The Drummondville Voltigeurs know the difference a year can make.
Yannick Riendeau set the pace with two goals as Drummondville hammered the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 10-2 on Friday night to set a new Quebec Major Junior Hockey League record for the biggest single-season turnaround.
Last season, the Voltigeurs finished dead last in the league with 33 points and only 14 wins. After Friday's win, Drummondville (45-9-0-3) sits in first place with 93 points, five points ahead of the Shawinigan Cataractes. The 60-point difference between the two seasons bests the previous record of 58 points, which the Voltigeurs accomplished in 1990-91, the same season they made it to the Memorial Cup final.
The most telling difference between the Drummondville of last season and this season is the team's offence. The Voltigeurs scored a league-worst 177 goals in 2007-08. This season, they lead the league with 287 goals and have 13 games left to increase that total.
On Friday, Riendeau scored in the first period and added another, his league-leading 47th goal of the season, less than a minute into the second to give Drummondville a 2-0 lead. The Brossard, Que., native leads the league with 105 points in 53 games.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Rimouski 2, Moncton 1 (SO); Quebec 2, Montreal 0; Saint John 4, Acadie-Bathurst 3 (OT); Gatineau 4, Halifax 3; Shawinigan 9, Lewiston 2; and Chicoutimi 4, Val-d'Or 2.
At Sydney, N.S., Sean Couturier had two goals and two assists in the third period for the Voltigeurs, while Maxime Frenette scored a pair, Mike Hoffman had a goal and two assists, and Philippe Lefebvre, Samson Mahbod and Dmitry Kulikov each added a goal and an assist.
Robert Slaney and Jean-Christophe Gauthier replied for the Screaming Eagles (39-16-1-1).
Marco Cousineau made 22 saves for Drummondville. Cape Breton netminder Christopher Holden stopped 29 shots.
Oceanic 2, Wildcats 1 (SO)
At Rimouski, Que., Keven Veilleux and Philippe Cornet scored in the shootout as the Oceanic edged Moncton to extend their win streak to 10 games.
Marc-Andre Bourdon scored in regulation for Rimouski (34-22-1-0).
Scott Brannon found the net for the Wildcats (40-10-2-4) and Tomy Joly scored in the shootout.
Remparts 2, Junior 0
At Montreal, Charles Lavigne made 33 saves to record his sixth shutout of the season as Quebec blanked the Junior.
Benjamin Breault scored both goals for the Remparts (42-11-0-3).
Jake Allen stopped 26 shots for Montreal (27-25-1-2).
Sea Dogs 4, Titan 3 (OT)
At Saint John, N.B., Mike Thomas scored in overtime to lift the Sea Dogs over Acadie-Bathurst.
Steven Anthony had a goal and two assist, while Nicholas Pard and Shea Kewin also scored for Saint John (28-25-2-2). Michael Kirkpatrick added three assists.
Julien Tremblay, Artem Demkov and Eric Faille scored for the Titan (20-25-6-5).
Olympiques 4, Mooseheads 3
At Gatineau, Que., Paul Byron scored his 30th goal of the season to cap the comeback as the Olympiques defeated Halifax.
Jean-Philip Chabot and Alain Goulet scored third-period goals to tie the game for Gatineau (32-21-2-2). Alexandre Touchette also scored.
Jan Stransky scored twice and Gerrad Grant had a goal and an assist for the Mooseheads (15-34-3-3). Tomas Knotek added three assists.
Cataractes 9, Maineiacs 2
At Shawinigan, Que., Philippe Paradis had three goals and two assists to lead the Cataractes in their rout of Lewiston.
Matthew Pistilli scored twice, Simon Lacroix had a goal and two assists, while Nicholas Petersen, Dave Labrecque and Michael Bournival each added a goal and an assist for Shawinigan (43-11-2-0).
Danick Paquette and Billy Lacasse replied for the Maineiacs (19-37-1-1).
Sagueneens 4, Foreurs 2
At Chicoutimi, Que., Nicolas Deschamps scored the winner as the Sagueneens used a three-goal third period to down Val-d'Or.
Jean-Philippe Foucher, Drew Paris and Antoine Roussel also scored for Chicoutimi (20-26-4-6).
Alexandre Monahan and Maxime Sauve scored for the Foreurs (16-34-3-4).