QMJHL Weekly: February 26th, 2013

Drouin, Danault, and Belanger Are Three Stars of the Week

Halifax forward Jonathan Drouin, Moncton center Phillip Danault, and Rouyn-Noranda netminder Alexandre Belanger are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending February 24th, 2013.

Drouin began the week with a goal, three assists, and the second star of the game on Wednesday in the team’s 8-3 win over Saint John. He had three more assists and the third star of the game award as the team once again defeated Saint John this time by a 6-1 score on Friday. Drouin ended the week with one goal, three helpers, and the first star of the game honors as Halifax blasted Acadie-Bathurst 11-3. Drouin finished the week a +5.

Danault began the week with one assist as Moncton skated to a 5-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst. He added another goal and two assists as Moncton defeated Drummondville 7-2 on Friday and finished the week with two goals, two assists, and the first star of the game honors as the Wildcats edged PEI 4-3 in overtime on Saturday. Like Drouin Danault also finished the week a +5.

Belanger made 31 saves and was the second star of the game as Rouyn-Noranda doubled Quebec 4-2 on Friday. He added 26 more and was the game’s second star as the Huskies pasted Gatineau with an 8-2 win on Saturday. Belanger had a 2.00 GAA and 0.934 SAV% last week.

Kucherov and Fucale Are CHL Player and Goalie of the Week

On Wednesday the CHL announced that Rouyn-Noranda forward Nikita Kucherov and Halifax goalie Zachary Fucale are the CHL player and goalie of the week for the week ending February 17th.

Kucherov posted 12 points last week. He found the back of the net four times and lent a helping hand on eight more with two of the games being five point contests. His personal point scoring streak of 12 games in the second longest in the League this season.

He scored one goal; helped out on four more; and was the third star of the game in the 6-5 shootout loss to Victoriaville on Wednesay and had a goal and assist in the 5-4 overtime loss to Drummondville on Friday. He finished the week with the game winner; three assists; and the third star of the game honors in the 7-5 win over Blainville-Boisbriand on Saturday.

Fucale began the week with 30 saves on Tuesday; and he was named the third star of the game as the Mooseheads routed PEI 7-0. He was the game’s first star with 39 saves in the Mooseheads’ 5-2 win over Moncton; and finished the week with 32 saves and the second star of the game award in the 5-2 win over PEI. He made 101 saves last week; and his 69 career victories set a new Mooseheads’ record set a new franchise record that was held by Jean-Sebastien Giguere who earned 68 between 1994 and 1997.

Johnson Suspended 15 Games

On Thursday the League announced that Moncton forward Ross Johnson has been suspended for 15 games.

The suspension comes as the result of an incident on February 16th in a game against the Halifax Mooseheads for high sticking Brian Lovell.

Carrier, Beaudoin, and Saulnier Are Marcel Robert Finalists

On Tuesday the League announced that Quebec’s Marc-Antoine Carrier; Drummondville’s Charles-David Beaudoin; and Moncton’s Allain Saulnier are the three finals for the Marcel Robert Trophy given to the Scholastic Player of the Year.

The winner will be announced at the Golden Pucks Gala on April 3rd in Montreal.

Halifax, Rimouski, and Baie-Comeau Make CHL Top 10

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

Halifax remained at second; Rimouski moved up one to sixth; and Baie-Comeau dropped two to ninth.

BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 22

1. Portland Winterhawks (48-9-1-2)
2. Halifax Mooseheads (46-6-2-1)
3. Edmonton Oil Kings (43-12-2-3)
4. London Knights (41-12-2-2)
5. Rimouski Oceanic (37-12-2-6)
6. Kelowna Rockets (42-15-3-1)
7. Kamloops Blazers (40-15-2-3)
8. Owen Sound Attack (36-17-1-3)
9. Baie-Comeau Drakkar (37-16-2-3)
10. Belleville Bulls (35-14-3-3)

Honourable Mention: Barrie Colts (36-18-1-2); Calgary Hitmen (39-17-1-3); Plymouth Whalers (32-16-5-4)

The Games This Week

The week began with three games on Tuesday.

