QMJHL Weekly: 1/4/2011

Girard, Cingel, and Lefebvre Are Telus Three Stars

Shawinigan goalie Gabriel Girard; Baie-Comeau forward Louis Cingel, and Quebec rearguard Martin Lefebvre are the Telus first, second, and third stars of the week for the week ending January 2, 2011.

Girard began the week with 37 saves and was the first star of the game on Tuesday as Shawinigan was outshot 40-32 in their 4-3 shootout win over Montreal. He followed that up with 32 more and was the second star of the game on Thursday as the Cataractes were once again outshot this time 33-23 in their 3-1 win over Chicoutimi. He finished the week with a 1.92 GAA and .945 SAV%.

Cingel started the week with two goals and one assist on Monday as Baie-Comeau skated to a 5-2 win over Chicoutimi. He was the second star of that game. He added an assist as the Drakkar swept the Sagueneens with a 3-2 win on Wednesday and finished the week off with a goal and assist as Baie-Comeau lost 5-3 to Quebec on Thursday. Cingel finished a +2 for the week.

Lefebvre started the week with a goal and assist in Quebec’s 7-3 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Monday and added three assists and the second star of the game award in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to Drummondville. He ended the week with one assist in the win over Baie-Comeau on Thursday. Lefebvre finished a +2 for the week.

CHL Top Prospects Game Rosters Announced

On Wednesday, December 22, the Canadian Hockey League announced the rosters for the CHL/Home Hardware Top Prospects game that will take place on January 18th and 19th at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The teams will be made up of 40 players that are eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Team Cherry will be coached by Don Cherry; while former NHLer Doug Gilmour will serve as the coach for Team Orr.

Players were chosen by the 30 NHL GMs with NHL Central Scouting. Eighteen come from the OHL, 13 from the WHL, and nine from the QMJHL.

Red Deer Rebels forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was ranked first among WHLers and will play for Team Orr, Swedish National Junior team and Kitchener Rangers’ forward Gabriel Landeskog was ranked first among OHLers and will play for Team Cherry as will top ranked QMJHL forward Sean Couturier of Drummondville.

Leading the way with four representatives each are the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks and the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs; while Kitchener and the OHL’s Oshawa Generals have three each. Twenty-Seven of the CHL’s sixty teams are represented in this game.

Team Cherry (Red)

Forwards (12):

Sean Couturier, Drummondville Voltigeurs
Phillip Danault, Victoriaville Tigres
Nicklas Jensen, Oshawa Generals
Tomas Jurco, Saint John Sea Dogs
Gabriel Landeskog, Kitchener Rangers
Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders
Matthew Puempel, Peterborough Petes
Rickard Rakell, Plymouth Whalers
Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks
Tobias Rieder, Kitchener Rangers
Mark Scheifele, Barrie Colts
Ryan Strome, Niagara IceDogs

Defencemen (6):

Myles Bell, Regina Pats
Scott Harrington, London Knights
Joe Morrow, Portland Winterhawks
Ryan Murphy, Kitchener Rangers
Duncan Siemens, Saskatoon Blades
Tyler Wotherspoon, Portland Winterhawks

Goaltenders (2):

Christopher Gibson, Chicoutimi Sagueneens
David Honzik, Victoriaville Tigres

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach -Don Cherry
Assistant Coach – Brian Kilrea, Ottawa 67’s, Bert O’Brien

Training Staff:
Russ Hammond, Guelph Storm
Brian Miller, Peterborough Petes

Team Orr (White)

Forwards (12):

Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Daniel Catenacci, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs
Colin Jacobs, Seattle Thunderbirds
Boone Jenner, Oshawa Generals
Lucas Lessio, Oshawa Generals
Shane McColgan, Kelowna Rockets
Vladislav Namestnikov, London Knights
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Red Deer Rebels
Zack Phillips, Saint John Sea Dogs
Brandon Saad, Saginaw Spirit
Vincent Trocheck, Saginaw Spirit

Defencemen (6):

