Guy Rouleau had a hat trick as the Montreal Roadrunners reclaimed first place in the Roller Hockey International's Atlantic Division by beating the Buffalo Stampede, 6-4, Monday at the Forum.
Two of Rouleau's goals came in the fourth quarter, ensuring a win for Montreal in the physical, penalty-filled game. There were 28 total penalties, including three ejections, one that resulted in a penalty shot.
With 11 points, Buffalo (5-2-1) is second in the six-team division. Montreal (6-2), unbeaten at home through four games, has 12 points.
Montreal began the game with goals by Carl Boudreau and Denis Aspirot, but Buffalo came back with consecutive scores by Chris Bergeron, John Vecchiarelli and Tom Nemeth. Buffalo failed to capitalize on the penalty shot, though. Vecchiarelli was stopped by Montreal goalie Corrado Micalef at 4:38 of the second quarter following Real Godin's ejection.
Rouleau's first goal tied the score, and the first half ended at 3-3.
The teams traded goals in the middle of the third quarter, and Rouleau's tally at 1:11 of the fourth gave Montreal a 5-4 lead. Marc Delorme, Montreal's goaltender for the second half, shut out Buffalo in the fourth quarter with 10 saves.
Buffalo pulled goaltender Nick Vitucci with 50 seconds left, but Rouleau ended any hopes of a tie with an empty-net goal at 11:27.