QMJHL Weekly: 1/18/2011

Couturier, Brodeur, and Mosher Are Telus Three Stars

Drummondville forward Sean Couturier, Lewiston forward Etienne Brodeur, and PEI goalie Evan Mosher are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending January 16th.

Couturier began the week with a goal and two assists and was the game’s second star as Drummondville shutout Cape Breton 4-0 on Wednesday; added two more assists as the Voltigeurs lost 7-4 to Saint John on Friday; scored once, assisted on one more, and was the second star of the game as Drummondville gained a split with the Sea Dogs with a 3-2 win on Saturday; and did the same thing in Drummondville’s 6-4 win over Moncton on Sunday. Couturier finished a plus-6 for the week.

Brodeur scored three times and was the first star of the game as Lewiston romped over Halifax 9-3 on Thursday. He followed that up with another hat trick and the third star of the game award as the MAINEiacs lost 7-5 to Victoriaville on Saturday and added three assists as Lewiston gained a split with the Tigres with a 4-3 win on Sunday. He finished the week a plus-1.

Mosher made 65 saves and was the game’s first star as PEI lost 3-2 to Saint John on Tuesday. He made 54 more and was once again the first star of the game as PEI lost 3-2 to Acadie-Bathurst on Saturday Mosher finished the week with a 2.32 GAA and a .960 save percentage.

O’Brien, Gibson Earn CHL Honors

Hot on the heels of being named the QMJHL’s first and second stars of the week Moncton forward Zach O’Brien and Chicoutimi netminder Christopher Gibson are the CHL Player and Goalie of the Week for the same time period.

Gibson made 37 saves and was the first star as Chicoutimi was outshot 38-26 in their 2-1 win over Montreal last Tuesday. He followed that up with 23 more in the Sagueneens’ 3-2 loss to Victoriaville on Saturday and ended it with 36 more and the second star of the game award as Chicoutimi was outshot 38-23 in their 3-2 win over Drummondville on Sunday. He finished the week with a 1.50 GAA and a SAV% of .950.

O’Brien began the week with one goal, one assist, and the third star of the game award in the Titan’s 4-3 loss to Saint John on Tuesday. He scored once, added three helpers, and was the first star of the game in his team’s 6-2 win over Cape Breton on Friday; and ended it with two goals, two assists, and another first star of the game award as the Titan swept the Screaming Eagles with a 9-3 blowout win on Saturday. He finished a plus-5 for the week.

Couturier Ranked Second Overall, Sea Dogs Lead CHL With Nine Ranked Players, and 133 CHLers Receive Rankings

On Monday, the NHL Central Scouting Mid-Term Rankings were announced. Couturier was the top ranked QMJHL prospect coming in second to Kitchener Rangers’ forward Gabriel Landeskog of Sweden.

Saint John led the way with nine ranked players. They are: Forward Jonathan Huberdeau (4th among North American skaters) defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (9th), and forwards Zack Phillips (12th), Tomas Jurco (24th), Ryan Tesink (49th), Scott Oke (58th), Aidan Kelly (80th), Jason Cameron (114th), and defenseman Gabriel Bourret (108th).

133 CHLers are ranked on the CSS list. The OHL leads the way with 57 players appearing in the rankings including 47 skaters and 10 goaltenders, followed by th WHL with 42 (39 skaters and three goaltenders, and the QMJHL with 34 players (31 skaters and three goaltenders). Included in that are 117 skaters and 16 goalies.

Nine of the top 10 ranked skaters play for CHL teams including Landeskog and Couturier, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels is ranked third, followed by Huberdeau.

In addition to Landeskog and Couturier, Switzerland’s Sven Bartschi of the Portland Winterhawks is ranked sixth and is one of three CHL players listed in the top-10 that competed in the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship.

Seven of the top 10 ranked goaltenders are also from the CHL including Christopher Gibson of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens who is ranked second, followed by Matej Machovsky of the Brampton Battalion at number three, and Liam Liston of the Brandon Wheat Kings who is ranked fourth.

All 40 CHL players selected to compete in the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game January 18-19 at Air Canada Centre appear in the midterm rankings including 23 of the top 30 skaters.

Couturier and Nugent-Hopkins Named Captains in CHL Top Prospects Game

Couturier will captain Team Cherry; while Nugent-Hopkins will captain Team Orr at the CHL Top Prospects game on January 18th and 19th.
Both players are 10th overall in their leagues in scoring with Couturier having scored 17 times while assisting on 39 more; and Nugent-Hopkins has scored 11 times while assisting on 41 more to lead all of his league’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft eligible players in scoring in that league.