Nathan Beaulieu, Saint John Sea Dogs
Dougie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs
David Musil, Vancouver Giants
Xavier Ouellet, Montreal Juniors
Stuart Percy, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors
Reece Scarlett, Swift Current Broncos

Goaltenders (2):

Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound Attack
Liam Liston, Brandon Wheat Kings

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach – Doug Gilmour, Kingston Frontenacs
Assistant Coach – Stan Butler, Brampton Battalion

Training Staff:

Joey Garland, Windsor Spitfires
Kevin Emo, Barrie Colts

Trade Winds Continue To Blow

There were two trades in the League on Monday as Acadie-Bathurst acquired right winger Yoan Pinette from Gatineau for the Titan’s 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft second round pick that they acquired from Drummondville. Drummondville also traded rearguard Antoine Nadeau to Rouyn-Noranda for defenseman Robert McEwan.

On Sunday goalie Robin Gusse and rearguard Jeremy Barriault moved from Chicoutimi to Rouyn-Noranda for forward Jonathan Bonneau and defenseman Sean Girard.

Rimouski sent Ryan Kavanagh to Shawinigan for the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft first round pick that they acquired from Cape Breton and a 2012 QMJHL Entry Drft third round selection. Rimouski then sent their 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft third round pick and a 2012 second round pick to Moncton for defenseman Alex MacDonald.

Philippe Trudeau moved from Moncton to Cape Breton for the Screaming Eagles’ 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft fifth round selection that they received from Chicoutimi.

Baie-Comeau traded Jonathan Parisien to the Lewiston for the MAINEiacs’ 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft fifth round pick that they acquired from Drummondville.

Vincent Gets 400th Win

Montreal Head Coach Pascal Vincent became the sixth Head Coach in QMJHL history to win 400 games after the Juniors’ 5-2 victory over Victoriaville 5-2 on Tuesday night. He joins Richard Martel (585), Guy Chouinard (569), Réal Paiement (520), Gaston Drapeau (440) and Ghislain Delage (430) in that group. He began his coaching career with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the 2000-2001 season before moving to the Juniors in 2008-2009.

Suspensions Handed Out At WJC

On Tuesday, the IIHF announced the suspensions of three players suspended after their actions; Slovakian defenseman Martin Marincin, who plays for the WHL’s Prince George Cougars, was suspended four games for his hit to the head of American forward Jason Zucker with 7:51 left in regulation. His teammate, defenseman Peter Hrasko, was suspended three games for his hit to the head and neck area of American forward Jerry D’Amigo who plays for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. Canadian forward Zack Kassian was suspended two games for his hit to the head and neck area of on Czech forward Petr Senkerik who suffered a slight concussion on the play.

The suspensions were handed down by long time NHL referee Dan Marouelli who is the IIHF`s appointed Disciplinary Single Judge for this tournament.

The Games This Week

Sunday saw a busy schedule at the WJC with four games on the schedule. The first game of the day saw Luca Camperchioli score the game winner 13:25 into the first to give Switzerland a 4-0 lead in their 4-3 win over Germany. Quebec forward Mirko Hofflin added one assist for the Germans; while there was nothing for Halifax forward Konrad Abeltshauser. Benjamin Konz made 32 saves in the win; while Niklas Treutle made 12 saves through 42:06 in relief of Kingston Frontenacs’ netminder Philipp Grubauer who allowed all four goals on nine shots in the first 17:26.

Windsor Spitfires defenseman Ryan Ellis, Brandon Wheat Kings’ forward Brayden Schenn, Kingston defenseman Eric Gudbranson, Sudbury Wolves’ forward Marcus Foligno, Portland Winterhawks’ forward Ryan Johansen, and Saskatoon Blades’ forward Curtis Hamilton all scored for Canada in their 6-3 win over Russia. Forwards Sean Couturier (Drummondville) and Louis Leblanc (Montreal) had one assist each, while Saint John defenseman Simon Despres never got a point. The only CHL player on the Russian roster is London Knights’ goalie Igor Bobkov who made 36 saves in the loss; while Acadie-Bathurst netminder Olivier Roy made 24 in the win.

