QMJHL Weekly: February 28th, 2012

Grigorenko, Belzile, and Beaudry Are Telus Three Stars

Quebec Remparts’ right winger Mikhail Grigorenko, Rimouski Oceanic right winger Alex Belzile; and Val-d’Or Foreurs’ centre Michael Beaudry are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending February 26th, 2012.

Grigorenko had the hat trick; one assist; and was the game’s first star as Quebec skated to a 5-3 win over Gatineau on Friday. He added another two goals in the 6-3 win over the Victoriaville Tigres on Sunday.

Belzile found the back of the net once; lent a helping hand on two more; and was the game’s frist star as Rimouski doubled the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 6-3 on Wednesday. He added another goal; two assists; and the second star of the game honors in the team’s 7-4 victory over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Saturday.

Beaudry lent a helping hand on five goals and was the game’s second star as Quebec skated to a 5-3 win over the PEI Rocket on Saturday. He added two more helpers in the 7-3 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Sunday.

Delisle-Houde and Rogers suspended

On Tuesday the League announced that Moncton Wildcats forward Patrick Delisle-Houde has been suspended five games; and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles rearguard Connor Rogers has received a 10 game suspension for their offenses from games on February 18th.

In regards to Delisle-Houde he hit his opponent when the player no longer had possession of the puck; made contact simultaneously with his body and head; and did not try to avoid partial or total contact. His opponent did not see the player at fault coming and therefore couldn’t protect himself; and was injured on the play.
For Rogers even though the player at fault was gliding, he had a certain speed; he extended his leg to hit his opponent; and the contact was done with force on the knee.

2012 Marcel-Robert Trophy Candidates Announced

On Tuesday the League announced the names of the 17 candidates and 5 finalists for the Marcel-Robert Trophy, which will be presented at the Golden Pucks Gala on April 4th.

Each player selected receives a $400 scholarship. The five finalists will receive an additional $400 scholarship and the winner will be awarded, in addition to the Marcel-Robert Trophy, a $500 bursary.

“Each team submitted a lengthy file for their candidate and choosing five finalists was very difficult,” said Natacha Llorens, Director of the Players Support Program, Anti-doping & Education Services. “All candidates had excellent academic records. The efforts being made by our organizations to better the academic success of our student-athletes are growing every year and the results speak for themselves. I want to congratulate all the candidates who were selected.”

The finalist’s selection committee is composed of four members of the QMJHL administrative office: Claude Benoist, Natacha Llorens, Marcel Patenaude and Denis Arsenault along with the former recipient of the Marcel-Robert trophy (2002-03), Éric L’Italien.

List of team candidates
Acadie-Bathurst, Sébastien Trudeau
Baie-Comeau, Alexandre Chênevert
Blainville-Boisbriand, Alex Micallef
Cape Breton, Jonathan Brunelle
Chicoutimi, Dominic Poulin
Drummondville, André Bouvet-Morrissette
Gatineau, Rock Régimbald
Halifax, Luca Ciampini
Moncton, Patrick Delisle-Houde
PEI, Josh Currie
Québec, Vincent Barnard
Rimouski, Jean-Philippe Mathieu
Rouyn-Noranda, Steven Mercier
Shawinigan, Michaël Bournival
Saint John, Kevin Gagné
Val-d’Or, Thierry Comtois
Victoriaville, Yanni Gourde

List of the 5 finalists
Cape Breton, Jonathan Brunelle
Moncton, Patrick Delisle-Houde
Rimouski, Jean-Philippe Mathieu
Shawinigan, Michaël Bournival
Victoriaville, Yanni Gourde

Each candidate must now go through an arduous interview process which will measure their analytical skills and their understanding of current events. Their performance during the interview will also play a key role. The interviews will be held in Montreal on Monday, February 27th and will be conducted by the members of the Marcel-Robert Committee.

