O’Brien, Will, and Ellis Are Telus Three Stars
Acadie-Bathurst forward Zach O’Brien, Moncton goalie Roman Will, and Shawinigan defenseman Morgan Ellis are the Telus Three Stars of the Week ending January 8th, 2012.
O’Brien began the week with one assist as the Titan was edged 4-3 by PEI on Wednesday. He added two goals, two assists, and was the game’s first star in the team’s 5-2 win over Cape Breton on Friday; and ended it with another two goals, two assists and the first star of the game award as the Titan nipped Gatineau 6-5 on Sunday. O’Brien finished the week a +2.
Will started the week with 29 saves as Moncton lost 2-1 to Saint John on Monday. He added 31 more and the third star of the game honors as the Wildcats skated to a 5-1 win over Gatineau on Friday; and finished with 26 more and the second star of the game award in the 2-1 win over Cape Breton on Saturday. Will finished the week with a 0.97 GAA and 0.966 SAV%.
Ellis added a goal and lent a helping hand on two more on Wednesday as Shawinigan romped to an 8-3 win over Rimouski. In the Cataractes’ 6-3 win over Rimouski on Friday he netted a goal and helped out on one more. He finished up the week with a goal, assist, and the first star of the game honors as Shawinigan doubled Victoriaville 4-2 on Sunday. Ellis finished the week a +2.
Swedes Are Golden
Ottawa Senators’ draft pick Mika Zibanejad ended Sweden’s 31 year drought at the World Junior Hockey Championships when he scored the lone goal of the game 10:09 into the extra frame as Sweden won the gold medal with a 1-0 win over Russia on Thursday night.
Canada finished with the bronze medal with a 4-0 shutout of Finland as Quinton Howden scored twice; and Mark Scheifele and Tanner Pearson added singles. Canada has won a medal for 14 consecutive years in this tournament and leads the overall medal count with 15 gold, eight silver, and six bronze.
Following the game the awards were handed out.
The three best players as selected by the Directorate are:
Best Goalkeeper Petr Mrazek—Czech Republic
Best Defenseman Brandon Gormley—Canada
Best Forward Yevgeni Kuzenstov—Russia
Goalkeeper MRAZEK Petr CZE
Defenseman GORMLEY Brandon CAN
Defenseman KLEFBOM Oscar SWE
Forward KUZNETSOV Yevgeni RUS
Forward FRIBERG Max SWE
Forward GRANLUND Mikael FIN
MVP) KUZNETSOV Yevgeni RUS
Kuznestov finished the tournament as the top scorer with six goals and seven assists in seven games played; while Andrei Vasilevski was the top goalie with his 2.01 GAA and 0.953 SAV%.
5 Czech Republic
Earlier in the week on Monday Switzerland avoided relegation with a 4-3 overtime win over Denmark. Gregory Hoffman, Tanner Richard, Alessio Bertaggia, and Cedric Schneuwly scored the Swiss goals with Richard’s 3:27 into the extra frame being the game winner. Niklas Jensen scored twice; and Oliver Bjorksttrand scored the Danish markers.
Markus Granlund scored twice; and Mikael Granlund, Joel Armia, Joonas Donskoi, Aleksander Barkov, Roope Hamalainen, and Teemu Pulkkinen had singles for Finland; while Slovakia got goals from Richard Mraz, Matus Chovan, Marek Tvrdon, Martin Daloga, and Marko Dano as Finland skated to an 8-5 win over Slovakia to lead them into the semi-finals against Sweden on Tuesday.
Russia punched a date with Canada in the quarterfinals on Tuesday with a 2-1 overtime win over the Czech Republic. Danil Apalkov scored Russia’s regulation goal; while Rimouski forward Jakub Culek did the same for the Czechs. Grigori Zheldakov scored the Russian goal 1:30 into the extra frame on a controversial goal as Czech defenceman Daniel Krejci had gone down in a heap in the corner after taking an accidental high stick as Nikita Kucherov followed through on his shot. Kucherov then centered the puck from behind the goal line for Zheldakov’s goal.
