QMJHL Weekly: Feb 8

Labrecque, Huberdeau, and Makarov Are Telus Three Stars

Shawinigan forward Dave Labrecque, Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau, and Lewiston goalie Andrey Makarov are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending February 6th.

Labrecque scored once, assisted on one more, and was the third star of the game for Shawinigan; while Makarov made 37 saves and was the second star as Lewiston doubled Shawinigan 4-2 on Tuesday. He found the back of the net once more and lent a helping hand on three more as Shawinigan clobbered Cape Breton 8-0 and finished the week with three assists in the Cataractes’ 4-3 win over Gatineau on Friday. He finished the week a plus-4.

Huberdeau scored twice and was the second star of the game as Saint John romped over Acadie-Bathurst 7-2 on Wednesday. He added two more and was the game’s second star of the game as Saint John walloped Moncton 11-2 in another chapter of the New Brunswick News Rivalry Cup; and ended the week off with one goal, two assists, and the first star of the game award in the Sea Dogs’ 4-3 win over Halifax on Saturday.

In the only other game that Lewiston played this week Makarov made 25 saves in Lewiston’s 6-0 shutout of Cape Breton on Saturday night. He was the first star of that game. Makarov went 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA, and a .969 SAV%.

Couturier, Carrier, and Gibson are the TELUS Three Stars of the Month

On Tuesday the League announced that Drummondville forward Sean Couturier, Lewiston defenseman Samuel Carrier, and Chicoutimi goalie Christopher Gibson are the Telus three stars of the month for January.

Couturier averaged 2.11 points per game during the month scoring eight times while adding 11 assists in nine games. He also finished the month a plus-14.

Carrier scored three times, added 10 assists, and–like Couturier–finished with a plus-14 in nine games with an average of 1.44 points per game.

Gibson went 3-2-0-0 with a 1.94 GAA and a .936 SAV% stopping 234 of the 250 shots that he faced. His .936 SAV% was the League’s best in January.

Martel Gets The Gate

On Wednesday Chicoutimi announced that Richard Martel has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach and General Manager of the team. Martel began his coaching career with St. Hyacinthe in the 1993-94 season and remained with the team for the following season before becoming the head coach with Val-d’Or where he stayed until the 1997-98 season. The following year he moved to Baie-Comeau where he remained for five seasons before moving on to Chicoutimi in the 2000-01 season.

His record as a head coach through Tuesday is 608-459-67.

Assistant coach Marc-Étienne Hubert and Assistant GM Carl Bouchard were behind the bench for Wednesday’s game between the Océanic and the Saguenéens at the Georges-Vézina Centre.

Dame-Malka and Finn Receive Three Game Suspension

On Monday the League announced that Lewiston rearguards Olivier Dame-Malka and Sam Finn are suspended three games for their action in the Lewiston-Rimouski game on Friday, January 28th. Malka received his for kneeing; while Finn was the aggressor in a fight.

No Team Asks To Sell or Relocate

On Tuesday QMJHL Commissioner Giles Courteau announced that no team has asked to sell or relocate for the 2011-2012 season despite rumors to the contrary. January 31st is the deadline that teams have to submit their intentions to sell or relocate to the League’s Head Office according to the League Constitution.

Saint John Still Top Dog

Last Wednesday, Saint John was once again named the top team in the country in the CHL Top 10. Montreal remained at fourth, Quebec fell one spot to sixth, and Drummondville dropped from ninth to 10th in the polls this week. Lewiston received an honorable mention

1 Saint John Sea Dogs (41-5-1-2)
2 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (37-8-0-2)
3 Saskatoon Blades (39-10-0-2)
4 Montreal Juniors (35-9-4-3)
5 Red Deer Rebels (35-13-1-4)
6 Quebec Remparts (36-11-1-2)
7 Niagara IceDogs (31-11-2-4)
8 Portland Winterhawks (34-15-0-3)
9 Saginaw Spirit (32-13-3-1)
10 Drummondville Voltigeurs (32-12-5-2)
Honourable Mention: Ottawa 67’s (31-15-1-1), Kootenay Ice (33-16-1-2), Lewiston MAINEiacs (33-16-1-2)

The Games This Week

When play began again on Tuesday Michael Chaput added a goal and assist, while Ian Saab, Cole Hawes, and Krill Kabanov added singles for Lewiston as the MAINEiacs doubled Shawinigan, 4-2. Dave Labrecque added a goal and assist, and Ryan Kavanagh also added a tally.

