The Saint John Sea Dogs finally looked like their old selves on Sunday.
Danick Gauthier had a hat trick to lead the Sea Dogs past the P.E.I. Rocket 5-3 for Saint John's first win of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season.
The Sea Dogs were the best junior hockey team in Canada last season, winning the QMJHL's President's Cup and then going on to win the Memorial Cup.
Saint John's 119 points in the 2010-11 season are the second most in QMJHL history. The team lost only seven games in regulation, two in overtime and one in the shootout.
However, the Sea Dogs lost their first three games of this season before Sunday's victory, putting them in second-last overall.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was: Cape Breton 5, Acadie-Bathurst 3; Quebec 4, Blainville-Boisbriand 2; and Shawinigan 5, Gatineau 2.
At Saint John, N.B., Scott Oke had the eventual winner for the Sea Dogs (1-3-0) and Brock Morrison had his second of the season.
Matej Beran, Felipe Corbo and Victor Provencher supplied the offence for the Rocket (1-2-0).
Screaming Eagles 5, Titan 3
At Sydney, N.S., Dany Potvin's power-play goal in the third period lifted Cape Breton (3-1-0) over Acadie-Bathurst (3-1-1).
Remparts 4, Blainville-Boisbriand 2
At Boisbriand, Que., defenceman Mikael Tam scored twice as Quebec (1-2-1) sank the Armada (3-1-0).
Cataractes 5, Olympiques 2
At Gatineau, Que., Peter Sakaris had two power-play goals, including the winner, as Shawinigan (3-1-0) scored three unanswered goals in the third period against the Olympiques (2-3-0).