After an eight-day layoff, the Drummondville Voltigeurs wasted no time resuming their torrid scoring pace in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs.
Marc-Olivier Vachon set a Voltigeurs record for the fastest goal to start a playoff game, scoring 11 seconds after the opening faceoff as Drummondville pounded the Rimouski Oceanic 8-1 on Friday night in Game 1 of their semifinal series.
The Voltigeurs outscored their first two playoff opponents - the Lewiston Maineiacs and Montreal Junior - by a combined total of 60-13 en route to back-to-back sweeps.
Mike Hoffman, Yannick Riendeau and Dmitry Kulikov each contributed three points in Friday's opening-game blowout. Hoffman, who is tied with Riendeau for the league-lead in goals with 15, scored twice and added an assist. Riendeau, who has 31 points in nine playoff games, had a goal and two assists, while Kulikov added three assists.
Drummondville outshot the Oceanic 24-7 in the third period and 51-27 overall, going 7-for-15 on the power play.
In the other QMJHL semifinal opener, it was: Quebec 4 Shawinigan 2.
At Drummondville, Que., Christopher DiDomenico and Gabriel Dumont both had a goal and an assist for the Voltigeurs, who improved to 9-0 in the playoffs. Samson Mahbod and Charles Landry also scored, while Sean Couturier had a pair of helpers.
Felix Lefrancois had the lone goal for Rimouski.
Marco Cousineau made 26 saves for Drummondville. Oceanic netminder Maxim Gougeon stopped 43 shots.
Remparts 4 Cataractes 2
At Quebec, Mikhail Stefanovich scored the go-ahead goal 41 seconds into the third period as the Remparts took a 1-0 series lead on Shawinigan.
Stefanovich leads Quebec with 10 playoff goals, tying him for third overall in the QMJHL.
Kelsey Tessier, Samuel Groulx and Frederick Roy also scored for the Remparts, who needed seven games to knock off the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the quarter-finals.
Maxime Legault and Philippe Paradis found the net for the Cataractes.