Once Mikhail Stefanovich started scoring, he couldn't stop.
Stefanovich celebrated his 40th goal of the season by scoring two more for a natural hat trick in the first period as the Quebec Remparts steamrolled the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 8-1 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Sunday.
Stefanovich also had two assists in his most productive game of the season. The Belarusian import was named QMJHL offensive player of the week last week and is on a six-game point streak, with nine goals and six assists in that span.
Two of Stefanovich's goals came on the power play as Quebec went 4-for-9 with the man advantage. The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect is the fifth player in the league to reach 40 goals this season.
The Remparts (46-13-0-3) led 4-1 after the first period and never looked back. Benjamin Breault opened the scoring 36 seconds into the game and added a shorthanded marker in the third period for his 30th and 31st goals of the season.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Shawinigan 7, Moncton 0; Cape Breton 4, Acadie-Bathurst 3; Montreal 7, Lewiston 2; P.E.I. 6, Halifax 4; Victoriaville 4, Rouyn-Noranda 3 (OT); and Baie-Comeau 5, Val-d'Or 1.
At Quebec, Dmitri Kugryshev had a goal and an assist, while Marc-Olivier Vallerand and Samuel Groulx also scored for the Remparts, who are one point away from clinching the Eastern Division. Kevin Marshall chipped in with three assists. Jean-Simon Allard and Sebastien Trudeau had two helpers each.
Jacob Lagace had the lone goal for the Sagueneens (22-29-4-7), who lost their third straight.
Charles Lavigne made 23 saves for Quebec. Chicoutimi netminder Sean Coulton was pulled after allowing two goals the first eight minutes of play, but returned to the game after Francois Levesque stopped five of seven shots in replacement. Coulton finished with six goals allowed on 33 shots.
Cataractes 7, Wildcats 0
At Shawinigan, Que., Timo Pielmeier made 27 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Cataractes demolished Moncton.
Pierre-Alexandre Vandall and Matthew Pistilli both scored pairs, Nicholas Petersen had a goal and two assists, Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll had three assists, and Antoine Houde-Caron and Michael Bournival also scored for Shawinigan (50-12-2-0).
Nicola Riopel allowed four goals on 18 shots before being replaced by Louis Domingue, who stopped 20 of 23 for the Wildcats (44-13-2-4), who dropped their third straight game.
Moncton, the league's top defensive team, has allowed 15 goals in its past three games.
Junior 7, Maineiacs 2
At Montreal, Dmitri Kostromitin and Guillaume Asselin each scored twice and added an assist as the Junior hammered Lewiston.
Nick Layton had a goal and an assist for Montreal (32-27-1-2), while Darick Ste-Marie and Matthew Brenton also scored.
Alexander Beaton and Etienne Brodeur found the net for the Maineiacs (21-41-1-1).
Rocket 6, Mooseheads 4
At Charlottetown, Joel Champagne had two goals and two assists to blast the Rocket over Halifax.
Simon Olsson scored twice while Chris Doyle and Benjamin Cassavant both had a goal and an assist for P.E.I. (23-30-4-5).
Alexis Piette scored a pair and added an assist for the Mooseheads (17-38-3-4). Travis Randell had a goal and an assist and Jessyko Bernard also scored.
Tigres 4, Huskies 3 (OT)
At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Andrej Nestrasil scored 53 seconds into overtime and had two assists in regulation as Victoriaville edged the Huskies.
Maxime Tanguay had four points, with two goals and two assists, and Kirill Tulupov added a goal for the Tigres (29-32-1-2).
Nicolas Deslauriers had two goals, including the tying marker with 65 seconds left in regulation, and Alexandre Beauregard also scored for Rouyn-Noranda (28-27-5-3), which has points in its last four games.
Screaming Eagles 4, Titan 3
At Sydney, N.S., Jan Piskacek had a goal and an assist as the Screaming Eagles hung on to defeat Acadie-Bathurst.
Robert Slaney, on a first-period penalty shot, Joey Haddad and Jean-Christophe Gauthier also scored for Cape Breton (43-17-3-1).
Francis Hevey, Artem Demkov and Julien Tremblay replied for the Titan (20-30-7-6), who are on an eight-game losing skid.
Drakkar 5, Foreurs 1
At Val-d'Or, Que., Marc-Olivier Mimar scored twice and added an assist as Baie-Comeau sailed past the Foreurs.
Guillaume Goulet also had two goals for the Drakkar (19-34-7-2), while Stephane Michaud added another.
Maxime Sauve had the lone marker for Val-d'Or (18-37-3-5), which lost its fourth straight.