Sea Dogs Sweep Second Straight Series
The Saint John Sea Dogs are through to the third round of the QMJHL playoffs after sweeping their second straight series with a 5-3 win over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Wednesday night in Baie-Comeau.
Ryan Tesink and Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice each; while Charlie Coyle added a single for the winners; and David Rose, Lukas Cingel, and Raphael Bussieres scored for Baie-Comeau.
On Tuesday night the Sea Dogs took a 3-0 lead with a 5-2 win with singles from Stephen MacAulay, Huberdeau, Tomas Jurco, Tesink, and Stanislev Galiev; while Baie-Comeau’s goals came from Rose and Jonathan Lessard.
The Cataractes got goals from Pierre-Olivier Morin and Michael Chaput in their 2-1 win on Tuesday in Chicoutimi; and Charles Hudon scored for the Sagueneens. On Wednesday Chicoutimi turned the tables with a 2-1 win of their own thanks to Lukas Sedlak and Christian Ouellet; while Vincent Arseneau added the Cataractes’ marker. Shawinigan took a 3-2 lead in games with a 7-3 win on Friday as Pierre-Olivier Morin led the way with two goals; while Alexandre Grandmaison Brandon Gormley, Loik Poudrier, Kirill Kabanov, and Arseneau added singles; and Gabriel Vermette, Etienne Brodeur, and Christian Ouellet added the Sagueneen’s markers. Chicoutimi tied the series at 3- with a 2-0 win on Sunday thanks to goals from Brodeur and Alexander Beauregard. Game 7 will be played Tuesday night in Shawinigan.
The Armada got the hat trick from Cedric Paquette; while singles came from Raphael Pouliot and Jess Tanguay; and Rimouski got two goals from Alex Belzile and a single from Jerome Gauthier-Leduc as Blainville-Boisband skated to a 5-2 win on Tuesday. On Wednesday Rimouski needed overtime and a goal from Scott Oke at the 11:34 mark to get past the Armada 4-3. The Oceanic also got goals from Peter Trainor, Alexandre Mallet, and Belzile; while Marc-Olivier Roy, Xavier Ouellet, and Pouliot scored for the Armada. Blainville-Boisband took a 3-2 lead in games with a 3-2 win on Friday with Tommy Giroux adding the game winner 18:06 into the third; and Trainor and Mallet also adding singles for the Armada; while Jean-Christophe Laflamme and Xavier Ouellet scored for the Oceanic. Rimouski forced a seventh and deciding game in Boisband on Tuesday with a 3-2 win on Sunday as Trainor, Petr Straka, and Robbie DeFulviis added the Oceanic markers; and Roy and Jess Tanguay scored for Blainville-Boisband. Game 7 will go Tuesday in Boisband.
On Tuesday Quebec skated to a 5-3 win over Halifax to take a 3-1 lead in that series. The Remparts got three goals from Michael McNamee; while Jeremie Malouin and Kurt Etchegary found the net once each; while Alexandre Grenier, Konrad Abeltshauser, and Matthew Boudreau added the Mooseheads’ markers. The Mooseheads got goals from Cameron Critchlow and Jonathan Drouin in their 2-1 win on Wednesday; while Mikhail Grigorenko replied for the Remparts. The Mooseheads forced a Game 6 with a 3-2 win on Friday as Trey Lewis, Cameron Critchlow, and Nathan MacKinnon scored for Halifax; while Martin Lefebvre and Gabriel Desjardins added the Remparts’ goals. Game 6 goes Monday night in Quebec; while Game 7, if necessary, will also be played in Quebec on Tuesday.
World U18 Gets Underway
The World U18 Championships got underway in Brno, Znojmo, and Breclav, CZE, with four games on Thursday.
In Brno, Canada skated to a 6-1 win over Denmark with Kerby Rychel, Matt Dumba, Scott Laughton, Anthony Mantha, and Mike Winter found the back of the net for Canada; while Oliver Bjorkstrand added the Danish goal.
The USA skated to a 4-0 win over Finland in Brno as Matt Lane, Nicolas Kerdiles, Connor Carrick, and Quentin Shore added the Team USA goals.
In Znojmo, Russia got goals from Anton Slepyshev, Bogdan Yakimov, Danil Zharkov, Arseni Khatsei, and Nikita Zadorov in their 6-1 win over Latvia. Georgs Golovkovs added the lone Lativan marker.
Sweden got the hat trick from Alexander Wennberg plus two from Mattais Kalin; and singles from Filip Forsberg, Sebastien Collberg, and Christian Djoos in their 8-1 rout of Germany. Denis Shevyrin added the lone German marker.
Two games took place on Friday in Znojmo.
