After months of uncertainty, the Rimouski Oceanic finally look ready to compete in the Memorial Cup.
Philippe Cornet had a goal and two assists as the Rimouski Oceanic earned their eleventh straight victory with a 6-2 win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Sunday.
The Oceanic (35-22-1-0) started 2009 on a seven-game losing skid, sitting just two games above .500.
In 15 games since then, the hosts of this year's Memorial Cup have only lost twice to become one of the top teams in the QMJHL. Rimouski clinched a playoff spot on Friday with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Moncton Wildcats.
On Sunday, Olivier Fortier opened the scoring three minutes into the game before Cornet and Ryan Kavanagh scored power-play goals 27 seconds apart to give the Oceanic a 3-0 lead. Keven Veilleux assisted on all three first-period goals.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Montreal 4, Gatineau 3; Baie-Comeau 3, Chicoutimi 2 (SO); and Halifax 5, Victoriaville 4 (SO).
At Rimouski, Que., Gleason Fournier, Jordan Caron and Frederic Desrochers also scored for the Oceanic. Pier-Luc Giguere and Sergey Ostapchuk replied for Rouyn-Noranda (25-26-4-3).
Rimouski netminder Matthew Dopud made 24 saves to earn the win against his former team, while Antoine Lafleur stopped 11 shots for the Huskies.
Junior 4, Olympiques 3
At Montreal, Jeremy Gouchie scored a minute into the third period to break a 3-3 tie and give the Junior the victory against Gatineau.
Matt Fillier, with two goals and an assist, and Nick Layton, with a goal and two assists, also scored for Montreal (28-25-1-2).
Jean-Philip Chabot, Nicolas Boyer and Maxime Mallette scored for the Olympiques (32-22-2-2).
Drakkar 3, Sagueneens 2 (SO)
At Baie-Comeau, Que., Felix Petit and Guillaume Goulet scored in the shootout to help the Drakkar edge Chicoutimi.
Mike Villeneuve and Kalin Paul scored in regulation for Baie-Comeau (17-32-5-2), which snapped a five-game losing skid.
Mathieu Tousignant had a goal and an assist and Jacob Lagace also scored for the Sagueneens (20-26-4-7).
Mooseheads 5, Tigres 4 (SO)
At Victoriaville, Que., Jan Stransky and Yuri Cheremetiev scored the only goals of the shootout as Halifax snapped a four-game losing streak by taming the Tigres.
Cheremetiev had a goal in regulation while Stransky added two assists for the Mooseheads (15-35-3-4). Tomas Knotek scored a pair and Gerrard Grant had the other marker.
Maxime Tanguay, Jonathan Bonneau Alexandre Labonte and Kirill Tulupov found the net for Victoriaville (28-29-1-1), which lost its seventh straight.