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Quebec's Erne on a scoring rampage

by Adam Kimelman

For Quebec forward Adam Erne, it must feel like he's shooting at a soccer net these days.

The Remparts left wing, who earned an A rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, continued his hot play with a hat trick Friday in an 8-3 win at the Acadie Bathurst Titan.

In his last four games, Erne has eight goals. After scoring six goals in his first 13 games, he's now seventh in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 14 goals, and second on his team with 27 points. He also has a solid plus-10 rating.

"He's got a good offensive game, can contribute and put up numbers, but he'll battle and play physical when needed and that's what excites the scouts," Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr said.

Erne was one of a number of 2013 draft-eligible QMJHL players to have big weekends:

* Blainville-Boisbriand Armada left wing Christopher Clapperton had a hat trick in a 6-5 win at the PEI Rocket on Friday. Teammate Samuel Hodhod had a goal and an assist, and Marc-Olivier Roy added a pair of assists.

* Val-d'Or Foreurs teammates Matthew Murphy and Samuel Henley each had a goal and an assist Friday in a 6-4 win at the Victoriaville Tigres. In that game, Victoriaville's Jean-Francois Leblanc had a goal and three assists in a losing effort.

* Gatineau Olympiques teammates Mikael Langlois and Emile Poirier each had a goal and an assist Friday in 5-4 defeat of the Sherbrooke Phoenix. On Sunday, Poirier had a hat trick in a 5-3 loss to Val-d'Or.

* Baie-Comeau Drakkar left wing Valentin Zykov had a pair of goals and an assist in a 7-1 defeat of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Friday. His 11 goals are the most among the league's first-year players.

* Zykov's teammates, Alexandre Ranger and Francis Turbide, had big games in Saturday's rematch at Chicoutimi. Ranger, a right wing, had two goals in the 6-2 win, while Turbide, also a right wing, had a pair of assists.

* Rimouski Oceanic right wing Simon Fortier had two goals Saturday in a 4-1 defeat of Quebec. Teammate goalie Carl Hozjan stopped 26 of 27 shots.

* Moncton goalie Alex Dubeau stopped all 31 shots in the Wildcats' 3-0 shutout of Blainville-Boisbriand on Saturday.

* Chicoutimi center Laurent Dauphin had a goal and an assist Sunday in a 6-2 defeat of the Drummondville Voltigeurs. The B-ranked skater leads all first-year QMJHL players with 21 points. Teammate Gabriel Gagnon scored two goals in the victory.

* Rimouski left wing Peter Trainor had a goal and three assists in a 6-5 shootout defeat of Halifax on Sunday, snapping the Mooseheads 14-game win streak. Teammate Scott Oke had two goals and an assist, and Maxime Gravel had a pair of assists.

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