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QMJHL: Remparts keep on rolling

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The Canadian Press
10/14/2008 10:34:59 PM
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Quebec Remparts head coach Patrick Roy may be a fan favourite, but his red-hot team has become an unwelcome guest in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Marc-Olivier Vallerand scored twice and added an assist as the Remparts trounced the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7-1 Tuesday night for their ninth consecutive victory.

Tuesday's rout was also the sixth straight road win to start the season for the Remparts (10-1-0-0), equalling a franchise record set in 1970. It's the longest streak since Victoriaville opened with seven consecutive road wins in 2002, and just two shy of the QMJHL record of eight held by the 1976-77 Cornwall Royals.

Quebec, ranked eighth in the Canadian Hockey League, has been fortunate along the way _ its first four road victories were one-goal affairs, including two shootout wins and an overtime triumph. The Remparts have been more dominant of late, outscoring their opponents 11-2 in their past two games away from the Pepsi Colisee.

Quebec can tie the league mark with wins Wednesday at Val-d'Or and Oct. 25 in Rimouski.

With the teams tied 1-1 after 20 minutes, Quebec took control with two goals 1:25 apart midway through the second period. Vallerand's unassisted goal at 9:37 made it 2-1, and the Remparts extended their lead at 11:02 on Benjamin Breault's seventh of the season.

In other QMJHL action Tuesday, it was: Shawinigan 7 Drummondville 0; and Baie-Comeau 5 Gatineau 4.

At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Breault, a Buffalo Sabres draft choice, finished with a pair of goals, while Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mikhail Stefanovich, Washington Capitals draft pick Dmitri Kugryshev and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault added singles.

Roy's son Jonathan stopped 29 shots to run his record to 4-0, but he wasn't around for the end of it _ the temperamental netminder was given a minor penalty and a misconduct with 30 seconds left in the third period. Backup Charles Lavigne took his place, but didn't face any shots.

Sergey Ostapchuk had the lone goal for Rouyn-Noranda (5-5-2-0), which lost for the first time in four games. The Huskies had allowed just eight goals in their previous five games combined.

Netminder Antoine Lafleur started for Rouyn-Noranda, but was pulled with 7:10 remaining after surrendering the sixth Remparts goal. Matthew Dopud took over, and the two combined to make 23 saves in defeat.

Cataractes 7 Voltigeurs 0

At Shawinigan, Matthew Pistilli scored twice and added an assist and Timo Pelletier stopped 39 shots as the Cataractes blitzed Drummondville.

Nicholas Petersen, Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll, Pierrick Martel, Maxime Legault and Ashton Bernard added singles for Shawinigan (9-4-0-0).

Nathan Dunnett and Antoine Tardif combined to make 26 saves for the Voltigeurs (8-2-0-2).

Drakkar 5 Olympiques 4

At Baie-Comeau, Que., Felix Petit's goal with 3:17 left in the third period lifted the Drakkar to a come-from-behind win over Gatineau.

Nicolas Seguin, Guillaume Goulet, Marc-Andre Laroche and Gabriel Bourque also scored for Baie-Comeau (3-5-2-1), which trailed 4-2 late in the second period.

Steven Delisle, Jean-Philip Chabot, Paul Byron and Alexandre Quesnel countered for the Olympiques (5-6-1-0).

Quebec Remparts (Photo: TSN)

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