Christophe Lalonde added a pair; while Conor Garland, Allain Saulnier, and Danick Emond added singles for Moncton; while Marc-Olivier Brouillard scored forAcadie-Bathurst as the Wildcats skated to a 5-1 win over the Titan.

Anthony Duclair scored twice; while Frederic Bergeron and Kurt Etchegary had singles as Quebec doubled Blainville-Boisbriand 4-2. Yasin Cisse and Samuel Carrier scored for the Armada.

Victoriaville got goals from Luke St-Amande with two; and Petr Sidlik, Philippe Halley, and Tommy Veilleux had singles in the 5-0 shutout of Gatineau.

Three more games took place on Wednesday.

Martin Frk had the hat trick; while Andrew Ryan, Jonathan Drouin, Luca Ciampini, Mackenzie Weegar, and Stephen MacAulay added singles as Halifax routed Saint John 8-3. Matthew Highmore, Maxime Villemaire, and Jurij Repe scored for Saint John.

Christopher Clapperton scored three times; while Cedric Paquette had a pair; and David Bedard had a single as Blainville-Boisbriand skated to a 6-2 win over Rimouski. Anthony DeLuca and Peter Trainor scored the Oceanic markers.

Vincent Deslauriers scored twice; while Alexandre Comtois and Daniel Audette had singles as Sherbrooke nipped Shawinigan 4-3. Felix-Antoine Bergeron, Mason Gray and Peter Sakaris scored the Cataractes’ markers.

In the lone game on Thursday Louick Marcotte scored twice; while Victor Provencher, Matej Beran, Ben Duffy, Josh Currie, and Yan Pavel Laplante had singles as PEI skated to a 7-5 win over Drummondville. Matthew Boudens scored twice; while Olivier Archambault, Jeremie Malouin, and Jerome Verrier scored the Voltigeurs’ goals.

The weekend began with eight games on Friday.

Ryan scored twice; while Darcy Ashley, Ciampini, Stefan Fournier, and Brent Andrews added singles as Halifax routed Saint John 6-1. Jakub Izacky added the lone Sea Dogs’ marker.

Marc-Olivier Roy, Clapperton, and Danick Martel scored for Blainville-Boisbriand; while Halley and Angelo Miceli added the Victoriaville goals as the Armanda nipped the Tigres 3-2.

Yannick Veilleux added a pair; while Ryan Penny, Phillip Danault, Allain Saulnier, Ivan Barbashev, and Dmitrij Jaskin added singles for Moncton as the Wildcats cruised to a 7-2 win over Drummondville. Archambault and Verrier scored for Drummondville.

Zach O’Brien added a pair; while Michael Beaudry had one as Acadie-Bathurst edged Cape Breton 3-2. Raphael Corriveau and Bronson Beaton had the Screaming Eagles’ goals.

Vincent Dunn had the hat trick; while Brandon Hynes and Cederick Henley had one each as Val-d’Or skated to a 5-2 win over Gatineau. Etienne Boutet and Olivier Knight-Rouleau scored for the Olympiques.

Steven Mercier, Marcus Power, Mathieu Brisbois, and Gabriel Desjardins found the back of the net for Rouyn-Noranda; while Duclair and Jason Houde scored for Quebec as the Huskies doubled the Remparts 4-2.

Felix Girard and Frederic Gamelin scored for Baie-Comeau in regulation; while Petr Straka and Valentin Zykov scored in the shootout as the Drakkar nipped Sherbrooke 3-2. Steve Lebel and Jean-Christophe Laflamme scored the Phoenix goals in regulation; while Comtois scored in the shootout.