Forward Patrick Cehlin added two goals and one assist to lead Sweden to a 7-1 thrashing of Norwary. There were no points for Norwegian forward Andreas Stene who plays for the Kelowna Rockets.

Defending WJC Champion, Team USA, needed overtime and a goal from University of Minnesota forward Nick Bjugstad 3:08 into the extra frame to edge Finland 3-2. UMD defenseman Justin Faulk and University of Denver forward Jason Zucker added the other USA goals. Quebec forward Ryan Bourque had no points; while Windsdor goalie made 32 saves in the win. Joonas Nattinen and Iiro Pakarinen had the Finnish goals, while there was nothing for Everett Silvertips defenseman Rasmus Rissanen. Joni Orito made 27 saves in the loss.

In the QMJHL on Monday Trent Samuels-Thomas scored the game winner with 3:51 left in the game as Drummondville edged Rimouski 3-2; Joe Dube scored twice and assisted on one more, and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault had two goals to lead Quebec to a 7-3 win over Rouyn-Noranda; David Rose led Montreal to a 5-2 win over Victoriaville with two goals and two assists, while Denis Kindl found the back of the net twice and lent a helping hand on one more; and Jason Missiaen made 30 saves as Baie-Comeau was outshot 32-29 in their 5-2 win over Chicoutimi.

At the World Junior Hockey Championships Belleville Bulls forward Richard Panik added a goal and assist as Slovakia edged Germany 2-1 in overtime; and Moose Jaw Warriors forward Antonin Honejsek did the same for the Czech Republic as they blanked Norway 2-0.

At the World Juniors on Tuesday Joonas Nattinen, Jaakko Turtiainen, Teemu Pulkkinen, and Julius Junttila scored for Finland in their 4-0 shutout of Switzerland. Ortio made 15 saves in the loss; while Benjamin Conz made 34 in the loss.

Schenn had five points (1G, 4A) for Team Canada; while Ellis had a goal and three helpers; Leblanc and Kelowna Rockets forward Tyson Barrie had a goal and assist each; while Spokane Chiefs defenseman Jared Cowan, Swift Currant Broncos forward Cody Eakin, Colorado College forward Jaden Schwartz, and Mississauga St. Michaels Majors forward Casey Cizikas all had singles as Canada routed the Czech Republic 7-2. Defenseman Jakub Jerabek and Honejsek added the Czech goals. Roy made 17 saves in the win; while Filip Novotny made 32 in the loss.

Forwards Jesper Fasth and Anton Lander scored for Sweden as they blanked Russia 2-0. Binghampton Senators’ goalie Robin Lehner made 30 saves in the win; while Dmitri Shikin made 36 in the loss.

While the Czechs got crunched by the Canadians, their former countrymen, Slovaki,a received the same treatment at the hands of the Americans as Syracuse Crunch forward Kyle Palmieri led the way with two goals and one assist; Boston University forward Charlie Coyle had a goal and two assists; and Medicine Hat Tigers’ forward Emerson Etem, University of Denver forward Drew Shore, and University of Michigan forwards Chris Brown had one goal each. Saint John Sea Dogs’ forward Tomas Jurco netted the lone Slovak goal. Windsor Spitfires goalie Jack Campbell made 17 saves in the loss; while Dominik Riecicky and Calgary Hitmen netminder Juraj Holly combined for 51 saves in the loss. Riecicky lasted through 36:54 of the game and allowed all six goals.

In the QMJHL Cory MacIntosh had a goal and assist as Cape Breton doubled Halifax 4-2; Andrew Randazzo scored the game winner 1:50 into overtime as Drummondville nipped Quebec 4-3; Gabriel Girard made 37 saves as Shawinigan was outshot 40-33 in their 4-3 win over Montreal; Francis Beauvillier found the back of the net twice as Lewiston clobbered Victoriaville 7-1; and Nicolas Deslauriers led the wayf or Gatineau with two goals and one assist, and Ryan Kavanagh added a goal and two assists for Rimouski in the Olympiques’ 6-5 win.