The host team doubled Denmark 8-4 as Jakub Vrana led the way with two goals; and Dominik Volek, Ondrej Slovacek, Jan Stencel, Eustathios Soumelidis, and Martin Prochazka all had singles. Bjorkstrand scored twice; and Marco Illemann and Kristoffer Lauridsen added singles for the Danes.
Lativa doubled Switzerland 4-2. Golovkovs, Edgars Kulda, Martins Lavrovs, and Nikita Jevpalovs added the Lativan markers; while Lukas Balmelli and Julian Schmutz scored for Switzerland.
Four games took place on Saturday.
In Breclev, the USA shutout the Czech Republic 5-0. Jacob Trouba, Kerdiles, Ryan Hartman, Seth Jones, and Shore found the back of the net for Team USA.
Finland doubled Canada 4-2 as Ville Pokka, Artturi Lehkonen, Rasmus Kulmala, and Atte Makinen scored for Finland; and Rychel and Dumba added the Canadian markers.
In Znojmo Germany handed the Russians a 4-2 loss as Marcel Kurth led the way with two goals; and Tim Bender and Frederik Tiffels had singles; while Yakimov and Valeri Nichuskin had the Russian goals.
The final game of the day saw Sweden rout Switzerland 7-2. Gustav Possler led the way with the hat trick; while Forsberg, Collberg, Kalin, and Filip Sandberg added singles. Marco Muller and Fabrice Herzog had the Swiss goals.
The week ended with two games on Sunday.
The Americans blanked Denmark 4-0 as Shore, Jones, Lane, and and Frank Vatrano added singles.
The second game saw Sweden skate to a 3-1 win over Latvia. Elias Lindholm led the way with two goals; while Kalin added a single for the winners; and Ricards Kondrats replied for the Latvians.
On Monday Canada takes on the Czech Republic; Latvia and Germany take to the ice; Finland takes on Denmark; and Switzerland faces Russia
Preliminary round action finishes up Tuesday with Finland playing the Czech Republic; Sweden facing Russia; the US taking on Canada; and Germany facing Switzerland.
The quarterfinals will be played on Thursday; the relegation round games on Thursday and Friday; the semifinals and 5th/6th placement game on Saturday; and the bronze and gold medal games on Sunday.
Thirty two QMJHL Players Ranked In NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings
On Monday the Canadian Hockey League announced that 146 players have been listed by Central Scouting in their final rankings for the NHL Draft which takes place June 22nd-23rd in Pittsburgh.
Thirty two players play in the QMJHL
3 Grigorenko, Mikhail Quebec C
20 Frk, Martin Halifax RW
45 Hyka, Tomas Gatineau RW
56 Beauvillier, Francis Rimouski C/LW
62 Lalancette, Christophe Acadie-Bathurst RW
63 Melindy, James Moncton D
66 Culkin, Ryan Quebec D
95 Hudon, Charles Chicoutimi LW
97 Beran, Matej PEI C
109 Ryan, Andrew Halifax LW
129 Bussieres, Raphael Baie-Comeau LW
136 Fournier, Dillon Rouyn-Noranda D
137 Zlobin, Anton Shawinigan RW
141 Kamaev, Denis Rouyn-Noranda RW
152 Hache, Justin Shawinigan D
153 Shalimov, Vladislav Val-d’Or RW
156 Pavelka, Tomas PEI D
169 O’brien, Liam Rouyn-Noranda LW
183 Girard, Felix Baie-Comeau C
192 Burke, Taylor Gatineau C
194 Hardie, Austyn Halifax D
196 Andrighetto, Sven Rouyn-Noranda RW
199 Clapperton, Christopher Blainville-Boisbriand LW
202 Poulin, Dominic Chicoutimi D
209 Leduc, Loic Cape Breton D
Phillips Is CHL Player of the Week
Saint John Sea Dogs’ forward Zack Phillips is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 8th.
Phillips had nine points in the Sea Dogs’ first two games against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles starting with two goals and two assists and the game’s first star award in the team’s 9-3 win. He followed that up with two goals, three assists, and the third star of the game honors in the 10-2 win in game two on Saturday. He finished the week a plus-5.
At the U18 Championships Wennberg leads all scorers with three goals and three assists in three games played; while Team USA’s Collin Olson is the top goalie with his 0.00 GAA and 1.000 SAV%.
In the QMJHL Philllips leads all playoff scorers with six goals and 17 assists in eight games; while Coyle is second with 11 goals and 10 assists in eight games; and Tanguary rounds out the top three with eight goals and 12 assists in the 10 games that he has skated in.
Shawinigan netminder Alex Dubeau leads all goalies with his 3-2-1-0 record, 1.90 GAA, and 0.931 SAV%; while Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil is second as he has a 8-0-0-0 record, 2.25 GAA, and 0.910 SAV%; while Quebec’s Louis Domingue (7-2-0-0, 2.31 GAA, 0.910 SAV%) rounds out the top three.