QMJHL Weekly: December 19th, 2011

Mallet, Lessard, and Girard Are Telus Three Stars

Rimouski center Alexandre Mallet, Baie-Comeau right winger Jonathan Lessard, and Shawinigan netminder Gabriel Girard are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending December 18th.

Mallet began the week with three goals, two assists, and the first star of the game award as Rimouski skated to a 6-1 win over Chicoutimi on Friday. He added another goal, two assists, and the second star of the game award as Rimouski edged PEI 6-5 on Saturday. Mallet finished the week a +3.

Lessard scored once and lent a helping hand on one more as Baie-Comeau began the week with one goal, one assist, and the second star of the game honors as the Drakkar lost 5-3 to Quebec on Tuesday. He added another goal as the team skated to a 4-1 win over Victoriaville on Friday and finished the week with a hat trick and the second star of the game honors as the Drakkar finished the week with a 5-2 win over Gatineau on Saturday. Lessard finished the week a +1.

Girard made 18 saves on Friday as Shawinigan skated to a 3-1 win over Val-d’Or and followed that up with 29 more as the Cataractes blanked Rouyn-Noranda 7-0 on Saturday.

Gourde and Marcoux Are CHL Players of the Week

Hot on the heels of being named the Telus first and second stars of the week for the period ending December 11th Victoriaville left winger Yanni Gourde, Blainville-Boisband netminder Etienne Marcoux are the CHL player and goalie of the week for the same time frame.

Gourde began the week with two goals, two assists, and the first star of the game award as Victoriaville skated to a 5-3 win over Rimouski on Friday. He scored once and lent a helping hand on one more as the Tigres completed the weekend with an 8-7 loss to Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday.

Marcoux made 13 saves as the Armada skated to a 6-1 win over Val-d’Or Friday night and made 30 more and was the game’s first star as the team blasted Cape Breton 7-0 on Saturday.

Hockey Canada Names World Junior Roster

On Wednesday Hockey Canada announced the names of the 22 players who will represent Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships that will take place in Calgary and Edmonton from December 26th, 2011-January 5th, 2012.

Returning from last year’s roster are four players: Brett Connolly, Quinton Howden, Jaden Schwartz, and Mark Visentin.

Four players also play in the QMJHL: Michaël Bournival, Nathan Beaulieu, Jonathan Huberdeau and Brandon Gormley.

Canada will play three pre-tournament games against Finland on Monday, December 19th in Calgary; versus Switzerland in Red Deer, AB on Thursday, December 22nd; and will take on Sweden in Edmonton on Friday, December 23rd.

Goaltenders
Mark Visentin, Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
Scott Wedgewood, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

Defencemen
Nathan Beaulieu, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Brandon Gormley, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
Dougie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
Scott Harrington, London Knights (OHL)
Ryan Murray, Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Jamie Oleksiak, Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Mark Pysyk, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

Forwards
Michaël Bournival, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
Brett Connolly, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants (WHL)
Freddie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
Quinton Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Boone Jenner, Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Tanner Pearson, Barrie Colts (OHL)
Mark Scheifele, Barrie Colts (OHL)
Jaden Schwartz, Colorado College (WCHA)
Devante Smith-Pelly, Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Ryan Strome, Niagara IceDogs (OHL)

Four QMJHL teams make CHL Top 10

When the Canadian Hockey League announced the top ten rankings for last week four QMJHL teams made the cut.

Quebec moved up one spot to third, Saint John dropped back two to fourth, Shawinigan remained at sixth; and Halifax entered the top 10 at 10th.

Top 10 Rankings
1 London Knights (24-6-0-1)
2 Tri-City Americans (25-7-0-0)
3 Quebec Remparts (26-6-2-1)
4 Saint John Sea Dogs (26-10-0-1)
5 Plymouth Whalers (21-8-2-1)
6 Shawinigan Cataractes (23-9-2-2)
7 Kamloops Blazers (23-9-1-0)
8 Edmonton Oil Kings (22-8-1-2)
9 Kitchener Rangers (21-9-1-0)
10 Halifax Mooseheads (21-9-1-2)

Nine QMJHL players at the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

On Thursday the CHL along with the QMJHL, OHL, and WHL, the Kelowna Rockets, and Home Hardware Stores Limited announced the names of the 40 players that will take part in the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Prospera Place in Kelowna, BC on February 1st, 2012.

