QMJHL Weekly: 2/10/12

Gourde, Graham, and Bernard Are Telus Three Stars of the Week

Victoriaville Tigres’ left winger Yanni Gourde, Drummondville goalie Dominic Graham, and PEI forward Jessyko Bernard are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending February 5th, 2012.

Gourde began the week with four helpers as Victoriaville lost 8-7 to Rimouski on Wednesday. He ended it with two goals, two assists, and the first star of the game award as Victoriaville skated to a 6-1 win over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Friday and finished the week a +1.

Graham made 43 saves as Drummondville were edged 3-2 by the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday. He finished it off with 27 more as the Voltigeurs edged Rimouski 2-1 on Saturday. Graham was the first star of Friday’s game and the second on Saturday. He is undefeated in regulation time in his last six starts.

Ouellet, Asselin, and Girard Are Telus Three Stars of the Month

Blainville-Boisband Armada rearguard Xavier Ouellet, Chicoutimi Sagueneens’ right winger Guillaume Asselin, and Shawinigan Cataractes’ goalie Gabriel Girard are the Telus Three Stars of the Month for January.
Ouellet found the back of the net four times, lent a helping hand on 12 more, and finished a +8. He had a point in 10 of 11 games.

Asselin scored 12 times while lending a helping hand on nine more and finished the month a +7. Nineteen of his 21 points came on the road. He had at least two points in seven of the 11 games the team played in with three of them being game winners.

Girard went 7-0-0-1 with a 1.71 GAA and 0.934 SAV%. He has a 14 consecutive game win streak going back to November 25th, 2011. With him in the net Shawinigan took 15 of 16 points from opponents.

Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the Canadian Hockey League announced the top 10 rankings on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the top 10.

The Shawinigan Cataractes and Saint John Sea Dogs each moved one spot to third and fourth respectively; while the Quebec Remparts remained at ninth.

Victoriaville earned an honorable mention.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 19
1 London Knights (37-10-0-1)
2 Kamloops Blazers (35-11-1-3)
3 Shawinigan Cataractes (34-11-2-3)
4 Saint John Sea Dogs (36-13-0-2)
5 Tri-City Americans (35-12-1-1)
6 Plymouth Whalers (34-12-2-1)
7 Edmonton Oil Kings (33-12-2-4)
8 Kitchener Rangers (33-13-1-0)
9 Quebec Remparts (32-12-4-2)
10 Ottawa 67’s (31-12-4-1)

Honourable Mention:: Portland Winterhawks (33-14-2-1), Victoriaville Tigres (33-16-0-2), Niagara IceDogs (30-15-0-3)

Team Orr Wins Skills Competition

Kelowna, B.C. – Team Orr pulled off a 15-9 win over Team Cherry in the 2012 Home Hardware CHL / NHL Top Prospects skills Competition on Tuesday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna, BC.
After taking a 7-2 lead through four skills events, Pat Quinn’s Team Orr squad managed an 8-7 win in the 3-on-3 challenge to seal the Skills Competition victory.

Francis Beauvillier of the Rimouski Oceanic took the Fastest Skater event, clocking a time of 14.132, while Beauvillier’s Team Orr also had the best average time of 14.524 to give them a 2-0 lead after the first event.
“My legs were going,” said Beauvillier. “I was a bit nervous, and I almost fell, but it worked out pretty good.”
Nick Ebert of the Windsor Spitfires blasted a 94.7mph shot to take home Hardest Shot honors and get Mark Recchi’s Team Cherry on the board. Team Orr, however, claimed another point with the hardest shot average at 91.9mph. Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips was a close second to Ebert, blasting a 94.3mph shot for Team Cherry.

“I definitely didn’t count myself out at first,” said Ebert. “I knew there were a lot of great players in the event, and I was fortunate to win so it’s pretty exciting.”

Up next was the Shooting Accuracy event, which ended up being decided in a playoff. Team Orr’s Gianluca Curcuruto of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds went 1-for-1 in the playoff, defeating Team Cherry’s Scott Laughton of the Oshawa Generals after both players went 4-for-5 in the first round. The teams finished tied at 13-for-28 in the team total targets hit, giving each team a point to leave Team Orr up 5-2.

“It’s definitely different from shooting in my basement,” said Curcuruto. “The nerves were going a bit, but I tried to keep it calm, cool and collected and hope for the best.”

