QMJHL Weekly: Jan. 25

Levesque, Duffy, and Berube Are Telus Three Stars

Acadie-Bathurst forward Gabriel Levesque, PEI centre Ben Duffy, and Montreal goalie Jean-Francois Berube are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending January 23rd.

Levesque began the week with two goals, one assist, and the second star of the week award in the Titan’s 9-5 win over Moncton on Wednesday. He found the net twice more and was the third star of the game as the Titan doubled PEI 4-2 on Thursday; and added another goal, assist, and the game’s first star award in Sunday’s 6-3 win over Lewiston. Levesque finished the week a plus-7.

Duffy scored twice and was the game’s second star in the 4-2 loss to Acadie-Bathurst on Thursday. Two nights later he found the back of the net twice, lent a helping hand on one more, and was once again the game’s first star as PEI laid a 7-2 thrashing on Halifax; and ended it on Sunday with two more goals in the Rocket’s 5-4 loss to Moncton. Duffy finished a plus-1 for the week.

Berube went 2-0 with a 0.50 GAA and a .977 SAV%. 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.

Couturier Is CHL Player of the Week

Drummondville forward Sean Couturier was named the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 16th. He was also one of the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the same time frame.

Couturier began the week with a goal and two assists and was the game’s second star as Drummondville shutout Cape Breton 4-0 on Wednesday; added two more assists as the Voltigeurs lost 7-4 to Saint John on Friday; scored once, assisted on one more, and was the second star of the game as Drummondville gained a split with the Sea Dogs with a 3-2 win on Saturday; and did the same thing in Drummondville’s 6-4 win over Moncton on Sunday. Couturier finished a plus-6 for the week.

Suspensions Handed Out

On Monday, Rimouski rearguard Etienne Boutet was suspended one game for hitting a Baie-Comeau player in the head on Saturday, January 15th; while Lewiston blueliner Ian Saab got the gate for one game for a late hit to a Victoraville player after an altercation in the team’s game against the Tigres just one day after Boutet’s incident. On Saturday Quebec forward Frederick Roy was suspended three games for his boarding of a Rimouski player in Friday’s game.

Sea Dogs Top Rankings

The Saint John Sea Dogs were named the top team in the league when the CHL Top 10 Rankings were announced on Wednesday. The team moved up one spot from second last week; while the Quebec Remparts moved one space to third; the Montreal Juniors stayed at fifth; and the Gatineau Olympiques moved two places to eighth.

CHL Top 10 Week 17

1 Saint John Sea Dogs (35-5-1-2)
2 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (33-7-0-1)
3 Quebec Remparts 34-8-1-2
4 Saskatoon Blades 33-10-0-2
5 Montreal Juniors (31-7-4-3)
6 Saginaw Spirit (30-9-3-1)
7 Kootenay Ice 30-13-1-2
8 Gatineau Olympiques (29-12-2-3)
9 Red Deer Rebels 29-12-1-4
10 Niagara IceDogs 27-10-2-3

The Games This Week

There was one game on Tuesday as Maximilien Le Sieur led the way with a goal and assist as Shawinigan blanked Victoriaville, 4-0.

On Wednesday David Gilbert found the back of the net twice and lent a helping hand on three more as Acadie-Bathurst skated to a 9-5 win over Moncton. Gabriel Levesque added two goals and one assist, and Jonathan Lessard also chipped in a goal and three helpers for the Titan; while Sebastien Trudeau and Zach O’Brien had a goal and assist each; and Yoan Pinette also had a tally.

Tem Orr came out victorious at the CHL Top Prospects game with a 7-1 win over Team Cherry. Saint John Sea Dogs’ forwards Zack Phillips had a goal and two assists; and his Sea Dogs teammate forward Jonathan Huberdeau and Portland Winterhawks’ forward Sven Bartschi scored once while assisting on one more each; and Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds’ forward Daniel Catenacci; Niagara IceDogs’ forward Dougie Hamilton; Saint John rearguard Nathan Beaulieu; Oshawa Generals’ forward Lucas Lessio; and Saginaw Spirit center Vincent Trocheck added singles. Ottawa 67s’ left winger Shane Prince added Team Cherry’s lone goal. Owen Sound Attack goalie Jordan Binnington and Brandon Wheat Kings netminder Liam Liston combined for 27 saves in the win; while Victoriaville netminder David Honzik and Chicoutimi backstopper Christopher Gibson made 23 in the loss.

Levesque added two more goals on Thursday to lead the Titan to a 4-2 win over PEI.

