QMJHL Weekly – December 13th, 2010

Palat, Girard, and Huberdeau Are Telus Three Stars

Drummondville forward Ondrej Palat, Shawinigan backstop Gabriel Girard and Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending December 12th.

Palat registered two goals and two assists as Drummondville skated to an 8-3 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Friday. He was the first star of that game. On Saturday he added another goal, assist, and was the second star of the game as Drummondville nipped Victoriaville, 5-4. He finished out the weekend with two assists and the third star of the game award as Drummondville lost 5-3 to Montreal on Sunday.

Girard went 2-0-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and 0.960 save percentage in two games this past week. He started with 30 saves and the third star of the game award as Shawinigan was outshot, 31-28, in their 3-1 win over Baie-Comeau on Thursday. He followed that up with 44 more saves and the first star of the game on Friday as Shawinigan was outshot, 44-30, in their 3-2 win over Montreal.

Huberdeau began the week with one goal, one assist, and was the third star of the game as Saint John edged PEI, 3-2, on Tuesday. He added an assist in the series sweep on Wednesday and another goal in Saint John’s 5-2 loss to Lewiston on Friday. He finished the week with two goals, two assists, and the first star of the game award as the Sea Dogs got back into the win column with a 5-3 victory over Halifax on Sunday.

Houdon Is CHL Player of the Week

Fresh off being named the QMJHL First Star of the Week last week, Chicoutimi forward Charles Hudon is the CHL Player of the Week for the same time period.

Hudon began the week with three helpers and was the game’s first star as Chicoutimi skated to a 5-3 win over Rimouski on Friday. He added three more helpers and was the second star of the contest as Chicoutimi romped over Cape Breton, 8-4, on Saturday and finished the week with a goal, two assists and another first star of the game award as Chicoutimi skated to an 8-5 victory over Victoriaville on Sunday. Hudon finished the week a plus-8.

USA Preliminary WJC Roster Announced

On Tuesday, USA Hockey announced the preliminary roster for the World Junior Training Camp in Rochester, Jamestown, and Amherst, NY. The camp will commence beginning on December 17th.

Invited are eight of the members of the gold medal winning team from 2010: Goaltender Jack Campbell; defenseman John Ramage; and forwards Ryan Bourque, Jerry D’Amigo, Chris Kreider, Jeremy Morin, Kyle Palmieri and Jason Zucker.

Also invited were 11 players from the gold medal winning 2010 U.S. National Under-18 Team, including Campbell and Andy Iles in goal; defensemen Adam Clendening, Justin Faulk, Derek Forbort and Jon Merrill; and forwards Connor Brickley, Rocco Grimaldi, Matt Nieto, Brandon Saad and Zucker. Bourque is the only QMJHL player on the roster.

TV Broadcast Schedule Announced

On Tuesday, the CHL announced the Sportsnet national and regional regular season game broadcasts for the 2010-2011 season.

Schedule (all times local):
Sun. Jan. 9 – Rimouski Oceanic at Moncton Wildcats (National) – 7:00 pm Atlantic
Tues. Jan. 11 – Prince George Cougars at Vancouver Giants (WHL Regional) – 7:00 pm Pacific
Wed. Jan. 19 – 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (National) – 7:00 pm Eastern
Sun. Jan. 23 – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at Kitchener Rangers (National) – 7:00 pm Eastern
Fri. Jan. 28 – Sarnia Sting at Guelph Storm (OHL Regional) – 7:00 pm Eastern
Fri. Feb. 4 – Peterborough Petes at Ottawa 67’s (OHL Regional) – 7:00 pm Eastern
Fri. Feb. 11 – Windsor Spitfires at London Knights (OHL Regional) – 7:00 pm Eastern
Sun. Feb. 13 – Guelph Storm at London Knights (National) – 2:00 pm Eastern
Wed. Feb. 16 – Medicine Hat Tigers at Saskatoon Blades (WHL Regional) – 7:00 pm Central
Fri. Feb. 18 – Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors at Kitchener Rangers (OHL Regional) – 7:00 pm Eastern
Wed. Feb. 23 – Kootenay Ice at Red Deer Rebels (WHL Regional) – 7:00 pm Mountain
Sun. Feb. 27 – Moncton Wildcats at Montreal Juniors (National) – 7:00 pm Eastern
Mon. Feb. 28 – Calgary Hitmen at Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL Regional) – 7:00 pm Mountain
Fri. Mar. 4 – London Knights at Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (OHL Regional) – 7:00 pm Eastern
Sun. Mar. 6 – Quebec Remparts at Drummondville Voltigeurs (National) – 7:00 pm Eastern
Fri. Mar. 11 – Owen Sound Attack at Kitchener Rangers (OHL Regional) – 7:00 pm Eastern
Sun. Mar. 13 – Red Deer Rebels at Calgary Hitmen (National) – 5:00 pm Mountain
Fri. Mar. 18 – Oshawa Generals at Ottawa 67’s (OHL Regional) – 7:00 pm Eastern
Sun. Mar. 20 – Peterborough Petes at Oshawa Generals (National) – 7:00 pm Eastern

Playoff games will be announced at a later date. The 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup features the host Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, along with champions from the WHL, OH and QMJHL competing for the national championship. All six round-robin games, playoff tiebreaker (if necessary), semi-final and championship final will all be broadcast by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS from May 20-29 with specific times to be announced at a later date.

