QMJHL Weekly: 10/25

Bournival, Goulet and Girard Receive Weekly Honors

Shawinigan Cataractes forward Michael Bournival, Victoriaville winger Guillaume Goulet, and Shawinigan goalie Gabriel Girard are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending October 24th.

Bournival added three assists and Girard made 31 saves in the Cataractes’ 6-0 shutout of Lewiston on Wednesday. They were the second and third stars of that game respectively. Bournival added four more goals, and Girad made 31 more saves as Shawinigan laid an 8-1 thrashing on the PEI Rocket on Friday. Bournival was the game’s first star and Girard the third. Bournival added another goal and assist and was the first star of the game in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Baie-Comeau. Bournival finished the week a +9 and Girard with a 0.50 GAA and .984 SAV%.

Goulet had a goal in the Tigres’ 4-3 loss to Montreal on Thursday; added two more in the team’s 6-3 win over Quebec on Friday; and recorded his first hat trick of the year in Sunday’s 5-0 blanking of Rimouski. He was the second star of Friday’s game and the first star on Sunday.

Choules Sent Packing In Bathurst

On Thursday Acadie-Bathurst announced that Head Coach Ron Choules has been relieved of his duties.

He has been the team’s head coach since January 2008 when he was hired to replace Denis Francoeur, and the team went 18-4 the rest of that season and finished with a 72-99 record ever since. The team was off to a 10-5 start this year.

Eric Dubois takes over on an interim basis.

Huskies Celebrate

The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies celebrated a couple of milestones this past weekend.

Friday night was their 100th game in franchise history, however it was with a 4-2 loss to Val-d’Or; and on Saturday the Foruers spoiled the team’s 500th home game with a 9-4 win. This is the Huskies’ 15th year in the QMJHL.

Vincent Passes Francoeur

On Wednesday night when Montreal defeated PEI 5-2 Head Coach Pascal Vincent pulled ahead of Francoeur into sixth place on the wins list for QMJHL coaches with 384.

Vincent began his coaching career with Cape Breton where he stayed for seven seasons before moving to the Juniors for the 2008-09 season.

Carbonneau, Gagnon and Urquhart Become Board Members

On Thursday the League announced that three new Governors will join the League. They are: Guy Carbonneau (Chicoutimi), Clovis Gagnon (Baie-Comeau), and Brian Urquhart (Halifax) who replaces departing Governor and new Halifax Mooseheads head coach Bobby Smith.

Carbonneau played for the Sagueneens from 1976-1980 before embarking on a 20 year NHL Hall of Fame career with Montreal, St. Louis, and Dallas.

First VP Position Won’t Be Filled This Season

On Thursday the Leauge annouced that the Board Of Governors have decided not to fill the position of First Vice-President that was left vacant upon the death of Gervais Munger earlier this season.

Munger—Governor and owner of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens—passed away after a boating mishap in September.

Remparts Still Rule

On Wednesday the CHL announced the Top 10 rankings for the week ending October 17th.

Quebec remained at the top of the heap with Drummondville remaining at fith, Moncton coming in eighth, and Saint John 10th.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 5

1 Quebec Remparts (11-0-0-1)
2 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (7-1-0-0)
3 Saskatoon Blades (8-2-0-0)
4 Owen Sound Attack (8-1-0-0)
5 Drummondville Voltigeurs (10-3-1-1)
6 Saginaw Spirit (8-2-1-0)
7 Red Deer Rebels (8-3-0-0)
8 Moncton Wildcats (10-3-0-2)
9 Tri-City Americans (8-3-1-0)
10 Saint John Sea Dogs (10-2-0-1)

The Games This Week

The week began with one game on Tuesday as Konrad Abeltshauser scored the game winner scored with four seconds left in regulation as Halifax edged Acadie-Bathurst 3-2.

Jean-Francois Planted scored two goals for Shawinigan as they routed Lewiston 6-0; and Jeremy Gouchie did likewise for Montreal in their 5-2 win over PEI.

On Thursday both games were decided by a 4-3 score David Rose scored the game winner at the 13:36 mark of the third as Montreal edged Victoriaville; and Allain Saulnier did likewise for Moncton with 3:03 left in regulation in their win over Baie-Comeau.

