QMJHL Weekly: 2/14/12

Fucale, Huberdeau, and Brunelle are Telus Three Stars

Halifax Mooseheads’ netminder Zachary Fucale; Saint John Sea Dogs’ left winger Jonathan Huberdeau; and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles’ forward Jonathan Brunelle are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending February 11th, 2012.

Fucale began the week with 35 saves and the second star of the game award as Halifax lost 2-1 to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Wednesday. He made 38 more as the Mooseheads lost 5-2 to Halifax on Saturday and ended it with 33 more and the first star of the game award as the team edged the Victoriaville Tigres 2-1 on Sunday.

Huberdeau added the hat trick and one helper along with the first star of the game honors as the Sea Dogs began the week with a 5-0 shutout of PEI on Saturday. He ended it with another goal and assist as the team finished the week with a 7-2 win over their New Brunswick rivals the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Huberdeau finished the week a +3.

Brunelle started the week with two helpers as Cape Breton were nipped 6-5 by the Gatineau Olympiques on Thursday and followed that up with a goal, two helpers, and the second star of the game award in the team’s 6-5 loss to Val-d’Or on Saturday. He ended it with two goals and one assist as the Screaming Eagles lost 7-6 to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Sunday.

Gourde Is CHL Player of the Week

After being named the Telus first star of the week for the week ending February 6th Drummondville forward Yanni Gourde is the CHL Player of the Week for the same time period.

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.

Cameron and Racine suspended

On Tuesday the League announced that Saint John center Jason Cameron will be suspended four games; and Shawingan rearguard Jonathan Racine will receive an additional four game suspension for their actions in a game in Shawinigan on February 4th.

Cameron blind sided a Shawinigan player with a hit to the head by using his shoulder as the injured player was in a vulnerable position. Cameron propelled himself into the air to get at the player’s head; and the player was injured.

Racine like Cameron also had an opponent that was in a vulnerable position; but this player was no longer in possession of the puck. Racine also traveled a great distance and propelled himself into the air. He hit his opponent with his fist and edge of the stick as he was about to miss him. The player was not injured.

Three QMJHL Teams Make Top 10

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

Saint John jumped two spots to second; Shawinigan dropped two to fifth; and Quebec remained at ninth.

1 London Knights 38-11-0-1
2 Saint John Sea Dogs 38-13-0-2
3 Kamloops Blazers 37-12-1-3
4 Tri-City Americans 37-12-1-1
5 Shawinigan Cataractes 35-12-2-3
6 Edmonton Oil Kings 35-12-2-4
7 Plymouth Whalers35-13-2-1
8 Kitchener Rangers 34-15-1-0
9 Quebec Remparts 33-13-5-2
10 Ottawa 67’s 32-13-4-

The Games This Week

The week began with two games on Tuesday.

Mikhail Grigorenko, Gabriel Desjardins, and Adam Erne all scored for the Quebec Remparts in their 3-0 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan; and Val-d’Or got goals from Nicolas Larocque-Marcoux, Mathieu Guertin, Benjamin Casavant, Vincent Dunn, and Julien Leduc in their 5-1 win over Blainville-Boisband. Olivier Hinse scored the lone Armada goal.

Three games took place on Wednesday.

Cristophe Lalancette, Jordan Murray, Sebastien Trudeau, and Matthew Bissonnette scored for Acadie-Bathurst; while Yannick Veilleux, Jonathan Narbonne, Pierre-Olivier Morin, and Michael Bournival scored for Shawinigan in regulation; while Bissonnette and Alex Bonville scored in the shootout for the Titan; and Peter Sakaris did the same for the Cataractes in Acadie-Bathurst’s 5-4 win over Shawinigan. Nathan MacKinnon scored the lone regulation goal for Halifax; while Gabriel Verplast did the same for Baie-Comeau in regulation; and Tomas Filippi added the shootout marker as the Drakkar nipped the Mooseheads 2-1. In the game that ended in overtime Tommy Giroux scored three times with his third coming five seconds into the extra frame as Blainville-Boisband nipped Rouyn-Noranda 3-2. Mathieu Lemay and Antoine Quevillon scored for the Huskies.

Six teams took to the ice on Thursday.

Jeremy Gregoire scored twice, and Gabriel Vermette and Guillaume Asselin added singles as Chicoutimi doubled Baie-Comeau 4-2. David Rose and Frederic Gamelin added the Drakkar markers. Raphael Lafontaine scored twice, and Garrett Clarke, Rock Regimbald, Emile Poirier, and Jacob Conrad added singles as Gatineau nipped Cape Breton 6-5. William Carrier scored three times; while Cole Murphy, and Alexandre Lavoie added singles for the Screaming Eagles. In the Moncton Wildcats’ 5-1 win over Rouyn-Noranda Marek Hrivik scored twice; while Alex Saulnier, James Melindy, and Patrick Downe added singles. Sven Andrighetto scored the lone Huskies’ marker.

Five games were played on Friday night. Lalancette scored twice; and Etienne Salvail and Sebastien Trudeau added singles as Acadie-Bathurst doubled PEI 4-2. Victor Provencher and Alex Noel added singles for the Rocket. Philippe Halley, Brandon Hynes, and Yanni Gourde added singles for Victoriaville; while Charles-David Beaudoin and Michael Santini scored for Drummondville as the Tigres nipped the Voltiegeurs 3-2. Matthew Boudreau scored twice; and Darcy Ashley and Alexandre Grenier added singles as Halifax skated to a 4-1 win over Chicoutimi. Charles Hudon scored the lone Sagueneens’ marker. Rimouski got goals from Petr Straka, and Jakub Culek; while Mikael Tam scored for Quebec as the Oceanic nipped the Remparts 2-1, Hrivik, Erik Robichaud, and Devon MacAusland scored for Moncton; and Benjamin Casavant added the Val-d’Or goal as the Wildcats skated to a 3-1 win over the Foreurs.

