QMJHL Weekly, April 23rd, 2012

Mooseheads Complete Big Comeback

The Halifax Mooseheads came back from a three games to none down to defeat the Quebec Remparts with a 5-4 overtime win on Tuesday night. Cameron Critchlow led the way with four goals; while Jonathan Drouin scored the series winner 14:58 into the extra frame. Anthony Duclair, Logan Shaw, Mikael Tam, and Adam Erne added the Remparts’ goals.

On Monday the Mooseheads forced a game seven with the Quebec with a 5-2 win in Quebec. Drouin scored twice; while Konrad Abeltshauser, Travis Randell, and Nathan MacKinnon added singles for the Mooseheads; while Alexandre Comtois and Vincent Barnard added the Remparts’ markers.

The Chicoutimi Sagueneens also got past the 2012 Memorial Cup host team the Shawinigan Cataractes in seven games with a 3-2 win on Tuesday. Christian Ouellet scored twice; and Guillaume Asselin added one for the winners; while the Cataractes got goals from Brandon Gormley and Anton Zloban.

Rimouski also got past Blainville-Boisband in seven games. Alexandre Mallet scored twice; and Peter Trainor, Jukub Culek, and Alexandre Tanguay added singles for the Oceanic; and Vincent Richer also added a pair; and Raphael Pouliot and Tommy Giroux added singles for the Armada.

The semifinals got underway on Friday.

Saint John skated to a 4-1 win over Chicoutimi as Jonathan Huberdeau, Danick Gauthier, Pierre Durepos, and Stanislev Galiev added singles for the Sea Dogs; and Mathieu Gagnon added the lone Sagueneens’ marker. Saint John took a 2-0 lead in games with a 5-2 win on Saturday as Galiev led the way with two goals; and Huberdeau, Ryan Tesink, and Aidan Kelly had one each. Gagnon and Christian Ouellet added the Chicoutimi goals. Games three and four will be played in Chicoutimi on Tuesday and Thursday with game five if necessary in Saint John on Saturday.

Rimouski also has a 2-0 lead in games over Halifax. The Oceanic won 4-1 on Friday thanks to goals from Casey Babineau, Mallet, Petr Straka, and Scot Oke; while Halifax’s lone goal came from Cameron Critchlow. It was a bit closer on Saturday as the Oceanic edged the Mooseheads 5-4 with Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Trainor, Jakub Culek, Jean-Philippe Mathieu, and Jean-Francois Plante providing the offense for Rimouksi; while Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, and Andrew Ryan and Konrad Abeltshauser added singles for Halifax. Games three, four, and five if necessary will be played in Rimouski on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; while game six if necessary will be played in Halifax on Sunday.

The Leaders

Saint John forward Charlie Coyle moves up one spot to first in the scoring race with 11 goals and 13 assists; while MacKinnon moves into second place as he has found the back of the net 13 times while lending a helping hand on 10 more; while Galiev (10G, 13A) rounds out the top three.

Between the pipes Shawinigan netminder Alex Dubeau leads all goalies with his 3-3-1-0 record, 2.08 GAA, and 0.919 SAV%; while Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil is second as he has a 10-0-0-0 record, 2.10 GAA, and 0.918 SAV%; while Quebec’s Louis Domingue (7-3-1-0, 2.65 GAA, 0.897 SAV%) rounds out the top three.

Americans Are U18 Champions

For the fourth straight year the USA has won the World U18 Championships.

They took the title with a 7-0 rout of Sweden on Sunday.

Nicolas Kerdiles led the way with two goals; while Ryan Hartman, Daniel O’Regan, J. T. Compher, Connor Carrick, and Thomas Dipauli each scored once.

Canada won the bronze medal with a 5-4 win over Finland. Hunter Shinkaruk scored three times; while Brendan Gaunce and Sam Reinhart added singles for the Canadians. Henrik Haapala scored twice; while Rasmus Ristolainen and Arturri Lehkonen added singles for the Finns.

The Americans got to the final with a 2-1 win over Canada. Compher and Kyle Osterberg scored for the Red, White, and Blue; while Gemel Smith added the Red and White goal.

