Charlie Coyle continued his torrid scoring pace with two goals and the Saint John Sea Dogs moved within a win of advancing to the second round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs with an 8-2 rout of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Tuesday.
Coyle now has eight goals in the series setting a club record for goals in a playoff round.
The Sea Dogs took a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series and can complete the sweep Wednesday in Sydney, N.S.
Danick Gauthier also scored twice and Tomas Jurco added a goal and two assists for the Sea Dogs.
Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist and Stanislav Galiev chipped in two assists as both players moved into a tie with Michael Kirkpatrick for the all-time club lead with 55 points in the playoffs.
Ryan Tesink also had a goal and an assist and Kevin Gagne tallied a single to round out the scoring. Zack Phillips added two assists and Mathieu Corbeil made 27 saves for the win.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Halifax 5 Moncton 4 (OT); Acadie-Bathurst 6 Chicoutimi 5 (OT); Quebec 9 Drummondville 3; Blainville-Boisbriand 8 Gatineau 5; Baie-Comeau 8 Victoriaville 2; Rimouski 3 Val-d'Or 2 (OT); and Shawinigan 3 Rouyn-Noranda 2.
At Sydney, Saint John has scored 29 goals in the series, tying a team mark for goals in a series set against the Prince Edward Island Rocket in 2008.
William Carrier and Kyle Farrell had the goals for the Screaming Eagles. Philippe Trudeau allowed three goals on six shots and took the loss. William Racicot made 27 saves on 32 shots in relief.
Coyle beat Trudeau with a backhand to open the scoring at 1:35 of the first period. Just 51 seconds later Gauthier made it 2-0, again with a backhander.
Gauthier scored again at 3:03 of the first, getting in behind the defence and taking a pass from Jurco to bring Trudeau???s night to an end. Gagne added his first of the series at 5:01.
Carrier scored the Eagles' first goal early in the second period, beating Corbeil just 22 seconds in.
Jurco put the Sea Dogs back up by four at 3:51, beating Racicot through the pads with a shot from the slot.
Coyle struck again at 14:21 of the second when Phillips fed him in the slot. Just 40 seconds later Huberdeau knocked in a rebound to make it 7-1. Charles Roussel and Jurco assisted on the captain???s second of the series.
Farrell gave Cape Breton a slight lift late in the second, scoring at 18:51.
Tesink added an unassisted power-play marker at 13:06 of the third period for his first playoff goal.
Mooseheads 5 Wildcats 4 (OT)
At Moncton, N.B., Brent Andrews scored his first goal of the series in overtime as Halifax completed a four-game sweep of the Wildcats. The Mooseheads' Nathan MacKinnon sent the game to overtime when he scored his sixth of the series midway through the third period.
Titan 6 Sagueneens 5 (OT)
At Bathurst, N.B., Alec Jon Banville scored in overtime as the Titan cut Chicoutimi's series lead to 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday in Bathurst. Zach O'Brien and Francois Godin each had a goal and three assists for the Titian.
Remparts 9 Voltigeurs 3
At Drummondville, Que., Vincent Barnard had three goals and an assist as Quebec took a 3-0 series lead over the Voltigeurs. Quebec can finish the sweep Thursday in Drummondville.
Armada 8 Olympiques 5
At Gatineau, Que., Tommy Giroux had two goals and an assist as Blainville-Boisbriand took a 3-0 series lead over the Olympiques. Cedric Paquette and Jess Tanguy each added a goal and three assists. Game 4 is Wednesday in Gatineau.
Drakkar 8 Tigres 2
At Baie-Comeau, Que., Lukas Cingel had two goals and an assist as the Drakkar took a 3-0 series lead over Victoriaville. Raphael Bussieres and Tomas Filippi each added three assists. Game 4 is Wednesday in Baie-Comeau.
Oceanic 3 Foreurs 2 (OT)
At Val'd-Or,Que., Petr Straka scored in overtime as Rimouski took a 3-0 series lead over the Foreurs. The Oceanic came back after Anthony Mantha had given the Foreurs a 2-0 lead with a pair of power-play goals. Game 4 is Wednesday in Val-d'Or.
Cataractes 3 Huskies 2
At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Vincent Arseneau scored the winner as Shawinigan held on to take a 3-0 series lead over the Huskies. Game 4 is Wednesday in Rouyn-Noranda.