Brandon Hynes, Philippe Maillet, Yannick Dube, and Samuel Groulx scored for Victoriaville in the shootout; while Matthew Boudreau, Martin Frk, and Luca Ciampini did the same for Halifax in the Tigres’ 5-4 win on Friday. Devon MacAusland scored the game winner seven seconds into the third as Moncton edged Cape Breton, 4-3; Jeremy Gouchie added two goals and one assist as Montreal skated to a 4-1 win over Rouyn-Noranda; Steven Anthony scored the game winner with 3:21 left in the game as Saint John nipped Baie-Comeau, 3-2; Michael Bournival chipped in a goal and two assists as Shawinigan edged Chicoutimi, 3-2; Sean Couturier scored twice and lent a helping hand on one more as Drummondville doubled Val-d’Or 4-2; and Rimouski edged Quebec, 4-3 as, Jonathan Lavoie led the way with two goals including the game winner 9:25 into the final frame.

Two games were decided in overtime on Saturday as Saint John needed a goal from former Sagueneen Eric Gelinas 2:51 into the extra frame to get past Chicoutimi, 4-3; while the other overtime contest saw Ondrej Palat add his 30th of the year with one second left in the extra frame as Drummondville nipped Rouyn-Noranda, 3-2. In the other games Shawinigan got two goals from Jean-Francois Plante, a goal and two assists from Yannick Veilleux, and a goal and assist from Ryan Kavanagh to lead the team to a 6-4 win over Baie-Comeau; Francois Lacerte made 20 saves as Gatineau blanked Val-d’Or 6-0; Pinette and David Gilbert scored twice each as Acadie-Bathurst doubled Lewiston, 6-3; and PEI laid a 7-2 pounding on Halifax thanks to Ben Duffy leading the way with two goals and one assist; and Josh Currie and Travis MacIsaac adding a goal and assist each; while Matthew Hobbs, Victor Provencher, and Felipe Corbo each added a goal.

The weekend ended with five games on Sunday as Allain Saulnier led the way for Moncton with the hat trick in their 5-4 win over PEI; Zack Phillips and Stanislev Galiev added a goal and assist each as Saint John doubled Quebec 4-2 to stop Remparts’ Head Coach Patrick Roy’s attempt to become the first head coach to reach the 250 wins in less than 400 games; Guillaume Goulet scored twice as Victoriaville skated to a 4-1 win over Cape Breton; Charles Landry and Louis Leblanc scored for Montreal as they shutout Gatineau, 2-0; Andrey Makarov made 32 saves as Lewiston was outshot 33-31 in their 3-1 win over Rimouski. Roy will have another chance to set the record on Wednesday when Quebec hosts Rimouski.

The Leaders

Saint John continues to lead both the Maritime Division and overall standings with their 38-5-1-2 record and 79 points; while Montreal is the top team in the Telus West division with a 33-7-4-3 record (73 points) good for second place in the league; while Telus East leaders Quebec (34-10-1-2, 71 points) are third.

Gatineau forward Philip-Michael Devos is the scoring leader with 33 goals and 51 assists in the 48 games that he has played with Victoriaville and Gatineau; while Levesque has lit the lamp on 26 occasions while lending a helping hand on 44 more in 47 contests to finish second; and Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau is third with 27 goals and 42 helpers over the 45 games that he has skated in.

Chicoutimi netminder Christopher Gibson leads all goalies with a 9-9-2-5 record, a goals against average of 2.18 and a Sav% of .927. Backstopping his way into second place is Saint John netminder Jacob DeSerres (18-2-0-0, 2.30 GAA, .917 SAV%); while Gatineau’s Maxime Clermont rounds out the top three with his record of 22-7-1-3 along with a 2.50 GAA, and a .900 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Play resumes with four games on Wednesday as Cape Breton is at home to Baie-Comeau; Acadie-Bathurst entertains Montreal; Rimouski is in Quebec City; and Shawinigan makes their way to Rouyn-Noranda.

Four games are on the ice on Thursday as the Battle of New Brunswick will see Moncton hosting Saint John; Montreal is in PEI; while the Battle of Quebec will be fought on two fronts as Gatineau is at home to Chicoutimi, and Val-d’Or is at thome to Shawinigan.

On Friday Baie-Comeau begins a trip through the East Coast with a stop in Halifax; Lewiston hosts Rimouski; Acadie-Bathurst begins their Quebec trip with a game in Quebec City; Chicoutimi is in Victoriaville; and Val-d’Or is in Rouyn-Noranda.

Ten teams will take to the ice on Saturday as Cape Breton hosts Montreal; Halifax and Moncton take to the ice in Moncton in a Maritime battle; Baie-Comeau continues their Maritime swing with a stop in Saint John, while Acadie-Bathurst makes another Quebec stop in Drummondville; and Gatineau is in Rouyn-Noranda for a Telus West battle.

Seven games will finish off the month of January on Sunday as Halifax is in PEI; Baie-Comeau finishes up their trip through Eastern Canada with a stopover in Saint John; Montreal finishes up their trip to Cape Breton; a Telus East battle will see Victoriaville in Quebec City; Shawinigan is in Drummondville; Lewiston is at home to Telus East rivals Chicoutimi; and a Telus West affair has Val-d’Or hosting Gatineau.

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