The Saint John Sea Dogs needed a relentless shot barrage to extend their franchise-best winning streak.
Mike Hoffman had a goal and two assists as the Sea Dogs downed the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4-2 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Thursday.
Saint John (20-4-1) won its 12th game in a row, but the result was in doubt until the third period thanks to a sensational game from Drakkar netminder Simon Giroux. The 17-year-old rookie turned aside 34 shots over the first two periods, as his team trailed by just one goal entering the third period.
The Sea Dogs continued to press, and put the game out of reach with 6:06 remaining on a power-play goal by Michael Kirkpatrick, his fifth of the season. Saint John finished with an absurd 55-19 advantage in shots.
The Sea Dogs have been the class of the QMJHL over their past dozen games, outscoring their opponents 54-20 to vault to the top of the overall standings. The Drakkar were the only opponent to earn a point against Saint John during that span, dropping a 3-2 shootout decision Oct. 30.
In Thursday's other QMJHL game, it was Cape Breton 2 Gatineau 0.
At Saint John, N.B., Tomas Jurco and Pierre Durepos added singles for the Sea Dogs, who had at least one shot on goal from every skater in the lineup. Saint John finished 2-for-5 with the man advantage.
Gabriel Bourque and Marc-Olivier Mimar countered with power-play goals for the Drakkar (5-15-3), who are winless in eight straight. Baie-Comeau has been outscored 42-19 during the losing streak.
Karel St-Laurent made 17 saves to earn the win for Saint John.
Screaming Eagles 2 Olympiques 0
At Gatineau, Que., Olivier Roy's 24 saves lifted Cape Breton past the Olympiques.
Taylor MacDougall and Luke Adam scored for the Screaming Eagles (14-6-4).
Maxime Clermont turned aside 13 shots for Gatineau (14-8-0).