QMJHL Weekly: December 20, 2012

Currie, Lalonde, and Gibson Are Three Stars of the Week

PEI forward Josh Currie, Moncton foward Christophe Lalonde, and Chicoutimi goalie Christopher Gibson are the Telus Three Stars of the Week.
Currie began the week with one goal in the Rocket’s 3-1 loss to Halifax on Thursday. He added two helpers in the 5-2 win over PEI on Friday; and finished the week with two goals, four assists, and the second star of the game award as the team finished the week with a 6-3 win over Saint John on Sunday.

Lalonde began the week with one helper as the Wildcats were edged 4-3 by Saint John on Friday and had four goals and the second star of the game honors in the 8-6 loss to Halifax on Saturday.

Gibson made 20 saves and was the third star of the game in the 3-1 win over Shawinigan on Wednesday. He made 30 and was once again the third star on Friday in the 2-1 loss to Rimouski and finished the week with 31 saves in the 3-2 loss to Quebec on Sunday.

Huberdeau Receives Four Game Suspension

On Wednesday the League announced that Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau has been suspended for four games for being the instigator in a fight in the last five minutes of regulation in which the score was by two goals or more.
One of those games came as a result of that ruel and the other three for abuse of officials.

Mooseheads Top CHL Rankings

When the Canadian Hockey League announced the top 10 rankings on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the cut.

Halifax remained in the top spot; while Blainville-Boisbriand remained at fifth; and Quebec seventh.

CHL Top 10 Rankings
1. Halifax Mooseheads
2. London Knights
3. Portland Winterhawks
4. Kamloops Blazers
5. Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
6. Owen Sound Attack
7. Quebec Remparts
8. Barrie Colts
9. Spokane Chiefs
10. Prince Albert Raiders

2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters

On Wednesday the Canadian Hockey League in association with the three regional leagues, the Halifax Mooseheads Hockey Club, and Home Hardware Stores Limited, today announced the 40 CHL players that will compete in the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at the Halifax Metro Centre on January 16, 2013.

The 40 CHL players competing in the game were chosen by the 30 NHL clubs then divided into teams by NHL Central Scouting and include 14 players from the Ontario Hockey League, 14 players from the Western Hockey League, and 12 players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
27 of the CHL’s 60 member clubs are represented in this game featuring three players on the host Mooseheads including Team Cherry captain Nathan MacKinnon alongside Jonathan Drouin, and goaltender Zachary Fucale. Team Orr captain Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks will also be joined by a pair of teammates including forwards Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nicolas Petan. The London Knights and Quebec Remparts also have a trio of players competing on Team Orr with forwards Max Domi, Bo Horvat, and defenceman Nikita Zadorov representing the Knights, while forwards Anthony Duclair, Adam Erne, and Nick Sorensen represent the Remparts. The Rimouski Oceanic also have three players in the game with defenceman Samuel Morin and forward Frederik Gauthier playing for Team Cherry, and defenceman Jan Kostalek playing for Team Orr.

“Home Hardware congratulates the 40 players selected for the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game,” said Paul Straus, President and CEO of Home Hardware Stores Limited. “This year marks the 18th annual showcase of the CHL’s top-40 NHL draft eligible players and it continues to be an event that Home Hardware is proud to support. These young players represent communities across the country, and like Home Hardware, they and the sport of hockey are truly a part of the fabric of Canada. On behalf of the Dealer-Owners of close to 1,100 Home Hardware stores in communities across Canada, I would like to wish this year’s players the very best of luck.”

Last season’s game in Kelowna, BC, featured 10 players that were selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft including Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips who was selected second overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Since the event was first introduced in 1996 the game has featured 10 players that were selected with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft including Chris Phillips, Joe Thornton, Vincent Lecavalier, Rick Nash, Marc-Andre Fleury, Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Taylor Hall, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters:

Team Cherry:
Head Coach – Don Cherry

Goaltenders:
Zachary Fucale (Halifax Mooseheads)
Tristan Jarry (Edmonton Oil Kings)

Defencemen:
Samuel Morin (Rimouski Oceanic)
Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders)
Mirco Mueller (Everett Silvertips)
Darnell Nurse “A” (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Ryan Pulock (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Eric Roy (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Forwards:
William Carrier (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Jason Dickinson (Guelph Storm)
Jonathan Drouin “A” (Halifax Mooseheads)
Frederik Gauthier (Rimouski Oceanic)
Stephen Harper (Erie Otters)
Ryan Hartman (Plymouth Whalers)
Morgan Klimchuk (Regina Pats)
Ryan Kujawinski (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nathan MacKinnon “C” (Halifax Mooseheads)
Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound Attack)
Valentin Zykov (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Team Orr:
Head Coach – Mike McPhee

