The Quebec Remparts did their part to spoil the return of major junior hockey to Montreal.
Sebastien Trudeau's goal with 2:30 left in the third period stood as the game winner in the Remparts' 3-2 victory over the Montreal Junior in QMJHL action Saturday night.
The result dampened the spirits of the 3,779 in attendance at the Verdun Auditorium, who saw the first major junior game hosted in Montreal since 2003. The Junior relocated from St. John's, N.L., in the off-season.
Trudeau's goal on a Remparts man advantage gave Quebec (3-1-0-0) a 3-1 lead. Mathieu Lavoie cut the lead just 37 seconds later, but Montreal (1-2-0-0) couldn't score the tying goal.
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault scored for the third straight game, while Jean-Simon Allard added a first-period goal for the Remparts.
In other QMJHL action Thursday, it was: Baie-Comeau 4, Chicoutimi 2; Cape Breton 4, Halifax 2; Moncton 3, P.E.I. 2 (SO); Saint John 5, Val-d'Or 0; Drummondville 5, Rouyn-Noranda 3; and Lewiston 4, Shawinigan 1.
At Verdun, Que., Benjamin Rubin had the other Montreal goal on a power play six minutes into the second period.
Jonathan Roy, son of Remparts head coach and NHL Hall-of-Famer Patrick Roy, earned the win for Quebec with a 32-save performance.
Jean-Francois Berube stopped 29 shots for the Junior.
Drakkar 4, Sagueneens 2
At Chicoutimi, Que., Gabriel Bourque had a goal and two assists as Baie-Comeau got past the Sagueneens.
Guillaume Goulet, Felix Petit and Tommy Samson also scored for the Drakkar (1-1-1-0).
Olivier Ouellet and Alexandre Lavoie replied for Chicoutimi (2-3-0-0).
Screaming Eagles 4, Mooseheads 2
At Halifax, Chris Cullian scored twice to lead Cape Breton past the Mooseheads.
Michael Stinziani and Jeremy Gouchie had singles for the Screaming Eagles (4-0-0-0).
Linden Bahm and Travis Randell scored for Halifax (1-3-0-0)
Wildcats 3, Rocket 2 (SO)
At Charlottetown, Ted Stephens and Matthew Bissonnette had shootout goals to propel Moncton past the Rocket.
Pierre-Marc Lessard and Denis Savard scored in regulation for the Wildcats (3-0-0-0).
Simon Olsson and Jean-Philippe Mathieu countered for P.E.I. (0-3-0-1).
Sea Dogs 5, Foreurs 0
At Saint John, N.B., Karel St-Laurent made 26 saves as the Sea Dogs blanked Val-d'Or.
Keven Guerette-Charland had a pair of goals, while Andrew Howes, Payton Liske and Nathan Beaulieu added singles for Saint John (2-1-0-0).
Raffaelle D'Orso stopped 28 shots in defeat for the Foreurs (0-4-0-0).
Voltigeurs 5, Huskies 3
At Drummondville, Que., Gabriel Dumont's goal 16 seconds into the third period stood as the game winner in the Voltigeurs' win over Rouyn-Noranda.
Yannick Riendeau, Marc-Antoine Desnoyers, Marc-Olivier Vachon and Dany Masse also scored for Drummondville (4-0-0-0).
Christophe Losier, Jarrad Struthers and Benoit Gervais had goals for the Huskies (0-2-1-0).
Maineiacs 4, Cataractes 1
At Lewiston, Maine, Philip Wright's 20-save effort lifted the Maineiacs past Shawinigan.
Marc Bourgeois, Billy Lacasse, Michael Chaput and Matt Bourdeau scored for Lewiston (2-2-0-0).
Dave Lebrecque had the lone goal for Shawinigan (2-2-0-0).