Nine of them—Francois Tremblay (Val d’Or Foreurs), Francis Beauvillier (Rimouski Oceanic), Raphael Bussieres (Baie-Comeau Drakkar), Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec Remparts), Tomas Hyka (Gatineau Olympiques), Brandon Whitney (Victoriaville Tigres), Martin Frk (Halifax Mooseheads), Andrew Ryan (Halifax Mooseheads), Charles Hudon (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)—play in the QMJHL.

“The Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game showcases 40 of the league’s top prospects eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft,” said CHL President David Branch. “Congratulations to all 40 players selected for this event representing the next wave of talent to the NHL, with the opportunity to showcase their skills before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance and for fans in Kelowna and CHL fans watching live across Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.”

Thirty of the CHL’s 59 member clubs are represented in this game including three players from the OHL’s Belleville Bulls. Eight other teams have two players competing in the event including the host Kelowna Rockets who will be represented by forward Colton Sissons and defenceman Damon Severson.

“The Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is an event that all NHL scouts look forward to attending,” said NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr. “The 40 players competing in this game were chosen by the 30 NHL clubs with the game being a unique opportunity to evaluate 40 of the top draft eligible prospects on a single stage in what has annually become an intense competition.”

The rosters include all three players that were ranked first overall in their regional league according to NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Draft Rankings including Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting, Mikhail Grigorenko of the Quebec Remparts, and Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips. Murray, along with Tanner Pearson of the Barrie Colts, will compete in this event after representing Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

“It is a huge honour to be named to this event and to play alongside some of the best players in the 2012 NHL draft class,” said Murray. “I’ve had some great friends compete in this game including Ryan Nugent-Hopkins last season, and I am really looking forward to this opportunity.”

Both Russian-born top prospects were equally thrilled to be named to the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. “I am very excited to play in the Top Prospects Game,” said Yakupov, last year’s CHL Rookie of the Year who has 49 points in 24 games this season. “I am looking forward to playing against and meeting the other top draft eligible players from the CHL.” Grigorenko, who leads all QMJHL rookies with 56 points in 35 games also commented; “I am honoured to play among the best NHL prospects and it will be a great challenge for me.”

Last season Nugent-Hopkins became the tenth player to compete in this event since 1996 to be selected with the first overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft. 19 CHL players in total from the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game that were selected among the record 21 CHL players chosen in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft along with Jonathan Huberdeau of the Saint John Sea Dogs who was selected third overall, and Ryan Strome of the Niagara IceDogs who was selected fifth overall.

“Home Hardware proudly congratulates the 40 players selected to represent their hometowns and CHL teams in the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game,” said Paul Straus, President and CEO of Home Hardware Stores Limited. “On behalf of the Home Dealer-Owners at more than 1,080 stores, I would like to wish all players the best of luck in Kelowna and look forward to the excitement of the game and seeing the players selected by NHL teams in the draft this June.”

Coaches and support staff for the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be announced at a later date.

The 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is also supported by associate sponsors Bank of Montreal, Subway, and CCM. The game will be broadcast live to a national audience on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Quebec beginning at 7:00 pm Pacific.

2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters:

Team Orr (White)

Goaltenders:
Malcolm Subban (Belleville Bulls)
Francois Tremblay (Val d’Or Foreurs)

Defensemen:
Gianluca Curcuruto (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Matthew Finn (Guelph Storm)
Olli Maatta (London Knights)
Adam Pelech (Erie Otters)
Derrick Pouliot (Portland Winterhawks)
Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oil Kings)

Forwards:
Andreas Athanasiou (London Knights)
Francis Beauvillier (Rimouski Oceanic)
Raphael Bussieres (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Radek Faksa (Kitchener Rangers)
Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec Remparts)
Tomas Hyka (Gatineau Olympiques)
Scott Kosmachuk (Guelph Storm)
Matia Marcantuoni (Kitchener Rangers)
Tanner Pearson (Barrie Colts)
Colton Sissons (Kelowna Rockets)
Chandler Stephenson (Regina Pats)
Lukas Sutter (Saskatoon Blades)

Team Cherry (Red)

Goaltenders:
Matthew Murray (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Brandon Whitney (Victoriaville Tigres)

Defensemen:
Cody Ceci (Ottawa 67’s)
Mathew Dumba (Red Deer Rebels)
Nick Ebert (Windsor Spitfires)
Slater Koekkoek (Peterborough Petes)
Ryan Murray (Everett Silvertips)
Damon Severson (Kelowna Rockets)

