QMJHL Weekly: Groundhog Day Edition

Labrecque, Carrier, and Hayes Are Telus Three Stars

Shawinigan center Dave Labrecque, Lewiston rearguard Samuel Carrier, and Cape Breton goalie Andrew Hayes are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending January 30th.

Labrecque added one goal, four assists, and was the first star of the game as Shawinigan pounded Rouyn-Noranda 10-2 on Wednesday. He scored once, added another helper, and was the second star of the game on Thursday as the Cataractes doubled Val-d’Or 6-3 on Thursday and finished the week off with one assist as Shawinigan nipped Drummondville on Sunday, 3-2. He finished the week a plus-5.

Carrier added three assists as Lewiston skated to a 5-4 win over Rimouski on Friday night and added three more in the team’s 5-2 win over Chicoutimi on Sunday. He was the first star of Friday’s game and the second star on Sunday and also finished the week a plus-5.

Hayes went 2-0 with a GAA of 0.50 and a .982 SAV%. He made 16 saves as Cape Breton skated to a 4-1 win over Baie-Comeau on Tuesday and followed that up with 38 more and the second star of the game award as Cape Breton was outshot 38-24 in their 2-0 win over Montreal on Saturday night.

Berube Is CHL Goalie of the Week

After being named one of the QMJHL stars of the week for the week ending January 23rd Montreal netminder Jean-Francois Berube has been named the CHL Goalie of the Week for the same time period.

Berube went 2-0 with a 0.50 GAA and a SAV% of .977. He made 16 saves in the Juniors’ 4-1 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Friday and finished the weekend with 26 saves and the second star of the game award in Sunday’s 2-0 shutout of Gatineau.

127 former QMJHLers Playing In CIS Schools in Quebec and Atlantic Canada

This season 127 former QMJHL players are playing hockey and getting an education in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport schools in Quebec and the Atlantic Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. That figure is up from 114 last year and from 106 in 2008-09.

With tuition and books paid for by the clubs as well as bursaries which can now reach up to $20,000 per alumni, today’s major junior hockey player has the tools he needs to reach his potential on the ice and in the classroom.”

Here’s the list:

Acadia (9): Graham Bona, Nick Emanuele, Zach Firlotte, Ryan Graham, Spencer Jezegou, Jonathan Laberge, Beau Prokopetz, Nathan Welton, Michael Ward

Concordia (14): Éric Bégin, Sean Coulton, Derek Famulare, Corey Garland, Jesse Goodsell, Nicholas Goyens, Olivier Jannard, Maxime Joyal, Kyle Kelly, François Lanctôt-Marcotte, Éric Louis-Seize, Charles-Antoine Messier, Alexandre Monahan, Alexis Piette

Dalhousie (9): Benjamin Breault, François Gauthier, Benoit Gervais, Ryan Jenner, Ben MacAskill, Brendon MacDonald, Bobby Nadeau, Ryan Stoddard, Pierre-Alexandre Vandall

P.E.I. (6): Matt Boyle, Chad Locke, Kris MacDonald, Michael MacIsaac, Dylan Quaile, Jhase Sniderman

McGill (14): Vincent Bourgeois, Marc-André Daneau, Marc-André Dorion, Guillaume Doucet, Keven Dupont, Hubert Genest, Maxime Langelier-Parent, Benoit Lévesque, Ryan McKiernan, Alexandre Picard-Hooper, Christophe Poirier, Antoine Tardif, Stephen Valente, Francis Verreault-Paul

Moncton (18): Charles Bergeron, Billy Bezeau, Mathieu Bolduc, Pierre-André Bureau, Marc-André Côté, Rémi Doucet, Ian Mathieu-Girard, Kevin Guérette-Charland , Mathieu Labrie, Kevin Lachance, Simon Lacroix, Nicolas Laplante, Francis Marchand, Pierre-Alexandre Marion, Jules Melanson, Dean Ouellet, Jean-Philip Paquet, Pier-Alexandre Poulin

UNB (10): Jordan Clendenning, Spencer Corcoran, Chris Culligan, Matt Fillier, Travis Fullerton, Luke Gallant, Joshua Hepditch, Nick Layton, Nick MacNeil, Ryan Seymour

Saint Mary’s (9): Joshua Domingues, Cam Fergus, Tyler Hawes, David MacDonald, Justin Munden, Shawn O’Donnell, Patrick O’Keefe, Colby Pridham, Brad Smith

St. Francis Xavier (5): Scott Brannon, Murdoch MacLellan, Phil Mangan, Brett Morrison, Bryce Swan

St. Thomas (15): Andrew Andricopoulos, Randy Cameron, Yuri Cheremetiev, Matt Eagles, Brad Gallant, Kyell Henegan, Alexandre Labonté, Ben MacFarlane, Mathieu Melanson, Charles Lavigne, Bryan Main, Christian Morin, Devan Praught, Érick Tremblay, Brad Tesink