On Tuesday Austin Watson and Nick Bjugstad had the hat trick each; while Bill Arnold, Jason Zucker, Austin Czarnik, Adam Clendenning, JT Miller, and Kyle Rau added singles as the USA avoided relegation with a 12-2 blasting of Latvia. Zemgus Girgensons and Teodors Blugers scored Lativa’s markers. In semi final number one Max Friberg scored twice; and William Karlson added a single to lead Sweden to a 3-2 win over Finland. In the other semi Russia held off a late comeback by Canada to win 6-5 as Yevgeni Kuznetsov added the hat trick; while Alexander Khokhlachev, Kucherov, and Nikita Nesterov added singles for the defending gold medalists; while last year’s runner up Canada got goals from Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley, Dougie Hamilton, Brett Connolly, Jaden Schwartz, and Brendan Gallagher.
On Wednesday Kristians Pelss and Nikita Jevpalovs scored for Lativa; while Oliver Bjorkstrandt added the Danish goal as Lativa nipped Denmark 2-1. The Danes will be relegated to Division I Group A for 2013.
Russians Are Golden at World U17
Russia won the gold medal at the World U17 Challenge in Windsor, ON with a 7-4 win over Team USA. It is their first gold medal since 2000.
Sergei Tolchinski led the way with the hat trick; while Valeri Nichushkin scored twice, and Ivan Barbashev and Nikita Cherepanov added singles. Evan Allen, Will Butcher, J.T. Compher, and Anthony Louis scored the American goals.
Team Ontario—who won the gold medal last year—defeated Sweden 5-2 earlier in the day for bronze.
Max Domi scored twice; while Bo Horvat, Jordan Subban, and Nick Baptiste added singles for Ontario; while Leon Bristedt added the Swedish markers.
Domi is the son of former NHLer Tie Domi; while Subban is the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens’ forward P.K. Subban.
Preliminary round ended in the tournament on Monday with four games.
Sweden romped to an 8-2 win over Team Atlantic as Robert Hägg and André Burakowsky scored two goals each for Sweden; while Anton Blomberg, Bristedt, Wilhelm Westlund, and Adam Brodecki had singles. The Team Atlantic goals came from Kameron Kielly and Val-d’Or rearguard Matthew Murphy.
Hunter Garlent scored twice for Ontario; while Mitchell Dempsey, Chris Bigras, Bo Horvat, and Stephen Harper added one apiece; and Baie-Comeau forward Alexandre Ranger and PEI forward Yan-Pavel Laplante scored for Quebec in Ontario’s 6-2 win.
Allen and Hudson Fasching scored twice for the USA; and Torrin White and Morgan Klimchuk had the Team Pacific goals in the USA’s 4-2 win.
Russia doubled Team West 6-3 as Nichushkin, scored twice; and Barbashev, Yevgeni Zakurin, Sergei Tolchinski, and Alexei Zakarlyukin added one each; while the Team West goals came from Denis Bosc, Cory Millette, and Jordan Tkatch.
In the ninth place game on Tuesday Germany got goals from Tim Bender, Johannes Fischer, Leon Draisaitl, Marco Sedlar, Janick Moeser, and Frederik Tiffels as they doubled Team West 6-3. The Western goals came from Zajac, Madison Bowey, and Jonothan Martin.
Team Atlantic finished in seventh place with a 4-2 win over the Czech Republic. Shawinigan forward Bronson Beaton scored twice; while Alex Gallant and Saint John forward Oliver Cooper had one each. Jakub Vrana and Martin Kohout scored the Czech goals.
Team Pacific finished in fifth place with a 5-4 overtime win over Quebec. Josh Morrisey scored the game winner 3:12 into overtime; while Matt Needham, Macoy Erkamps, Greg Chase, and Nic Petan had singles. Quebec got goals from Anthony De Luca with two and Laplante Ranger with singles.
In the first semi final Allen and Anthony Louis scored in the shootout; while Michael McCarron scored in regulation as the USA advanced to the gold medal game with a 2-1 win over Sweden. Bristedt added the Swedish goal.
Russia needed overtime and a goal from Grigori Dikushin 8:27 in to edge Ontario 4-3 in the other semi. He also scored once in regulation along with Barbashev and Tolchinski. Garlent, Stephen Nosad, and Aaron Ekblad added the Ontario goals.
Swedish forward Victor Ohman finished as the top scorer in the event with three goals and nine assists in six games played; while based on 300:00 played Ontario goalie Spencer Martin finished first at 4-1-0 with a 1.95 GAA and 0.931 SAV%.
Gervais-Chouinard Named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week
On Tuesday the Canadian Hockey League today announced that Jacob Gervais-Chouinard of the Rimouski Oceanic is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 1.