The final skills event, the Show-Down Breakaway Challenge, was also decided in a playoff, with Team Orr’s Radek Faksa of the Kitchener Rangers earning a score of 26 in the third round of a playoff versus Team Cherry’s Tim Bozon of the Kamloops Blazers. Bozon dazzled with his first attempt of the event, scooping up the puck on his stick and waving it in the air before putting the shot just wide. Faksa scored on two of his three shots in the playoff round to seal the point for Team Orr. Team Orr also earned a point with a 22.3 for their average team score, giving them a commanding 7-2 lead over Team Cherry heading into the 3-on-3 game.
“I had a plan for my first shootout, but the puck wouldn’t stand on my stick and it was a bit embarrassing,” said Faksa. “At the end, I just wanted to score, nothing fancy, so it worked good.

“(Tim) Bozon’s first shot was pretty amazing,” he added.

2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Skills Competition Results:
Skill 1 – Fastest Skater

Team Orr:
Lukas Sutter (Saskatoon Blades) – 15.032; Branden Troock (Seattle Thunderbirds) – 14.256; Francis Beauvillier (Rimouski Oceanic) – 14.132 (One Goal); Tomas Hyka (Gatineau Olympiques) – 14.674
Team Orr Average Time 14.524 (One Goal)

Team Cherry:
Brett Kulak (Vancouver Giants) – 14.785; Damon Severson (Kelowna Rockets) – 14.542; Mike Winther (Prince Albert Raiders) – 19.518; Gemel Smith (Owen Sound Attack) – 14.907
Team Cherry Average Time 15.938

Skill 2 – Hardest Shot

Team Orr:
Matthew Finn (Guelph Storm) – 90.1mph; Chandler Stephenson (Regina Pats) – 94.1mph; Adam Pelech (Erie Otters) – 91.0mph; Dalton Thrower (Saskatoon Blades) – 92.4mph;
Team Orr Average: 91.9mph (One Goal)

Team Cherry:
Ryan Murray (Everett Silvertips) – 94.3mph; Nick Ebert (Windsor Spitfires) – 94.7mph (One Goal); Coda Gordon (Swift Current Broncos) – 84.2mph; Mathew Dumba (Red Deer Rebels) – 91.8mph
Team Cherry Average: 91.3mph
Skill 3 – Shooting Accuracy

Team Orr:
Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec Remparts) – 3/8; Derrick Pouliot (Portland Winterhawks) – 2/8; Gianluca Curcuruto (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – 4/5; Playoff 1/1 (One Goal); Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oil Kings) – 4/7
Team Orr Total Targets 13/28 (Tie: One Goal)

Team Cherry:
Dillon Fournier (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – 4/8; Tom Wilson (Plymouth Whalers) – 4/6; Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals) – 4/5; Playoff 0/1; Andrew Ryan (Halifax Mooseheads) – 1/8
Team Cherry Total Target 13/28 (Tie: One Goal)
Skill 4 – Show-Down Breakaway Contest

Team Orr:
Scott Kosmachuk (Guelph Storm) – 20; Tanner Pearson (Barrie Colts) – 26; Andreas Athanasiou (London Knights) – 15; Radek Faksa (Kitchener Rangers) – 25; Final Round Tiebreaker 26 (One Goal); Colton Sissons (Kelowna Rockets) – 24; Raphael Bussieres (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) – 24
Team Orr Average Score 22.3 (One Goal)

Team Cherry:
Tim Bozon (Kamloops Blazers) – 27; Final Round Tie-breaker 21; Martin Frk (Halifax Mooseheads) – 19; Daniil Zharkov (Belleville Bulls) – 21; Brendan Gaunce (Belleville Bulls) – 16; Dane Fox (Erie Otters) – 19; Dominik Volek (Regina Pats) – 21; Team Cherry Average Score 20.9
Courtesy of the QMJHL and WHL

Team Orr Edges Team Cherry

Seattle Thunderbirds’ right winger Branden Troock added a goal and assist; while Edmonton Iol Kings’s defenseman Griffin Reinhart scored once as Team Orr edged Team Cherry 2-1 at the CHL Top Prospects’ game on Wednesday. Rouyn-Noranda defenseman Dillion Fournier scored for Team Cherry.