UQTR (19): Étienne Bellavance, Steve Bellefleur, Emmanuel Boudreau, Jean-Christophe Blanchard, Guillaume Chicoine, Alexandre Demers, Nicolas Désilets, Jeff Desjardins, Olivier Donovan, Maxime Fréchette, Francis Guérette-Charland, Pierre-Alexandre Joncas, Marc-André Laroche, Pierre-Luc Lessard, Maxime Lévesque, Dave Nolin, Félix Petit, Maxime Robichaud, Jean-Philippe Roy-Vallières

Sea Dogs To Unveil Memorial Cup Logo

On Wednesday, Saint John announced that the official rally to launch their 2012 Memorial Cup bid will be launched on February 2nd at a public gathering in the atrium of Brunswick Square from 5:30 to 6:00 pm just before the Sea Dogs’-Titan game. The five member selection committee will visit Saint John on February 9th, and the team planned to host a gathering of season-ticket holders at the Imperial Theatre, but nterest from the general public has been so great that the bid committee has decided to replace the planned Imperial Theatre event with a larger community rally to show the entire city’s enthusiasm for hosting the national major junior hockey championship.

This rally will include the public unveiling of the Saint John 2012 logo, and will be videotaped as part of a package presented to the committee demonstrating why this great city would make a perfect Memorial Cup host. Fleaburn and Sea Dogs players will be on hand to give away T-shirts, and fans are encouraged to come wearing Sea Dogs jerseys or other blue clothing.

The tournament is set to return to Quebec Major Junior Hockey League territory for 2012, and Saint John is one of four cities bidding to host the event. The selection committee will also visit Halifax, Sydney, N.S., and Shawinigan, Que., before announcing its decision in the early spring. All members of the public are invited to attend the public rally Feb. 2 to show their support for this major national event.

Information courtesy of the QMJHL Network

Twenty CHL Graduates Playing For Team Canada at World Universiade

Twenty CHL Graduates are among the 102 Canadian athletes at the 2011 World University games in Turkey this week.

Among them is 2010 Subway CHL Scholastic Player of the Year Dominic Jalbert who played for the Chicoutimi Sagueens and is currently attending the University of Ottawa. He is one of three former QMJHL players on the team with Marc-André Dorion, McGill University (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) and Maxime Langelier-Parent, McGill University (Gatineau Olympiques) being the other two.

Player, School, CHL Team

Scott Aarssen, Western Ontario University (London Knights)
Kevin Baker, Western Ontario University (Oshawa Generals)
Ryan Berard, Carleton University (Barrie Colts)
Matt Caria, Lakehead University (Plymouth Whalers)
Francis Charland, U of Quebec at Trois-Rivières
Marc-André Dorion, McGill University (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Yashar Farmanara, Western Ontario University (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Anthony Grieco, Western Ontario University (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors)
Dominic Jalbert, University of Ottawa (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Geoff Killing, Western Ontario University (Belleville Bulls)
Thomas Kiriakou, University of Guelph (Ottawa 67’s)
Maxime Langelier-Parent, McGill University (Gatineau Olympiques)
Brandon MacLean, Carleton University (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Matthieu Methot, University of Ottawa (Ottawa 67’s)
Tim Priamo, University of Guelph (Guelph Storm)
Chris Ray, University of Waterloo (Kelowna Rockets)
Jean-Michel Rizk, Wilfrid Laurier University (Mississauga IceDogs)
Jordan Smith, Lakehead University (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Kyle Sonnenburg, University of Waterloo (Brampton Battalion)
Keaton Turkiewicz, Western Ontario University (Belleville Bulls)
Evan Vossen, McGill University
Jim Watt, University of Windsor (Saskatoon Blades)

Sea Dogs Remain On Top

Saint John is once again on top of the CHL rankings. Montreal, Quebec, and Drummondville also made the top 10 with the Juniors moving up one spot to fourth, Quebec dropping from third to fifth, and Drummondville entering the top 10 at ninth.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 18

1 Saint John Sea Dogs (38-5-1-2)
2 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (34-8-0-2)
3 Saskatoon Blades (35-10-0-2)
4 Montreal Juniors (33-7-4-3)
5 Quebec Remparts (34-10-1-2)
6 Red Deer Rebels (32-12-1-4)
7 Saginaw Spirit (31-11-3-1)
8 Niagara IceDogs (29-11-2-3)
9 Drummondville Voltigeurs (31-12-5-1)
10 Portland Winterhawks (32-14-0-3)

The Games This Week

On Wednesday, Logan Shaw scored twice to lead Cape Breton to a 4-1 win over Baie-Comeau; Jonathan Lessard had a goal and assist as Acadie-Bathurst skated to a 3-1 win over Montreal; Mirko Hoefflin scored the game winner with 1:39 left in regulation as Quebec nipped Rimouski, 5-4; and Benjamin Casavant had the hat trick, Dave Labreque chipped in a goal and four assists, Peter Skaris, Tommy Giroux, Justin Hache, and Gabriel Lemieux had a goal and assist each, and Mathieu Gagnon and Anton Zloban added singles as Shawinigan romped to a 10-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda to kick off the week.