Gervais-Chouinard went 2-0-0-0 with a 1.44 GAA and 0.951 SAV% over that period. He made 34 saves in the first game of a home and home series against Quebec as the Oceanic won 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday, December 27th and added 24 more as the Oceanic completed the sweep with a 3-0 shutout win on Friday night.
Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10
When the CHL announced the top 10 on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the top ten.
Quebec was the highest ranked team remaining at third; Saint John dropped back one to fourth; and Shawinigan fell one spot to sixth. Halifax received an honorable mention.
Top 10 Rankings
1 Tri-City Americans (29-7-0-0)
2 London Knights (27-8-0-1)
3 Quebec Remparts (28-7-2-2)
4 Plymouth Whalers (25-9-2-1)
5 Saint John Sea Dogs (29-12-0-2)
6 Shawinigan Cataractes (26-10-2-2)
7 Edmonton Oil Kings (25-10-1-3)
8 Kitchener Rangers (25-10-1-0)
9 Kamloops Blazers (26-10-1-2)
10 Moose Jaw Warriors (24-10-4-1)
Honourable Mention: Brampton Battalion (22-10-1-4); Halifax Mooseheads (24-11-1-3); Portland Winterhawks (25-11-2-1)
More Trades Completed
On Thursday Chicoutimi sent Michkael Beauregard along with their 2012 QMJHL Entry DRfat third and fourth round picks to Gatineau for Mathieu Gagnon and Christian Ouellet. Gagnon and Ouellet were Gatineau’s top two point getters this season as Gagnon has six goals and 34 assists in 40 games; while Ouellet has found the back of the net on 15 occasions while lending a helping hand on 25 more in the 40 games that he has skated in.
Also on Thursday Halifax sent Gabriel Desjardins and two 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft second round picks to Quebec. In return the Mooseheads got Brendan Duke and the Remparts’ 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft first round pick. The Mooseheads also sent a 20112 QMJHL Entry Draft first round pick to the Remparts in exchange for Quebec’s 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft second round selection.
Cape Breton also traded William Cochrane to Acadie-Bathurst for the Titan’s 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft sixth round selection.
Brayden Wood moves from Drummondville to Moncton for the Wildcats’ 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft sixth round pick.
There was only one trade on Friday as Simon Desmaris went from Rouyn-Noranda to Quebec in exchange for the Remparts’ 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft second round pick.
On Saturday Quebec sent Alexandre Veronneau to Drummondville for the Voltigeurs’ 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft sixth round pick acquired from Saint John. The Remparts also traded Matthew Boily and their 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft seventh round pick to Gatineau for the Olympiques’ 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft fourth round pick acquired from Cape Breton. The Remparts also acquired Robbie DeFulviis and Austin Cangelosi from Rouyn-Noranda. In return the Huskies got the Remparts’ 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft sixth and ninth round selection. Quebec then traded DeFulvis and their 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft sixth round pick acquired from Saint John to Rimouski for Maxime Fortier. The Remparts also sent Raphael Corriveau and Simon Desmaris to Cape Breton for Logan Shaw.
Nick Egan went from Victoriaville to Acadie-Bathurst for the Titan’s 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft 12th round pick.
Chicoutimi traded Napessis Andre to Drummondville for the Voltigeurs’ 2012 QMJHl Entry Draft eighth round selection.
Andrew Meredith moved from Victoriaville to Baie-Comeau for the Drakkar’s 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft sixth round pick.
Cape Breton traded David Rose to Baie-Comeau. In return the Screaming Eagles received the Drakkar’s 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft third round pick.
Baie-Comeau sent Antonio Mastropietro to Rouyn-Noranda in return for the Huskies’ 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft fifth round pick.
Rimouski sent Alex Emond, Guillaume Gauthier, and their 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft fifth round pick to Drummondville for Jean-Phillippe Mathieu.
Chicoutimi sent Alexandre Michaud, their 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft acquired from Blainville-Boisband and their 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft first and second round picks to Gatineau for Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
Moncton acquired Michael Matheson, two 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft fifth round picks, a 2013 CHL Import Draft first round pick, a 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft third and fifth round pick, and 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft second round selection from Shawinigan for Gormley.
Michael Clarke went from Blainville-Boisband to Cape Breton for the Screaming Eagles’ 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft fourth round pick acquired from Shawinigan; and 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft sixth round pick acquired from the Armada.