Forwards:
Martin Frk (Halifax Mooseheads)
Brendan Gaunce (Belleville Bulls)
Coda Gordon (Swift Current Broncos)
Charles Hudon (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals)
Jarrod Maidens (Owen Sound Attack)
Andrew Ryan (Halifax Mooseheads)
Gemel Smith (Owen Sound Attack)
Dominik Volek (Regina Pats)
Thomas Wilson (Plymouth Whalers)
Nail Yakupov (Sarnia Sting)
Daniil Zharkov (Belleville Bulls)
With information from the QMJHL

Charlie Coyle Will Join Sea Dogs

On Friday Saint John announced that Boston University forward Charlie Coyle will join the team immediately following the World Junior Championships.

He is currently attending the US WJC training camp in Camrose, AB. Coyle played on the bronze medal winning team in Buffalo, NY last year and the gold medal one in 2010 in Saskatoon. Last year he had six points in six games.

“Charlie is a world-class player for his age group,” said Mike Kelly, associate coach and director of hockey operations for the Sea Dogs. “We’re looking forward to getting to know him and we think he will fit in well on our team.”

With Coyle in the lineup the Sea Dogs now have four first round NHL draft picks. He joins forward Phillips and Jonathan Huberdeau and rearguard Nathan Beaulieu. San Jose drafted Coyle 28th in 2010 and traded him to Minnesota along with Devin Setoguchi and their 2011 first round pick for defenseman Brent Burns. The Wild took Phillips with that first round selection.

Coyle is 6-2 and 207 lbs and spent the past season and a half at BU scoring seven goals and lending a helping hand on 19 more in 37 games his first year and had three goals and 11 assists in 16 games this year. Coyle remained academically eligible at BU and made the decision in order to focus on hockey.

The Games This Week

In the games involving the QMJHLers at the World Junior Championships DI in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany on Sunday Acadie-Bathurst forward Nicolas Krammin was the only point getter as he scored once for Germany; while his teammate Mirko Hofflin and Halifax forward Konrad Abeltshauser had nothing; and Cape Breton’s Roman Gaborenko had nothing for Belarus in Germany’s 2-1 win. Krammer’s goal at the 11:00 mark of the second was the game winner.

On Monday Hofflin scored; once and Abeltshauser added an assist in Germany’s 11-2 rout of Austria.

Abeltshauser lent a helping hand on two more; and Hofflin and Krammer had an assist each as Germany skated to a 5-2 win over Slovenia on Wednesday.

Hofflin and Krammer had a goal and two assists each; and Abeltshauser helped on three to lead Germany to another lopsided victory 11-4 over Great Britain on Thursday.

On Saturday Belarus lost 2-1 to Slovenia. Gaborenko was held pointless.

Germany was promoted to DI competition next year as they closed out the tournament with a 5-3 win over Norway on Saturday. Abeltshauser was the only point getter with one goal.

Play in the QMJHL began with two games on Tuesday as Alexandre Grenier scored twice; and Brad Cuzner and Cameron Critchlow added singles for Halifax; while Christophe Lalancette, Sebastein Trudeau, and Matthew Bissonnette scored for Acadie-Bathurst as the Mooseheads edged the Titan 4-3. Anthony Duclair found the back of the net on two occasions; while Alexandre Comtois, Martin Lefebvre, and Frederick Roy added singles for Quebec; and Carl Gelinas, Raphael Bussieres, and Samuel Carrier scored for Baie-Comeau as the Remparts skated to a 5-3 win over the Drakkar.

On Wednesday Yannick Veilleux, Maximilien Le Sieur, Pier-Olivier Morin, and Anton Zloban all scored for Shawinigan; while Tomas Hyka added the Gatineau marker as the Cataractes welcome the Olympiques with a 5-1 victory. Gabriel Bouret, Simon Tremblay, Dominic Poulin, and Pierre-Maxime Poudrier all added markers for Chicoutimi; while Victoriaville got goals from Brandon Hynes who had two and Yannick Dube with a single as the Sagueneens nipped the Tigers 4-3.