On Wednesday, Carl Gelinas scored twice, while Gerrard Grant found the back of the net once and assisted on one more, and Trey Lewis and Darcy Ashley added singles for Halifax; while Andre Bouvet-Morrissette and Andrew Randazzo found the twine once each for Drummondville in the Mooseheads’ 5-2 win; Huberdeau and Tomas Jurco scored twice each, Steven Anthony added a goal and assist, and Stephen MacAulay and Michael Kirkpatrick added singles for Saint John; while Sebastien Trudeau and Jordan Murray scored for Acadie-Bathurst as the Sea Dog clobbered the Titan, 7-2; Jonathan Audy-Marchessault lit the lamp post twice while assisting on one more, Alexandre Grenier, Joel Champagne, Vincent Barnard, Ryan Bourque, and Joe Dube added a goal and assist each, and Ryan Culkin and Axel Rioux added singles as Quebec romped to a 10-0 shutout over Victoriaville; Charles Hudon, Alexandre Lavoie, and Guillaume Asselin scored once and assisted on one more each, and Rock Regimbald and Billy Lacasse got the single markers for Chicoutimi; while Felix Lefrancois scored twice, and Jakbu Culek scored once for Rimouski in the Sagueneens’ 5-3 win.

On Thursday, Matthew Hobbs added two goals with one of them being the game winner 3:05 into overtime while adding one assist, and Ben Duffy also added two goals and an assist, with Philippe Paradis chipping in a goal and lending a helping hand on three more as PEI skated to a 5-4 overtime win over Acadie-Bathurst with Jeremie Blain, Marc-Olivier Mimar, Garrett Clarke, and Jonathan Lessard adding the Titan goals; Shawinigan got two goals each from Kavanagh and Benjamin Casavant; and tallies from Labrecque, Michael Bournival, Peter Sakaris, and Samuel Hodhod in their 8-0 blanking of Cape Breton; Jonathan Bonneau was the only shooter to score in the shootout; while Lavoie and Asselin got the regulation goals as Chicoutimi edged Rouyn-Noranda, 3-2. Pierre-Karl Marion and Jessyko Bernard added the Huskies’ goals.

Jean-Philippe Mathieu scored twice and assisted on two more, Marc-Olivier Vachon added two goals, and Pier-Antoine Dion had a single as Drummondville skated to a 5-1 win over PEI with Alex Noel getting the PEI marker; Jurco had the hat trick, Huberdeau scored twice, Stanislav Galiev and Gabriel Bourret scored once and added three helpers each, MacAulay, Kirkpatrick, and Jason Cameron had a goal and assist each, and Aiden Kelly had a single for Saint John, while Alex Saulnier and Simon Jodoin found the back of the net for Moncton as the Sea Dogs pounded the Wildcats, 11-2; Trevor Parkes had the lone of goal of the game in Montreal’s 1-0 win over Quebec; Frederic Gamelin, Felix Girard, and Lukas Cingel scored for Baie-Comeau, and Antoine Quevillion and Jeremi Janneteau did the same for Rouyn-Noranda in the Drakkar’s 3-2 win; Sakaris scored the lone goal of the shootout, while Maximilien Le Sieur, Bournival, and Casavant added the other Cataractes’ goals, while Nicolas Deslauriers, Tommy Tremblay, and Philip-Michael Davos found the back of the net for Gatineau in Shawinigan’s 4-3 victory; Jonathan Hazen’s goal 5:16 into the third was all Val-d’Or needed to get past Rimouski 1-0; and Yannick Dube was the lone shooter to score in the shootout, while Guillaume Goulet and Frederic Tanguay added singles for Victoriaville in their 3-2 shootout win over Cape Breton. Vincent Boudreau-Plouffe and William Carrier scored for the Screaming Eagles.

