After tying the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League record for the worst start to a season, the Val-d'Or Foreurs finally found a way to win: their power play.
The Foreurs were 5-for-9 with the man advantage on Sunday afternoon en route to a 5-3 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques, their first win of the season.
Val-d'Or (1-12-1-1) lost 14 straight before Sunday's win, which tied the 1989-90 Drummondville Voltigeurs streak to start the season. One of the main reasons for the Foreurs' slow start was their power play, which was a lowly 14.8 per cent, generating only 13 goals from 88 opportunities.
Gatineau (5-8-1-1) opened the scoring on Alex Lamontagne's power-play marker 6:07 into the first period, but Val-d'Or responded with man-advantage goals from Francois Gauthier and Samuel Morneau. Gerrit Fauser tied the game for the Olympiques, but Morneau scored again before the period ended to give the Foreurs the lead for good.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Acadie-Bathurst 4, P.E.I. 1; Baie-Comeau 4, Chicoutimi 2; Drummondville 5, Halifax 1; and Victoriaville 3, Cape Breton 2.
At Gatineau, Que., Maxime Sauve added a pair of goals in the second period for Val-d'Or to put the game out of reach. Alex Lamontagne had the Olympiques' other goal.
Raffaele D'Orso stopped 36 shots for the win, while Gatineau netminding duty was split between Marc-Antoine Gelinas, who made nine saves in the first period, and Maxime Clermont, who stopped eight shots.
Titan 4, Rocket 1
At Charlottetown, Tomy Joly scored the winner early in the third period and added an empty-netter as Acadie-Bathurst grounded the Rocket.
Vincent Couture and Taylor Lambke also scored for the Titan (6-6-4-0).
Simon Olsson had the lone goal for P.E.I. (5-7-0-1).
Drakkar 4, Sagueneens 2
At Chicoutimi, Que., Felix Petit scored a hat trick and added an assist to lead Baie-Comeau over the Sagueneens.
Guillaume Goulet opened the scoring midway through the first period for the Drakkar (4-6-2-1).
Joel Champagne and Louis-Felix Laporte replied for Chicoutimi (4-8-1-1).
Tigres 3, Screaming Eagles 2
At Victoriaville, Que., Dave Nolin's three assists helped the Tigres build a 3-0 lead as they held off Cape Breton.
Alexandre Labonte, Joel Chouinard and Philip-Michael Devos scored for Victoriaville (9-7-0-0).
Vincent Lavigueur and Artem Demkov answered for the Screaming Eagles (11-4-0-0), but it was too little too late.
Voltigeurs 5, Mooseheads 1
At Drummondville, Que., Marc-Olivier Vachon scored twice on the power play in the first period and the Voltigeurs went on to beat Halifax.
Samson Mahbod, Mike Hoffman and Mathieu Gingras also scored for Drummondville (10-2-0-2).
Charles Bety scored the only goal for the Mooseheads (4-10-0-0).