With a strong start and a solid finish, the Victoriaville Tigres overcame some sloppy play in between.
Brandon Hynes had his first career three-goal game as the Tigres built a huge lead, then held on for an 8-5 win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Tuesday.
Hynes scored twice in the second period, his second goal giving Victoriaville (10-6-1) a 6-1 lead just past the midway point of the game. The Huskies (10-7-3) rebounded by scoring four straight times, with defenceman Jerome Gauthier-Leduc's goal making it 6-5 at 6:59 of the third.
Hynes, in his second QMJHL season, completed his hat trick less than three minutes later. Yannick Dube completed the scoring for the Tigres at 16:34.
In other QMJHL action Tuesday, it was: Moncton 6 Acadie-Bathurst 2; and Cape Breton 3 Rimouski 2.
At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Detroit Red Wings prospect Andrej Nestrasil had a goal and three assists for Victoriaville, while Dube finished with a pair of goals. Philip-Michael Devos and Jonathan Bonneau added singles.
Nicolas Deslauriers paced the Huskies with a pair of goals, while Gauthier-Leduc added a goal and two assists. Jeff Desjardins and Jean-Sebastien Berube added singles.
Antonio Mastropietro earned the victory for Victoriaville, despite being pulled following Rouyn-Noranda's fourth goal at 4:17 of the third period. He made 13 saves.
Kevin Poulin allowed just one goal on six shots in relief.
Huskies starting goaltender Mickael Audette was also pulled, having allowed four goals on 16 shots. Jessy Lecours made 14 saves the rest of the way.
Wildcats 6 Titan 2
At Moncton, N.B., Louis Domingue stopped 29 shots and six different players had goals as the Wildcats topped Acadie-Bathurst.
Brandon Gormley, Pierre-Marc Lessard, Ted Stephens, Marek Hrivik, Mark Barberio and Simon Jodoin scored for Moncton (12-5-2).
Jeremie Malouin and Jonathan Lessard countered for Acadie-Bathurst (7-9-3).
Screaming Eagles 3 Oceanic 2
At Rimouski, Que., Luke Adam scored twice as Cape Breton overcame a two-goal first-period deficit to edge the Oceanic.
Stephen Horyl added a goal and an assist for Cape Breton (9-6-3).
Patrick Delisle-Houde and Felix Lefrancois replied for Rimouski (8-6-3).