QMJHL Weekly: October 18th, 2010

Raymond, Lagacé and Halley Are Telus Three Stars of the Week

Drummondville forward Jerome Raymond, Pei netminder Maxime Lagace; and Victoriaville forward Philippe Halley are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending October 15th. Raymond scored twice while lending a helping hand on two more and was the first star of the game as Drummondville skated to a 5-1 win over Cape Breton on Thursday. He added another goal and assist as the Voltigeurs were edged 4-3 by Halifax on Friday and finished the weekend with an assist as Drummondville got past PEI 4-3 on Sunday. He finished the week a +4. Lagace made 35 saves and was the first star of the game in the Rocket’s 2-1 win over Maritime rivals Moncton on Friday and finished the week with 27 saves as the Rocket lost 6-4 to another Maritime opponent Halifax on Saturday. Lagace finished the week with a 2.40 gAA and 0.940 SAV%. Halley found the back of the net once, lent a helping hand on one more, and was the second star of the game as Victoriaville edged Gatineau 3-2; and he ended the week with three goals, one assist, and the first star of the game award as Victoriaville romped to a 7-0 rout of Chicoutimi on Sunday. Halley finished the week a +6.

Tremblay Named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

On the heels of being named the Telus First Star of the Week last week Val-d’Or netminder Francois Tremblay is the CHL Goalie of the Week for the week ending October 9th. Tremblay made 19 saves on Wednesday as Val-d’Or lost a 5-4 shootout to Rouyn-Noranda. He followed that up with 28 more and the first star of the game award in the team’s 1-0 shutout of Chicoutimi on Friday; and ended it with 39 more and the second star of the game award in Sunday’s 2-0 blanking of Blainville-Boisband. He finished the week with a 1.30 GAA and 0.956 SAV%.

Four Teams In CHL Top 10

When the Canadian Hockey League announced the Top 10 last week four teams made the cut. Baie-Comeau stayed at second, Saint John moved up one to fifth, Shawinigan jumped one spot to eighth, and Victoriaville fell five spots to 10th. Quebec received an honorable mention.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 4
1 London Knights (6-1-0-0)
2 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (8-2-0-0)
3 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (7-1-0-0)
4 Tri-City Americans (5-2-0-0)
5 Saint John Sea Dogs (7-4-0-0)
6 Saskatoon Blades (6-1-0-0)
7 Shawinigan Cataractes (8-4-0-1)
8 Regina Pats (5-2-0-0)
9 Ottawa 67′s (5-1-1-0)
10 Victoriaville Tigres (8-4-0-0)

Honorable Mention:
Sarnia Sting (5-1-0-1) , Kootenay Ice (4-1-0-2), Quebec Remparts (7-2-1-1)

Mooseheads, Olympiques Announce Pink In The Rink

On Wednesday Halifax announced that Friday, October 21st will be their Pink in the Rink IV event when they host Saint John. Gatineau announced on Thursday that theirs will be held on Saturday, October 29th when they host Rouyn-Noranda. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event on 20 of the pink game-worn Mooseheads jerseys and given away on-ice at the conclusion of the game. Pink Mooseheads t-shirts and toques will also be for sale at Antlers Merchandise Store and at the Antlers Kiosk next to Subway. Corporate Pink Packs of 25 game tickets are being sold for $250 to corporations and groups interested in taking in the event and supporting the cause with their staff. The proceeds from the jersey raffle tickets, t-shirts, toques and Pink Packs will all go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Atlantic. Fans are also encouraged to wear pink to the game to show their support for the cause.

The Olympiques have decided to push this initiative a little further this season. With the collaboration of the IGA Family Charles and CKOI 104.7, the team is organizing a day of fundraising that will be held on Saturday October 22nd, 2011 from 11am to 6pm at the IGA on Boulevard Greber. The Olympiques will sell coupons exchangeable for their game of October 29th. For every sold coupon, $6 will be given to the Foundation of the CSSS of Gatineau. The administration, the injured players and of course the mascot Hully will be present for the day. A barbecue and many prices are also on the program.

To raise more funds, the Olympiques are putting on sell through a silent auction the 23 pink jerseys worn by the players during their breast cancer game. The opening bid for each of the jerseys will be set at $100. Fans that wish to obtain a jersey can bid during the games of the Olympiques. A stand will be installed in the main lobby of the Robert-Guertin Center
Fans can place your bid until the end of the 1st intermission during the game played for the breast cancer foundation on October 29th or call or e-mail Geneviève Têtu at 819-777-0661 ext (230) or by email at gtetu@olympiquesdegatineau.ca for more details or to place a bid for one of the jerseys.

Information courtesy QMJHL

Shawinigan and Blainville-Boisband Make Trade

On Friday Shawinigan sent defenseman Nikita Kolesnikov, goalie Storm Phaneuf, and their 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft sixth round pick to Blainville-Boisband for Kirill Kabanov and defenseman Alexandre Gauthier. In this his rookie campaign Kolesnikov has found the back of the net once while assisting on nine more in 13 games this year; while Phaneuf has yet to play a game.

This will be Kabanov’s third QMJHL team as he came into the League with Moncton for the 2009-10 season before moving to Lewiston last year and then to Shawinigan for the start of this season. He has 21 goals and 30 assists in 61 regular season games while adding eight more and lending a helping hand on 12 in 20 post season contests. Alexandre Gauthier has not played a game this season.

