QMJHL Weekly: Feb 15

Champagne, Couturier and Fournier Are Telus Three Stars of the Week

Quebec forward Joël Champagne, Drummondville forward Sean Couturier, and Rimouski defenseman Gleason Fournier are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending February 13th.

In two games against Lewiston Champagne scored twice and assisted on four more. He added one goal, three assists, and was the third star of the game as Quebec skated to a 7-1 win over Lewiston on Friday night and followed that up with another goal and assist as the Remparts skated to a 4-2 win on Saturday. He finished the weekend a plus-3.

Couturier added two assists and was the game’s first star on Thursday as Drummondville nipped Shawinigan 4-3. He followed that up with another goal and assist and was the game’s second star on Friday as Drummondville scored another 4-3 win on Friday this time over Val-d’Or and ended the week with two more helpers as the Voltigeurs skated to a 5-3 win over Halifax on Sunday. He finished the week a plus-5.

Fournier tallied four points (three goals, one assist) as Rimouski completed a two-game sweep of Baie-Comeau on Friday and Saturday. He scored the first two goals on the game, assisted on the third, and was the first star of the game on Friday as the Oceanic blanked the Drakkar, 3-0. He added one more goal in the 4-3 win on Saturday.

Carbonneau Becomes Sagueneens’ New Bench Boss

On Monday Chicoutimi announced that Guy Carbonneau is the new Head Coach of the team. He made his debut on Wednesday when Chicoutimi visited Val-d’Or. This is Carbonneau’s first time as coach of a QMJHL team. He coached the Montreal Canadiens from 2006-2009 going 124-83-23 record in just under three seasons with the club.

Marc Desforges will be the team’s representative at the QMJHL Board of Governors as League rules doesn’t allow a head coach from active duty at the Board of Governors. Joe Canale becomes the new GM until the end of the season.

League Awards Just Under $500,000 In Grants This Season

On Wednesday the League announced that $499 350.00 in study grants have been awarded to 127 players in order that they may continue their education at a college, university, or trade school. They have also committed $673 700.00 in future grants.

“The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and its teams invest significant dollars toward education and these statistics show that former players benefit from study-grants which can now reach up to $20,000,” said Natacha Llorens, the League’s Education Advisor and Players Help Program Coordinator.
The grants awarded by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and its teams help players pursue their goals.”

“The QMJHL study-grants are very beneficial, helping players get an education and they also enabled me to continue playing hockey at the university level,” said Dominic Jalbert, alumni of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens now pursuing a degree in business at Ottawa University. “Moreover, it’s a huge benefit to be able to pursue an education without the burden of having to hold a job to pay for it. This way, I can put more energy into school and more focus into hockey. It’s a big advantage.”

Courtesy of QMJHL website

Saint John Remain Top Dogs in CHL Rankings

When the BMO CHL Mastercard Top 10 rankings were announced on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the cut. All QMJHL teams kept the spots that they had last week as Saint John remained at number one; Montreal at fourth; and Quebec at sixth.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 20

1 Saint John Sea Dogs (44-5-1-2)
2 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (39-8-0-2)
3 Saskatoon Blades (41-10-0-2)
4 Montreal Juniors (37-9-4-3)
5 Red Deer Rebels (37-14-1-4)
6 Quebec Remparts (38-12-1-2)
7 Niagara IceDogs (33-11-2-4)
8 Portland Winterhawks (36-15-0-3)
9 Owen Sound Attack (35-15-0-2)
10 Ottawa 67′s (33-15-1-1)

The Games This Week

Trevor Parkes scored twice for Montreal to lead the Juniors to a 5-3 win over Lewiston on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday Thomas Flynn scored the game winner 8:31 into the third as Moncton nipped Cape Breton, 3-2; Ben Duffy had a goal and assist to lead PEI to a 2-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst; Jean-Laurence Beauchemin and Raphael Pouliot scored for Lewiston in their 2-1 win over Halifax; and Anthony Taylor found the back of the net twice as Val-d’Or skated to a 5-2 win over Chicoutimi.

Pier-Antoine Dion scored once and assisted on one more as Drummondville skated to a 4-3 win over Shawinigan on Thursday.

