QMJHL Weekly: December 24th, 2013

Dubeau, Marcoux, and Dunn Are Telus Three Stars

On Monday the League announced that Moncton goalie Alex Dubeau; Blainville-Boisbriand netminder Etienne Marcoux; and Gatineau forward Vincent Dunn are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending December 22nd, 2013.

Dubeau began the week with 44 saves and was the game’s first star as the Wildcats skated to a 3-1 win over Cape Breton on Wednesday. In the first game of a home and home series against Halifax he added 38 more in the 5-4 win over Halifax in Moncton on Friday and ended the week with 36 more saves and the first star of the week award in the 2-1 win over the Mooseheads on Saturday in Halifax.

Marcoux made 28 saves and was the first star of the game Friday as the Armada skated to a 6-2 win over Charlottetown and finished the week with 25 more saves and another first star of the game award as the Armada finished the week with a 1-0 win over Baie-Comeau on Saturday.

Dunn had a goal and assist as Gatineau lost 5-4 in overtime to Rouyn-Noranda on Friday and had a hat trick; one assist, and the first star of the game award in the 4-2 win over Val-d’Or on Saturday.

Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL announced the top 10 rankings last Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the cut.

Blainville-Boisbriand dropped one spot to third; while Baie-Comeau moved three spots to seventh; and Val-d’Or finished ninth.

Halifax was an honorable mention.

BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 14
1. Erie Otters (29-5-1-0)
2. Kelowna Rockets (28-3-0-2)
3. Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (23-5-4-3)
4. London Knights (25-6-1-2)
5. Portland Winterhawks (23-8-2-2)
6. Guelph Storm (24-7-2-1)
7. Baie-Comeau Drakkar (23-8-1-3)
8. Calgary Hitmen (22-7-2-3)
9. Val-d’Or Foreurs (24-11-1-0)
10. Oshawa Generals (24-9-0-2)

Honourable Mention: Halifax Mooseheads (23-12-0-1); Edmonton Oil Kings (23-10-0-1); Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (23-8-0-3)

Drouin Is Alternate Captain

On Thursday Hockey Canada announced that Oshawa’s Scott Laughton will serve as the captain for Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships; while Halifax forward Jonathan Drouin and Minnesota Wild Matthew Dumba will be the alternates.

This will be Laughton’s third time representing Canada internationally as he won gold at the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament where Dumba was the team captain and with the U18 squad and bronze with the U18 team at the World U18 championships in Brno, CZE in 2012. Dumba was also captain of that squad and led the team in scoring.

Drouin played for Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championships and won gold with Canada at the 2012 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament.

The Games This Week

The week began with two games Wednesday.

Moncton got goals from Ryan Penney, Zachary Beaudoin, and JC Campagna in their 3-1 win over cape Breton. Charles-Eric Legare added the Cape Breton marker.

Tyler Boland had a pair; while Peter Trainor, Simon Bourque, Ryan MacKinnon, Alexis Loiseau, and Domenic Beauchemin had singles as Rimouski romped to a 7-2 win over Shawinigan. Alexandre Grand-Maison and Francis Beauvillier scored for the Cataractes.

All 18 teams were in action on Friday.

Rimouski got goals from Peter Trainor and Francois Beauchemin in regulation; and Trainor scored the lone goal in the shootout as Rimouski nipped Acadie-Bathurst 3-2. Adam Stevens and Aaron Kerr scored for the Titan.

Samuel Dove-McFalls scored the game winner 12:44 into the third as Saint John nipped Cape Breton 3-2. Oliver Cooper and Jurji Repe scored the other Sea Dogs’ markers; while Kyle Farrell and William Carrier had the Screaming Eagles’ markers.

JC Campagna had the hat trick; while Conor Garland and Ryan Penny had singles as Moncton edged Halifax 5-4. Samuel Leblanc, Brent Andrews, Austyn Hardie, and Timo Meier had the Mooseheads’ goals.

James Phelan; Alexis D’Aoust; Nicholas Welsh; and Brandon Gignac scored for Shawinigan; while Anthony Duclair; Brandon Shea; and Olivier Archambault did the same for Quecec as the Cataractes nipped the Remparts 4-3 in a shootout. Alexandre Delisle-Houde and Anthony Beauvillier scored in the shootout for Shawinigan; while Zachery Moody did the same for the Remparts.

Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau had a pair including the overtime winner with with seven seconds left in overtime as Baie-Comeau nipped Victoriaville 4-3. Julien Lepage and Dominic Poulin had the regulation goals for the Drakkar; while Angelo Miceli had a pair; and Mathieu Ayott had a single for the Tigres.

Blainville-Boisbriand got goals from David Bedard, Tyler Brown, Joel Caron, Guillaume Bergeron, Danick Martel, and Marcus Hinds in their 6-2 win over Charlottetown. Matej Beran and Alexandre Goulet scored for the Islanders.

Charles-David Beaudoin had two goals; while Oliver Caouette, Jerome Verrier, and Frederick Gaudreau had one apiece as Drummondville romped to a 5-1 win over Chicoutimi. William Gignac scored the lone Sagueneens’ marker.

Rouyn-Noranda needed overtime and a goal from Dillon Fournier 2:42 in to get past Gatineau 5-4. Fournier also scored in regulation along with Julien Avon, Francis Perron, and Liam O’Brien. Elie Berube, Mickael Beauregard, Emile Poirier, and Vincent Dunn scored for the Olympiques.

Val-d’Or doubled Sherbrooke 6-3 as Phil Pietroniro and Samuel Henley had a pair each; and Louick Marcotte and Shawn Ouellette-St-Amant had singles; while Jean-Francois Plante had two goals; and Chase Harwell a single for the Phoenix.

Nine games ended off the week before the Christmas break on Saturday.

Michael Joly had the hat trick; and Alexis Loiseau had a single as Rimouski blanked Acadie-Bathurst 4-0.

Shawinigan got goals from Alexandre Grand-Maison and Alex Pawelczyk in their 2-0 win over Charlottetown.

Danick Martel was the lone goal scorer as Blainville-Boisbriand got past Baie-Comeau 1-0.

Moncton got goals from Josh Pugsley and Christopher Caissy; while Connor Moynihan as the Widlcats edged the Mooseheads 2-1.

Jerome Verrier scored 3:31 into overtime; while Charles-David Beaudoin and Matthewe Boudins scored in regulation as Drummondville nipped Victoriaville 3-2 in overtime. Angelo Miceli and Gabriel Gagne had the Tigres’ goals.

The other overtime contest saw Marcus Power score with 55 seconds left in overtime as Rouyn-Noranda nipped Sherbrooke 5-4. Dillon Fournier, Gabriel Slight, Mathieu Lemay, and Liam O’Brien scored in regulation for the Huskies; while the Phoenix’s goals came from Daniel Audette who had a pair; while Kevin Domingue and Jean-Francois Plante had singles.

Saint John got goals from Oliver Cooper who had two; and Kelly Bent and Stephen Anderson had singles as the Sea Dogs doubled Cape Breton 4-2. Maxim Lazarev and Jeremy Beaudry scored for the Screaming Eagles.

Kurt Etchegary scored twice; while Anthony Latina and Anthony Duclair had singles as Quebec doubled Chicoutimi 4-2. Frederic Allard and Sebastien Sylvestre had the Sagueneens goals.

Dunn had three goals; while Alexandre Chenier-Allard had one each as Gatineau skated to a 4-2 win over Val-d’Or. Phil Pietroniro and Pierre-Maxim Poudrier found the net for the Foreurs.

The Leaders

Blainville-Boisbriand continues to lead both the Telus West and overall standings with their 25-5-4-3 record and 57 points; while Baie-Comeau is second overall and leads the Telus East Division with 52 points (24-9-1-3); and Halifax is third overall and leads the Telus Maritimes Division as they have won 23 contests, lost 14, with no overtime losses, and one shootout loss for 47 points.

Among skaters Val-d’Or forward Anthony Mantha is tops with his 35 goals and 38 assists in 32 games places him tops; while Marcotte has found the back of the net on 22 occasions and lent a helping hand on 34 more in the 38 contests that he has skated in; and Rimouski forward Anthony DeLuca rounds out the top three with 55 points (28G, 27A) in 38 games.

Between the pipes Baie-Comeau’s Philippe Cadorette is the top netminder with his 18-7-1-1 record; 2.43 GAA; and 0.908 SAV%. Backstopping his way into second place is Halifax’s Zachary Fucale who has won 19 games; while losing seven; with no overtime losses; and one shootout loss; a goals against average of 2.51; and 0.902 SAV%. Marcoux (15-5-3-1, 2.53 GAA, 0.903 SAV%) rounds out the top three.

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