It was a busy Friday night as 16 of the 18 teams took to the ice. Cape Breton went into Halifax and came out with a 7-2 triumph thanks to three goals from Taylor MacDougall and two goals and two assists from Viktor Hertzberg; Olivier Roy made 35 saves as Acadie-Bathurst was outshot 37-24 in their 5-1 beating of Saint John; Philip Danault led the way with two goals and two assists as Victoriaville doubled Quebec 6-3; Maxime Levesque scored the game winner 18:34 into the third as Chicoutimi skated to a 3-1 win over Baie-Comeau; Maxime Clermont stopped 27 of the 30 pucks that Lewiston sent Gatineau’s way as the Olympiques were outshot 30-25 in their 4-3 win; Marc-Olivier Vachon found the back of the net twice to lead Drummondville to a 5-1 win over Rimouski; Shawinigan got the hat trick plus one from Michael Bournival in their 8-1 lopsided win over PEI; and Alexandre Touchette scored once and lent a helping hand on one more as Val-d’Or doubled Rouyn-Noranda 4-2.

On Saturday Steve Gleeson made 29 saves as Moncton was outshot 32-19 in their 4-3 win over Chicoutimi; Pierre-Olivier Morin netted the game winner 2:01 into the third as Lewiston edged Gatineau 2-1; Bournival added another goal and assist as Shawinigan doubled Baie-Comeau 4-2; Zach Phillips, Jonathan Huberdeau, Danick Gauthier, Tomas Jurco, and Stanislav Galiev all scored for Saint John, while Brent Andrews had a goal and assist for Halifax in the Sea Dogs’ 5-3 victory; Frederick Roy and Ryan Bourque had a goal and assist each in Quebec’s 4-1 win over PEI; and Jonathan Hazen had the hat trick and one assist, Jean-Francois Leblanc scored twice and assisted on two more, Olivier Archambault found the twine twice while lending a helping hand on one more, and Mathieu Theriault added a single as Val-d’Or beat Rouyn-Noranda 9-4. Jessyko Bernard had two goals for the Huskies.

Zach O’Brien scored the game winner 6:29 into the third as Acadie-Bathurst edged Cape Breton 3-2; Ryan Bourque scored twice as Quebec doubled Moncton 4-2; Denis Kindl netted the hat trick as Montreal skated to a 6-3 win over Drummondville; and Guillaume Goulet also scored three times as Victoriaville shut the door on Rimouski 5-0 on Sunday.

The Leaders

Victoriaville forward Philip-Michael Devos returns to the top spot among scorers as he has scored seven times while assisting on 26 more in the 18 games that he has skated in; while a pair of Quebec forward occupy the second and third spots.

Jonathan Audy-Marchessault drops one spot to second as he has tallied 28 points this season on nine goal and 19 assists in 15 games; while forward Joel Champagne remains at third with 26 points (9G, 17A) in 15 games.

Audy-Marchessault’s and Champgane’s teammate Louis Dominque is 10-0-0-0 with a 2.07 GAA and .910 SAV% is the top goalie with Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson has a 5-3-1-1 record, a goals against average of 2.16 and .926 SAV%; and Nadeau has a record of 8-2-0-1 to go along with his 2.21 GAA, and .905 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Play resumes on Tuesday with one contest as Baie-Comeau welcomes Drummondville.

On Wednesday Halifax is at home to Gatineau; Drummondville is in Chcioutimi; Lewiston begins their Quebec road swing with a stop in Rimouski; and Saint John does likewise in Val-d’Or.

Cape Breton hosts Gatineau; two Maritime contests will see PEI and Halifax square off in Charlottetown, and Moncton is at home to Acadie-Bathurst; two Telus East games has Quebec taking on Chicoutimi in Quebec City and Victoriaville at home to Rimouski; another Battle of Quebec will feature Montreal in Baie-Comeau; while Lewiston and Saint John continue their swing through Quebec with stops in Drummondville and Val-d’Or respectively on Friday night.

On Saturday Shawinigan takes on Rimouski in Shawinigan; Gatineau finishes up their trip to Cape Breton; Halifax is in Moncton, and PEI hosts Acadie-Bathrust in two Maritime tilts; and Saint John maes another Quebec stop in Rouyn-Noranda.

Ghosts and goblins will be out in five areas on Sunday as Acadie-Bathurst welcomes Maritime rival PEI; the top meets the basement in the Telus East as Quebec is in Baie-Comeau; another Telus East game has Victoriaville in Chicoutimi; Drummondville is at home to Rimouski; and Saint John concludes their series with Rouyn-Noranda.

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