It was a light night of action in the QMJHL on Wednesday as Jonathan Bonneau added a goal and assist to lead Rouyn-Noranda to a 5-4 win over Val-d’Or; and Maxim Lamarche and Raphaël Bussières scored in the shootout for Baie-Comeau as they nipped Chicoutimi 3-2.

There were only two games at the WJC as well as forwards Joonas Nattinen, Mikka Salomaki, Joonas Donskoi, and Erik Haula who plays for the University of Minnesota, and defenseman Jesse Virtanen scored for Finland; while Kitchener Rangers’ forward Tobias Rieder scored Germany’s lone goal. Ortio made 28 saves in the win; while Kingston Frontenacs’ netminder Philipp Grubauer and Niklas Treutle combined for 39 in the loss. Grubauer lasted 35:19 allowing four goals; while Treutle made 15 saves on 16 shots in 24:41 of relief.

The night game was a very one sided affair as Schenn led the way for Team Canada with five goals and one assist as Canada blasted Norway 10-1. Gudbranson added two goals and one assist; Foligno and Leblanc had a goal and assist each; and Couturier and Cizikas had singles for Canada. Despres had one helper. Niagara Ice Dogs’ netminder Mark Visentin made 31 saves in the win; while Lars Volden was chased after 45:26 allowing five goals on 31 shots, and Steffen Soberg allowed five goals on 12 shots in the loss.

Action also got underway at the World U17 Challenge as Team Quebec blasted Team Atlantic 9-3. Halifax forward Luca Ciampini and and Gatineau forward Raphael Lafontaine led the way for Quebec with two goals each; while forwards Frederic Gamelin (Baie-Comeau Drakkar), Samuel Hodhad (Shawinigan Cataractes), and Felix Girard (Baie-Comeau), defensemen Michael Matheson and Julien Leduc (Val-d’Or Foreurs) added singles.. Halifax forward Andrew Ryan, Matthew Bursey, and Nathan MacKinnon scored the Team Atlantic goals. Quebec netminders Francois Tremblay (Val-d’Or) and Alex Dubeau (Shawinigan) combined for 17 saves in the win; while Jacob Brennan and Brandon Whitney (Victoriaville) combined for 42 in the loss.

Henrik Samuelsson scored twice to lead Team USA to a 5-2 win over Finland, and Connor Carrick, Matthew Lane, and Nicholas Kerdiles had singles; while Topi Nattinen and Jusso Ikonen scored Finland’s goals. Jared Rutledge made 15 saves in the win; while Oskari Setänen made 46 in the loss.

London Knights forward Andreas Athanasiou added a goal and assist to lead Team Ontario to a 7-1 rout of the Czech Republic; while Sudbury Wolves forward Mathew Campagna, Erie Otters forward Chris Marchese, Oshawa Generals forward Scott Laughton, Mississauga St. Michaels Majors forward Kerby Rychel, Peterborough Petes defenseman Slater Koekkoek, and Sault Ste. Marie Gianluca Curcuruto had the other Ontario goals.. Forward Martin Matejcek had the lone Czech goal. Daniel Altshuller made 20 saves in the win; while David Gaba made 47 in the loss.

The day ended with Team Pacific defeating Team West 5-2.

Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart led the way with one goal and one assist; while Prince Albert Raiders forward Mike Winther, Calgary Hitmen forward Robert Trzonkowski, Medicine Hat Tigers forward Hunter Shinkaruk, and Chilliwack Bruins forward Brandon Magee added the other Pacific goals. Kelowna Rockets forward Colton Heffley and forward Brendan Harms added the Team West goals. Mackenzie Skapski made 26 saves in the win; while Tri-City Americans goalie Chris Dreidger made 29 in the loss.