Jeremie Fraser, Adam Stevens, and Brent Turnbull scored the Acadie-Bathurst goals; while Cuzner did the same for Halifax as the Titan beat Maritime rivals the Mooseheads on Thursday.
On Friday Saint John got two goals from Scott Oke and singles from Zack Phillips and Kevin Gagne; while Cape Breton also got two goals from Logan Shaw and a single from William Carrier in the Sea Dogs’ 4-3 win. Critchlow and Cuzner scored Halifax’s goals in their 2-0 shutout of Moncton. Bryce Milson, Olivier Archambault, Simon Tardif-Richard, Maxime Villemaire, and Marc-Olivier Brouillard scored for Drummondville; while Hyka and Jean-Gabriel Pageau added the Gatineau markers in the Voltigeurs’ 5-2 victory. In Quebec’s 8-3 thrashing of PEI the Remparts got goals from Ryan Culkin, Patrick Walsh, Grigorenko, Comtois, Mikeal Tam, Owen Werthner, Adam Erne, and Frederick Roy; while ben Duffy scored twice for PEI and Louick Marcotte added a single. Raphael Bussieres found the back of the net twice, and Carrier and Jonathan Lessard added one each for Baie-Comeau; while Philippe Halley scored the lone Victoriaville goal as the Drakkar skated to a 4-1 win over the Tigres. Alexandre Mallet had the hat trick, and Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Francis Beauvillier, and Alexandre Tanguay added singles for Rimouski; while Jeremy Gregoire scored for Chicoutimi in the Oceanic’s 6-1 win over the Sagueneens. Marc-Olivier Roy, Dylan Anderson, Raphael Pouliot, and Cole Hawes added the markers found the back of the net for Blainville-Boisband; while Steven Mercier, Marcus Power, and Peter Angelopolous found the twine for Rouyn-Noranda as the Armada edged the Huskies 4-3. Veilleux, Justin Hache, and Bronson Beaton lit the lamp post for Shawinigan; while Thierry Comtois beat the twine for Val-d’Or in the Cataractes’ 3-1 win over the Foreurs.

On Saturday Beauvillier scored twice, and Mallet, Liam O’Brien, Alexis Loiseau, and Jean-Francois Plante added singles for Rimouski; while Marc-Andre Levesque, Jessyko Bernard, Matej Beran, and Josh Currie added the PEI goals as the Oceanic edged the Rocket 6-5. Etienne Salvail, Christophe Lalancette, Adam Stevens, and Sebastien Trudeau scored the Acadie-Bathurst markers; while Brandon Hynes had two goals for Victoriaville, and Yannick Dube had a single as the Titan doubled the Tigres 6-3. Lessard found the twine three times; and Carl Gelinas, and Jean-Philippe Caron added one each for Baie-Comeau; and Mathieu Gagnon and Adam Chapman added one each for Gatineau as the Drakkar skated into Gatineau and came out with a 5-2 win over the Olympiques. Zloban added a pair, and Veilleux, Alexandre Grandmaison, Le Sieur, Loik Poudrier, and Dale Deon added singles for Shawinigan as they routed Rouyn-Noranda 7-0. Michael Clark, Jean-Christophe Laflamme, Jonathan Narbonne, Christopher Clapperton, and Cole Hawes scored for Blainville-Boisband with Guillaume Gelinas and Artem Sergeev adding the Val-d’Or markers as the Armada 5-2 victory over the Foreurs.

Michael McNamee, Comtois, Lefebvre, Erne, and Frederick Roy scored for Quebec; while Christophe Losier added the Acadie-Bathurst marker as the Remparts welcome the Titan with a 5-1 victory. David Rose, William Cochrane, Sebastien Payette, and Jonathan Brunelle hit the twine for Cape Breton; and Matthew Boudreau scored for Halifax as the Screaming Eagles won the Battle of Nova Scotia with a 4-1 win over the Mooseheads. Saint John won the Battle of New Brunswick with 5-2 win over Moncton as Steven MacAulay added a pair, and Phillips, Kevin Gagne, Pierre Durgeois, and Grant West added singles for the Sea Dogs; while Allain Saulnier and James Melindy scored for the Wildcats. Chicoutimi won the Battle of Quebec against Drummondville with a 5-4 win. Guillaume Asselin had a pair; and Napiess Andre, Gabriel Vermette, and Etienne Brodeur had singles for the Sagueneens; while Maxime Villemaire, Matthew Boudens, Jonathan Oligny, and Marc-Olivier Brouillard scored for Drummondville.

