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Saint John out-paces Halifax 5-2, Sea Dogs clinch best QMJHL record

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The Saint John Sea Dogs locked up home ice advantage for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs on Sunday afternoon.

Mike Hoffman had a goal and two assists as Saint John beat the Halifax Mooseheads 5-2 in QMJHL action.

With the win, the Sea Dogs clinched the best regular-season record in the league with 106 points, and are guaranteed home ice advantage for every round of the President's Cup tournament.

Saint John will play the Atlantic Division's fourth seed in the first round of the post-season.

The P.E.I. Rocket currently hold that spot, although they could pass the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles for third place.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was: Rimouski 3 Baie-Comeau 1; Montreal 7 Lewiston 3; Quebec 6 Chicoutimi 1; and Victoriaville 2 Gatineau 0.

At Saint John, N.B., Nathan Beaulieu, Tomas Jurco, Steven Anthony and Nicholas Petersen rounded out the offence for the Sea Dogs (52-11-2).

Konrad Abeltshauser scored both goals for Halifax (13-46-6).

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Oceanic 3 Drakkar 1

At Rimouski, Que., Patrick Delisle-Houde had the eventual winner as the Oceanic sank Baie-Comeau.

Alex Emond and Michael Beaudry also scored for Rimouski (34-24-7).

Philip Richer was the lone scorer for the Drakkar (19-39-7).

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Junior 7 Maineiacs 3

At Lewiston, Maine, Jeremy Gouchie had a hat trick and an assist as Montreal crushed the Maineiacs.

Chris Thorne scored twice for the Junior (31-27-7), while Nicolas Chouinard and David Stich added singles.

Pierre-Olivier Morin, Matthew Bissonnette and Michael Chaput supplied the offence for Lewiston (23-39-3).

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Remparts 6 Sagueneens 1

At Chicoutimi, Que., Danick Paquette had a pair of power-play goals to lead the Remparts past the Sagueneens.

Martin Lefebvre, Mikhail Stefanovich, Marc-Olivier Vallerand and Olivier Hinse had the other markers for the Remparts (39-20-7).

Alexandre Roy had the only goal for Chicoutimi (25-31-9).

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Tigres 2 Olympiques 0

At Gatineau, Que., Kevin Poulin made 23 saves as Victoriaville shut out the Olympiques.

Joel Champagne and Brandon Hynes found the back of the net for the Tigres (44-19-3).

Maxime Clermont stopped 26 shots for Gatineau (28-32-5).

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