Courtesy the QMJHL

Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top Ten

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

Saint John remained at second, Shawinigan at fifth, and Quebec at 10th.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 22
1 London Knights (42-13-0-1)
2 Saint John Sea Dogs (42-14-0-2)
3 Kamloops Blazers (41-14-1-3)
4 Tri-City Americans (41-15-1-2)
5 Shawinigan Cataractes (39-12-3-4)
6 Portland Winterhawks (42-15-2-1)
7 Edmonton Oil Kings (39-14-3-4)
8 Plymouth Whalers (37-17-2-1)
9 Ottawa 67′s (36-15-5-1)
10 Quebec Remparts (36-15-5-2)

The Games This Week

Play started with one game on Tuesday as Charlie Coyle, Zack Phillips, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Charles-Olivier Roussel scored for Saint John; and Jonathan Drouin scored twice, and Ryan Falkenham added a single for Halifax as the Sea Dogs nipped the Mooseheads 4-3.

There were three games on Wednesday.

Blainville-Boisband got two goals from Marc-Olivier Roy and singles from Xavier Ouellet, Raphael Pouliot, and Vincent Richer in their 5-2 win over PEI. Matej Beran and Louic Marcotte scored for the Rocket. Peter Trainor, Jonathan Lavoie, Francis Beauvillier, Alex Belzile, Alexis Loiseau, and Alexandre Tanguay found the back of the net for Rimouski; while Acadie-Bathurst got goals from Christophe Lalancette, Mirko Hoefflin, and Carl Marois as the Oceanic doubled the Titan 6-3. Athony Mantha, Benjamin Casavant, Matthieu Theriault, and Julien Leduc added the offense for Val-d’Or; while Rouyn-Noranda’s goals came off the sticks of Jean-Sebastien Dea and Frederic Tanguay as the Foreurs doubled the Huskies 4-2.

Four teams took to the ice on Thursday.

Michael Chaput added three goals; while Morgan Ellis, Alexandre Grandmaison, Loik Poudrier, Anton Zloban, and Peter Sakaris added singles as Shawinigan pounded Cape Breton 8-2. Kyle Farrell and William Carrier added the Screaming Eagles’ goals. Daniel Milan, Philippe Halley, Carl-Antoine Delisle, and Philip Danault scored for Victoriaville; while Samuel Noreau, Thomas Gobeil, Alexandre Ranger, and Jonathan Lessard did the same for Baie-Comeau as the Tigres nipped the Drakkar 5-4.

Three games took place on Friday.

Mikhail Grigorenko scored three times for Quebe; while Jeremie Malouin and Frederick Roy added singles; and Gatineau got goals from Youseff Kabbaj, Garrett Clarke, and Jacob Conrad as the Remparts skated to a 5-3 win over the Olympiques. Alexandre Roy, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Jeremy Gregoire, and Mathieu Gagnon scored for Chicoutimi; while Pouliot and Cedric Paquette scored for Blainville-Boisband as the Sagueneens doubled the Armada 4-2. Steven Mercier, Antoine Quevillion, Denis Kamev, Sven Andrighetto, and Frederic Tanguay scored for Rouyn-Noranda; and Beran, Ben Duffy, and Marcotte added the Rocket markers in the Huskies’ 5-3 win over the Rocket.

Six games were played on Saturday.

Andrew Ryan scored the game winner 5:57 into the third; and Drouin and Martin Frk added goals as Halifax nipped Shawinigan 3-2. Maximilien Le Sieur and Kirill Kabanov scored for the Cataractes. Jerome Gauthier-Leduc scored twice; and Jonathan Lavoie, Alexandre Mallet, Belzile, Scott Oke, and Alexandre Tanguay scored for Rimouski; while David Rose, Carl Gelinas, Maxim Lamarch, and Thomas Gobeil scored for Baie-Comeau as the Oceanic skated to a 7-4 win over the Drakkar. Lalancette scored the game winner eight seconds past the midway point of the third period; while Zach O’Brien, Brent Turnbull, and Sebastien Trudeau added singles as Acadie-Bathurst nipped Cape Breton 4-3. Cory MacIntosh, Denis Kindl, and Jonathan Brunelle found the back of the net for the Screaming Eagles. Saint John needed a shootout and goals from Huberdeau and Tomas Jurco while their regulation goals came from Roussel and Stanislav Galiev; and Moncton got goals from Marek Hrivik and Scott Trask as the Sea Dogs edged the Wildcats 3-2 to win another chapter in the New Brunswisk News Rivalry Cup. Andrighetto scored twice; and Mathieu Brisbois and Frederic Tanguay added singles for Rouyn-Noranda; and Andre Bouvet-Morrisssette scored a pair for Drummondville as the Huskies doubled the Voltigeurs 4-2. Mathieu Guertin scored a pair; and Mantha, Samuel Henley, Nicolas Larocque-Marcoux, Cedrick Henley, and Casavant added singles as Val-d’Or skated to a 7-3 win over PEI. Josh Currie scored twice; and Olivier Crouteau added a single for the Rocket.