The Leaders

Telus East leaders Quebec have taken over the top spot in the League standings with their 28-6-2-1 record and 59 points; while Martimes leaders Saint John are second with 57 points (28-10-0-1); and Blainville-Boisband have 20 wins against 14 losses, two overtime losses, and no shootout losses for 42 points to lead the Telus West division.

Among skaters O’Brien is first with 31 goals and 35 assists in 39 games; while Gourde remains at second as he has found the back of the net 21 times while helping out on 43 more in 36 contests; and Trudeau is third with 18 goals and 45 assists in 40 games.

Between the pipes the top two from last week remains the same as Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil is 22-6-0-0 with a 2.34 GAA and 0.912 SAV%; while Quebec’s Louis Domingue is second as he has won 16 games with four losses, one overtime loss, and one shootout loss; has a goals against average of 2.34 and 0.924 SAV%; and Shawinigan’s Alex Dubeau (17-6-1-2, 2.53 GAA, 0.907 SAV%) rounds out the top three.

The Games To Come

The pre-competition schedule at the World Juniors will begin with one game on Monday as Canada and Finland take to the ice at the Saddledome in Calgary.

On Tuesday Russia and the USA faceoff in Red Deer; the Czech Republic and Latvia faceoff in Okotoks; and Sweden and Denmark will play in Olds.

Two games will be played on Wednesday that will see Finland take on Slovakia; and the Americans will face the Swiss.

On Thursday the Swiss and Canadians take to the ice in Red Deer; Lativa and Denmark will faceoff in Brooks; and the Russians and Czechs will play in Lethbridge.

The pre-competition schedule will finish up with two games on Friday as Sweden and Canada take to the ice in Edmonton; and Centennial Place in Three Hills, AB will host a game between the USA and Slovakia.

The tournament gets underway on December 26th with four games as Finland and Canada and the USA and Denmark take to the ice in Edmonton; while Calgarians will see the games between Sweden and Latvia and Switzerland and Russia.

The League will take a break until December 27 when six games will take place. Halifax is at home to PEI; Victoriaville is in Drummondville; Quebec is at home to Rimouski; Balinville-Boisband pays a trip to Shawinigan; Baie-Comeau and Chicoutimi take to the ice in Baie-Comeau; and Rouyn-Noranda welcomes Val-d’Or.

At the World Juniors Denmark and the Czech Republic will faceoff in Edmonton; and Latvia and Slovakia will take to the ice in Calgary.

On Wednesday in Edmonton the USA faces Finland, and Canada hosts the Czech Republic; while Switzerland and Sweden and the Slovaks and Russians take to the ice in Calgary.

On Thursday in the QMJHL the Battle of Nova Scotia takes place in Cape Breton when the Screaming Eagles welcome Halifax; PEI is at home to Moncton; and the Battle of New Brunswick will see Acadie-Bathurst at home to Saint John; Blainville-Boisband is in Victoriaville; Chicoutimi welcomes Rimouski; and Val-d’Or is in Gatineau.

At the World Juniors Edmonton plays host to the Canada-Denmark game; while Lativa takes on Russia in Calgary.

On Friday the 29th Baie-Comeau hosts Drummondville.

The Czechs and Americans and the Danes and Finns will play in Edmonton; and the Slovaks and Swedes and Lativans and Swiss faceoff in Calgary at the World Juniors.

On Saturday the 30th in the QMJHL 16 teams will take to the ice as Cape Breton is in Halifax; Moncton hosts Acadie-Bathurst; PEI travels to Saint John; Gatineau makes their way to Boisband to face the Armada; Chicoutimi and Drummondville take to the ice in Chicoutimi; Quebec is in Rimouski; Shawinigan and Victoriaville faceoff in Shawinigan; and Rouyn-Noranda is in Val-d’Or.

At the World Juniors two games will be played in Edmonton as the USA hosts the Czech Republic; and Finland welcomes Denmark; while in Calgary Sweden is at home to Slovakia, and Russia welcomes Sweden.

Saint John and Moncton will ring in the New Year in the lone QMJHL game with another contest in the New Brunswick News Rivalry Cup with the lone game on New Year’s Eve in Moncton.

In Alberta preliminary round action will end with four games as the Finns and Czechs and Canadians and Americans take to the ice in Edmonton; while Calgary will play host to the Swiss-Slovak and Sweden-Russia contests.

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