The Quebec Remparts are on fire, so it's only natural they would turn to their hottest player to keep the spark alive.
Mikhail Stefanovich scored twice in the third period as Quebec overcame a slow start to defeat the Lewiston Maineiacs 4-2 on Saturday night and win their seventh straight game in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The Remparts (30-8-0-2) have not lost since dropping a 4-3 decision to the Gatineau Olympiques on Dec. 12. Since then, Quebec has played a rock-solid defensive game, allowing only nine goals against on its seven-game streak.
Stefanovich now leads the Remparts with 20 goals. The Belarusian international, a fourth-round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008, is on an eight-game point streak, netting 15 points (12 goals, 3 assists) in that span. His two-goal performance on Saturday marked his third straight multi-goal performance.
The Maineiacs (13-28-0-0) limited Quebec to only 15 shots over the first two periods, but the Remparts came out strong in the third, launching 13 shots while holding Lewiston to just six.
Elsewhere in this QMJHL, it was: Baie-Comeau 2, Gatineau 1 (OT); Chicoutimi 6, Rimouski 3; Cape Breton 6, Halifax 5 (SO); Acadie-Bathurst 5, P.E.I. 4; Shawinigan 7, Val-d'Or 0; and Victoriaville 7, Rouyn-Noranda 4.
At Quebec, Hubert Genest had a goal and an assist, while Marc-Olivier Vallerand opened the scoring for the Remparts. Danick Paquette and Billy Lacasse scored for Lewiston, which has lost six in a row.
Jonathan Roy made 16 saves to earn the win. Maineiacs netminder Adrien Lemay stopped 24 shots.
Drakkar 2, Olympiques 1 (OT)
At Gatineau, Que., Pierre-Luc-Lessard assisted on the tying goal and scored the overtime winner as Baie-Comeau edged the Olympiques.
Roman Malinik scored for the Drakkar (11-22-4-2) in the third period to send the game to overtime.
Maxime Mallette scored the lone goal for Gatineau (18-18-2-2).
Sagueneens 6, Oceanic 3
At Rimouski, Que., Drew Paris scored twice as Chicoutimi doubled up on the Oceanic.
Mathieu Tousignant and Luc-Olivier Blain had a goal and an assist each, while Dominic Jalbert and Sebastien Rioux also scored for the Sagueneens (16-19-2-2). Antoine Roussel and Alexandre Murray added three assists each.
Felix Lefrancois, Philippe Cornet and Sebastien Piche replied for Rimouski (22-18-1-0), which lost its sixth straight.
Screaming Eagles 6, Mooseheads 5 (SO)
At Halifax, Jean-Christophe Gauthier scored a pair of goals in regulation and added another in the shootout as Cape Breton outlasted the Mooseheads.
Joey Haddad also found the net in the shootout, Chris Culligan, Francis Meilleur and Nicolas Chouinard scored in regulation for the Screaming Eagles (28-12-1-1).
Justin Pender scored twice, Alexis Piette had a goal and two assists, and Jessyko Bernard and Yuri Cheremetiev had a goal and an assist each for Halifax (11-25-2-2).
Titan 5, Rocket 4
At Bathurst, N.B., Remi Blanchard scored twice as the Titan held off a late rally to down P.E.I.
Tomy Joly, Vincent Couture and Taylor Lambke all had a goal and an assist for Acadie-Bathurst (16-18-5-3).
Benjamin Casavant scored and added two assists, Simon Olson had a goal and an assist, and Maxime Levesque and Jason Legault added goals for the Rocket (14-21-3-5).
Cataractes 7, Foreurs 0
At Val-d'Or, Que., Nicholas Petersen led the way with two goals and three assists as Shawinigan demolished the Foreurs.
Maxime Legault scored twice and added an assist, Pierre-Alexandre Vandall also scored a pair and Eric Bouchard added a single for the Cataractes (33-8-0-0). Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll had four assists.
Raffaele D'Orso and Jean-Sebastien Boucher combined to make 38 saves for Val-d'Or (9-27-2-3).
Tigres 7, Huskies 4
At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Alexandre Labonte scored the eventual winner midway through the second period as Victoriaville held off the Huskies.
David Cliche, Jonathan Bonneau, Travis McIsaac, Olivier Hinse, Joel Chouinard and Dave Nolin all found the net for the Tigres (21-20-0-1).
Pier-Luc Giguere, Sergey Ostapchuk, Jean-Sebastien Berube and Alex Emond replied for Rouyn-Noranda (20-15-3-2).