There were five games played on Saturday.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored three times; and Charlie Coyle, and Danick Gauthier added singles as Saint John blanked PEI 5-0. Rimouski needed a shootout and goals from Alexandre Mallet and Jakub Culek; while regulation goals came from Mallet with two; and Peter Trainor and Jean-Francois Plante added singles; while Raphaël Pouliot scored in the shootout; and Jean-Christophe Laflamme, Vincent Richer, Christopher Clapperton, and Jess Tanguay scored for Blainville-Boisband as the Oceanic nipped the Armada 5-4. Yannick Veilleux and Maximilien Le Sieur scored twice each; and Vincent Arseneau added a single for Shawinigan; while Andrew Ryan and Martin Frk scored for Halifax as the Cataractes skated to a 5-2 win over the Mooseheads. Alex Emond, Andre Bouvet-Morrissette, Ramon Harbarenka, and Emil Sylvegard scored for Drummondville; and Robert Pelletier and Emile Poirier added the Gatineau goals as the Voltigeurs doubled the Olympiques 4-2. Anthony Mantha scored twice; while Nicolas Larocque-Marcoux, Benjamin Casavant, Vladislav Shalimov, and Alex Filatrault added singles for Val-d’Or; while Michael Clarke scored twice; and Raphael Corriveau, Jonathan Brunelle, and William Carrier scored once each for Cape Breton as the Foreurs nipped the Screaming Eagles 6-5.

Five games closed out the weekend on Sunday.

Stanislav Galiev scored twice; and Coyle, Zack Phillips, Spencer MacDonald, Huberdeau, and Maxime Villemare added singles as Saint John romped to a 7-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst. Salvail scored the Titan goals. Morin scored twice; and Michael Bournival, and Arseneau scored once each as Shawinigan skated to a 4-1 win over Chicoutimi. Jeremy Gregoire added the lone Sagueneens’ marker. Patrick Deslisle-Houda, Scott Trask, and Allain Saulnier all scored in regulation for Moncton, while Saulnier and Erik Robichaud scored in the shootout as the Wildcats nipped Gatineau 4-3. Mathieu Boily, Robert Pelletier, and Poirier added the regulation goals for the Olympiques; and Pelletier scored the lone shootout marker. Rouyn-Noranda got goals from Jean-Sebastien Dea and Denis Kamev with two each; and Peter Angelopolous, Mathieu Lemay, and Sven Andrighetto had singles as the Huskies nipped Cape Breton 7-6. Brunelle scored twice; while Raphael Corriveau, Kyle Campbell, Denis Kindl, and Dany Potvin had one apiece for the Screaming Eagles. Halifax needed a shootout and goals from MacKinnon, Frk, and Grenier; while Ryan scored the lone regulation goal to nip Victoriaville 2-1. Philippe Halley scored for the Tigres in regulation; while Hynes, and Yannick Dube scored in the shootout.

The Leaders

Saint John (39-14-0-2, 80 points) is the Maritimes Division; while Telus East leaders Shawinigan (37-12-2-4) also have 80 points and share the overall lead with Saint John as both have the same 0.727 win percentage. 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 30 goals and 71 assists in the 55 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 (24G, 62A, 86 points, 55 games) rounds out the top three.

Between the pipes the top three from last week remains the same as Shawinigan’s Gabriel Girard sports a 17-4-1-1 record to go along with his 2.25 GAA and 0.919 SAV% to finish first; while Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil (29-10-0-0, 2.36 GAA, 0.912 SAV%) is second; and Girard’s backup Alex Dubeau is third spot as he has won 20 games while losing eight with one overtime loss and two shootout losses with a 2.54 GAA and 0.904 SAV%.

The Games To Come

One game will kick off play on Tuesday as Quebec is at home to Telus West rivals Baie-Comeau.

Three games will take place on Tuesday as Victoriaville begins their Eastern Canadian road trip with a stop on Cape Breton; an all-Maritime tilt will see PEI at home to Shawinigan; and Baie-Comeau visits another Telus East rival Shawinigan.

On Thursday Halifax welcomes Rimouski; and Rouyn-Noranda is in Drummondville.

On Friday Victoriaville makes another Eastern Canadian stop in Halifax; the Battle of New Brunswick will see Acadie-Bathurst in Moncton; Drummondville welcomes Telus West foe Rouyn-Noranda; Quebec is in Saint John; Baie-Comeau welcomes Shawinigan; Blainville-Boisband is at home to Rouyn-Noranda; and Gatineau is in Chicoutimi.

Four games will be played on Saturday.

Chicoutimi rolls out the welcome mat for Shawinigan; Rimouski is in Cape Breton; Quebec makes another New Brunswick stop in Moncton; and Victoriaville is in PEI.

The weekend will finish with five games on Sunday.

Bathurst welcomes Halifax for a Maritimes contest; while Rimouski finishes up their two game set in Cape Breton, PEI welcomes Quebec, Gatineau is in Baie-Comeau, and Blainville-Boisband is at home to Val-d’Or.



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