On November 14, 1999 Mathieu Benoit and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan hit the ice against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre in a 1999-00 regular season match-up. Little did Benoit know at the time, when the buzzer sounded on a blowout victory for Acadie-Bathurst, he would personally earn a spot in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League record books.
Benoit opened the scoring at 8:09 in the first period, before scoring his second goal of the period on the power play at 18:31 and earning his first hat trick of the game by 4:02 in the second. Benoit went on to score two more power play goals in the second period, at 9:34 and 13:59, and nabbing his second hat trick of the night at 17:21 in the third period. He’d close out the game with his seventh and eighth goals at the 17:34 and 19:48 marks in the final frame. He finished the game with eight of Bathurst’s 12 goals.
Teammates Samuel Seguin, Ondrej Latal, Yannick Lachance and Olivier Fillion rounded out the four other Titan goals from the night. Yannick Guay scored a hat-trick for Chicoutimi in the 12-3 defeat by Acadie-Bathurst. Benoit earned the first star of the game with eight goals and two assists, while teammates Francois Beauchemin slid into the second spot with eight assists by the end of the night, and Fillion earning the Third Star, with a goal and two assists.
The game meant Benoit anchored a spot tied for first for the most goals scored by a player in a single game, in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He’s tied with eight goals alongside Stephan Lebeau (Shawinigan, 1986/87 season) and Normand Aubin (Verdun/Sorel, 1979-80 year) for the league record. The game also set a personal record for Beauchemin, who earned a second-place spot alongside eight other players in the league for the most assists by a player in one game, with eight.
What a game!