Sweden got to the final with a 7-3 win over Finland. Sebastien Collberg scored twice; while Filip Forsberg, Gustav Possler, Jesper Pettersson, Erik Karlsson, and Jacob de la Rose added singles for Sweden; while Lehkonen scored twice, and Ristolainen added one for Finland.

After the gold medal game the awards were handed out.

The Best Players of the Tournament as selected by the Directorate were:

Goalie Colin Olson—USA
Defenseman Matt Dumba—Canada
Forward Forsberg—Sweden

Dumba finished as the tournament’s top scorer with five goals and seven assists in seven games; while Olson was the top goalie with his 0.80 GAA and 0.966 SAV%.

Four preliminary round games took place at the World U18 Championships on Monday.

In Brno, Canada skated to a 6-2 win over the Czech Republic. Gaunce led the way with two goals; while Dumba, Kerby Rychel, Scott Laughton, and Reinhart added singles; and Dominik Volek and Jakub Houfek scored for the Czechs.

In the other game in Brno, Finland skated to a 5-1 win over Denmark. Lehkonen led the way for the Finns with two goals; while Samu Markkula, Henri Ikonen, and Rasmus Kulmala had singles. Matthias Asperup had the lone Danish marker.

In Znojmo, Latvia nipped Germany 5-4 as Roberts Lipsbergs had the hat trick; while Georgs Golovkovs and Teodors Blugers had one each for Latvia; and Janik Moser, Sven Ziegler, Dominik Kahun, and Marcel Kurth scored for Germany.

In the other game in Znojmo, Russia blanked Switzerland 6-0. Anton Slepyshev, Alexander Barbanov, Nikita Zadorov, Denis Kamayev, and Alexander Delnov provided the offense.

Preliminary round action ended with four games on Tuesday.

In Brno, Finland skated to a 6-2 win over the Czechs as Kulmala led the way with three goals; and Aleksi Mustonen; Aleksander Barkov; and Samu Markkula all had singles. Jan Hudecek and Dominik Simon added the Czech goals.

The USA skated to a 5-3 win over Canada also in Brno. Jones, Riley Barber, Matt Grzelcyk, Frank Vatrano, and Matt Lane added the USA goals; while Shinkaruk, Dumba, and Ryan Pulock scored for Canada.

In Znojmo, Sweden shut out Russia 2-0. Forsberg scored both Swedish goals.

Germany skated to a 6-2 win over Switzerland in Znojmo. Leon Draisaitl scored twice; while Sven Ziegler, Benjamin Zientek, and Tim Bender added singles for the Germans; while Dario Simon and Fabrice Herzog added the Swiss markers.

On Thursday there were two quartertfinal games played in Breclev and two relegation round games in Znojmo.
In the quarterfinals Finland skated to an 8-0 shutout of Germany. Teuvo Teravainen and Haapala scored twice each; and Lehkonen, Mustonen, Ikonen, and Joose Antonen added singles.

Canada doubled Russia 4-2 in the other quarter. Rychel scored twice; while Dumba and Felix Girard added singles for the winners. Slepyshev and Alexei Filippov added the Russian markers.

In the first relegation round game, Switzerland doubled the Czech Republic 4-2. Flavio Schmutz scored twice; and Nicola Brandi and Sandro Zangger added one each. Ondrej Slovacek and Jan Hudecek scored for the host country.

In the second relegation round game, Denmark edged Latvia 4-3. Kristoffer Lauridsen had the hat trick; while Bjorn Uldall had the single for the Danes; while the Latvian goals came from Edmunds Augstkalns and Edgars Kulda.

In the relegation round games on Friday Czech Republic skated to a 7-4 win over Latvia in the relegation round game in Znojmo. Jakub Vrana, and Simon scored twice each; while Vojtech Tomecek, Matej Zadrazil, and Martin Prochazka added singles. Kulda, Rudofls Kalvitis, and Roberts Lipsbergs added singles for Latvia.

In the other relegation round game Switzerland edged Denmark 2-1. Xeno Busser and Dario Kummer scored for the Swiss; while Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Danes who were relegated to the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division I Group A.

In the fifth place game on Saturday Russia skated to a 4-1 win over Germany. Arseni Khatsei scored twice; while Andrei Mironov and Valeri Nichushkin added one each for Russia. Frederik Tiffels scored the lone German marker.

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