At the WJC on Thursday forward Inti Pestoni led the way for Switzerland with a goal and assist; while Portland Winterhawks forwards Nini Niederreiter and Sven Bartschi, forwards Gregory Hoffman and Samuel Walsner, and Shawinigan forward Dominik Schlumpf all added singles as Switzerland skated to a 6-4 win over Slovakia. Forwards Andrej Stastny, Panik, Marek Hrivik (Moncton Wildcats), and Peter Sisovsky scored the Slovak goals. Conz made 29 saves in the win; while Holly and Dominik Riecicky combined for 31 in the loss.

Forward Calle Jarnkrok led the way with one goal and two assists; Fasth scored twice; forward Johan Larsson added a goal and assist; and forwards Sebastien Wannstrom and Max Friberg added singles as Sweden doubled the Czech Republic 6-3. Halifax Mooseheads forward Martin Frk scored twice for the Czechs with former Lewiston MAINEiacs forward Michal Hlinka adding the other Czech marker.

Rimouski Oceanic teammates forwards Petr Straka and Jakub Culek added one assist each. Fredrik Petersson-Wentzel made 18 saves in the win; while Novotny and Marek Mazanec combined for 39 in the loss.

Forward Danil Sobchenko found the back of the net twice; forwards Nikita Dvurechenski, Arytom Voronin, Yevgeni Kuznetsov, and Vladimir Tarasenko added a goal and assist each; and forward Maxim Kitsyn and defenseman Andrei Sergeyev added singles as Russia routed Norway 8-2. Forwards Jonas Oppoyen and Nicholas Weberg added the Norwegian markers. Shikin made 22 saves in the win; while Volden made 47 in the loss.

University of Michigan defenseman Jon Merril and Boston University forward Charlie Coyle had a goal and assist each; and Boston College forward Chris Kreider and Toronto Marlies forward Jerry D’Amigo added singes as the USA finished off the night with a 4-0 shutout of Germany. Campbell made 14 saves in the win; while Niklas Treutle made 44 in the loss.

At the World U17 Challenge Samuelsson had the hat trick; and forward Miles Koules added the single as the US skated to a 4-1 win over Germany. Forward Lennart Palausch added the German goal. Collin Olson made 21 saves in the win; while Marvin Cupper stopped 42 in the loss.

Magee; Prince George Cougars’ forward Troy Bourke; and Shinkaruk scored for Team Pacific; while forward Dominik Volek and forward Pavel Sedlacek added the Czech markers in Pacific’s 3-2 win.

Ciampini added the hat trick; while Lewiston defenseman Dillon Fournier, Chicoutimi Sagueneens’ forward Charles Simard-Hudon, and Cape Breton screaming Eagles’ forward William Carrier added singles for Team Quebec in their 6-4 win over Finland. Forwards Jusso Ikonen and Henri Ikoen and rearguard Ville Pokka added the Finnish goals. Dubeau made 16 saves in the win; while Oskari Setänen stopped 28 of the 34 sent his way in the loss.

Campagna, Marchese, Rychel,Ottawa 67s’ forward Sean Monahan, and Loughton scored for Team Ontario as they shutout Slovakia, 5-0.

In the QMJHL Logan Shaw had the hat trick to lead Cape Breton to a 5-4overtime win over Halifax; while Travis Randell, Carl Gelinas, Charles Bety, and Justin Belanger scored for Halifax; Samuel Morneau had two goals for PEI as they skated to a 4-1 win over Moncton; Jérémie Malouin scored the game winner with 2:59 left in regulation as Acadie-Bathurst edged Saint John 5-4; Guillaume Goulet scored twice to lead Victoriaville to a 4-1 win over Lewiston; Alexandre Grenier and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault scored twice each as Quebec skated to a 5-3 win over Baie-Comeau; Gabriel Girard made 32 saves as Shawinigan outlasted Chicoutimi 3-1; Jean-Gabriel Pageau found the back of the net twice as Gatineau doubled Drummondville 4-2; Jarrad Struthers scored 1:40 into overtime as Rimouski edged Montreal 4-3; and Jonathan Bonneau led the way for Rouyn-Noranda with two goals as the Huskies skated to a 4-2 win over Val-d’Or.

