QMJHL Weekly: February 12th, 2013

Trainor, Whitney, and Straka Are Telus Three Stars of the Week

Rimouski forward Peter Trainor, Victoriaville goalie Brandon Whitney, and Baie-Comeau forward Petr Straka are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending February 10th, 2013.

Trainor began the week with two goals, one assist, and the third star of the game award as the Oceanic began the week with a 5-4 loss to Halifax on Wednesday. He lent a helping hand on one more in the 3-2 loss to PEI on Friday; and found the back of the net twice, helped out on three more, and was the game’s first star in the 8-2 thumping of Saint John on Sunday.

Whitney began the week with 27 saves and the first star of the game award in the 5-0 shutout of Chicoutimi on Friday. He made 19 more in the first 49:06 of action before being replaced by Steven Veilleux in the 3-1 loss to Quebec on Saturday; and finished with 35 more and the game’s first star honors in the 7-2 win over Gatineau on Sunday.

Straka started with two goals, four assists, and the first star of the game award as the Drakkar doubled Acadie-Bathurst 8-4 on Wednesday. On Friday he added two assists in the 5-3 win over Cape Breton; and he finished the week with another helper as the Screaming Eagles turned the tables on the Drakkar with a 5-3 win over their own on Saturday.

League Names Scholastic Players of the Month for January

On February 5th the League announced their Scholastic Players of the Month for January.

Here are the laureates for the month of January:

City Player Educational Establishment
BAC Julien Lepage Cégep de Baie-Comeau
BAT Raphaël Lafontaine Cégep@distance/Académie les Estacades
BLB Samuel Carrier Athabaska University
CAP Stephen Woodworth Cape Breton University
CHI Scott Carrier Odyssée Dominique-Racine
DRU Jérémy Auger Collège Saint-Bernard
GAT Taylor Burke Athabaska University
HAL Stefan Fournier Eastern Township
MON Cole Holowenko ISSA
PEI Antoine Bibeau Cegep@distance
QUE Marc-Antoine Carrier Université Laval
RIM Anthony DeLuca Harrison Trimble High School
ROU Maxime St-Cyr Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue
SHA Zachary Taylor Dartmouth High School
SHE William Couture Cégep de Champlain Lennoxville
SNB David Weckworth UNBSJ
VDO Thierry Comtois Cégep de Val-d’Or
VIC Félix-Antoine Savage Polyvalente Le Boisé

Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the Canadian Hockey League announced the top 10 on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the cut.
Halifax stayed at second; Rimouski moved up one to sixth; and Baie-Comeau dropped back two to seventh.

Moncton received an honorable mention.

BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 20
1 Portland Winterhawks (43-7-1-2)
2 Halifax Mooseheads (41-5-2-1)
3 London Knights (39-9-1-2)
4 Kelowna Rockets (40-10-3-1)
5 Edmonton Oil Kings (39-11-2-3)
6 Rimouski Oceanic (35-11-1-4)
7 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (34-13-2-3)
8 Owen Sound Attack (32-15-1-3)
9 Barrie Colts (33-15-0-2)
10 Kamloops Blazers (35-15-2-3)

Honourable Mention: Kitchener Rangers (30-15-1-5), Moncton Wildcats (33-17-1-0), Calgary Hitmen (33-16-1-3

Screaming Eagles to Host a Working in Sports Student Conference

On Friday, February 22nd Cape Breton will host a Working In Sport Student Conference.

High school and university students will be able to take part; and they will be shown what it’s like to work in sports. Speakers who are employed in different aspects of the sports industry will be taking part. Included are people who work in ticket sales, sponsorship sales, game day operations, facility management, community involvement, radio broadcasting, and many more.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about all the different aspects of working on the business side of the sports industry and learn the path that each of the industry professionals took to get to where they are today. Also, they will have the opportunity to ask questions or seek advice from the industry professionals. Once the conference ends, the students will then move into the arena to watch the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles take on the Acadie Bathurst Titan and see all of the elements that were just discussed in the conference in action.

The conference will begin at 4pm in the Centre 200 MacDonald Room and will run until game time. The cost per student is $20 and includes admittance to the conference, pizza and pop, and a ticket to the evening’s game.

With information from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and the QMJHL

Marcel Robert Trophy Finalists Named

On Friday the league announced the names of the 18 finalists for the Marcel Robert Trophy which is awarded to the League’s Scholastic Player of the Year.

The award will be presented at the Golden Pucks Awards Gala on April 3rd.

All nominees will get a $400.00 scholarship with the final three getting $600.00 in additional scholarship money and the winner a $1000.00 bursary.

Each player selected receives a $400 scholarship. The three finalists will receive an additional $600 scholarship and the winner will be awarded, in addition to the Marcel-Robert Trophy, a $1 000 bursary.

The finalist’s selection committee is composed of five members of the QMJHL administrative office: Denis Arsenault, Claude Benoist, Natacha Llorens, Valérie Monette and Marcel Patenaude along with the former recipient of the Marcel-Robert trophy (1995-96), Marc Denis.