Kitchener defenseman Ryan Murphy and Portland Winterhawks’ forward Ty Rattie will be Couturier’s alternates; while Huberdeau and Niagara IceDogs’ defenceman Dougie Hamilton will be Nugent-Hopkins’ assistants.

Murphy is ranked 10th by NHL Central Scouting and is the reigning OHL Defenceman of the Month leading all blueliners in scoring with 51 points in 37 games. Rattie is just one point behind Nugent-Hopkins in WHL scoring as the 11th ranked prospect with 51 points in 43 games. Toronto’s Hamilton is the top ranked defenceman listed seventh overall and has 35 points in 39 games. Huberdeau leads all 2011 prospects offensively with 65 points in 41 games in the QMJHL.

Doré Suspended Three Games

The League has suspended Rimouski rearguard Patrick Dore for three games for his hit ot the head of a Moncton player on Sunday, January 9th.

Sea Dogs No. 1 in CHL Top 10

On Wednesday, the Saint John Sea Dogs were named the top team in the CHL Top 10 Rankings were announced on Wednesday the Saint John Sea Dogs were the top team in the League. The team moved up one spot from second last week; while the Quebec Remparts dropped one space to fourth; the Montreal Juniors stayed at fifth; and the Gatineau Olympiques finished 10th.

CHL Top 10 Week 16

1 Saint John Sea Dogs (34-5-0-2)
2 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (30-7-0-1)
3 Saskatoon Blades (32-9-0-1)
4 Quebec Remparts (32-8-1-2)
5 Montreal Juniors (28-7-4-3)
6 Saginaw Spirit (27-8-3-1)
7 Portland Winterhawks (27-12-0-3)
8 Ottawa 67′s (28-11-1-1)
9 Kootenay Ice (27-12-1-2)
10 Gatineau Olympiques (28-11-2-2)

Scholastic Players of the Month Announced

On Thursday the Scholastic Players of the Month for December were announced.

Acadie-Bathurst Titan: Sébastien Trudeau Cégep@Distance – Humanities Science
Baie-Comeau Drakkar: Félix Girard Serge-Bouchard High School – Secondary V
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles: Alexandre Carrier Cégep@Distance – Humanities Science
Chicoutimi Saguenéens: Vincent Blanchette Chicoutimi Cegep – Humanities Science
Drummondville Voltigeurs: Jonathan Brunelle Drummondville Cégep – Humanities Science
Gatineau Olympiques: Jean-Gabriel Pageau Outaouais Cegep – Humanities science
Halifax Mooseheads: Francis Turbide Prince Andrew – Grade 12
Lewiston MAINEiacs: Zachary Shannon Kaplan University – General Studies
Moncton Wildcats: Simon Jodoin Moncton University – Administration
Montreal Juniors: Philippe Fontaine André-Laurendau Cegep – Humanities Science
PEI Rocket: Marc-André Levesque Cegep@Distance – Humanities Science
Quebec Remparts: Martin Lefebvre Limoilou Cegep – Humanities Science
Rimouski Oceanic : Alex Belzile Rimouski Cegep – Humanities Science
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: Jeffrey Noonan Abitibi-Temiscamingue Cegep – Humanities Science
Saint.John Sea Dogs: Zach Phillips St. Malachy’s High School – Grade 12
Shawinigan Cataractes: Samuel Hodhod Shawinigan High School – Secondary V
Val-d’Or Foreurs: Julien Leduc Le Carrefour High School – Secondary V
Victoriaville Tigres: François Godin Victoriaville Cegep – Humanities Science

The Games This Week

One game kicked off weekly action on Tuesday night as Jurco and Huberdeau both scored for Saint John in the shootout, while Jamie MacIntyre did the same for PEI in the Sea Dogs’ 3-2 win.

There were three games on Wednesday as Andrew Randazzo scored twice as Drummondville blanked Cape Breton 4-0; Philip Danault scored twice in Victoriaville’s 5-3 win over Baie-Comeau; and Ryan Bourque scored the game winner 12:40 into the third period as Quebec nipped Gatineau, 4-3.

On Thursday Jonathan Lessard led the way with two goals a Acadie-Bathurst skated to a 5-3 win over Cape Breton; Michael Chaput scored twice while lending a helping hand on three more as Lewiston rumbled to a 9-3 victory over Halifax; and Trrevor Parkes also found the back of the net on two occasions as Montreal defeated Rouyn-Noranda, 5-1.