Rimouski also needed a shootout to get past Chicoutimi 5-4. Francis Beauvillier scored twice in regulation and once in the shootout; while Casey Babineau and Scott Oke added singles in regulation; and DeLuca and Kevin Gagne added the other shootout markers. Scoring for the Sagueneens were Sebastien Sylvestre with two and Charles Hudon and Thomas Gobeil with singles in regulation; while Hudon and Laurent Dauphin scored in the shootout.

Twelve teams took to the ice on Saturday.

Straka and Alexandre Ranger added a pair each; while Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau and Alec John Banville added singles as Baie-Comeau dumped Rimouski 7-2. Trainor and Oke notched the Rimouski markers.

Loik Leveille, Alexandre Roy, Hudon, Sylvestre, and Thomas Gobeil lit the lamp post for Chicoutimi; while Dominic Talbot-Tassi and Comtois did the same for Sherbrooke as the Sagueneens skated to a 5-2 win over the Phoenix.

Miceli go the hat trick; while Sidlik and Philippe Maillet had one each as Victoriaville trumped Shawinigan 5-2. Felix-Antoine Bergeron and Kris Hodge scored for the Cataractes.

Quebec doubled Val-d’Or 6-3 as Nick Sorensen led the way with two goals; while Frederic Bergeron, Brent Turnbull, Anthony Verret, and Adam Erne had one each. Hynes had a pair; while Cederick Henley added a single for the Foreurs.

Kucherov had four goals; whil Desjardins and Liam O’Brien added a pair each as Rouyn-Noranda dumped Gatineau 8-2. Alexandre Carrier and Emile Poirier scored the Olympiques’ markers.

Moncton needed overtime and a goal from Danault 23 seconds in to get past PEI 4-3. Danault, Jaskin, and Veilleux also scored in regulation for the Wildcats. Troy Vance, Louick Marcotte, and Anthony Cortese added the Rocket goals.

The week ended with four games Sunday.

Matthew Boudreau had the hat trick; Stefan Fournier, Frk, and Andrews had a pair each; and Ryan and Drouin had singles as Halifax routed Acadie-Bathurst 11-3. Christophe Lalancette, Francois Godin, and O’Brien had singles for the Titan.

Verrier scored the lone goal of the game with 3:26 left in regulation as Drummondville shut the door on Saint John 1-0.

Beran and Alexis Pepin had a pair each; while Jimmy Oligny, Erik Robichaud, Josh Currie, and Marcotte had singles as PEI rocked Cape Breton 8-2. Michael Clarke and Zachary Moody added the Screaming Eagles’ markers.

Samuel Hodhod scored twice; while Tommy Giroux, Christian Marti, Clapperton, and Nikita Jevpalovs had singles as Blainville-Boisbriand skated to a 6-1 win over Shawinigan. Felix-Antoine Bergeron added the lone Phoenix marker.

The Leaders

With 10 games left in the season Halifax (49-6-2-1, 101 points) has a 24 point lead on Moncton for the Maritime Division lead and are 17 points up on Telus East leaders Rimouski who are 38-14-2-6 and have 84 points. Blainville-Boisbriand are the Telus West leaders with 78 points (35-16-2-6).

Drouin leads all scorers with 36 goals and 57 assists in 42 games; while Trainor is second with 41 goals and 51 assists in 60 games; while PEI’s Ben Duffy rounds out the top three as he has found the back of the net on 32 occasions while lending a helping hand on 60 more in the 59 games that he has skated.

Between the pipes Blainville-Boisbriand’s Etienne Marcoux is tops among goalies as he is 22-9-1-2 with a 2.17 GAA, and 0.911 SAV%. Fucale backstops his way into second place as he has won 39 games, while losing five, with one overtime loss, and one shootout loss, a 2.39 GAA, and a 0.905 SAV%. Baie-Comeau’s Philippe Cadorette (28-12-1-2, 2.74 GAA, 0.892 SAV%) rounds out the top three.

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