The Games This Week

Sebastien Trudeau was the only shooter to score in the shootout as Acadie-Bathurst nipped Cape Breton 3-2 in the shootout on Tuesday night. Raphaël Pouliot,’s sixth of the year 2:15 into overtime was the game winner as Blainville-Boisband edged Moncton 3-2; Guillaume Asselin led the way with a goal and assist as Chicoutimi nipped Baie-Comeau 3-2; and jean-Gabriel Pageau led the way with two goals and two assists as Gatineau romped to a 5-1 win over Saint John on Wednesday.

Andre Bouvet-Morrissette found the back of the net twice and lent a helping hand on two more, and Jerome Raymond had a goal and two assists as Drummondville skated to a 5-1 win over Cape Breton; Nathan MacKinnon scored twice and assisted on one more to lead Halifax to a 5-3 win over Blainville-Boisband; and Owen Werthner and Frederick Roy added a goal and assist each as Quebec blanked Victoriaville 3-0 on Thursday.

Pier-Antoine Dion and Ben Duffy scored for PEI, while Brandon Gormley did the same for Moncton in the Rocket’s 2-1 win; Philippe Hanley and Phillip Danault found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on one more each as Victoriaville nipped Gatineau 3-2; Alexandre Durette and Jonathan Lessard scored twice each to lead Baie-Comeau to a 5-3 win over Rimouski; and Saint John skated to a 9-4 win over Rouyn-Noranda thanks to Danick Gauthier’s hat trick on Friday.

On Saturday Jerome Gauthier-Leduc scored once and assisted on two more as Rimouski edged Baie-Comeau 5-4; Mirko Hoefflin and Matthew Bissonnette scored twice each as Acadie-Bathurst skated to a 5-3 win over Moncton; Christopher Clapperton added two goals and helped out on one more as Blainville Boisband defeated Cape Breton 5-3; Brent Andrews cored the game winner with a shorthanded goal 13:21 into the third as Halifax edged Drummondville 4-3; Yoan Pinette’s shorthanded goal 12:19 into the second was the game winner as Chicoutimi shutout Gatineau 2-0; Sven Andrighetto found the back of the net twice and assisted on two more as Rouyn-Noranda skated to a 4-1 win over Shawinigan; and Zack Phillips added two goals and added one assist as Saint John defeated Val-d’Or and stopped the Foreurs’ shutout streak with a 4-1 victory.

The weekend closed out with three games on Sunday with two of them going to overtime.

Maxime Villemaire, scored 3:33 into overtime as Drummondville edged PEI 4-3 in one game; while Val-d’Or got a power play goal from Artem Sergeev 1:32 into the extra stanza as the Foreurs nipped Shawinigan 3-2.

Philippe Halley had the hat trick to lead Victoriaville to a 7-0 romp over Chicoutimi in the other game.

The Leaders

Victoriaville has taken over the lead in both the Telus East division and overall standings with their 10-5-0-0 record and 20 points; while a 9-5-0-0 record and 18 points puts Saint John on top of the Maritime standings; and Val-d’Or leads the Telus West with 16 points (7-6-0-0).

Among the skaters the order from last week has not changed as Acadie-Bathurst forward Zach O’Brien continues his lead in the scoring race with 12 goals and 16 assists in 14 games; while Victoriaville forward Yanni Gourde is second with 27 points (9G, 18A); and O’Brien’s teammate Matthew Bissonnette rounds out the top three with 13 goals and 12 assists in 15 contests.

Between the pipes Baie-Comeau’s Jimmy Appleby moves to the top spot with his 4-2-0-0 record, 2.18 GAA, and 0.914 SAV%; while Victoriaville’s Brandon Whitney backstops his was into second place as he has a perfect 6-0-0-0 record with a goals against average of 2.60 and 0.889 SAV%; and Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil-Theriault (7-2-0-0, 2.61 GAA, 0.899 SAV%) rounds out the top three.

The Games To Come

Play resumes with one game on Wednesday as Rimouski welcomes Val-d’Or.

There will also be one game on Thursday that will see Acadie-Bathurst at home to Quebec.

Sixteen teams will take to the ice on Friday as Saint John makes their way to Halifax, and Acadie-Bathurst is at home to PEI in two Maritime matchups; Blainville-Boisband welcomes Cape Breton; Moncton travels to Chicoutimip and the Battle of Quebec opens on four fronts as Val-d’Or is in Drummondville in a Telus West matchup; Gatineau and Baie-Comeu take to the ice in Baie-Comeau; Rouyn-Noranda is at home to Rimouski; and a Telus East contest takes place in Shawinigan as Victoriaville comes to town.

One game will be played in the Maritimes Division on Saturday as PEI makes their way to Saint John; Baie-Comeau welcomes Telus East rivals Shawinigan; Moncton is in Drummondville; Val-d’Or is at home to Telus West opponents Rouyn-Noranda; and Cape Breton is in Victoriaville on Saturday.

Five games will close out the weekend on Sunday as Saint John is at home to Quebec; Baie-Comeau welcomes Telus East rivals Chicoutimi; Moncton finishes up their trio to Quebec with a stop in Boisband to face the Armada; Val-d’Or welcomes Telus West opponents Rouyn-Noranda; and Victoriaville welcomes Cape Breton.

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