The weekend began with five games on Friday as Andrej Nestrasil was the only shooter to score in the shootout as PEI edged Chicoutimi, 3-2; Michael Kirkpatrick and Stanislav Galiev had two goals each as Saint John rolled over Drummondville, 7-4, while Quebec beat Baie=Comeau by the same score as Mirko Hoefflin also found the back of the net twice; Jarrad Struthers had a goal and an assist to lead Rimouski to a 4-1 win over Shawinigan; and Francis Meilleur scored the game winner 4:50 into the third as Montreal nipped Val-d’Or, 3-2.

Gatineau skated to a 5-2 win over Halifax thanks to Tye McGinn’s hat trick; Jason Missiaen made 28 save as Baie-Comeau was outshot, 30-27, in their 5-2 win over Rimouski; Phillip Danault led the way with two goals, while Philippe Maillet, Guillaume Goulet, and Yanni Gourde all had a goal and assist each as Victoriaville skated to a 7-5 win over Lewiston; Acadie-Bathurst needed overtime and a goal from Gabriel Levesque 4:22 in to edge PEI, 3-2; Steve Gleeson made 35 saves as Moncton was outshot 36-27 in their 3-2 win over Chicoutimi; Ondrej Palat’s goal 1:12 into overtime gave Drummondville a 3-2 win over Saint John; and Jérémi Janneteau did the same for Rouyn-Noranda with 32 seconds left in overtime as the Huskies nipped Val-d’Or, 4-3.

On Sunday Jonathan Lessard scored twice and assisted on one more to lead Acadie-Bathurst to an 8-4 win over Chicoutimi; Andre Bouvet-Morrissette had a goal and two assists as Drummondville skated to a 6-4 win over Moncton; Jean-Christophe Laflamme and Charles Landry had a goal and assist each to lead Montreal to a 5-2 win over Halifax; Denis Kindl added a goal and three assists to lead Cape Breton to a 5-3 win over PEI; Dave Labrecque was the only shooter to score in the shootout as Shawinigan edged Gatineau 4-3; while Kirill Kabanov and Matthew Bissonnette scored for Lewiston as their game with Victoriaville also ended in a 4-3 shootout decision in the MAINEiacs’ favor. Philippe Maillet scored in the shootout for the Tigres.

The Leaders

Saint John continues to lead both the Maritime Division and overall standings with their 35-5-1-2 record and 73 points; while Telus East leaders Quebec (34-8-1-2, 71 points) are hot on their heels; and Montreal is the top team in the Telus West division as they have won 31 games, while losing seven, with four overtime losses, and three shootout losses giving them 69 points.

Gatineau forward Philip-Michael Devos is the leagues leading scorer with 32 goals and 51 assists in the 46 games that he has played with Victoriaville and Gatineau; while Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau is second with 27 goals and 40 helpers over the 41 games that he has skated in; and Quebec forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault rounds out the top three as he has found the back of the net 27 times while lending a helping hand on 38 more over a 45 game period.

Gibson leads all goalies with a 9-8-1-5 record to go along with his goals against average of 2.07 and a .930 SAV%. Backstopping his way into second place is Saint John netminder Jacob DeSerres (16-2-0-0, 2.33 GAA, .918 SAV%); while Gatineau’s Maxime Clermont rounds out the top three with a mark of 22-7-1-3, a 2.50 GAA, and .900 SAV%.

The Games To Come

When play resumes on Tuesday Shawinigan hosts Victoriaville.

Moncton is at home to Maritime rivals Acadie-Bathurst on Wednesday.

On Thursday the Titan travel to PEI to face the Rockets.

Seven games will be played on Friday as Victoriaville makes their way to the east coast of Canada to face Halifax; Moncton welcomes Maritime rival Cape Breton; Montreal is at home to Telus West rivals Rouyn-Noranda; Saint John begins their Quebec road trip in Baie-Comeau; Shawinigan is in Chicoutimi; Drummondville hosts Val-d’Or; and Rimouski is at home to Quebec.

On Saturday Shawinigan makes their way to Baie-Comeau; Saint John continues their way through Quebec with a stop in Chicouitmi; a Telus West battle will see Val-d’Or in Gatineau; Lewiston makes their way to Bathurst; a Maritime battle will feature PEI at Halifax; and Drummondville and Rouyn-Noranda take to the ice in Drummondville.

The week will end with five games on Sunday as PEI takes on Moncton in Charlottetown; Victoraville is in Sydney to take on Cape Breton; Saint John finishes up their Quebec trip with a stop in Quebec City; Montreal hosts Gatineau; and Lewiston is in Rimouski for a Telus East contest.

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