On Thursday, Jérémy Gouchie was the only shooter to score in the shootout as Montreal edged PEI, 3-2; Maxime Lévesque scored the only goal of the game 17:14 into the third period as Chicoutimi shutout Gatineau, 1-0; and Gabriel Gerard made 36 saves as Shawinigan was outshot 39-35 as they doubled Val-d’Or, 6-3.

On Friday, Saint John won the Battle of New Brunswick and notched another win in the New Brunswisk News Rivalry C up with a 4-3 win over Moncton thanks to Ted Stphens’ game winner with 1:45 left in regulation; Travis Randell and Carl Gelinas scored for Halifax, while Alexandre Durette did the same for Baie-Comeau in the Mooseheads’ 2-1 win; Michael Chaput led the way for Lewiston with a goal and assist, while Petr Straka and Felix Lefrancois did the same for Rimouski in the MAINEiacs’ 5-4 victory; Tomas Filippi scored twice and assisted on one more to lead Quebec to a 4-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst; Francis Desrosiers made 44 saves as Chicoutimi was outshot 46-29 in their 5-2 triumph over Victoriaville; and Marc-Alain Bégin’s goal 32 seconds past the midway point of the third gave Val-d’Or a thrilling 2-1 victory over Rouyn-Noranda.

Saturday’s slate began with Ted Stephens (two goals) scoring the game winner with 1:53 left in regulation as Moncton edged Halifax, 4-3; Danick Gauthier scored twice as Saint John romped to a 6-1 win over Baie-Comeau; and Ondrej Palat scored twice for Drummondville in their 8-1 hammering of Acadie-Bathurst; Denis Kindl added two goals as Cape Breton blanked Montreal, 2-0; and Jason Kelly scored the game winner 3:35 into overtime as Rouyn-Noranda nipped Gatineau, 4-3.

Three games ended in a shootout in Sunday’s slate as Charles Bety led the way with two goals for Halifax, and Darcy Ashley scored the game winner in the shootout, while Matthew Hobbs added a goal and assist for PEI as the Mooseheads edged PEI, 5-4; Yannick Veilleux was the only shooter to score in the shootout as Shawinigan edged Drummondville, 3-2; and Jean-François Leblanc did likewise as Val-d’Or nipped Gatineau, 4-3.

Tomas Jurco scored twice, while Michael Kirkpatrick added a goal and assist for Saint John, and Alexandre Durette scored both of Baie-Comeau’s goals in the Sea Dogs’ 5-2 victory; Cole Haws had a goal and two helpers for Lewiston as the MAINEiacs skated to a 5-2 win over Chicoutimi; David Rose had the hat trick as Montreal romped to a 6-1 win over Cape Breton; and Charles-Antoine Roy found the back of the net twice for Victoriaville to lead them to a 6-2 win over Quebec.

The Leaders

Saint John has widened their lead in both the Maritime Division and overall standings as they have a 41-5-1-2 record with 85 points. They are eight points ahead of Telus West leaders Montreal (35-9-4-3, 77 points), 10 ahead of Telus East leaders Quebec who are 36-11-1-2 with 75 points; and a very comfortable 18 points ahead of their Maritime Division opponents Acadie-Bathurst (33-16-0-1, 67 points).

Gatineau forward Philip-Michael Devos is the scoring leader with 35 goals and 51 assists in the 51 games that he has played with Victoriaville and Gatineau; while Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau is second with 29 goals and 44 assists in 48 games; and Acadie-Bathurst forward Gabriel Levesque has lit the lamp post on 28 occasions while lending a helping hand on 45 more in 50 contests to finish third.

Chicoutimi netminder Christopher Gibson leads all goalies with a goals against average of 2.10 and a .929 SAV% to go along with his 10-9-2-5 record. Backstopping his way into second place is Saint John netminder Jacob DeSerres (19-2-0-0, 2.23 GAA, .918 SAV%); while Gatineau’s Maxime Clermont rounds out the top three with a 22-8-1-3 mark, a 2.51 GAA, and a .899SAV%.

The Games To Come

Lewiston kicks off the week with a home contest against Shawinigan on Tuesday.

Three games will take place on Wednesday as Halifax welcomes Drummondville; Acadie-Bathurst is in Saint John; and Quebec makes their way to Victoriaville.

On Thursday PEI makes their way to Bathurst; Cape Breton is in Shawinigan; and Chicoutimi welcomes Rouyn-Noranda.

Fourteen teams will take to the ice on Friday as PEI is at home to Drummondville; Saint John is in Moncton; Montreal and Quebec face off in Quebec City; Rouyn-Noranda makes their way to Baie-Comeau; Gatineau is in Shawinigan; Val-d’OR hosts Rimouski; and Cape Breton continues their Quebec trip with a stop in Victoriaville.

The week concludes with eight games on Saturday as Rouyn-Noranda finishes their series in Baie-Comeau; Chicoutimi welcomes Victoriaville; Drummondville continues their swing through the East with a stop in Bathurst; Halifax and Saint John take to the ice in Halifax; Moncton hosts PEI; Cape Breton is in Lewiston; Gatineau makes their way to Quebec City; and Val-d’Or is at home to Rimouski.


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