The Ticats avoided a three game losing streak in Montreal Friday night by burying the hapless Alouettes 31-7.
Both teams did very little in a low scoring first half.
Boris Bede scoring the only points of the opening period on a 42 yard field goal with about five minutes to play.
The points followed an interception by Cats rookie cornerback Travis Lee was negated by a Hamilton offside penalty.
Bede was wide left on a 43 yard field goal with 4:10 left in the second quarter, but the single point extended Montreal’s lead to 4-0.
The 1-and-2 Alouettes, coming off their bye week, started quarterback Rakeen Cato as veteran Kevin Glenn deals with an inflammation of the eye.
Hamilton’s only points in the first half came on a conceded safety by Bede with 40 seconds to go and a 56 yard field goal by Brett Maher on the last play of the first half.
Brandon Banks returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown, his second special teams TD of the season, to give the Tiger-Cats a 12-4 advantage about two and a half minutes into the second half.
Bede missed a 41 yard field goal, but the Ticats were called for an offside penalty, and Bede’s retry was good from 36 and cut the Ticats’ lead to 12-7.
Adrian Tracy’s third sack of the game also forced Cato to cough up the football at midfield and Hamilton turned it into 7 points with 3:14 left in the third quarter when CJ Gable burst into the endzone on a 9 yard touchdown run.
Maher connected on four field goals in the fourth stanza, from 43, 41, 40 and 10 yards, to give the Ticats a 31-7 lead.
The 2-and-2 Cats play their second of four straight road games Saturday July 23 in Edmonton against the 2-and-1 Eskimos.