SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. -- Julien Gauthier scored and added three assists as the Rousseau Royal de Laval-Montreal routed the Saskatoon Contacts 7-0 Tuesday for its first win at Telus Cup national midget hockey championship.
Kevin Domingue and Joel Giguere added two goals apiece for Laval-Montreal (1-1), while Massimo Carozza, with a goal and two assists, and Gael-Mukeba Lubwele also scored. Sacha Guay added two helpers.
The Contacts' loss was the worst by a West region team since the Winnipeg Thrashers were handed a 12-5 defeat by the Vancouver NW Giants at the 2011 tournament. The Thrashers went on to win the gold medal.
Holding a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes despite being outshot 12-11, Laval-Montreal exploded in the second period. They scored five goals on nine shots to make it a 7-0 game through two periods.
Alexandre Duckett made 20 saves for the shutout, while Rylan Parenteau allowed five goals in almost 36 minutes of work for Saskatoon (1-1) before giving way to Brock Hamm late in the second period.
In the afternoon game, the Central region's Ottawa Jr. 67's doubled Atlantic's Valley Wildcats 4-2.
Medric Mercier scored a pair of power-play goals for Ottawa (1-1), while Peter Sigouin and Matthew Hudson also scored.
Simon Hofley got the win for Ottawa, making 21 saves. Michael Cullen replaced Hofley for a minute late in the third and made one save.
John Deacon and Brett Tidman replied for Valley (0-2), while Michael Pettet stopped 28 shots.
The final game saw the host Sault Ste. Marie North Stars edge Pacific region's Red Deer Chiefs 4-3.
Brian Kment made 47 saves in net for the North Stars, who overcame a late rally by the defending champions.
Jaren Bellini, Jaron Rowe, Matt Pinder and Devin Shell scored for Sault Ste. Marie.
Ryker Leer, Dustin Gorgi and Chris Gerrie scored for Red Deer, which scored two goals in the third but couldn't find the equalizer. Matt Zentner meanwhile stopped 31 saves.