McGinn Suspended One Game

On Tuesday, the league announced that Gatineau forward Tye McGinn has been suspended one game for charging a Moncton player on Friday, December 3rd.

RDS Mid-Season Rookies Announced

On Tuesday, the League and RDS announced their mid-season rookie award winners. Each rookie will be honoured during a pre-game ceremony in the next few weeks with the presentation of a beautiful plaque which recognizes their accomplishments. The RDS Rookie of the Year will receive the RDS Trophy at the Golden Puck Awards Gala which will be held in Montreal on April 6, 2011.

RDS mid-season rookies
Acadie-Bathurst Titan – Zach O’Brien
Baie-Comeau Drakkar – Félix Girard
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – William Carrier
Chicoutimi Saguenéens – Charles Hudon
Drummondville Voltigeurs – Marc-Olivier Brouillard
Gatineau Olympiques – Taylor Burke
Halifax Mooseheads – Martin Frk
Lewiston MAINEiacs – Dillon Fournier
Moncton Wildcats – Daniel Milan
Montreal Juniors – Alex Micallef
P.E.I. Rocket – Maxim Lagacé
Quebec Remparts – Tomas Filippi
Rimouski Océanic – Cari Hozjan
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies – Jean-François Grenier
Saint John Sea Dogs – Ryan Tesink
Shawinigan Cataractes – Anton Zlobin
Val-d’Or Foreurs – Julien Leduc
Victoriaville Tigres – David Honzik

Sea Dogs Reach the Pinnacle
For the first time in their five year history the Saint John Sea Dogs are the number one ranked team in the CHL. Joining them in the top 10 is Montreal, who moved from sixth to third, and Quebec, who drops one spot to fifth.
Top 10 Rankings – Week 12
1 Saint John Sea Dogs (25-3-0-2)
2 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (24-3-0-1)
3 Montreal Juniors (23-4-3-1)
4 Portland Winterhawks (22-7-0-3)
5 Quebec Remparts (23-7-0-2)
6 Saskatoon Blades (22-7-0-1)
7 Saginaw Spirit (19-6-3-1)
8 Red Deer Rebels (20-7-1-2)
9 Owen Sound Attack (19-8-0-2)
10 Kootenay Ice (19-7-1-2)

Eight Teams Have Rising Attendance Figures

On Thursday, the league announced the latest attendance figures. Eight teams have noticed rising figures with the most significant coming in Saint John (+801), Val-d’Or (+438), Acadie-Bathurst (+330) and Halifax (+224). Other teams with hikes include Victoriaville, Lewiston, Moncton and Chicoutimi. Seven teams are averaging more than three thousand fans per game. Overall, the League has noticed a slight attendance drop (-0.7% or 24 fans per game) compared to last season.

Official attendance report: http://en.lhjmq.qc.ca/uploads/assets/QMJHL_EN_SITE/Attendance_Report/ASS201011_20101201_ResumeMedia.pdf

Drakkar Make Two Trades

On Thursday, Baie-Comeau sent 20 year old left winger Maxime Gravel to Quebec for the Remparts’ 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft seventh round draft pick. They then acquired Moncton’s 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft 12th round selection for centre Jean-Marc Leger. Leger currently plays with the Dieppe Commandos of the Maritime Junior Hockey League.

Since Léger does not play in the QMJHL, he will not be able to integrate the Moncton Wildcats’ line-up before the beginning of the 3rd trading period as per rule 2.14.2.

The Games This Week

On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick Simon Despres scored the game winner with 1:11 left in regulation as Saint John nipped PEI, 3-2. Simon Darveau added two goals and one assist as Baie-Comeau edged Lewiston, 5-4.

In Montreal’s 5-1 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Wednesday, Louis-Marc Aubry and Jeremy Gouchie scored twice for the Juniors. In other games, Saint John completed the home end of their home and home series with PEI with a 4-1 win as Steven Anthony led the way with two goals and one assist. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault scored once and lent a helping hand on one more to lead Quebec to a 6-2 win over Val-d’Or.

