Yannick Riendeau and the Drummondville Volitgeurs know what a difference a summer can make.
Riendeau notched a hat trick and added two assists to lead Drummondville to a 7-1 rout of the Lewiston Maineiacs on Sunday afternoon in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Riendeau is enjoying the best start of his QMJHL career, posting 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) in 16 games so far this season. The Brossard, Que., native is on pace to shatter his point total from last season, when he recorded 49 points in 42 games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
The Voltigeurs (14-4-0-2) only managed 14 wins over 70 games while finishing in last place last season. This season, it only took them 20 games to reach that mark.
With the win, Drummondville swept its weekend back-to-back series in Lewiston by a combined score of 20-5. The Voltigeurs scored 13 goals on Saturday, tying the team record for most goals scored on the road, set in 1983-84.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Shawinigan 3, Quebec 1; P.E.I. 8, Rouyn-Noranda 2; Rimouski 5, Val-d'Or 4; Saint John 4, Acadie-Bathurst 3 (SO); and Chicoutimi 4, Baie-Comeau 3.
At Lewiston, Maine, Mike Hoffman had a goal and two assists, while Samson Mahbod, Mathieu Gingras and Gabriel Dumont also scored for Drummondville.
Garrett Clarke spoiled Antoine Tardif's shutout bid, scoring midway through the third period for the Maineiacs (8-14-0-0).
Tardif made 21 saves for the Voltigeurs, while Lewiston netminder Peter Delmas stopped 34 shots.
Cataractes 3, Remparts 1
At Quebec, Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and Nicholas Petersen had two assists each to help Shawinigan defeat the Remparts and capture its 12th straight victory.
Matthew Pistilli, Dave Labrecque and Maxime Legault scored second-period goals for the Cataractes (19-4-0-0), who went 2-for-3 on the power play.
Frederick Roy had the lone goal for Quebec (15-4-0-1) with five minutes remaining in the first period.
Rocket 8, Huskies 2
At Charlottetown, Simon Olsson and Matthew Lachaine both scored twice as the Rocket dismantled Rouyn-Noranda.
Chris Doyle had a goal and two assists, while Mathieu Tousignant, Brandon MacLean and Danick Malouin also scored for P.E.I. (10-10-1-2).
Christophe Losier and Jarrad Struthers replied for the Huskies (12-8-2-0).
Oceanic 5, Foreurs 4
At Rimouski, Que., Sebastien Piche had a four-point game, scoring two goals and adding two assists as the Oceanic edged Val-d'Or.
Philippe Cornet scored a pair in the first period and assisted on Patrick Delisle-Houde's second-period marker for Rimouski (14-7-0-0).
Maxime Sauve had two goals and an assist, Jean-Francois Caron had a goal and two assists, and Francois Gauthier scored the other goal for the Foreurs (2-18-1-1).
Sea Dogs 4, Titan 3 (SO)
At Saint John, N.B., Alex Grant and Michael Kirkpatrick scored in the shootout to lift the Sea Dogs over Acadie-Bathurst.
Kirkpatrick, Yann Sauve and David Stich scored in regulation for Saint John (12-9-1-1). Christopher DiDomenico added two assists.
Jonathan Lessard tied the game late in the third period for the Titan (9-10-4-1). Spencer Jezegou and Remi Blanchard also scored.
Sagueneens 4, Drakkar 3
At Chicoutimi, Que., Jacob Lagace and Luc-Olivier Blain scored third-period goals to give the Sagueneens the victory against Baie-Comeau.
Olivier Painchaud and Nicolas Deschamps added goals for Chicoutimi (9-10-1-2).
Roman Malinik, Emrik Guillemette and Felix Petit found the net for the Drakkar (5-12-2-2), who have lost six straight.