Chicoutimi 2 (SO).
At Gatineau, Que., the Olympiques moved into a tie with the Montreal Junior for ninth place overall, while the Voltigeurs lost ground to the Shawinigan Cataractes, who they now trail by five points for the Central Division lead.
Maxime Clermont made 23 saves for Gatineau. Drummondville netminder Marco Cousineau stopped 24 shots.
Cataractes 4, Oceanic 3
At Rimouski, Que., Maxime Macenauer scored a power-play goal with less than five minutes remaining to lead Shawinigan past the Oceanic.
Maxime Legault scored twice and Tommy Tremblay added another for the Cataractes (37-9-2-0).
Sebastien Piche, Maxime Ouimet and Jordan Caron replied for Rimouski (24-22-1-0).
Remparts 5, Sea Dogs 2
At Quebec, Mikhail Stefanovich's 27th goal of the season was the winner as the Remparts ended Saint John's three-game winning streak.
Dmitri Kugryshev, Jean-Simon Allard, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and Sebastien Trudeau also scored for Quebec (35-8-0-3).
Danick Gauthier and Nicholas Pard found the net for the Sea Dogs (25-20-2-2).
Wildcats 6, Mooseheads 4
At Halifax, Zach Sill scored twice and added an assist to help Moncton defeat the Mooseheads.
Scott Brannon also scored a pair, while Adam Bezak and Matt Eagles added singles for the Wildcats (34-6-2-3).
Jan Stransky led the charge for Halifax (13-28-2-2) with two goals and two assists. Yuri Cheremetiev and Tomas Knotek had a goal and an assist each.
Drakkar 3, Sagueneens 2 (SO)
At Baie-Comeau, Que., Guillaume Goulet opened the scoring and scored the clinching goal in the shootout as the Drakkar outlasted Chicoutimi.
Guillaume Langelier-Parent also scored in regulation for Baie-Comeau (14-24-5-2). Gabriel Bourque and Felix Petit found the net in the shootout.
Jacob Lagace and Antoine Roussel added goals for the Sagueneens (16-23-3-4). Michal Hlinka had Chicoutimi's only marker in the shootout.