Pageau Is CHL Player of the Week
Gatineau forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 17th. He scored 12 points (5G, 7A) in five games to lead the Olympiques past Drummondville in six games after the team went down 2-0 in games. He had two helpers in Tuesday’s 4-1 win in game three, two goals and three assists and the first star of the game award in Wednesday’s 6-1 win in game four. He scored the game-winner plus one assist in the 5-1 win in game five on Friday and added two more goals including the game winner, one assist, and the third star of the game award in the 6-3 series win on Sunday.
Sea Dogs Lead 2-0, Gatineau and Quebec Split Series
The Saint John Sea Dogs gained a 2-0 lead in their QMJHL semifinal with Lewiston first with a 5-4 win over the MAINEiacs on Friday as Stephen MacAulay scored his third of the post season 2:59 into the extra frame on Friday; Kevin Gagne added a goal and assist in the Sea Dogs’ 4-1 win on Saturday.
The Gatineau Olympiques and the Quebec Remparts split their series as Gatineau got goals from Adam Janosik and Jacob Conrad in their 2-1 win on Friday night; while Ryan Bourque scored the game winner with 1:28 left in regulation to give the Remparts a 3-2 win on Saturday.
Both series will resume on Tuesday with games four and five taking place on Wednesday and Friday.
QMJHL and Joël Bouchard Hockey Academy Form Partnership, Combine To Take Place
On Monday the League announced that they have formed a partnership with the Joel Bouchard Hockey Academy along with the schedule and rosters for the QMJHL Combine. Bouchard played for three seasons in the QMJHL from 1990-1993 with Longueuil and Verdun College-Francais before going on to play 364 NHL games with Calgary, Nashville, Dallas, Phoenix, New Jersey, New York, and Pittsburgh. He opened the Academy six years ago. The partnership will begin with the QMJHL Combine which will run from April 22nd-24th at the Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau in Boisbriand.
The schedule and rosters for the combine were announced on Wednesday.
“Our goal is to create programs and workshops to improve players’ technical and tactical development in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League,” said the executive vice president of the league, Marcel Patenaude. “Joel Bouchard and his team of teachers are experts in many fields and this association positions the QMJHL as a leader in athlete development.”
“I started playing hockey at the age of 5. I spent countless hours in ice rinks training and improving myself and I also had the privilege of playing in the National Hockey League, with the best hockey players in the world” Bouchard said. “It is a privilege to join the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to perfect their players’ development within this new program.”
The second development camp will be held once again at the Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau. The Joël Bouchard Hockey Academy will host the young hopefuls selected during the annual QMJHL draft, which will be held in Victoriaville, for five days of on and off ice instruction, from August 1st to the 5th.
On Wednesday the League announced that the Quebec Remparts were fined $200.00 for inappropriate comments made by GM and Head Coach Patrick Roy on April 16th towards Shawinigan GM Martin Mondou.
Quebec forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault is the playoff scoring leader with 11 goals and 19 assists in 13 games; while another Jonathan—Saint John forward Huberdeau is second with the triple triple of 11 goals and 11 assists over the 11 games that he has played in; while Lewiston forward Michael Chaput rounds out the top three with 20 points (7G, 13A) in the 13 contests that he has skated in.
Between the pipes based on a minimum of 300:00 played in the post season Saint John’s Jacob DeSerres leads all goalies with his 7-1-0-0 record, 2.14 GAA, and 0.913 SAV%; while Gatineau netminder Maxime Clermont (6-4-0-0, 2.22 GAA, 0.919 SAV%) is second; and Quebec’s Louis Domingue rounds out the top three as he has won nine games while losing three with one overtime loss and no shootout losses, has a goals against average of 2.31. and 0.920 SAV%.