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Rimouski pair taking advantage of extra attention

by Adam Kimelman

Entering the season many NHL scouts had the Rimouski Oceanic on their must-see list for big center Frederik Gauthier. And while Gauthier has shined when healthy, two of his teammates have taken advantage of the extra attention.

Forwards Peter Trainor and Scott Oke have emerged as the focal points of the Rimouski offense this season, and finished the weekend atop the team's scoring chart. The pair combined for eight points as Rimouski swept its two games over the weekend.

Trainor set up both of Oke's goals in the Oceanic's 6-5 shootout win at the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Friday. It was just the fifth loss in 16 home games for the Armada, who have the second-most points in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

On Sunday against the PEI Rocket, Trainor started the fun with a goal just 3:20 into the game, and then he set up Jess Tanguy's power-play goal in the second to give Rimouski a 3-0 lead en route to a 6-1 victory. He and Oke then combined to assist on Gauthier's goal in the game's final minute.

Trainor, a 5-foot-11, 187-pound left wing, leads Rimouski in goals (18), assists (28) and points (46). Oke, a 6-3.5, 196-pound left wing, leads the Oceanic with eight power-play goals and a plus-15 rating, and is second on the team in goals (17), assists (26) and points (43).

Gauthier, despite missing time with a broken jaw, is fourth on the team with 12 goals and 31 points. NHL Central Scouting has him fourth among QMJHL skaters in its preliminary ranking of the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft.

The Rimouski pair weren't the only QMJHL prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft to have big weekend performances. Here are a few others:

* Quebec left wing Anthony Duclair, No. 8 on Central Scouting's list, had a goal and an assist in the Remparts' 4-1 win at the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday.

* Rouyn-Noranda right wing Sven Andrighetto had a goal and four assists -- his second five-point game of the season -- in the Huskies' 6-4 defeat of the Val-d'Or Foreurs on Friday. Teammate Jean-Sebastien Dea had a pair of goals.

* Shawinigan goalie Marvin Cupper stopped all 23 shots he faced for his first QMJHL shutout on Friday in a 4-0 win against the Sherbrooke Phoenix.

* Baie-Comeau's Simon Lemieux turned aside all 27 shots he faced for a 4-0 shutout of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Saturday.

* Halifax center Nathan MacKinnon, Central Scouting's top-rated QMJHL skater, had a personal-best four assists on Saturday in the Mooseheads' 7-6 loss at Acadie-Bathurst. Teammate Jonathan Drouin, No. 2 on Central Scouting's list, had three goals and an assist.

* Acadie-Bathurst center Patrik Zdrahal had his first QMJHL hat trick, plus an assist, in the Titan's defeat of Halifax, the top team in the QMJHL.

* Quebec left wing Adam Erne, No. 5 on Central Scouting's list, had a goal and two assists in the Remparts' 4-2 win at the Saint John Sea Dogs on Saturday.

* Blainville-Boisbriand's Marc-Olivier Roy had a hat trick in the Armada's 8-1 defeat of Val-d'Or on Sunday. He's No. 18 on Central Scouting's ranking.

* Rimouski's Frederik Gauthier had a goal and three assists in the Oceanic's 6-1 win against PEI on Sunday.

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