Chcioutimi sent Stephane Matteau and their 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft third round pick to Blainville-Boisband for the Armada’s 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft third pick acquired from Victoriaville, their 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft first round pick, and 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft second round selection.
The Games This Week
In the QMJHL on Monday Saint John needed a shootout and goals from Charles-Olivier Roussel and Pierre Durepos to get past Moncton 2-1. Danny Chiasson scored the regulation goal for the Sea Dogs; while Marek Hrivik did likewise for the Wildcats.
There were four games on Wednesday as PEI got goals from Josh Currie who had two, and Victor Provencher and Ben Duffy had singles as the Rocket edged Acadie-Bathurst 4-3. Brent Turnbull, Alec Jon Banville, and Jordan Murray scored the Titan markers. Zack Phillips, Danick Gauthier, and Maxime Vilemaire found the back of the net for Saint John; while Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored both Gatineau goals as the Sea Dogs nipped the Olympiques 3-2. Cederick Paquette scored twice, and Jean-Christophe Laflamme added one for Blainville-Boisband; while Guillaume Asselin and Pierre-Maxime Poudrier added one each for Chicoutimi as the Armada edged the Sagueneens 3-2. Yannick Dube and Phillip Danault scored twice each; and Yanni Gourde added a single for Victoriaville; and Jeremie Malouin, Michael McNamee, Alexandre Comtois, and Martin Lefebvre scored for Quebec as the Tigres edged the Remparts 5-4 in overtime. Peter Sakaris scored twice; and Jonathan Racine, Ellis, Yousseff Kabbaj, Frederick Gaudreau, Michael Chaput, and Kirill Kabanov found the twine once each for Shawinigan; while Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Peter Trainor, and Francis Beauvillier scored for Rimouski as the Cataractes thumped the Oceanic 8-3. Alexis Bernier scored the game winner 4:00 into the third; while Steven Mercier and Frederic Tanguay added singles for Rouyn-Noranda; and Jean-Philippe Mathieu and Jonathan Oligny added singles for Drummondville as the Huskies edged the Voltigeurs 3-2.
On Friday PEI edged Halifax 5-4 as Matej Beran, Ben Duffy, Alex Noel, Olivier Croteau, and Matathew Bursey scored the Rocket markers; while Konrad Abeltshauser, Cameron Critchlow, Ryan Falkenham, and Martin Frk added the Mooseheads’ markers. Allain Saulnier had two goals; while his brother Alex and Christophe Lalonde had singles as Moncton skated to a 5-1 win over Gatineau. Pageau scored the lone Olympiques’ marker. O’Brien scored twice, while Christophe Lalonde and Matthew Bissonnette added singles for Acadie-Bathurst; while Logan Shaw and William Carrier added the Cape Breton goals as the Titan skated to a 5-2 win over the Screaming Eagles. Felix Girard, Samuel Carrier, and Jonathan Lessard lit the lamp post for Baie-Comeau; while Pier-Luc Pelletier scored both Rimouski goals as the Drakkar got past the Oceanic 3-2. Phillip Danault and Stefan Fournier scored for Victoriaville in regulation; while Danault was the lone shooter to score in the shootout as Victoriaville edged Blainville-Boisband 3-2. Xavier Ouellet and Samuel Hodhood added the Armada markers. Frederick Roy scored twice, and Malouin, McNamee, Lefebvre, Gabriel Desjardins, and Adam Erne all added singles for Quebec; while Rouyn-Noranda got goals from Maxime St-Cyr, Mathieu Brisbois, Peter Angelopolous, and Anthony Verret as the Remparts skated to a 7-4 win over the Huskies. Jonathan Narbonne had a pair, while singles came from Morgan Ellis. Maximilien Le Sieur, Michael Chaput, and Anton Zlobin as Shawinigan doubled Chicoutimi 6-3. The Sagueneens got goals from Guillaume Asselin who had two and Etienne Brodeur with one. In Val-d’Or’s 6-4 win over Drummondville the Foreurs got goals from Mathieu Theriault and Gabriel Beaupre who had two each, and Cedrick Henley and Nicolas Dionne had one each; while Olivier Archambault, Andre Bouvert-Morrissette, Olivier Caouette, and Michael Santini had singles for the Voltigeurs.
