SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Joe Veleno didn't take long to find the scoresheet in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The 15-year-old centre, who was the first player in Quebec to be granted exceptional player status by Hockey Canada, scored his first career goal in his debut as his Saint John Sea Dogs downed the visiting Halifax Mooseheads 5-2 on Saturday.
Sam Povorozniouk had two goals and an assist for the Sea Dogs (1-0-0) as Daniel Del Paggio scored once and set up two more. Matthew Highmore tacked on a goal and an assist to round out the offence.
Danny Moynihan and Connor Moynihan scored for the Mooseheads (0-1-1).
Saint John netminder Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 30 saves for the win as Kevin Resop turned away 21-of-26 shots for Halifax.
The Sea Dogs went 1 for 3 on the power play while the Mooseheads failed to score on three chances with the man advantage.
Veleno is just the fifth player to ever be given his status, joining John Tavares (2005), Aaron Ekblad (2011), Connor McDavid (2012) and Sean Day (2013).
CATARACTES 2 SAGUENEENS 1
CHICOUTIMI, Que. ??? Julio Billia kicked out 47-of-49 shots to give the Sagueneens a chance to win their home opener, but a second-period power-play goal proved to be too much for his club to overcome.
Brandon Gignac opened the scoring for Shawinigan (2-0-0) and Louis-Philip Fortin beat Billia 6:37 into the second with the eventual winner. Mikhail Denisov needed to make just 16 saves for the victory.
Landon Schiller responded midway through the third period for Chicoutimi (0-1-0).
TIGRES 3 DRAKKAR 1
VICTORIAVILLE, Que. ??? Carl Marois' goal late in the second period stood up as the winner as the Tigres downed Baie-Comeau.
Mario Huber and Maxime Comtois also struck for Victoriaville (1-1-0) while James Pavall made 29 saves for the win.
Guillaume Beaudry scored for the Drakkar (0-2-0), who got a 23-save outing from Evgeny Kiselev.
WILDCATS 6 TITAN 3
BATHURST, N.B. ??? Zachary Fortin stopped 42 shots and Stephen Johnson had a pair of goals as Moncton doubled up the Titan.
Kelly Klima, Will Smith and Maximilian Glaessl also found the back of the net for the Wildcats (1-0-0).
Jeffrey Truchon-Viel scored once for Acadie-Bathurst (0-1-1) and picked up helpers on both goals from Antoine Morand. Reilly Pickard gave up four goals on 19 shots before giving way to Daniel Vatour, who stopped 16-of-18 shots in 18:12 of relief.
ISLANDERS 5 SCREAMING EAGLES 0
CHARLOTTETOWN ??? Matthew Welsh made 20 saves to earn his first career shutout as the Islanders blanked Cape Breton.
Bradley Kennedy and Mitchell Balmas each had a pair of goals for Charlottetown (2-0-0) while Alexander McQuaid added the other.
Alxandre Belanger stopped 33-of-38 shots for the Screaming Eagles (1-1-0).
FOREURS 5 VOLTIGEURS 2
DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. ??? Anthony Beauregard scored once and assisted on two others and Dereck Baribeau made 23 saves as Val-d'Or took care of the Voltigeurs.
Julien Gauthier, Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Daniel Krenzelok also scored for the Foreurs (2-0-0).
Frederic Aube and Jeremy Bouchard struck for Drummondville (2-0-0), which got a 26-save outing from Anthony Dumont-Bouchard.
OLYMPIQUES 6 HUSKIES 0
GATINEAU, Que. ??? Alex Dostie had two goals and two assists and Mathieu Bellemare kicked away 25 shots as the Olympiques shut out Rouyn-Noranda.
Vitalii Abramov, Jake Coughler, Yan Pavel Laplante and Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin also scored for Gatineau (2-0-0).
Samuel Harvey played the first two periods for the Huskies (1-1-0) and gave up four goals on 12 shots. Jeremy Belisle played the third period and stopped 5-of-7 shots in relief.
OCEANIC 4 REMPARTS 2
QUEBEC ??? Antoine Dufort-Plante struck twice and Louis-Philip Guindon made 23 saves as Rimouski doubled up the Remparts.
Evan Scott and Tyler Boland also scored for the Oceanic (1-1-0).
Ross MacDougall and Mikael Robidoux supplied the offence for Quebec (0-1-0). Julian Galloway stopped 16-of-20 shots in defeat.