After a surprisingly slow start to the season, the Shawinigan Cataractes' offence is showing signs of life.
Pierrick Martel scored twice as the Cataractes exploded for five third-period goals in under seven minutes on Saturday for a 7-3 victory over Drummondville.
The win snapped the first-place Voltigeurs' five-game winning streak in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Shawinigan struggled to find the net in the first month of the season, averaging a league-worst 26 goals in its first 10 games. In the six games since, the Cataractes (8-6-2) have scored 27 times, showing signs of last season, when they were one of only two teams in the league to score more than 300 goals.
Trailing 3-2 after the second period, Antoine Houde-Caron kick-started Shawinigan's offensive outburst with an unassisted goal two minutes and 34 seconds into the third. Martel followed suit two minutes later with his second of the game before power-play goals by Pierre-Alexandre Vandall, Michael Claffey and Toni Ritter in a five-minute span put the game out of reach.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was: Gatineau 5 Val-d'Or 1; Moncton 5 Rouyn-Noranda 3; P.E.I. 4 Cape Breton 3 (SO); Quebec 7 Baie-Comeau 0; and Saint John 4 Halifax 0.
At Shawinigan, Que., Maxime Legault also scored for the Cataractes, who have won four straight and sit second in the Central Division behind Drummondville (12-2-1).
The Voltigeurs got goals from Marc-Olivier Vachon, Sean Couturier and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers.
Gabriel Girard made 34 saves for Shawinigan, while Drummondville netminder Antoine Tardif stopped 33 shots.
Olympiques 5 Foreurs 1
At Val-d'Or, Que., Mitchell Porowski had two goals and two assists in the second period as Gatineau beat the Foreurs.
Vincent Barnard, Philippe Halley and Olivier Croteau also scored for the Olympiques (12-4-0), who move into first in the West Division.
Jean-Francois Leblanc scored on the power play for Val-d'Or (5-11-2).
Wildcats 5 Huskies 3
At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Ted Stephens and Kirill Kabanov had a goal and an assist each as Moncton handled the Huskies.
David Savard, Matt Brown and Pierre-Marc Lessard also scored for the Wildcats (11-5-2).
Pier-Luc Giguere scored twice and Jean-Sebastien Berube added a goal for Rouyn-Noranda (10-5-3).
Rocket 4 Screaming Eagles 3 (SO)
At Sydney, N.S., Cody Linteau scored the lone goal of the shootout as P.E.I. came back to edge the Screaming Eagles.
Matthew Hobbs, Jarrad Struthers and Christopher Guay scored in the third period for the Rocket (10-6-2) to erase a three-goal deficit and force overtime.
Luke Adam, Marc Bourgeois and Stephen Horyl found the net for Cape Breton (8-6-3).
Remparts 7 Drakkar 0
At Quebec, Peter Delmas stopped 28 shots as the Remparts demolished Baie-Comeau.
Marc-Olivier Vallerand and Mikhail Stefanovich both had two goals and an assist for Quebec (11-3-3), while Danick Paquette and Samuel Groulx also scored. Kelsey Tessier added a goal and two assists.
Simon Giroux made 24 saves for the Drakkar (4-11-1).
Sea Dogs 4 Mooseheads 0
At Halifax, Marc-Antoine Gelinas made 40 saves for his second shutout of the season as Saint John blanked the Mooseheads.
Steven Anthony, Stanislav Galiev, Stephen MacAulay and Nicholas Petersen scored for the Sea Dogs (12-4-1), who have won four in a row.
Mathieu Corbeil-Theriault stopped 33 shots for Halifax (1-15-1), which lost for the ninth straight time.