On Friday at the World Juniors Haula scored twice; while forwards Joonas Donskoi, Mikka Salomaki, Valtteri Virkkunen, and defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka all scored for Finland in their 6-0 shutout of Slovakia. Ortio and Sami Aittokallio combined for 17 saves in the won; while Riecicky and Holly combined for 37 in the loss.

Sweden stunned Canada with a 6-5 shootout victory as forward Carl Klingberg led the way with two goals; and forward Oscar Lindberg, forward Max Friberg, forward Patrick Cehlin, and forward Jesper Thornberg added singles each. Saskatoon Blades forward Curtis Hamilton led the way for Canada with two goals; Schenn had a goal and assist; and Moose Jaw Warriors’ forward Quinton Howden and Couturier had singles for Canada. Lehner made 29 saves in the win; while Roy stopped 36 of the 42 sent his way in the loss.

In the Russia-Czech Republic game Tarasenko led the way for Russia with a goal and three helpers, forwards Dmitri Orlov Danil Sobehcnko, and Kuznetsov all had a gol and two assists each; forwards Artem Panarin, Denis Golubev, and Kitsyn found the back of the net once and assisted on one more each; and defenseman Georgi Berdyukov had a single for the Russians. Hlinka added a goal and assist; while Straka and forward Jakub Orsava added the Czech goals. Shikin made 31 saves in the win; while Novotny and Mazanec combined for 21 in the loss. Nestrasil added one assist; while Culek and Palat had nothing for the Czechs.

In the final game of the night the Americans edged Switzerland, 2-1. Kreider and Kelowna Rockets’ forward Mitch Callahan scoed for the US; while Pestoni had the lone Swiss goal. Campbell made 25 saves in the win; while Conz made 40 in the loss. Bourque had nothing for Team USA.

There was only one game in the QMJHL as Zach Phillips and Steven Anthony had a goal and assist each as Saint John blanked Moncton, 4-0.

At the World U17 Challenge Everett Silvertips’ forward Jari Ericcson scored twice; while Saskatoon Blades forwards Ryan Olsen and Levi Bews, Winther, Bourke, and Trzonkowski added singles for Team Pacific in their 7-3 win over Slovakia. Forwards Jan Blakso, Maratin Reway, and Andrea Strauch added the Slovak markers. Kapski made 15 saves in the win; while Michal Dovina stopped 32 of the 39 sent his way in the loss.

In the second game of the day Team got past Germany, 5-3, as Lafontaine, defenseman Michael Matheson, Carrier, Ciampini, and Simard-Hudon scored for Quebec; while forwards John Koslowski, Patrick Klopper, and Markus Eberhardt added singles for Germany. Tremblay made 15 saves in the win; while Niklas Deske made 45 in the loss.

Mackinnon led the way with two goals, while Moncton Wildcats’ forward Brett Malone and Bursey added singles for Team Atlantic; while forwards Kalle Torniainen, Rasmus Kulmala, and Teuvo Teräväinen added the Finnish markers. Ryan added three helpers for Team Atlantic.

The last game of the day saw Team West skate to a 5-2 win over the Czech Republic. Regina Pats’ forward Chandler Stephenson, Portland Winterhawks’ forward Brendan Leipsic, Moose Jaw forward Brayden Cuthbert, forward Brett Stovin, and Kamloops Blzers’ forward Logan McVeigh all scored for the West; while forwards Patrick Machac and Dominic Volek replied for the Czechs. Dreidger made 28 saves in the loss; while David Gaba and Marek Langhamer combined for 39 in the loss.

Saturday was an off day in the QMJHL and World Juniors, but there were four games at the World U17 Challenge.

