QMJHL Weekly, April 20th, 2011

Nadeau is CHL Goalie of the Week

On Tuesday the CHL announced that Drummondville netminder Guillaume Nadeau is the CHL Goalie of the Week for the week ending April 10th.

He went 2-0-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA and 0.983 SAV% during that period/

Lewiston, Saint John, and Gatineau Move On

When action resumed on Tuesday Jonathan Huberdeau led the way with two goals for Saint John as they doubled Victoriaville 6-3 to take a 2-1 lead in their second round series. Saint John needed overtime and another goal from Huberdeau 3:04 in to edge the Tigres 5-4 on Wednesday; while Zack Phillips scored the game winner 12:54 into the third in Wednesday’s 3-2 Sea Dogs’ victory to send the team to the third round of the playoffs. Saint John will host Lewiston for the first two games of the third round on Friday and Saturday

Lewiston took a 2-1 lead in games in their series with Montreal with a 3-1 win on Tuesday as Etienne Brodeur scored the game winner with five seconds left in regulation. The MAINEiacs put the Juniors down three games to one with a 4-1 win on Wednesday as Krill Kabanov led the way with two goals. Montreal staved off elimination with a 5-4 overtime win on Friday as Dylan Anderson scored the game winner 1:37 into the second overtime period. Lewiston eliminated the Juniors with a 6-3 win on Sunday as Stefan Fournier had two goals and one assist.

Shawinigan got their first win of the series against Quebec with a 6-3 win over the Remparts on Tuesday as Dave Labrecque found the back of the net once and added two helpers. Quebec took a 3-1 lead in the series with a 5-1 win on Wednesday as Jonathan Audy-Marchessault added two goals and one helper. The Cataractes staved alive with a 4-3 overtime win thanks to Peter Sakaris’s goal with 6:17 left in the first extra frame on Friday. Michael Bournival led the way with a goal and assist as Shawinigan tied the series at 3-3 with a 4-2 win on Sunday. Game seven will be played on Tuesday night in Quebec City.

Gatineau got their first win of the series against Drummondville on Tuesday as Philippe Haley found the twine twice in the Olympiques’ 4-1 victory. Jean-Gabriel Pageau led the way with two goals and three helpers as Gatineau pulled even in the series with a 6-1 win on Wednesday. Pageuau and Tye McGinn led the way with a goal and assist as Gatineau put Drummondville on the brink of elimination with a 5-1 win on Friday. Drummondville’s season ended with a 6-3 loss to Gatineau on Sunday with Pageau adding another two goals and one assist.

Shawinigan Fined

On Tuesday Commissioner Giles Courteau announced that Shawinigan was fined $2,000.00 for inappropriate comments made by GM Marcel Mondou regarding the selection of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup and comments made towards the Saint John Sea Dogs.

143 CHL Players Ranked By Central Scouting

When the final NHL Central Scouting rankings were announced last week 143 CHL players were ranked.
Twenty five of the Top 30 are CHL players including the first 12. Forty of the players that skated in the Top Prospect game are ranked.

Among the group are 127 skaters and 16 goalies. The OHL had 58 players ranked, the WHL 52, and the QMJHL 33.
Central Scouting Rankings:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectbrowse.htm?cat=1&year=2011

http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectbrowse.htm?cat=3&ampyear=2011

Durocher Dismissed

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles have relieved Head Coach and GM Mario Durocher of his duties.

He has been with the team for the past five years first as the assistant coach for the first two years and the last three as head coach and general manager.

He has also been the Head Coach in Victoriaville and Lewiston.

World U18 Gets Underway

The World U18 got underway with four games on Thursday.

Mikhail Grigorenko led the way for Russia with two goals and three assists in their 8-2 win over Slovakia; Miika Salomaki found the back of the net twice and lent a helping hand on one more as Finland skated to a 5-2 win over Norway; Reid Boucher scored the game winner 5;09 into the third as the Americans edged Switzerland 2-1; and Halifax forward Martin Frk and Edmonton Oil Kings forward Marek Hrbas had two assists each to lead the Czech Republic to a 2-1 win over Sweden.

On Friday Rocco Grimald and Robbie Russo had a goal and two assists each to led the USA to an 8-1 thrashing of Slovakia; Mika Zibanejad had three goals and three assists to lead Sweden to a 10-2 pounding of Norway; Kitchener Rangers’ forward Tobias Reider scored twice to lead Germany to a 4-1 win over Switzerland; and Barrie Colts’ forward Mark Scheifele added two goals for Canada in their 5-0 shutout of the Czech Republic.

In the two games on Saturday Roman Konkov scored twice as Russia nipped Germany 5-4; and Kitchener defenseman Ryan Murphy and Kamloops Blazers’ forward Colin Smith added a goal and assist each for Canada in their 5-4 win over Finland.

The week ended with four games on Sunday as Switzerland got a goal form Christoph Bertschy 10:47 into the third that was the game winner in the 3-2 win over Slovakia; forward Dmitrij Jaskin’s goal with 1:48 left in the game gave the Czech Republic a 3-2 win over Norway; forward JT Miller scored twice to lead the Americans to a 4-3 win over Russia; and forward William Karlsson also scored twice as Sweden skated to a 5-2 win over Finland.

On Monday Germany faces Slovakia; while Canada takes on Norway.

Four games will be played on Tuesday with Russia facing Switzerland; Finland taking on the Czech Republic; the USA facing Germany; and Sweden and Canada taking to the ice.

After an off day on Wednesday there will be four more games on Thursday as Russia takes on Finland; former countrymen will face off as the Czech Republic takes on Slovakia; Germany takes on Canada; and Switzerland faces Norway.

On Saturday the loser of the Russia-Finland game will face the loser of the Canada-Germany one; another four opponents are to be determined; Norway takes on Slovakia; and the Czech Republic will face Switzerland.

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

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