On Friday, Michael Kirkpatrick and Steven Anthony had a goal and assist each for Saint John in their 4-1 win over PEI; Philippe Haley scored twice as Gatineau doubled Halifax, 4-2; Clarke was the lone shooter to score in the shootout as the Acadie-Bathurst Titan edged the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, 2-1; Joel Champagne led the way with a goal and three assists as Quebec romped to a 7-1 win over Lewiston; Marc-Olivier Vachon was also the only shooter to score in the shootout as Drummondville nipped Val-d’Or, 4-3; Morgan Clark made 24 saves as Rimouski shutout Baie-Comeau, 3-0; Jonathan Bonneau scored twice for Chicoutimi in its 4-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda; and Peter Sakaris and Dave Labrecque scored in the shootout for Shawinigan, while David Rose did likewise for Montreal as the Cataractes edged the Juniors, 3-2.

On Saturday Philip-Michael Devos scored once and lent a helping hand on one more to lead Gatineau to a 3-0 shutout of Val-d’Or; Alex Belzile scored the game-winner 10:13 into the third as Rimouski nipped Baie-Comeau, 4-3; Guillaume Goulet and Guillaume Naud each had a goal and an assist as Victoriaville skated to a 5-3 win over Halifax; William Cochrane had a goal and assist to lead Cape Breton to a 5-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst; Mikael Tam found the back of the net on two occasions as Quebec doubled Lewiston, 4-2; and Guillaume Asselin did the same as Chicoutimi went into Rouyn-Noranda and came out with a 4-1 win.

The week ended with three games on Sunday as Saint John needed shootout goals from Tomas Jurco and Jonathan Huberdeau to nip Moncton 3-2 to notch another victory in the New Brunswick News Rivalry Cup; Pier-Antoine Dion scored twice to lead Drummondville to a 5-3 win over Halifax; and Yannick Veilleux scored the game winner 7:13 into the third as Shawinigan edged Victoriaville, 4-3.

The Leaders

Saint John has widened their lead in both the Maritime Division and overall standings as they have a 46-5-1-2 record with 95 points. They are 11 points ahead of Telus West leaders Montreal (38-9-4-4, 84 points); 12 ahead of East leaders Quebec who are 40-12-1-2 with 83 points; and a very comfortable 23 points ahead of their Maritime Division opponents Acadie-Bathurst (35-19-1-1, 72 points).

Gatineau forward Philip-Michael Devos is the scoring leader with 39 goals and 52 assists in the 55 games that he has played with Victoriaville and Gatineau; Acadie-Bathurst forward Gabriel Levesque has lit the lamp post on 31 occasions while lending a helping hand on 51 more in 56 contests to finish second while Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau is third with 35 goals and 46 helpers over the 53 games that he has skated in.

Chicoutimi netminder Christopher Gibson leads all goalies with a 10-9-2-5 record to go along with his goals against average of 2.10 and  .929 SAV%. Backstopping his way into second place is Saint John netminder Jacob DeSerres (22-2-0-0, 2.19 GAA, .918 SAV%); while Gatineau’s Maxime Clermont is 24-9-1-4 with a goals against average of 2.53 and a .899 SAV% to round out the top three.

The Games To Come

Pay begins on Tuesday as Quebec hosts Drummondville.

On Wednesday Cape Breton welcomes Shawinigan; Val-d’Or is in Bathurst; and PEI and Rimouski take to the ice in Rimouski.

There are three games on Thursday with Moncton hosting Victoriaville; Lewiston is at home to Montreal; and Quebec is in Gatineau.

On Friday Halifax is in Cape Breton; Acadie-Bathurst is at home to Victoriaville; Moncton welcomes Shawinigan; Val-d’Or continues their New Brunswick trip with a stop in Saint John; Montreal welcomes Quebec; PEI continues their swing through Quebec with a stop in Chicoutimi; and Drummondville hosts Rouyn-Noranda.

There are six games on Saturday as Val-d’Or continues their trip through Eastern Canada with a stop in Halifax; Rouyn-Noranda stops in Verdun to face the Juniors; PEI makes another Quebec stop in Baie-Comeau; Gatineau is in Chicoutimi; Rimouski hosts Victoriaville; and Saint John is at home to Shawinigan.

The weekend will end with four games on Sunday as Acadie-Bathurst and Shawinigan take to the ice in Bathurst; Val-d’Or concludes their trip to Eastern Canada with a stop in Moncton; Gatineau makes their way to Baie-Comeau; and Lewiston is in Rimouski.

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