The Moncton Wildcats' rookies are helping turn the team from a laughingstock into a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League powerhouse.
Sasha Famin scored twice and fellow rookie Brandon Gormley added a goal as the soaring Wildcats beat the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4-2 in QMJHL action Wednesday.
It's the fifth win in a row for Moncton (12-0-2-0), which hasn't lost in regulation yet this season. The Wildcats have the best record in the QMJHL and are currently third in the overall Canadian Hockey League rankings.
Not bad for a team that finished with the second-worst record in the league last season.
Some of the turnaround can be credited to the play of the rookies. Famin, a Belarusian, has five goals and four assists in 13 games this season with a plus-6 rating.
Gormley, a 16-year-old defenceman and the first overall pick in the 2008 QMJHL draft, has two goals, three assists and a plus-7 rating over 14 games.
The Wildcats also owe much of their resurgence to goaltender Nicola Riopel. The reigning QMJHL defensive player of the month made 23 saves for his 11th win of the season.
Elsewhere, Rouyn-Noranda beat P.E.I., 4-2.
At Moncton, N.B., Matt Eagles had a goal and an assist for the Wildcats, while Randy Cameron added three assists.
Sebastien Rioux and Olivier Ouellet scored while Francois Levesque made 36 saves for Chicoutimi (4-9-1-1).
Huskies 4 Rocket 2
At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Michael Beaudry scored a pair of power-play goals as the Huskies came back from a two-goal deficit to beat P.E.I.
Jean-Sebastien Berube and Jeff Desjardins also scored for the Huskies (7-6-2-0), who outshot P.E.I., 33-11.
Maxime Provencher and Matthew Lachaine scored for the Rocket (5-8-0-1).