The weekend closed with six games on Sunday.

Saint John got two goals each from Huberdeau and Maxime Villemaire scoring twice each; and Coyle, Tomas Jurco, Ryan Tesnik, and Nathan Beaulieu added singles as the Sea Dogs routed Cape Breton 9-1. Brunelle added the lone Screaming Eagles’ marker. Grigorenko and Alexandre Comtois added a pair each; while Malouin, and Axel Rioux added one each as Quebec doubled Victoriaville 6-3. Philippe Maillet, Halley, and Yanni Gourde added the tigres’ markers. David Rose, Gelinas, Lukas Cingel, Lessard, and Jean-Francois Leblanc all scored for Baie-Comeau; while Hoefflin scored all three goals for Acadie-Bathurst as the Drakkar skated to a 5-3 win over the Titan. Bournival scored twice, and Yannick Veilleux, Felix-Antoine Bergeron, Maximilien Le Sieur and Poudrier all added singles as Shawinigan blanked Moncton 6-0. Alexandre Durette scored twice; and Matt Murphy, Mantha, Cedrick Henley, Thierry Comtois, and Vincent Dunn added singles as Val-d’Or thumped Drummondville 7-3. Bouvet-Morrissette scored twice; and Jerome Verrier added a single for the Voltigeurs.

The Leaders

Maritime leaders Saint John once again moves into the top spot in the overall standings with their 44-14-0-2 record and 90 points; while last week’s leader Telus East leaders Shawinigan (41-13-3-4, 89 points) is second; and Blainville-Boisband is the Telus West leader with 33 wins, 22 losses, two overtime losses, and two shootout losses for 70 points.

Gourde tops all scorers with 32 goals and 73 assists in the 60 games that he has played in to remain at first; while O’Brien has found the back of the net on 48 occasions; while lending a helping hand on 47 more in the 56 contests that he has skated in; while his teammate Sebastien Trudeau (27G, 64A, 91 points, 60 games) rounds out the top three.

Between the pipes Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil (33-9-0-0, 2.28 GAA, 0.914 SAV%) remains in first; and Shawinigan’s Gabriel Girard stays at second as he sports a 19-5-1-2 record to go along with his 2.30 GAA and 0.918 SAV%; while his teammate Alex Dubeau is third spot as he has won 22 games while losing eight with two overtime losses and two shootout losses with a 2.50 GAA and 0.907 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Play begins with two games on Tuesday as Saint John hosts Moncton in another battle of the New Brunswick News Rivalry Cup; and Rouyn-Noranda welcomes Telus West rivals Val-d’Or.

On Wednesday Drummondville plays host to Blainville-Boisband; Quebec is in Baie-Comeau; and Halifax makes their way to Gatineau.

Acadie-Bathurst and Cape Breton welcome in March with the lone game on Thursday.

Sixteen teams take to the ice on Friday as Saint John is at home to PEI; Quebec welcomes Moncton; Val-d’Or is in Victoriaville; Shawinigan is in Chicoutimi; Baie-Comeau welcomes Blainville-Boisband; Gatineau takes on Drummondville in Gatineau; Cape Breton begins their Quebec trip in Rimouski; and Halifax does likewise in Rouyn-Noranda.

On Saturday Chicoutim welcomes Blainville-Boisband; Val-d’Or makes their way to Rimouski; Moncton makes another Quebec stop in Victoriaville; Saint John is at home to Acadie-Bathurst; Gatineau is in Drummondville; and Halifax finishes up their series with Rouyn-Noranda.

Four games will finish out the weekend on Sunday as Quebec is at home to Cape Breton; PEI is at home to Acadie-Bathurst; Baie-Comeau welcomes Shawinigan; and Victoriaville is in Gatineau.

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