Five days before they face off against each other, the Shawinigan Cataractes and the Drummondville Voltigeurs continued to tear up the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Gabriel Dumont and Mike Hoffman both scored twice as the Voltigeurs routed the P.E.I. Rocket 8-3 on Sunday afternoon.
Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and Nicholas Peterson also scored two each to help Shawinigan tie a club record with its 15th straight home win with a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Junior.
The Central Division rivals face each other for the first time in over a month on Friday night in Drummondville. The last time they played, the Cataractes won 5-2 in Shawinigan on Nov. 1.
The Voltigeurs (25-4-0-2) have not lost since then, recording a franchise-record 13-game winning streak built on an explosive offence.
Dany Masse and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers had a goal and an assist while Benoit Levesque and Jonathan Brunelle also scored for Drummondville, which raised its December goal total to 24 in four games. The Voltigeurs have 155 goals in 31 games this season, and trail the Cataractes (156) by only one goal for the league lead.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL on Sunday, it was: Moncton 6, Rimouski 1; Victoriaville 5, Halifax 2; and Val-d'Or 5, Chicoutimi 3.
At Charlottetown, Yannick Riendeau and Dmitry Kulikov added two assists each for Drummondville. Chris Doyle scored twice and Jordon Southorn had a goal and an assist for the Rocket (11-16-2-4), who are on a six-game losing skid.
Antoine Tardif made 25 saves for the Voltigeurs, while P.E.I. netminder Evan Mosher stopped 37 shots.
At Shawinigan, Que., Lalonde-McNicoll held on to the QMJHL scoring lead. His two goals give the Longueuil, Que., native 54 points (23 goals, 31 assists), one more than Drummondville's Masse (24-29).
Peterson also added an assist, while Pierre-Alexandre Vandall opened the scorin for the Cataractes (27-5-0-0). Matthew Pistilli, Tommy Gauthier and Charles-Olivier Roussel chipped in with two assists each.
Angelo Esposito scored both goals for the Junior (15-14-1-0), who have lost three straight. Linemates Nick Layton and Benjamin Rubin assisted on both of Esposito's markers.
Timo Pielmeier won his 18th game of the season, making 17 saves. Montreal netminder Jake Allen stopped 34 shots.
Wildcats 6, Oceanic 1
At Moncton, Scott Brannon and Randy Cameron scored two goals each as the Wildcats hammered Rimouski.
Matt Eagles had a goal and two assists and Simon Jodoin also scored for Moncton (23-2-2-2). Pierre-Marc Lessard added three assists.
Francois Houde had the lone goal for the Oceanic (21-12-0-0).
Tigres 5, Mooseheads 2
At Halifax, Alexandre Labonte scored a pair to lead Victoriaville past the Mooseheads.
Maxime Robichaud, Jonathan Bonneau and Maxime Tanguay also scored for the Tigres (16-18-0-0).
Travis Randell and Chad Earle replied for Halifax (10-21-1-1).
Foreurs 5, Sagueneens 3
At Val-d'Or, Que., Maxime Levesque scored the game-winner with less than five minutes remaining as the Foreurs scored four unanswered goals in the final eight minutes to down Chicoutimi.
Maxime Sauve had a goal and two assists, Jonathan Hazen had a goal and an assist, while Marco Scandella and Alexandre Monahan added goals for Val-d'Or (7-22-1-3).
Jacob Lagace scored twice in the first period and Nicolas Deschamps added a penalty shot marker midway through the third for the Sagueneens (13-15-1-2).