The Chicoutimi Sagueneens decided to honour their coach in the best possible way: by winning.
Jacob Lagace scored four goals and added an assist to power the Sagueneens over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 6-2 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Friday night.
Chicoutimi's Richard Martel coached his 424th game with the Sagueneens Friday night, tying Gaston Drapeau for the franchise record. Drapeau coached the team from 1986-90 and 1993-95.
Martel has earned the Ron-Lapointe Trophy as the QMJHL Coach of the Year twice. He first received the honour as a rookie head coach in 1993-94 with St.-Hyacinthe and then again in 2003-04 with the Sagueneens.
He has also coached with the Val-d'Or Foreurs and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was Cape Breton 3 Moncton 2; Quebec 8 P.E.I. 5; Saint John 7 Halifax 1; Victoriaville 5 Shawinigan 0; Rimouski 6 Acadie-Bathurst 5 (OT); Gatineau 6 Drummondville 4; and Val-d'Or 7 Rouyn-Noranda 2.
At Chicoutimi, Que., Nicolas Deschamps had a goal and three assists for the Sagueneens (13-13-8), while Dominic Jalbert scored and had two assists.
Simon Olsson and Marc-Olivier Mimar scored for Baie-Comeau (10-22-3).
Screaming Eagles 3 Wildcats 2
At Sydney, N.S., Brad Cuzner scored the winner at the mid-point of the third period as Cape Breton edged Moncton.
Cory MacIntosh and Logan Shaw had goals for the Screaming Eagles (20-12-5).
Daniel Pettersson and Devon MacAusland both found the back of the net for the Wildcats (21-11-3).
Remparts 8 Rocket 5
At Quebec City, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and Kelsey Tessier both scored twice for the Remparts as they came out on top against P.E.I.
Alexandre Neron had a goal and two assists for Quebec (24-8-5), while Samuel Groulx, Mikhail Stefanovich and Benjamin Martin also scored.
Benjamin Casavant had a pair of goals and added an assists for the Rocket (20-13-4), while Joel Champagne, Ben Duffy and Samson Mahbod added goals.
Sea Dogs 7 Mooseheads 1
At Halifax, N.S., Mike Hoffman scored back-to-back goals as Saint John trounced the Mooseheads.
Mike Thomas opened scoring for the Sea Dogs (31-6-1), while Stephen MacAulay, Nicholas Petersen, Nathan Beaulieu and Tomas Jurco added goals.
Linden Bahm was the lone scorer for Halifax (8-28-3).
Tigres 5 Cataractes 0
At Victoriaville, Que., Kevin Poulin made 40 saves as the Tigres blanked Shawinigan.
Travis McIsaac scored twice and added an assist for Victoriaville (25-10-2), while Marc-Andre Laroche, Olivier Jannard and Olivier Hinse also scored.
Francois Lacerte stopped 29 shots for the Cataractes (17-13-5).
Oceanic 6 Titan 5 (OT)
At Rimouski, Que., Emmanuel Boudreau scored in overtime as the Oceanic edged Acadie-Bathurst.
Felix Lefrancois scored twice and added an assist for Rimouski (19-13-5), while Petr Straka, Alex Emond and Pierre-Alexandre Ouellet had goals.
Jonathan Lessard had a pair of goals for the Titan (14-19-4), while Bryce Milson, Jordan Moore and Jeremie Blain also scored.
Olympiques 6 Voltigeurs 4
At Gatineau, Que., Tye McGinn scored twice for the Olympiques as they defeated Drummondville.
Alexandre Touchette had a goal and two assists for Gatineau (19-14-3), while Denis Kindl, Philippe Halley and Christian Ouellet found the back of the net.
Gabriel Dumont had a pair of goals for the Voltigeurs (25-10-2), while Marc-Antoine Desnoyers and Andrew Randazzo also scored.
Foreurs 7 Huskies 2
At Val-d'Or, Que., Jonathan Hazen scored twice and added an assist for the Foreurs as they rolled Rouyn-Noranda.
Olivier Dallaire had a goal and an assist for Val-d'Or (14-19-3), while Jean-Francois Leblanc, Cedrick Henley, Olivier Archambault and Keven Guerette-Charland added goals.
Gabriel Levesque and Sergey Ostapchuk scored for the Huskies (20-16-3).