In the first game former countrymen squared off against one another when the Czech Republic skated to a 4-1 win over Slovakia. Jan Hudecek and forwards Matej Zadrazil, Volek, and Matej Psota added the Czech goals; while forward Jan Blasko added the lone Slovakian marker. Langhamer made 24 saves in the win as his team was outshot 26-25 in the loss; while Richard Sabol made 21 in the loss.

In USA’s 12-1 rout of Team Atlantic, Samuelsson, forward Thomas Di Pauli, and defenseman Jacob Trouba all added two goals each; while forwards Frankie Vatrano, Ryan Hartman, Kyle Osterberg, Lane, and Brady Skjei added singles. Shawinigan defenseman Justin Hache added the lone Atlantic goal. Rutledge made seven saves in the win; while Jacob Brennan and Brandon Whitney (Victoriaville) combined for 26 in the loss.

Forwards Jonatan Tanus and Jusso Ikonen and defenseman defenseman Mikko Lehtonen scored for Finland; while rearguard Janik Möser added Germany’s marker. Setänen made 15 saves in the win; while Cupper made 26 in the loss.

The last game of the night saw Team Ontario edge Team West 4-3 as they were outshot, 32-28. Sudbury Wolves forward Brody Silk, Athanasiou, Niagara Ice Dogs’ defenseman Jesse Graham, and Kitchener Rangers’ forward Matia Marcantuoni added the Ontario markers; while Stephenson scored twice for Team West, and McVeigh added the single. Altshuller stopped 29 shots in the win; while Dreidger made 24 in the loss.

In the lone QMJHL game on Sunday Michael Kirkpatrick added a goal and assist; and Stephen MacAulay scored the game winner with 1:52 left in overtime as Saint John nipped Moncton, 3-2.

In the first game at the World Juniors Canada earned a date in the semis with the Americans when they skated to a 4-1 win over Switzerland in quarterfinal action. Johansen, Kassian, Leblanc, and Cizikas scored for Canada; while Into Pestoni added the Swiss marker. Visentin made 21 saves in the win; while Conz stopped 46 of the 49 sent his way in the loss.

The other quarterfinal saw Russia edge Finland 4-3 in overtime. Kuznetsov led the way with two goals and one assist with his second being the game winner 6:44 into the overtime; while Kitsyn added a goal and two helpers; and defenseman Yuri Urychev added a single for Russia. Pulkkinen led the way for Finland with a goal and assist; and Junttila and Donskoi had singles for the Finns. Shikin made 34 saves in the win; while Ortio stopped 41 in the loss.

In one relegation round game Slovakia shutout Norway 5-0 as Panik led the way with the hat trick; and forwards Miroslav Preisinger Juraj Majdan added singles. Holly made 37 saves in the win; while Volden stopped 26 in the loss.

In the second relegation round game Palat added two goals, and Straka added one helper; while Hlinka added a single as the Czech Republic nipped Germany, 3-2. Forwards Norman Hauner and Marius Mochel scored Germany’s goals. Novotny made 29 saves in the win; while Grubauer made 37 in the loss.

Germany and Norway have been relegated to 2012 IIHF World U20 Championship Div I and will be replaced by Denmark and Latvia in Edmonton and Calgary.

At the World U17 Challenge Team Atlantic handed Germany a 7-2 beating thanks to two goals from MacKinnon and singles from Ryan, Malone, and Rimouski forward Liam O’Brien. Whitney made 30 saves in the win; while Deske made 33 in the loss.

The United States were outshot 24-10 in their 5-3 win over Team Quebec. Hartman, defenseman Seth Jones, forward Stefan Matteau, Koules, and Di Pauli added the American goals; while Simon-Hudon scored both markers for Quebec. Olson made 22 saves in the win; while Tremblay stopped eight of the 10 that were sent his way.

In the third game of the day Team Ontario doubled Team Pacific 4-2. Belleville forward Brendan Gaunce added two goals, and Marcantuoni and Guelph forward Matthew Finn added singles. Shinkaruk and Magee scored the Pacific goals. Altshuller made 15 saves in the win; while Devon Fordyce made 24 in the loss.