Val-d’Or Foreurs backstopper Francois Tremblay and Calgary Hitmen netminder Chris Driedger combined for 27 in the win; while Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds netminder Matt Murray and Victoriaville netminder Brandon Whitney combined for 28 saves in the loss.

Remparts Fined

On Friday the League fined Quebec $5000.00 for Patrick Roy’s comments toward the League management regarding right winger Mikhail Grigorenko’s participation at the CHL Top Prospects Game.

On Friday, January 27th Roy accused QMJHL Commissioner Gilles Courteau of putting his own interests and those of the League ahead of those of the players.

The Hockey Hall of Famers went on to say that the league pressured Grigorenko to take part in the game even though he was injured and that Courteau wants to become head of the Canadian Hockey League and that by Grigorenko taking part it would help his candidacy.

“What we want is that the young player is able go out there in ideal circumstances and that he can give the best possible performance, but when you have a commissioner who thinks about his future, the kids get forgotten,” Roy said in French.

Grigorenko, who is recovering from an ankle injury, played in Wednesday’s game.

“(Courteau) wants to move up in the hockey world, in the Canadian League, Hockey Canada, etc. He dreams of becoming a future David Branch,” Roy said, referring to the current head of the CHL.

The Games This Week

Play began with one game on Tuesday as Wes Herrett, Jessyko Bernard, Alex Noel, and Tomas Pavelka scored for PEI in the Rocket’s 4-1 win over Moncton. Marek Hrivik scored the lone Wildcats’ goal.
On Wednesday Rimouski got two goals each from Petr Straka and Dale Deon; while Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Alex Belzile, Jean-Francois Plante, and Alexandre Tanguay added singles as the Oceanic edged Victoriaville 8-7. Stefan Fournier scored four times; while Philippe Maillet, Philippe Halley, and Matthew Hobbs added singles for the Tigres.

There were two games on Thursday.

Ben Duffy scored twice; and Jimmy Oligny, Olivier Jodoin, Bernard, Josh Currie, Olivier Crouteau, Yan Pavel Plante, and Matthew Bursey all added singles as PEI skated to a 9-6 win over Cape Breton. The Screaming Eagles got goals from Jonathan Brunelle who had two; and Kyle Farrell, Raphael Corriveau, Aleaxndre Lavoie, and Blake Millman had singles. Jean-Sebastien Dea, Redgie Bois, Denis Kamaev, and Liam O’Brien scored for Rouyn-Noranda; while Sacha Guimond and Samuel Carrier added the Baie-Comeau goals as the Huskies doubled the Drakkar 4-2.

Sixteen teams took to the ice on Friday.

Konrad Abeltshauser, Cameron Critchlow, Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Druin, and Matthew Boudreau all scored for Halifax; while Moncton got goals from Alex Saulnier, Brandon Shea, and Ross Johnson as the Mooseheads skated to a 5-3 win over the Wildcats. Bernard, Victor Provencher, Matej Beran, and Ben Duffy added the PEI goals; while Farrell and Brunelle scored for Cape Breton as the Rocket doubled the Screaming Eagles 4-2. Saint John needed a shootout and shootout goals from Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Jurco; while regulation goals came from Charlie Coyle and Ryan Tesink; and Drummondville got goals from Guillaume Gauthier and Marc-Olivier Brouillard as the Sea Dogs edged the Voltigeurs 3-2. Peter Trainor and Francis Beauvillier scored a pair each; and Alexandre Maillet, Petr Straka, Dale Deon, Scott Oke, and Alexandre Tanguay scored once each as Rimouski skated to a 9-3 win over Quebec. Jeremie Malouin added a pair and Gabriel Desjardins a single for the Remparts. Yanni Gourde scored twice; and Maillet, Yannick Dube, Halley, and Brandon Hynes scored for Victoriaville; while Jean-Francois Leblanc scored the lone Baie-Comeau goal as the Tigres skated to a 6-1 win over the Drakkar. Jean-Christophe Laflamme, Raphael Pouliot, Cedric Paquette, Christopher Clapperton, and Jess Tanguay scored for Blainville-Boisband; while Adam Champan with a pair, and Youssef Kabbaj and Alexandros Soumakis had singles for Gatineau as the Armada edged the Olympiques 5-4. Chicoutimi got goals from Steve Lebel, Andrew O’Brien, Etienne Brodeur, Guillaume Asselin, and Pierre-Maxime Poudrier in their 5-1 win over Rouyn-Noranda; while Marcus Power scored the lone Huskies’ marker. Michael Chaput and Loik Poudrier scored a pair each; and Mitchell Maynard, Pierre-Olivier Morin, Michael Bournival, and Peter Sakaris added singles as Shawinigan romped to an 8-1 win over Val-d’Or. Thierry Comtois scored the lone Foreurs’ marker.