Goaltenders:
Eric Comrie (Tri-City Americans)
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads)

Defencemen:
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack)
Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets)
Seth Jones “C” (Portland Winterhawks)
Jan Kostalek (Rimouski Oceanic)
Shea Theodore (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Nikita Zadorov (London Knights)

Forwards:
Justin Bailey (Kitchener Rangers)
Oliver Bjorkstrand (Portland Winterhawks)
Max Domi (London Knights)
Anthony Duclair (Quebec Remparts)
Adam Erne (Quebec Remparts)
Bo Horvat (London Knights)
Curtis Lazar (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Sean Monahan “A” (Ottawa 67’s)
Nicolas Petan (Portland Winterhawks)
Kerby Rychel (Windsor Spitfires)
Hunter Shinkaruk “A” (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Nick Sorensen (Quebec Remparts)

The 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner Home Hardware for the 14th straight year, along with associate sponsors Bank of Montreal, Subway, Old Dutch, and Post. The game will be broadcast live to a national audience on Sportsnet and TVA Sports beginning at 8:00 pm Atlantic.

Six QMJHLers Make Canadian National Junior Team

When the CHL announced the roster for the Canadian National Junior Team for the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia six QMJHLers made the cut.

They are defensemen Xavier Ouellet (Blainville-Boisbriand), forwards Huberdeau, Philip Danault (Victoriaville), Halifax forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, and Chicoutimi forward Charles Hudon.

Huberdeau will be the alternate captain.
Team Canada Roster

The Games This Week

The week began with five games on Tuesday.

Kevin Gagne, Aiden Kelly, and Oliver Cooper scored for Saint John; while Bronson Beaton did the same for Cape Breton as the Sea Dogs skated to a 3-1 win over Cape Breton.

Christophe Lalonde scored twice; while Conor Garland, Alex Saulnier, and James Melindy added singles as Moncton skated to a 5-3 win over Acadie-Bathurst. Adam Zboril, Andrew Meredith, and Zach O’Brien scored the Titan goals.

Dominic Rehak and William Cochrane scored for Victoriaville in regulation; while Vladislav Lysenko and Michael McNamee did the same for Sherbrooke; while McNamee, Alexandre Comtois, and Brandon Lesway scored int the shootout for the Sherbrooke, and Jean-Francois Leblanc and Angelo Miceli did the same for Victoriaville as the Phoneix skated to a 3-2 shootout win over the Tigres.

Jean-Sebastein Dea and Francis Perron scored for Rouyn-Noranda in regulation; while Maxime St-Cyr added the shootout winner; and Anthony Mantha and Cederick Henley did likewise for Val-d’Or in the Huskies’ 3-2 win.

Carl Gelinas had the hat trick; Valentin Zykov scored twice; and Gabryel Pacquin-Boudreau and Petr Straka added singles as Baie-Comeau romped to a 7-2 win over Shawinigan. Alexandre Grandmaison and Peter Sakaris notched the Cataractes’ markers.

Two games were played on Wednesday.

Anthony Delucia, Peter Trainor, Nicolas Hebert, Michael Joy, Scott Oke, and Alexis Loiseau scored for Rimouski; while Jonathan Diaby, Rehak, Cochrane, and Carl-Antoine Deslisle found the net for Victoriaville as the Oceanic got past the Tigres 6-4.

Simon Tremblay, Guillaume Asselin, and Mathieu Gagnon found the back of the net for Chicoutimi; while Vincent Arseneau got the lone Shawinigan goal as the Sagueneens skated to a 3-1 win over the Cataractes.

Four teams took to the ice on Thursday.

Dominic Beauchemin scored twice; while Matthew Boudreau added a single as Halifax skated to a 3-1 win over PEI. Josh Currie added the lone Rocket goal.

Olivier Archambault scored twice in regulation for Drummondville; while Jerome Verrier was the lone shooter to score in the shootout as Drummondville nipped Quebec 3-2. Logan Shaw and Jason Houde scored for the Remparts.

Eighteen teams took to the ice on Friday.

Andrew Ryan, Darchy Ashley, Ryan Falkenham, and Stefan Fournier scored for Halifax; while Zboril, O’Brien, and Matthew Bissonnette did the same for Acadie-Bathurst as the Mooseheads edged the Titan 4-3.

Saint John added another notch in the New Brunswick News Rivalry Cup with a 4-3 overtime win over Moncton. Jakub Izacky scored twice; while Stephen MacAulay and Gagne added singles for the Sea Dogs; while Ryan Penny, Alex Saulnier, and Ross Johnson added the Titan goals.

