Saint John; Baie-Comeau; Quebec; Halifax; Shawinigan; Chicoutimi; Blainville-Boisband; and Rimouski Move On
The Saint John Sea Dogs; Baie-Comeau Drakkar; Quebec Remparts; Halifax Mooseheads; Shawinigan Cataractes; Chicoutimi Sagueneens; Blainville-Boisband Armada; and Rimouski Oceanic are moving on to the second round of the QMJHL playoffs.
The playoffs resumed Monday night with two games.
Cameron Critchlow, Nathan MacKinnon, and Jonathan Drouin scored twice each; while Steve Gillard and Brad Cuzner added singles as Halifax romped to an 8-2 win over Moncton. Samuel Roussy and Devon MacAusland scored for the Wildcats. The Mooseheads swept the Wildcats with a 5-4 overtime win on Tuesday as Konrad Abeltshauser, Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, Brent Andrews, and Martin Frk scored for the Mooseheads; while Patrick Deslisle-Houde scored twice; and Marek Hrivik and Samuel Roussy added the Wildcats’ goals.
In the other Monday game Logan Shaw and Gabriel Desjardins added two goals each; while Jeremie Malouin, Mathieu Lavallee, Alexandre Comtois, Adam Erne, and Frederick Roy had singles for Quebec; while Andre Bouvet-Morrissette and Marc-Olivier Brouillard scored for Drummondville as the Remparts coasted to a 10-2 win. On Tuesday the Remparts went up 3-1 in games with a 9-3 win as Vincent Bernard added the hat trick; Malouin scored twice; and Shaw, Michael McNamee, Martin Lefebvre, and Gabriel Desjardins added singles. The Remparts swept the series with a 2-1 win on Thursday as Comtois scored the game winner 2:30 into overtime; and Roy added the regulation goal. Olivier Archambault added the Drummondville goal.
The Saint John Sea Dogs became the second team to advance to the second round of the playoffs on Wednesday night.
Charlie Coyle and Danick Gauthier scored a pair; while Jonathan Huberdeau, Tomas Jurco, Ryan Tesink, and Kevin Gagne added singles as the Sea Dogs took a 3-0 lead in games with an 8-2 win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Tuesday. Kyle Farrell and William Carrier scored the Cape Breton goals. Saint John completed the sweep with a 5-1 win on Wednesday. Coyle, Jurco, Aidan Kelly, and Stanislev Galiev scored for the Sea Dogs; while Dany Potvin added the Screaming Eagles’ goal.
Shawinigan also completed the sweep of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in four games.
On Tuesday the Cataractes got goals from Yannick Veilleux, Michael Chaput, and Vincent Arseneau; while Jean-Sebastien Dea and Peter Angelopoulos scored for the Huskies in Shawinigan’s 3-2 win. Veilleux scored twice; and Frederick Gaudreau, Justin Hache, Pierre-Olivier Morin, and Chaput all netted singles in the 6-2 win on Wednesday. Mathieu Lemay and Liam O’Brien scored for Rouyn-Noranda.
The series between Blainville-Boisband and Gatineau also ended in four games.
Tommy Giroux scored twice; and Elie Berube, Marc-Olivier Roy, Xavier Ouellet, Raphael Pouliot, Cedric Paquette, and Jess Tanguay all added singles for the Armada; while the Olympiques got goals from Raphael Lafontaine, Rock Regimbald, Samuel Courtemanche, Robert Pelletier, and Adam Chapman as the Armada skated to an 8-5 win over the Olympiques on Tuesday. The Armada needed overtime and a goal from Christopher Clapperton 6:51 in to get to the second round with a 4-3 win on Wednesday. Clapperton also scored in regulation along with Giroux and Tanguay. Gatineau got goals from Adam Janosik, Emile Poirier, and Tomas Hyka.
The Baie-Comeau Drakkar are also on to the second round in four games.
Lukas Cingel scored twice; and Carl Gelinas, Felix Girard, Jean-Philippe Caron, Samuel Carrier, and Jean-Francois Leblanc added one each as the Drakkar welcomed the Tigres with an 8-2 win on Tuesday. Jonathan Lessard scored his second of the night 6:55 into overtime; while David Rose, Jean-Philippe Caron, and Tomas Filippi added singles in the 5-4 win on Wednesday. Philippe Maillet, Philippe Halley, and Yanni Gourde all scored for the Tigres.