Six games took place on Saturday.

Sebastein Sylvestre added the hat trick; while Yoan Pinette and Poudrier added singles as Chicoutimi skated to a 5-1 win over Rouyn-Noranda. Sven Andrighetto replied for the Huskies. Huberdau scored the game winner with 30 seconds left in regulation; and Charles-Olivier Roussel added a single as Saint John edged Shawinigan 2-1 with Maximilien Le Sieur adding the lone Cataractes marker. Andre Bouvet-Morrissette scored both Drummondville goals as the Voltigeurs edged the Oceanic 2-1 with Jakub Culek scoring for Rimouski. Christophe Lalancette scored twice; and Adam Stevens, Mirko Hoefflin, and Alec Jon Banville added singles for Acadie-Bathurst; while MacKinnon was the lone goal scorer for Halifax as the Titan skated to a 5-1 win over the Mooseheads. Clapperton and Tanguay scored for Blainville-Boisband; while Anthony Duclair scored for Quebec as the Armada nipped the Remparts 2-1. Alex Zafris scored three times; while Garrett Clarke scored a pair, and Alex MacDonald added a single for Gatineau; while Val-d’Or’s goals came from Alexandre Durette, Samuel Henley, and Vincent Dunn as the Olympiques doubled the Foreurs 6-3.

The Leaders

Saint John (38-13-0-2, 78 points) is the Maritimes Division and overall leader; while Telus East leaders Shawinigan (35-12-2-23) have 75 points. Blainville-Boisband is the Telus West leaders and have 29 wins to go along with their 20 losses, two overtime losses, and one shootout loss for 56 points.

Gourde tops all scorers with 29 goals and 70 assists in the 513 games that he has played in to remain at first; while O’Brien has found the back of the net on 45 occasions; while lending a helping hand on 43 more in the 51 contests that he has skated in; while his teammate Sebastien Trudeau (22G, 60A, 82 points) rounds out the top three.

Between the pipes the top three from last week remains the same as Shawinigan’s Gabriel Girard sports a 16-4-1-1 record to go along with his 2.24 GAA and 0.921 SAV% to finish first; while Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil (29-9-0-0, 2.42 GAA, 0.910 SAV%) is second; and Girard’s backup Alex Dubeau is third spot as he has won 19 games while losing eight with one overtime loss and two shootout losses with a 2.56 GAA and 0.905 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Play begins with two division games on Tuesday as Quebec is at home to Telus East rival Baie-Comeau; and Val-d’Or welcomes Telus West rivals Blainville-Boisband.

Three games will be played on Wednesday as Shawinigan is at home to Acadie-Bathurst; Halifax makes their way to Baie-Comeau; and Rouyn-Noranda welcomes Telus West rivals Blainville-Boisband.

On Thursday Baie-Comeau is in Chicoutimi for a Telus East contest; Cape Breton makes their way to Gatineau; and Moncton is in Rouyn-Noranda.

Ten teams will take to the ice on Friday as PEI is in Bathurst for a Maritimes tilt; Victoriaville hosts Drummondville; Halifax makes another Quebec stop in Chicoutimi; Rimouski is at home to Telus East rivals Quebec; and Moncton is in Val-d’Or.

On Saturday Saint John is in Charlottetown to face the Rocket in a Maritimes tilt; Blainville-Boisband is in Rimouski; Shawinigan hosts Halifax; Gatineau is in Drummondville for a Telus West affair; and Val-d’Or welcomes Cape Breton.

The week will end with five games on Sunday that will see Acadie-Bathurst in Saint John for a Maritimes contest; Moncton finishes up their Quebec trip with a stop in Gatineau, and Cape Breton does likewise in Rouyn-Noranda; and Halifax is in Victoriaville. The Telus East contest has Shawinigan at home to Chicoutimi.

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