The week ended with eight games on Saturday as Alexandre Larouche, Mikael Langlois, Alenxadre Durette, and Raphael Bussieres scored for Baie-Comeau in their 4-0 shutout of Rouyn-Noranda; Alexandre Rouy and Alexandre Lavoie scored twice each, and Asselin added a single for Chicoutimi, while Brandon Hynes, Vincent Marcoux, and Samuel Groulx added Victoriaville’s goals in the Sagueneens’ 5-3 win; Gabriel Levesque and Trudeau scored twice, and Yoan Pinette once for Acadie-Bathurst, while Sean Couturier scored once for Drummondville in the Titan’s 5-1 win over the Voltigeurs; Michael Kirkpatrick netted two goals and Jonathan Huberdeau and Zack Phillips one each for Saint John, while Charels Bety scored twice for Halifax, and Gerrard Grant added another goal as the Sea Dogs nipped the Mooseheads, 4-3; Adam Polasek, Samuel Morneau, Ben Duffy, Philippe Paradis, and Travis McIsaac scored for PEI, and Marek Hrivik scored for Moncton in the Rocket’s 5-1 win; Cole Hawes, Francis Beauvillier, Etienne Brodeur, Michael Chaput, and Kabanov scored for Lewiston as they blanked Cape Breton, 6-0; Ryan Culkin, Tomas Filippi, Audy-Marchessault, Martin Lefebvre, Frederick Roy, and Joe Dube scored for Quebec, while Gatineau’s goals came from Deslauriers Jean-Gabirel Pageau, and Christian Ouellet in the Remparts 6-3 victory; and Val-d’Or got goals from Connor Gagnon, Thierry Comtois, and Brett Hester as they skated to a 3-2 win over Rimouski. Jonathan Lavoie and Alexandre Mallet added the Oceanic markers.

The Leaders

Saint John has widened their lead in both the Maritime Division and overall standings as they have a 44-5-1-2 record with 91 points. They are 10 points ahead of Telus East leaders Quebec who are 38-12-1-2 with 79 points and Telus West leaders Montreal (36-9-4-3, 79 points),; and a very comfortable 21 points ahead of their Maritime Division opponents Acadie-Bathurst (34-17-1-1, 70 points).

Gatineau forward Philip-Michael Devos is the scoring leader with 36 goals and 51 assists (87 points) in 53 games with Victoriaville and Gatineau; while Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau is second with 80 points (34 goals and 46 assists) in 51 games; and Acadie-Bathurst forward Gabriel Levesque has lit the lamp post on 30 occasions while lending a helping hand on 50 more (80 points) in 53 contests to finish third.

Gibson leads all goalies as he has won 10 games while losing nine with two overtime losses and five shootout losses, has a goals against average of 2.10 and a .929 SAV%. Backstopping his way into second place is Saint John netminder Jacob DeSerres (21-2-0-0, 2.21 GAA, .918 SAV%); while Montreal’s Jean-Francois Berube is 25-6-2-3 with a goals against average of 2.56 and a .901 SAV% to round out the top three.

The Games To Come

Play begins on Tuesday as Montreal welcomes Lewiston.

There are four games on Wednesday as Moncton is in Cape Breton, and PEI is at home to Acadie-Bathurst for two Maritime Division contests; Montreal hosts Halifax; and Val-d’Or welcomes Chicoutimi for another Battle of Quebec.

There is only one game on Thursday as Shawinigan and Drummondville faceoff in Shawinigan in a Telus West contest.

Eight games will be played on Friday night as Cape Breton hosts Acadie-Bathurst, and Saint John is in PEI in two Maritime contests; Lewiston welcomes Quebec, and Baie-Comeau is in Rimouski for two Telus East games; in the Telus West division Drummondville welcomes Val-d’Or, and Montreal is in Shawinigan; Gatineau is at home to Halifax; and Rouyn-Noranda hosts Chicoutimi.

On Saturday, Gatineau hosts Val-d’Or in a Telus West affair; Rimouski and Baie-Comeau conclude their Telus East series; Halifax continues their trip to Quebec with a stop in Victoriaville; Cape Breton hosts Acadie-Bathurst in a Maritime contest; Lewiston and Quebec finish their Telus East affair; and Chicoutimi finishes up their trip to Rouyn-Noranda.

The week ends with three games on Sunday as Saint John welcomes Moncton for a Maritime contest; Halifax finishes up their Quebec trip with a stop in Drummondville; and Victoriaville and Shawinigan take to the ice in Victoriaville in another chapter of the Battle of Quebec.


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