On Saturday Rimouski needed a shootout to get past Baie-Comeau as Francis Beauvillier, and Jean-Francois Plante scored in regulation; while Alex Belzile was the lone shootout scorer; and Tomas Filippi and Jean-Francois Leblanc scored for Baie-Comeau. Charles Hudon led the way with the hat trick; while Asselin added a single as Chicoutimi nipped Victoriaville 4-3. Yannick Dube scored twice for the Tigres; while Simon Darveau added a single. In Saint John’s 6-3 win over Halifax Phillips, Jonathan Huberdeau, Kevin Gagne, Pierre Durepos, Cooper, and Stephen Anderson scored singles; while the Mooseheads got goals from Nathan MacKinnon who had two and Matthew Boudreau who had one. Alex Saulnier and Hrivik scored for Moncton; and Jonathan Burnelle did the same for Cape Breton as the Wildcats nipped the Screaming Eagles 2-1. Gatineau skated to a 5-1 win over PEI with Adam Janosik, Anthony Cortese, Taylor Burke, Alexandros Soumakis, and Tomas Hyka leading the way with a goal each; while the Rocket goal came off the stick of Bursey.
On Sunday Zach O’Brien and Matthew Bissonnette scored twice each; while Jordan Murry and Christophe Losier added singles as Acadie-Bathurst edged Gatineau 6-5 in overtime. Alexandros Soumakis and Kyle Morrison added a pair of goals each; while Hyka added a single for the Olympiques. Alex Emond added a pair; while Olivier Archambault, Marc-Olivier Brouillard, and Michael Santini added singles for Drummondville; and Cederick Pacquette scored twice; while Alex Micallef, Jess Tanguay, and Cole Hawes added the Blainville-Boisband as the Voltigeurs nipped the Armada 6-5. Samuel Henley and Matthieu Theriault scored for Val-d’Or; while Comtois added the Quebec goal in the Foreurs’ 2-1 victory over the Remparts. Morgan Ellis, Pierre-Olivier Morin, Michael Bournival, and Anton Zlobin scored for Shawinigan; while Phillippe Halley and Angelo Miceli scored for Victoriaville as the Cataractes doubled the Tigres 4-2.
Saint John is the top team in the Maritime Division and re-gains the top spot overall with their 31-12-0-2 record and 64 points. They are followed by Telus East leaders Quebec who have won 29 games; while losing eight, with three overtime losses, and two shootout losses giving them 63 points. Blainville-Boisband leads the Telus West Division with 47 points (22-17-2-1).
The top three remain the same from last week but the order is a little different. O’Brien moves from second to first as he has 77 points from 37 goals and 40 assists in 44 contests; while last week’s first place finisher Gourde drops one place to second as he has found the back of the net on 24 occasions while lending a helping hand on 50 more in the 43 games that he has skated in; and O’Brien’s teammate forward Sebastein Trudeau remains in the third spot with 20 goals and 52 assists in 45 games.
Between the pipes Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil moves up one spot to take the lead with his 25-8-0-0 record, 2.46 GAA, and 0.907 SAV%; while last week’s leader Quebec’s Louis Domingue has won 17 games while losing six with two shootout and overtime losses, has a goals against average of 2.53 and 0.918 SAV%. Rounding out the top three is Shawinigan’s Gabriel Girard (12-3-1-0, 2.56 GAA, 0.911 SAV%).
The Games To Come
The week begins with two games on Wednesday as Cape Breton welcome Chicoutimi; and Moncton is at home to Drummondville.
On Thursday Drummondville is in Halifax; Shawinigan makes their way to Saint John; Blainville-Boisband is at home to Baie-Comeau; and Victoriaville is in Quebec.
Six games will take place on Friday as Cape Breton welcomes Maritime rivals Moncton; Shawinigan is in PEI; Halifax welcomes Chicoutimi; Victoriaville and Val-d’Or take to the ice in Victoriaville; Baie-Comeau makes their way to Gatineau; and Rouyn-Noranda is in Rimouski for two games Friday and Saturday.
In the other four games on Saturday Shawinigan makes another Eastern Canadian stop in Bathurst; while Chicoutimi does likewise in PEI; and Drumondville does the same in Saint John; while the Battle of Quebec will see Quebec at home to Val-d’Or.
On Sunday the Battle of Nova Scotia takes place in Cape Breton as the Screaming Eagles welcome Halifax; Blainville-Boisband hosts Val-d’Or; and a Telus East contest will see Baie-Comeau make their way to Victoriaville.