Finalists
Jacob Brennan – Acadie-Bathurst
Alexandre Chênevert – Baie-Comeau
Étienne Marcoux – Blainville-Boisbriand
Stephen Woodworth – Cape Breton
Laurent Dauphin – Chicoutimi
Charles-David Beaudoin – Drummondville
Étienne Boutet – Gatineau
Zach Fucale – Halifax
Allain Saulnier – Moncton
Alex Micallef – PEI
Marc-Antoine Carrier – Québec
Jean-François Plante – Rimouski
Steven Mercier – Rouyn-Noranda
Pierre Durepos – Saint John
Frédérick Gaudreau – Shawinigan
Dominic Talbot-Tassi – Sherbrooke
Cédrick Henley – Val-d’Or
Jean-François Leblanc – Victoriaville

Drummondville and Val-d’Or Fined; Suspensions Handed Out

On Friday the League announced that Drummondville and Val-d’Or were each fined $5000.00 and head coaches Mario Durocher and Mario Duhamel received a three game suspension each. Val-d’Or forward Samuel Henley, who was given an aggressor game misconduct also received an additional two game suspension in addition to the one already dealt out. Drummondville rearguard Jordan Murray was suspended three games after hitting Pierre-Maxime Poudrier in the head; and Voltigeurs’ assistant coach Louis Robitaille was assessed a $1000.00 fine for his for his inappropriate behavior during and at the end of the game.

Last Game For David Taveroff

The game between Quebec and Victoriaville on Saturday night was the last game for lineseman David Taveroff.
He began his QMJHL career on September 25th, 1983 as the Verdun Canadiens hosted the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. Francois Larochelle was the referee and Yeves Deschenes the linesman for that contest.

Fifty one people that have officiated this season had not been born in 1983.

Taveroff has officiated 937 regular season and 124 post season contests.

He said that it was hard to say if there was one most memorable game because he has officiated so many great ones in his 30 year career but ranked the two semi-finals in the 1991 and 1994 Memorial Cups and three game sevens very high.

He was also a referee when the greatest star to play in the Q played. Taveroff officiated during Mario Lemieux’s rookie season that saw the future Pittsburgh Penguin score 133 goals. He also got to officiate games involving other great players such as Luc Robitaille, Stephan Lebeau, Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, Sidney Crosby, and future stars Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin.

Many officials will remember him as the only Linesman skating in the opposite direction during the warm-up in addition to all that ceremonial at centre ice prior to the opening face-off, but all will remember David as the ‘teammate’ he was both on and off the ice.

The QMJHL loses an experienced linesman, but will be able to count on Mr. Taveroff as Official’s supervisor.

With information from the QMJHL

The Games This Week

Play began with two games on Tuesday.

Anthony Mantha and Brandon Hynes scored a pair each; while Samuel Henley, Cedrick Henley, Vincent Dunn, and Loik Poudrier all added singles as Val-d’Or routed Shawinigan 8-1.

Etienne Boutet, Rock Regimbald, Taylor Burke, and Martin Reway scored for Gatineau; while Frederic Bergeron, Anthony Verret, and Axel Rioux did the same for Quebec as the Olympiques nipped the Remparts 4-3.

There were four games played on Wednesday.

Jonathan Drouin found the back of the net twice; while Nathan MacKinnon and Martin Frk had a pair in regulation; and MacKinnon, Frk, and Mackenzie Weegar scored in the shootout as Halifax edged Rimouski 4-3. Trainor and Alexandre Lavoie had a pair each for Rimouski in regulation; while Kevin Gagne and Alexis Losieu lit the lamp post in the shootout.

Jeremy Gregoire, Straka, and Frederic Gamelin had a pair each; while Maxim Lamarche and Alexandre Ranger added singles as Baie-Comeau doubled Acadie-Bathurst 8-4. Christophe Lalancette scored twice; while Alexandre Gosselin and Marc-Olivier Brouillard added singles for the Titan.

Olivier Picard, Marc-Olivier Roy, Samuel Carrier, and Nikita Jevpalovs scored for Blainville-Boisbriand in their 4-0 shutout of Chicoutimi.

Allan Caron, Maxime St-Cyr, Mathieu Brisbois, Felix Caron, and Gabriel Desjardins scored for Rouyn-Noranda; while JC Campagna potted a pair, and Peter Sakaris added a single for Shawinigan as the Huskies skated to a 5-3 win over the Cataractes.

Four teams took to the ice on Thursday.

Jimmy Oligny, Victor Provencher, Erik Robichaud, Ben Duffy, Josh Currie, and Tomas Pavelka propelled PEI to a 6-3 win over Saint John while Pierre Durepos, Mackenzie Brown, and Noah Zilbert added the Sea Dog markers.

Drummondville got a pair of goals from Olivier Archambault and singles from Guillaume Gauthier and Gabriel Vermette as the Voltigeurs nipped Rouyn-Noranda 4-3. Steven Mercier, Marcus Power, and Desjardins added the Huskies’ goals.

