The P.E.I. Rocket saluted their longest-serving player in franchise history on Sunday night, but it was the Rimouski Oceanic who ended up celebrating.
The Oceanic spoiled Pierre-Andre Bureau's jersey retirement by winning their eighth straight and clinching a playoff spot with a 3-1 victory over P.E.I. in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
Bureau's No. 22 is the first number retired by the Rocket aside from No. 9 - the number of Maurice "Rocket" Richard, the team's namesake. Bureau played 346 games with P.E.I. (including three seasons with the team while it was located in Montreal), setting a QMJHL record for the most games played with a single team. During his tenure, the St-Georges-Beauce, Que., native racked up 239 points (87 goals, 152 assists) before joining the University of Moncton.
On Sunday, Simon Olsson opened the scoring early in the second period for P.E.I., but Jordan Caron scored his first of two goals for Rimouski (32-22-1-0) 10 minutes later to knot the score at 1-1. Caron also scored an empty-netter.
The Oceanic haven't lost since dropping a 4-3 decision to the Shawinigan Cataractes on January 18.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Cape Breton 5, Rouyn-Noranda 1; Moncton 3, Saint John 1; Chicoutimi 4, Acadie-Bathurst 1; Quebec 3, Victoriaville 2; and Montreal 4, Baie-Comeau 2.
At Charlottetown, Logan MacMillan scored the winner for Rimouski with four minutes remaining in the second period.
Maxim Gougeon made 18 saves for the win, while Bobby Nadeau stopped 30 shots in net for the Rocket (20-27-4-5).
Screaming Eagles 5, Huskies 1
At Sydney, N.S., Robert Slaney scored twice and added an assist as the Screaming Eagles took down Rouyn-Noranda.
Stephen Horyl had a goal and an assist for Cape Breton (39-15-1-1), while Nick MacNeil and Nicolas Chouinard also scored.
Nicolas Deslauriers found the net for the Huskies (24-25-4-3).
Wildcats 3, Sea Dogs 1
At Saint John, N.B., Mark Barberio scored the eventual game-winner and added an assist as Moncton defeated the Sea Dogs.
Randy Cameron and Scott Brannon added goals for the Wildcats (40-9-2-3).
Michael Kirkpatrick had the lone marker for Saint John (27-25-2-2).
Sagueneens 4, Titan 1
At Bathurst, N.B., Mathieu Tousignant scored twice as part of a four-goal third period to help Chicoutimi down the Titan.
Jacob Lagace and Drew Paris also scored third-period goals for the Sagueneens (18-26-4-6).
Artem Demkov scored late in the first period for Acadie-Bathurst (19-25-5-5).
Remparts 3, Tigres 2
At Quebec, Benjamin Breault scored a pair as the Remparts jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on to beat Victoriaville.
Mikhail Stefanovich had the other goal for Quebec (41-10-0-3).
David Cliche and Travis McIsaac scored for the Tigres (27-28-0-1).
Junior 4, Drakkar 2
At Montreal, Matthew Brenton late second-period marker was the winner as the Junior snapped a four-game losing skid by beating Baie-Comeau.
Matt Fillier, Angelo Esposito and Philippe Fontaine also scored for Montreal (26-24-1-2).
Guillaume Goulet and Emrik Guillemette replied for the Drakkar (16-30-5-2).