Jonathan Brunelle brought his club one step closer to securing the final playoff spot while making it that much more difficult for the P.E.I. Rocket in the process.
Brunelle had a goal and an assist in regulation time, then added the shoootout winner, as his Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defeated the visiting Rocket 5-4 on Friday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
The Screaming Eagles (22-39-3) currently hold down the final playoff spot with 47 points and, despite picking up a single point in the shootout loss, P.E.I. (18-40-6) is now five points behind Cape Breton with only four games remaining in the season.
Alexandre Lavoie scored once and set up two more for the Screaming Eagles, who snapped a seven-game losing streak, Michael Clarke had a goal and an assist and Cory MacIntosh added a single goal.
Antoine Venne, Louick Marcotte, Josh Currie and Marc-Andre Levesque each scored for the Rocket, who have won just once in their past 10 games, while Jimmy Oligny and Ben Duffy chipped in with two assists each.
Philippe Trudeau made 31 saves for his 15th win of the season as Maxime Lagace stopped 30 shots in defeat.
Both clubs went 2-for-5 on the power play.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Acadie-Bathurst 4, Moncton 2; Drummondville 3, Quebec 1; Victoriaville 5, Baie-Comeau 2; Rimouski 5, Shawinigan 3; Blainville-Boisbriand 5, Rouyn-Noranda 0; Chicoutimi 4, Saint John 3 (SO) and Val-d'Or 6, Gatineau 5 (OT).
At Sydney, N.S., the Screaming Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and extended it to four goals in the second before P.E.I. finally responded.
Clarke opened the scoring 2:01 into the game, MacIntosh followed at 11:07 and Brunelle scored on the power play at 18:53.
Lavoie added another power-play goal for Cape Breton at 8:22 of the second but 27 seconds later Venne got one back for the Rocket.
Levesque and Marcotte added power-play goals 1:03 apart to make it 4-3 Screaming Eagles after 40 minutes of play.
Currie completed the comeback at 15:53 of the third period, which forced overtime.
After a scoreless extra period, Brunelle scored the only goal in the shootout to earn the win for Cape Breton.
Titan 4 Wildcats 2
At Bathurst, N.B., Sebastien Trudeau scored twice and Robert Steeves turned away 23 shots as the Titan (31-30-5) defeated Moncton (28-31-6) for the fifth time this season.
Voltiguers 3 Remparts 1
At Drummondville, Que., Andre Bouvet-Morrissette scored his 10th goal in his last seven games as the Voltiguers (26-30-9) snapped Quebec's (42-16-7) eight-game winning streak.
Tigres 5 Drakkar 2
At Victoriaville, Que., Yannick Dube scored twice and Yanni Gourde picked up three assists to extend his league-leading point total to 116 as the Tigres (41-18-6) handed Baie-Comeau (28-31-5) their fourth straight loss.
Oceanic 5 Cataractes 3
At Shawinigan, Que., Alex Belzile and Alexandre Mallet combined for two goals and seven points as Rimouski (39-24-2) beat the Cataractes (43-15-7) for their first win in their last three games.
Armada 5 Huskies 0
At Boisbriand, Que., Storm Phaneuf made 22 saves and Jess Tanguy had a goal and two assists as the Armada (37-22-5) picked up its fourth win in five outings by blanking Rouyn-Noranda (21-36-8).
Sagueneens 4 Sea Dogs 3 (SO)
At Saguenay, Que., Guillaume Asselin had a goal and an assist in regulation and Charles Hudon scored the shootout winner as Chicoutimi (34-21-9) halted Saint John's 17-game winning streak.
Foreurs 6 Olympiques 5 (OT)
At Val'd'Or, Que., Anthony Mantha scored twice, including the winner, and added two assists as the Foreurs (30-30-5) picked up their seventh win in a row by defeating Gatineau (25-29-10) in overtime.