After starting the season with seven road wins, the Quebec Remparts were a period away from losing their third away game in a row, but Marc-Olivier Vallerand helped them regain their winning ways.
Vallerand scored a hat trick to spark a five-goal third period as Quebec slammed the Val-d'Or Foreurs 6-2 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Saturday night.
Quebec (13-3-0-1) was one victory away from tying the QMJHL record for consecutive road wins to start a season before a 2-1 loss to the Rimouski Oceanic in a shootout on Oct. 25. The Remparts also lost 3-1 to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Friday and were struggling to score again against the Foreurs.
Val-d'Or led 2-1 after two periods and held a 24-20 shot advantage before Vallerand opened the floodgates with a power-play goal three minutes and 19 seconds into the third. The Remparts fired 23 shots in the final 20 minutes, also getting goals from Dmitri Kugryshev and Jean-Simon Allard.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Shawinigan 5, Drummondville 2; Moncton 6, Halifax 2; Cape Breton 4, Saint John 3 (SO); Lewiston 5, Acadie-Bathurst 3; P.E.I. 5, Gatineau 3; Rimouski 4, Baie-Comeau 3 (SO); and Rouyn-Noranda 2, Montreal 1.
At Val-d'Or, Que., Jonathan Audy-Marchessault also scored and Mikhail Stefanovich added four assists for Quebec. Francois Gauthier and Samuel Morneau scored for the Foreurs (2-15-1-1).
Charles Lavigne made 26 saves for the Remparts, while Val-d'Or netminder Raffaele D'Orso stopped 37 shots.
Cataractes 5, Voltigeurs 2
At Shawinigan, Que., Matthew Pistilli and Charles-Olivier Roussel each scored twice against Drummondville to give the Cataractes their 10th straight win.
Antoine Houde-Caron had the other goal and Philippe Paradis added three assists for Shawinigan (17-4-0-0).
Andrew Randazzo and Maxime Frenette replied for the Voltigeurs (12-4-0-2).
Wildcats 6, Mooseheads 2
At Moncton, N.B., Simon Jodoin and David Savard had three-point nights with a goal and two assists each as the Wildcats dominated Halifax.
Matt Brown, Scott Brannon, Matt Lahey and Matt Eagles also scored for Moncton (16-0-2-0), which registered 20 shots in the first period and outshot the Mooseheads 52-29.
Chad Earle and Alexis Piette found the net for Halifax (6-12-0-0).
Screaming Eagles 4, Sea Dogs 3 (SO)
At Sydney, N.S., Joey Haddad scored in the first period and added another in shootout as Cape Breton edged Saint John.
Olivier Dame-Malka tied the game late in the third period and Nick MacNeil added a goal for the Screaming Eagles (13-5-0-0). Robert Slaney also scored in the shootout.
Yann Sauve, Christopher DiDomenico and Michael Kirkpatrick scored for the Sea Dogs (9-9-1-1), who have now lost four in a row.
Maineiacs 5, Titan 3
At Bathurst, N.B., Danick Paquette had a hat trick and an assist to lead Lewiston over the Titan.
Michael Ward and Billy Lacasse added goals for the Maineiacs (7-11-0-0).
Vincent Arseneau, Spencer Jezegou and Jonathan Lessard answered for Acadie-Bathurst (8-9-4-0).
Rocket 5, Olympiques 3
At Charlottetown, Benjamin Casavant scored twice in the third period to lift the Rocket past Gatineau.
Matthew Lachaine, Danick Malouin and Chris Doyle also scored for P.E.I. (8-9-0-2).
Gerrit Fauser, Hugo Laporte and Paul Byron replied for the Olympiques (5-12-1-1).
Oceanic 4, Drakkar 3 (SO)
At Baie-Comeau, Que., Felix Lefrancois scored a third-period goal and notched the winner in the fourth round of the shootout as Rimouski downed the Drakkar.
Keven Veilleux also had a goal and a shootout marker, and Philippe Cornet opened the scoring for the Oceanic (12-6-0-0).
Felix Petit had a pair in the second period and Marc-Andre Laroche tied the game in the final minute of regulation for Baie-Comeau (5-9-2-2).
Huskies 2, Junior 1
At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Pier-Luc Champagne scored the winning goal with two minutes remaining as the Huskies came back against Montreal to capture their fifth win in a row.
Maxime Macenauer tied the game for Rouyn-Noranda (10-6-2-0) 69 seconds before Champagne's winner.
Matt Fillier had the lone goal for the Junior (9-9-0-0).