VAL D"OR, Que. - A five-point night for Julien Gauthier was just what the Val-d'Or offence needed on Saturday.
Gauthier had a hat trick and added two assists as the Foreurs downed the Shawinigan Cataractes 7-4 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
Anthony Richard struck twice while Shawn Ouellette-St-Amant and Pierre-Maxime Poudrier rounded out the Val-d'Or (8-12-3) attack.
Olivier Caouette scored twice for Shawinigan (12-10-2) with James Phelan and Dennis Yan also chipping in. Anthony Beauvillier had three assists.
Etienne Montpetit turned aside 31 shots for the win while Antoine Samuel made 29 saves in the loss.
The Foreurs power play was dynamite, scoring on four-of-five chances. The Cataractes went 1 for 5.
DRAKKAR 3 SEA DOGS 1
BAIE-COMEAU, Que. ? Nicolas Meloche scored the go-ahead goal at 9:35 of the third period as the Drakkar beat Saint John.
Alexis Vanier opened the scoring on the power play for Baie-Comeau (15-6-3) while Luca Ciampini added an empty-net goal to secure the victory.
Samuel Dove-McFalls replied for the Sea Dogs (14-5-3).
SCREAMING EAGLES 3 MOOSEHEADS 2
SYDNEY, N.S. ? Maxim Lazarev scored his 10th goal of the year in the third period to help Cape Breton edge Halifax.
Jacob Smith and Loik Leveille both found the back of the net for the Screaming Eagles (8-12-4).
Morgan Nauss opened the scoring on the power play in the second period for the Mooseheads (9-12-3). Matt Murphy also had a goal.
ISLANDERS 2 TIGRES 1
CHARLOTTETOWN ??? Daniel Sprong struck twice to lead the Islanders past Victoriaville.
Kameron Kielly added two assists for Charlottetown (11-11-2), which won its second straight.
Nikita Li scored in the third period for the Tigres (12-8-3).
VOLTIGEURS 5 WILDCATS 4 (SO)
MONCTON, N.B. ??? Christophe Lalancette scored at 19:30 of the third period and again in the shootout as Drummondville edged the Wildcats.
Benjamin Gagne, Joey Ratelle and Alex Barre-Boulet supplied the rest of the Voltigeurs (10-10-2) offence.
Stephen Johnson, Kyle Tibbo, Ivan Barbashev and Eric Leger all had goals for Moncton (15-8-1), which entered the game winners of its past five.
HUSKIES 5 REMPARTS 4
ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. ??? Mathieu Lemay had a pair of goals as the Huskies skated past Quebec.
Alexandre Sills, Allan Caron and Francis Perron also scored for Rouyn-Noranda (11-10-2).
Kurt Etchegary struck twice for the Remparts (15-7-0), who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Marc-Olivier Roy and Nikolas Brouillard also had a goal.