Victor Provencher scored twice; while Antoine Venne, Ben Duffy, and Alexis Pepin added one each as PEI skated to a 5-2 win over Cape Breton. Michael Clarke and Justin Hache scored for the Screaming Eagles.

Mantha, Brandon Hynes, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Cederick Henley, and Vincent Dunn scored for Val-d’Or; while Cedric Paquette added a pair; and Yasin Cisse added a single for Blainville-Boisbriand in the Foreurs’ 5-3 win over the Armada.

Thomas Gobeil scored twice; while Carl Gelinas, Paquin-Boudreau, and Alexandre Chenevert added singles as Baie-Comeau romped to a 6-2 win over Victoriaville. Philippe Halley and Carl-Antoine Deslisle added the Tigres’ markers.

Sherbrooke got two goals from Comtois, and singles from Lysenko, Simon Desbiens, Daniel Audette, and Denis Kamaev in their 6-3 win over Drummondville. The Voltigeurs’ goals came from Olivier Caouette, Jeremie Malouin, and Marc-Olivier Brouillard.

Perron added a pair; while Marcus Power, Quinn O’Brien, and Gabriel Desjardins added singles as Rouyn-Noranda skated to a 5-3 win over Gatineau. Michael Abbott, Olivier Knight-Rouleau, and Emile Poirier scored for the Olympiques.

Francis Beauvillier and Frederick Gauthier scored for Rimouski; while Simon Tremblay added the Chicoutimi goal as the Oceanic nipped the Sagueneens 2-1.
JC Campagna had the hat trick; while Dylan Labbe, and Arseneau had singles as Shawinigan nipped Quebec 5-4 in overtime. Patrick Walsh, Frederic Bergeron, Samuel Gauthier, and Adam Erne added the Remparts’ markers.

Three games were played on Saturday.

Gabriel Bourret, Taylor Burke, and Jonathan Bourcier scored for Gatineau; while Mantha added the Val-d’Or marker as the Olympiques skated to a 3-1 win over the Foreurs.

Matthew Boudreau had the hat trick; while Ashley had a pair, and Dominic Beauchemin, MacKenzie Weeger, and Stefan Fournier had singles as Halifax won the battle of goal scoring with an 8-6 win over Moncton. Lalonde had four goals; while Kyle Haas and Yannick Veilleux had singles for the Wildcats.

Dea had the hat trick; while Felix Caron had a pair, and Allan Caron had a single for Rouyn-Noranda in their 6-3 win over Blainville-Boisbriand. Marc-Olivier Roy, Philippe Sanchez, and Samuel Carrier added the Armada markers.

Six games finished off the schedule on Sunday.

Duffy and Currie scored twice each; while Provencher and Alex Micallef added singles as PEI doubled Saint John 6-3. MacAulay, Kelly, and Stephen Anderson added the Sea Dogs’ markers.

Shaw and Anthony Duclair scored in the shootout for Quebec; while Jeremie Gregoire did the same for Chicoutimi as the Remparts nipped the Sagueneens 3-2. Duclair and Erne added the regulation goals for Quebec; while Simon-Claude Blackburn and Guillaume Asselin did the same for Chicoutimi.

Kyle Farrell scored twice; while Clarke, Raphael Corriveau, Bronson Beaton, Hache, and Blake Millman added singles as Cape Breton skated to a 7-5 win over Acadie-Bathurst. Lalancette, Alexandre Gosselin, Zboril, Alec Jon Banville, and Michael Beaudry added the Titan markers.

Caouette, Gabriel Vermette, and Brouillard scored for Drummondville; while Felix Girard and Zykov scored for Baie-Comeau as the Voltigeurs nipped the Drakkar 3-2.

Trainor, Michael Joly, Simon Boudreau, and Maxime Graveil scored for Rimouski; while Emeric Houdon added the Shawinigan goal as the Oceanic skated to a 4-1 win over the Cataractes.

Philippe Maillet, Halley, and Michael Rheaume scored for Victoriaville in their 3-0 shutout of Sherbrooke.

The Leaders

Halifax continues to lead both the Maritime and overall standings with their 28-3-1-1 record and 58 points.

Currie leads all scorers with 30 goals and 31 assists through 34 games; while his teammate Ben Duffy is second with 23 goals and 35 assists in 34 games; while Halifax forward Nathan MacKinnon skates into third place with 22 goals and 30 assists in 30 games.

Among netminders Blainville-Boisbriand’s Etienne Marcoux has a 12-3-0-1 record with a 2.00 GAA and 0.919 SAV%. Quebec’s Francis Brassard backstops his way into second place as he is 18-7-1-2 with a goals against average of 2.51 and 0.911 SAV%. Halifax’s Zachary Fucale (21-3-0-1, 2.58 GAA, 0.895 GAA) is third.

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