Team West ended the last day of preliminary round action with a 4-1 win over Slovakia. Leipsic, Spokane defenseman Reed Gow, Bandon Wheat Kings’ defenseman Ryan Pulock, and Stephenson scored the Team West goals; while forward Andreas Strauch added the Slovakian goal. Regina Pats’ netminder Andy Desautels made 28 saves in the win; while Sabol made 35 in the loss.

Upcoming Games

At the World Junior Championships on Monday to semi-finals will take place as Sweden takes on the winner of Russia; while the United States will face Canada.

Two relegation round games and the fifth place contest takes place on Tuesday as Norway faces Germany and the Czech Republic takes on Slovakia in relegation round play; while the loser of the Canada/Switzerland contest faces the loser of the Finland/Russia game.

The bronze and gold medal games will take place on Wednesday.

At the World U17 Challenge on Monday Slovakia will face Germany for ninth place; the seventh place game has Finland facing the Czech Republic; and the fifth place game will see Team West and Team Atlantic taking to the ice. The semis will see the USA taking on Team Pacific; and Ontario and Quebec squaring off.

The bronze and gold medal games will be played on Tuesday.

In the QMJHL action resumes on Tuesday with nine games as Cape Breton is at home to Moncton; Halifax is in Charlottetown to face PEI; Saint John welcomes Acadie-Bathurst; Drummondville is in Lewiston; Gatineau and Shawinigan faceoff in Shawinigan; Victoriaville makes their way to Baie-Comeau; Montreal is in Chicoutimi; Quebec makes their way to Rimouski; and Val-d’Or is at home to Rouyn-Noranda.

On Friday Halifax welcomes Moncton; Rimouski is in PEI; Cape Breton makes a stop in Bathurst; Rouyn-Noranda is in Lewiston; Victoriaville hosts Gatineau; Drummondville and Baie-Comeau take to the ice in Baie-Comeau; and Shawinigan hosts Quebec.

Twelve teams will take to the ice on Saturday as Montreal hosts Val-d’Or; Chicoutimi is in Victoriaville; Cape Breton finishes up their two games with Acadie-Bathurst; Saint John and Halifax faceoff at the Halifax Metro Centre; Rimouski and PEI finish their two game set in Charlottetown; and Lewiston is at home to Rouyn-Noranda.

Five games will close out the week on Sunday as Montreal welcomes Gatineau; Baie-Comeau is at home to Quebec; Drummondville hosts Chicoutimi; Val-d’Or travels to Shawinigan; and Rimouski finishes up their Eastern Canadian trip with a stop in Moncton.

The Leaders

Saint John continues to lead the Maritime and overall standings with their 31-5-0-2 record and 64 points. Quebec is hot on their heels for the overall lead as the Remparts lead the Telus East standings at 30-7-2-1 and 63 points; while Montreal rounds out the top three with 61 points (27-5-4-3).

Victoriaville forward Philip-Michael Devos leads all scorers with 28 goals and 44 assists in 40 games; while Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau is second with 25 goals and 34 helpers in the 38 contests 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 24 times while assisting on 34 more over a 40 games period.

Between the pipes Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson is 7-7-1-3 with a 2.17 GAA and .926 SAV% to lead all goalies. Saint John’s Jacob DeSerres (13-2-0-0, 2.20 GAA, .922 SAV%) is second; while Gatineau’s Maxime Clermont has won 19 games while losing six, has one overtime loss, to go along with two shootout losses, has a goals against average of 2.48 and .899 SAV%.

At the World Juniors Schenn was the scoring leader at the end of play on Sunday as he had seven goals and nine assists in the five games that Team Canada played to that point; while Campbell is the best goalie with his 1.03 GAA, and .957 SAV%.

Samuelsson is the top scorer at the World U17 Challenge with his six goals and four assists in four games played; while Skapski is the top goalie with his 2.33 GAA and .910 SAV%.

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