Eight games took place on Friday.

Carl Gelinas, Gregoire, Ranger, Lamarche, and Valentin Zykov all scored for Baie-Comeau as the Drakkar skated to a 5-3 win over Cape Breton. Billy Hartley, Clark Bishop, and Zachery Moody all scored for the Screaming Eagles.

Matej Bergeron had a pair; while Louik Marcotte had a single as PEI nipped Rimouski 3-2. Alexandre Lavoie and Jean-Francois Plante added the Oceanic markers.

Maxime Villemaire had two goals; and Jakub Izacky, Andreas Tsogkas, Spencer Smallman, and Stephen Anderson had singles as Saint John got past Acadie-Bathurst 6-4. Zach O’Brien scored twice; while Sean Girard and Anthony Gingras added the Titan markers.

Dmitrij Jaskin had the hat trick; while Christophe Lalonde had a pair; and Ryan Penny and Yannick Veilleux had singles as Moncton skated to an 8-5 win over Halifax. Darcy Ashley, Luca Ciampini, Stephen MacAulay, and Frk all scored for Halifax.

Philippe Halley, Carl-Antoine Delisle, Angelo Miceli, Carl Marois, and Tommy Veilleux scored for Victoriaville in their 5-0 shutout of Chicoutimi.

Silas Neeposh, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Cedrick Henley, and Poudrier scored for Val-d’Or; while Gauthier, Nikolas Brouillard, and Verrier scored for Drummondville as the Foreurs nipped the Voltigeurs 4-3.

Burke scored in regulation for Gatineau; while Tomas Hyka and Regimbald added the shootout markers; while Tommy Giroux scored in regulation for Blainville-Boisbriand; and Jevpalovs added the shootout marker as the Olympiques nipped the Armada 2-1.

Felix-Antoine Bergeron and Frank Schumacher scored for Shawinigan; while Nick Sorensen did the same for Quebec as the Cataractes nipped the Remparts 2-1.

Three games took place on Saturday.

Michael Clarke, Bishop, Bronson Beaton, Charles-Eric Legare, and Bryce Milson found the back of the net for Cape Breton; while Raphael Bussieres had a pair, and Alec Jon Banville scored a single for Baie-Comeau as the Screaming Eagles skated past the Drakkar 5-3.

Logan Shaw had a pair; while Bergeron had a single as Quebec skated to a 3-1 win over Victoriaville. Halley had the lone Tigres’ marker.

Randy Gazzola, Hynes, Vincent Dunn, and Anton Zloban scored for Val-d’Or; while Michael McNamee and Denis Kamaev did the same for Sherbrooke as the Foreurs doubled the Phoenix 4-2.

Five games ended the weekend on Sunday.

Lavoie had the hat trick; while Frederik Gauthier and Trainor had a pair each; and Gagne had a single as Rimouski walloped Saint John 8-2. Connor Donaghy and Oliver Cooper added the Sea Dogs’ markers.

Dillon Donnelly, Ryan Culkin, and Anthony Verret scored for Quebec; while Bergeron and Sakaris did the same for Shawinigan as the Remparts nipped the Cataractes 3-2.

Drummondville got goals from Joey Ratelle and Matthew Boudens in their 2-1 win over Blainville-Boisbriand. Samuel Carrier added the lone Armada goal.

Samuel Landry, Alexandre Sills, Alexandre Comtois, and Carl Neil scored for Sherbrooke in regulation; while McNamee added the lone shootout marker as the Cataractes nipped Rouyn-Noranda 5-4. Mercier added a pair; while Mathieu Brisbois and Sven Andrighetto added singles for the Huskies.

Miceli and Luke St-Amand found the back of the net twice each; while Philippe Maillet, Halley, and Delisle had singles as Victoriaville skated to a 7-2 win over Gatineau. Reway and Hyka added the Olympiques’ markers.

The Leaders

With 17 games left in the season Halifax (42-6-2-1, 87 points) has an 18 point lead on Moncton for the Maritime Division lead and are seven points up on Telus East leaders Rimouski who are 37-12-1-5 and have 80 points. Blainville-Boisbriand are the Telus West leaders with 70 points (31-14-2-6).

Trainor leads all scorers with 37 goals and 49 assists in 55 games; while Duffy is in second place as he has found the back of the net on 31 occasions while lending a helping hand on 53 more in the 52 games that he has skated; in while Currie rounds out the top three with 82 points (40G, 42a) in 52 games.

Between the pipes Blainville-Boisbriand’s Etienne Marcoux is tops among goalies as he is 20-7-1-2 with a 2.02 GAA, and 0.915 SAV%. Halifax’s Zachary Fucale backstops his way into second place as he has won 34 games, while losing five, with one overtime loss, and one shootout loss, a 2.49 GAA, and a 0.899 SAV%. Baie-Comeau’s Philippe Cadorette (26-10-1-1, 2.71 GAA, 0.891 SAV%) rounds out the top three.

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