Halifax, Baie-Comeau, Blainville-Boisbriand, Gatineau, Quebec, Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d’Or Move On
Halifax, Baie-Comeau, Blainville-Boisbriand, Gatineau, Quebec, Rouyn-Noranda; and Val-d’Or have moved into the quarterfinals of the QMJHL playoffs. Halifax swept the Saint John Sea Dogs with two wins last week to go along with their two wins the week before. Jonathan Drouin and Stephen MacAulay both scored twice; while Andrew Ryan and Martin Frk added singles in the 6-1 win on Tuesday. Juriji Repe added the lone Sea Dogs’ marker. The Mooseheads completed the sweep with another 6-1 win on Wednesday thanks to goals from Stefan Fournier who had a pair; and Darcy Ashley, Nathan MacKinnon, Luca Ciampini, and Matthew Boudreau had singles. Maxime Villemaire scored for Saint John.
Baie-Comeau also swept Sherbrooke
Jeremy Gregoire had the hat trick; while Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau scored twice; and Frederic Gamelin, Felix Girard, and Valentin Zykov had singles in the 8-2 win on Tuesday. Steve Lebel scored both Phoenix markers. Zykov and Petr Straka scored twice each; while Paquin-Boudreau had a single in the 5-2 win on Wednesday. Denis Kamaev scored both Sherbrooke goals.
Blainville-Boisbriand needed five games to dispose of Acadie-Bathurst
The Titan needed overtime and a goal from Zach O’Brien 5:32 in to get past the Armada 5-4 on Tuesday. O’Brien also scored in regulation as did Raphael Lafontaine, Aiden Kelly, and Marc-Olivier Brouillard. Philippe Sanche, Stefan Matteau Jr, Tommy Giroux, and Danick Martel scored for the Armada. Giroux scored twice; while Marc-Olivier Roy and Christopher Clapperton added singles as the Armada skated to a 4-1 win on Wednesday to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Christophe Lalancette added the lone Titan goal. Blainville-Boisbriand won the series with a 3-2 win on Friday thanks to goals from Clapperton, Roy, and Cedric Paquette. Raphael Lafontaine and Matthew Bissonnette scored for the Titan.
Gatineau needed six games to dispose of Rimouski
The Olympiques took a 2-1 series lead with a 6-4 win on Tuesday. Jonathan Bourcier and Emile Poirier scored twice each; while Etienne Boutet and Tomas Hyka had singles for Gatineau; while Peter Trainor, Kevin Gagne, Francis Beauvillier, and Samuel Morin scored for the Oceanic. Gatineau took a 3-1 lead with a 4-0 shutout on Wednesday. Rock Regimbald scored twice; while Alexandre Carrier and Jordan Kennedy had singles. Rimouski brought the series to 3-2 with a 2-1 win on Friday as Trainor and Alexandre Lavoie scored for the Oceanic; while Boutet scored for the Olympiques. Gatineau finished off Rimouski with a 2-1 win of their own on Sunday. Poirier and Simon Tardif-Richard scored the Olympiques’s goals; while Lavoie lit the lamp post for Rimouski.
Quebec also needed six games to eliminate Chicoutimi
After splitting the games in Quebec the previous week the Remparts won both games in Chicoutimi. Nick Sorensen scored twice; while Logan Shaw, Mikhail Grigorenko, Jason Houde, and Alexandre Boivin added singles as the Remparts doubled the Sagueneens 6-3 on Tuesday. Charles Hudon added a pair; while Laurent Dauphin added a single for Chicoutimi. The Remparts shut out Chicoumti with a 4-0 win on Wednesday to take a 3-1 series lead. Grigorenko, Houde, Sorensen, and Jeremy Beaudry scored. When the series returned to Quebec City on Friday the Sagueneens were victorious with a 3-1 win thanks to goals from Hudon who had another pair, and Sebastein Sylvestre who had a single. Quebec’s goal came from Beaudry. Quebec won the series with a 4-3 overtime win on Sunday thanks to goals from Frederic Bergeron who scored the series winner 5:38 into the first overtime; Kurt Etchegary, Grigorenko, and Martin Lefebvre. Hudon, Thomas Gobeil, and Mathieu Gagnon scored for Chicoutimi.
Victoriaville needed five games to eliminate Moncton
The Tigres took a 2-1 series lead with a 6-5 win at home on Tuesday thanks to goals from Philippe Hudon who had the hat trick; while Philippe Halley had two; and Philippe Maillet scored once. Alex Saulnier and Yannick Veilleux had a pair each; while Christophe Lalonde had a single for the Wildcats. The Tigres went up 3-1 with a 1-0 win on Wednesday thanks to Tristan Pomerleau’s goal with 1:43 left in regulation. Maillet scored 23 seconds into overtime Friday to send the Tigres into the quarterfinals. Hudon added another pair for Victoriaville; while Alex Saulnier and Dmitrij Jaskin found the twine for the Wildcats.
Val-d’Or Took PEI Out In Six Games
After splitting their games in Charlottetown the Rocket took a 2-1 lead with a 4-3 win on Tuesday in Val-d’Or. Victor Provencher, Ben Duffy, Alex Micallef, and Matthew Bursey scored for the Rocket; while Samuel Henley, Cedrick Henley, and Loik Poudrier scored for the Foreurs. The Foreurs tied the series with a 3-0 win on Wednesday as Cedrick Henley, Poudrier, and Anton Zloban scored. The Foreurs put the Rocket on the brink of elimination with a 3-1 win on Friday thanks to goals from Artem Sergeev, Nicolas Aube-Kobel, and Cedrick Henley. The Foreurs closed out the series with a 4-3 three overtime period win on Monday thanks to Cedric Henley’s power play goal 1:03 into the third overtime period. Anthony Mantha had two goals; while Brandon Hynes had the other one for Val-d’Or. Yan Pavel Laplante scored all three Rocket markers.
Rouyn-Noranda also needed five games to take out Drummondville
Drummondville got back in the series with a 7-6 win at home on Tuesday. Matthew Boudens scored four times; while Olivier Archambault, Nikolas Brouillard, and Lukas Balmeli added singles for the Voltigeurs. Jean-Sebastien Dea and Mathieu Brisbois had a pair each; while Sven Andrighetto and Justin Guenette had singes for the Huskies. Nikita Kucherov scored 7:43 into overtime to put the Huskies to within a game of winning the series with a 4-3 win on Friday; while Dillon Fournier, Andrighetto, and Gabriel Desjardins added singles. Boudens, Gabriel Vermette, and Jerome Verrier scored for Drummondville. The Huskies finished off the Voltigeurs with a 6-4 win at home on Friday. Dea had the hat trick; while Kucherov had a pair; and Andrighetto scored once for the Huskies. Archambault, Guillaume Gauthier, and Gabriel Vermette had the Voltigeurs’ markers.
Halifax will take on Gatineau; Victoriaville will face Baie-Comeau; Blainville-Boisbriand will play Val-d’Or; and Quebec takes on Rouyn-Noranda in the quarterfinals.