Rimouski had the brooms out for Val-d’Or taking that series in four games. Jerome Gautheir-Leduc, Petr Straka, and Jakub Culek scored for the Oceanic in their 3-2 overtime win on Tuesday. Anthony Mantha got both the Foreurs’ goals. Scott Oke added a pair; while Gauthier-Leduc, and Peter Trainor added singles in the 4-3 win on Wednesday. Samuel Henley, Matthieu Theriault, and Vincent Dunn added the Foreur’s markers.
Chicoutimi needed seven games to dispose of Acadie-Bathurst.
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan skated to a 6-5 overtime win over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Tuesday as Mirko Hoefflin, Francois Godin, Sean Girard, Alec Jon Banville, Zach O’Brien, and Matthew Bissonnette added singles for the Titan; while Lukas Sedlak scored twice; and Charles Hudon, Etienne Brodeur, and Christian Ouellet scored once each for the Sagueneens. Chicoutimi went up 3-1 with a 4-2 win on Wednesday as Andrew O’Brien, Hudon, Alexandre Beauregard, and Guillaume Asselin scored for the Sagueneens; and Sebastien Trudeau and Bissonnette added the Titan markers. Christophe Lalancette, Sebastien Trudeau, and Christophe Losier scored for the Titan; and Steve Lebel and Brodeur scored for the Sagueneens as the Titan staved off elimination with a 3-2 win on Friday. Chicoutimi won the series in seven games with a 4-3 overtime win on Sunday thanks to goals from Lebel, Alexandre Roy, Ouellet, and Jeremie Gregoire; while Hoefflin, Jordan Murray, and Trudeau added the Titan markers.
Coyle and Gibson Are CHL Player and Goalie of the Week
Saint John Sea Dogs’ forward Charlie Coyle is the CHL Player of the Week; and Chicoutimi Sagueneens’ netminder Christopher Gibson is the CHL Goalie of the Week for the week ending March 25th.
In the first two games of the playoffs against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Coyle scored six times while lending a helping hand on four more and finishing a +9.
Gibson went 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and 0.963 SAV% during that period in two playoff games against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.
Bussieres Suspended Three Games
On Thursday the League suspended Baie-Comeau Drakkar Raphael Bussieres for three games for his actions against a Victoriaville Tigres player on Tuesday, March 27th.
Bussieres turned and took a stride towards his opponent who was coming out of his own zone skating toward the centre ice. The injured player passed the puck to his teammate along the boards as Bussieres skated towards the injured player hitting him on the head while he was in a vulnerable position propelling himself upward on the impact.
Finalists For Humanitarian Award Named.
The three finalists for the Humanitarian and Community Involvement Trophy presented be National were announced on Thursday.
The award will be handed out at the Golden Puck Awards on April 4th.
The finalists are: Konrad Abeltshauser (Halifax Mooseheads); Vincent Barnard (Québec Remparts); and Cédrick Henley (Val-d’Or Foreurs).
The Humanitarian and Community Involvement Trophy is awarded annually to the player having contributed the most to the well-being of his community and participated in nurturing his team’s and the league’s non-profit undertakings.
Hiro Let Go
The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles announced on Thursday that Assistant Coach Kevin Higo will not be offered a contract for next season.
The Lethbridge, AB native was in the second year of a two year contract that will expire on july 31st.
Coyle leads all playoff scorers with nine goals and four assists in four games; while Tanguay has lit the lamp post on five occasions while lending a helping hand on eight more in the four games that he has skated in; while Coyle’s teammate Galiev has 12 points (3G, 9A) in four games.
Between the pipes Halifax Moosehead Zachary Fucale is 4-0-0 with a 1.97 GAA and 0.918 SAV% to lead all goalies; while Quebec’s Louis Domingue is also 4-0-0 with a 1.98 GAA and 0.922 SAV%; and Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil also has a 4-0-0 record with a 2.00 GAA and 0.918 SAV% to round out the top three.
The Games To Come
The second round of the playoffs gets underway with four games on Friday as Saint John welcomes Baie-Comeau for two games Friday and Saturday; while Quebec welcomes Halifax; Rimouski is in Boisband; and Shawinigan and Chicoutimi take to the ice in Shawinigan also on Friday and Saturday.