Alex and Allain Saulnier added a goal and assist each to lead Moncton to a 3-1 win over Halifax. Benjamin Casavant added two goals as Shawinigan skated to a 3-1 win over Baie-Comeau and Gabrile Levesque scored the game winner at the 13:50 mark of the third to give Acadie-Bathurst a 3-2 win over Victoriaville on Thursday.

Saint John had its 10-game losing streak come to an end with a 5-2 win over Lewiston on Friday as Etienne Brodeur scored once and assisted on two more. Elsewhere in the league Yannick Veilleux scored the game winner with 5:01 left in the game as Shawinigan nipped Montreal 3-2, David Gilbert scored the lone goal for Acadie-Bathurst in their 2-1 loss to Chicoutimi, Ondrej Palat found the back of the net twice and assisted on two more as Drummondville romped to an 8-3 victory over Rouyn-Noranda, Philip-Michael Devos, Yannick Dube, Philip Danault, and Brandon Hynes scored for Victoriaville, while Philippe Haley scored twice, and Christian Ouellet added one goal as the Tigres edged Gatineau 4-3 and Morgan Clark made 18 saves as Rimouski nipped Val-d’Or, 5-4.

Rimouski completed the sweep of Val-d’Or

Petr Straka scored the game winner 47 seconds into overtime in the Oceanics’ 2-1 win on Saturday. Anton Zlobin, Joe Dube and Benjamin Casavant scored for Shawinigan, while Jeremi Janneteau added a goal and assist, and Jason Houde added a point in the Cataractes’ 3-2 win. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault scored the game winner 16:15 into the third as Quebec skated to a 3-1 win over Halifax. Andrej Nestrasil scored on two occasions and helped out on one more as PEI defeated Cape Breton, 3-1. Ondrej Palat added a goal and assist for Drummondville, while Brandon Hynes led the way for Victoriaville with two goals and one assist in the Voltigeurs’ 5-4 win. Jeremie Malouin, Zach O’Brien and Jonathan Lessard scored for Acadie-Bathurst in its 3-0 shutout of Baie-Comeau.

Andrej Nestrasil and Philippe Paradis added a goal and assist each as PEI shut the door on Cape Breton, 3-0. Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and assisted on two more as Saint John skated to a 5-3 win over Halifax; Ryan Bourque led the way with two goals as Quebec doubled Moncton 4-2; Jean-Francois Berube made 28 saves as Montreal was outshot, 31-23, in its 5-3 win over Drummondville. Tye McGinn added the hat trick Gatineau’s 6-0 shutout of Rouyn-Noranda.

The Leaders

Saint John continues to lead the Maritime and overall standings as it stands at 27-4-0-2 and 56 points. Montreal leads the Telus West with its 25-3-1-4 record (56 points). The Telus West leaders Quebec (26-7-0-2, 54 points) are third overall.

Victoriaville forward Philip-Michael Devos leads all scorers with 22 goals and 39 assists in 35 contests. Palat is second with 54 points (25-29-54) and Huberdeau rounds out the top three as he has found the back of the net 24 times and lent a helping hand on 28 more in 33 contests.

Between the pipes, Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson has a 7-6-1-2 record to go along with his 2.20 GAA and .928 Sv% to lead all goalies. Gatineau’s Maxime Clermont (15-6-1-2, 2.45 GAA, .900 Sv%) is second while Saint John’s Frederic Piche backstops his way into third place as he is 12-2-0-2 along with a 2.48 GAA and .915 Sv%.

The Games To Come

The last week of play before the Christmas holidays begins with one game on Monday as Baie-Comeau is at home to Chicoutimi in a Telus East tilt. The Battle of the Maritimes takes place on Tuesday as Cape Breton makes its way to Moncton. There are three games on Wednesday as Acadie-Bathurst welcomes Halifax in a Maritime contest, PEI is in Lewiston and Montreal and Gatineau faceoff in Gatineau in a Telus West contest.

On Thursday the Battle of New Brunswick will see Acadie-Bathurst at home to Moncton and the Battle of Quebec has Rimouski in Chicoutimi. Sixteen teams will take to the ice on Friday as Cape Breton hosts Maritime rivals Saint John, while their two other Maritime rivals Halifax and Moncton take to the ice in Moncton. The Battle of Quebec opens up on four fronts as Quebec takes on Drummondville in Quebec City, Baie-Comeau is at home to Rimouski, Rouyn-Noranda and Gatineau face each other in Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d’Or welcomes Victoriaville.

The other two games will see Montreal hosting Lewiston and PEI in Shawinigan. The weekend will end with eight more games on Saturday as Rimouski and Baie-Comeau and Saint John and Cape Breton finish up their two game series, Chicoutimi is at home to Quebec, Drummondville hosts PEI, Lewiston makes another Quebec stop in Shawinigan, Gatineau makes its way to Val-d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda and Victoriaville take to the ice in Rouyn-Noranda.

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