QMJHL Weekly: January 10th, 2012

USA Wins World Juniors; Swedes Win U17 Gold

It was a productive weekend for American, Swedish, and Russian hockey as these three teams won medals at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia and at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Drummondville and Victoriaville, QC.

Team USA won their second gold medal in three years at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia Saturday with a 3-1 win over last years’ gold medallists Team Sweden.

Rocco Grimaldi led the way for the Americans with two goals; while Vince Trochek had a single. Filip Sandberg had the lone Swedish goal.

Russia beat out Canada 6-5 in a shootout for the bronze medal ending that country’s run of 14 straight years with a medal.

Nail Yakupov had two goals for the winners; while Yevengi Mozer, Kiril Dyakov, and Alexander Khokhlachyov had singles in regulation; while Valeri Nichushkin scored in overtime. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Brett Ritchie, Ryan Muprhy, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Marck Scheifle scored for Canada.

In the semifinals Russia beat Sweden 3-2 as Sebastien Collberg, Elias Lindholm, and Filip Forsberg scored for Sweden; while Quebec forward Mikhail Grigorenko and Andrei Mironov scored for Russia.

The other semi saw the USA cruise to a 5-1 win over Canada. John Gaudreau and Jake McCabe scored twiceeach for the Americans; while Jom Vesy added a single. Ty Rattie got the Canadian marker.

Canadian Ryan Nugent-Hopkins finished as the top scorer with four goals and 11 assists in six games; while American John Gibson (1.36 GAA, 0.0.955 SAV%) was the top goalie.

Following the gold medal games the media all-stars were announced.

Goalie: John Gibson-USA
Forwards: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Canada), John Gaudreau (USA), Filip Forsberg (Sweden)
Defensemen: Jacob Trouba (USA); Jake McCabe (USA)

Best Players Selected by the Directorate:
Goal: John Gibson (USA)
Defenseman: Jacob Trouba (USA)
Forward: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Canada)

Final Standings
1. USA
2. Sweden
4. Canada
5.Czech Republic
6. Switzerland
7. Finland
8. Slovakia
9. Germany
10. Latvia

The second week of the competition began with four preliminary gamesgames on New Years Eve.
The Czech Republic nipped Switzerland 4-3 as Tomas Hyka, Matej Beran, Michal Svihalek, and and Tomas Hertel scored for the Czechs; while Christian Marti, Christophe Bertschy, and Dario Simion scored for the Swiss.

The USA romped to a 9-3 win over Slovakia.

Connor Murphy and Vince Trochek led the way with two goals each; while Mike Reilly, Jacob Trouba, Jake McCabe, and Cole Bardreau had singles. Matus Matis had a pair; while Richard Mraz had a single for the Slovaks.

Sweden skated to a 7-4 win over Finland.

Viktor Arvedsson had two; while Forsberg, Emil Molin, Victor Rask, Alexander Wennberg, and Robert Hagg had one each for Sweden. The Finnish goals came off the sticks of Joeal Armia who had two and Rasmus Ristolainen and Ville Jarvelainen who had singles.

Dougie Hamilton, Mark Scheifle, Jonathan Drouin, and and Jonathan Huberdeau scored for Canada in their 4-1 win over Russia. Nikita Kucherov added the lone Russian marker.

After an off day on New Years day action resumed with two quarterfinal and one relegation round game on Wednesday.

The Americans began with a 7-0 rout of Finland.

Gaudreau had three goals; while Riley Barber had two; and JT Miller and Ryan Hartman had singles.
In the relegation round Finland routed Germany 8-0.

Aleksander Barkov and Ville Pokkar had two goals each; and Mikka Salomakki, Armia, and Arttur Lehkonen had one each for the Finns.

In the other quarter Russia got past Switzerland 4-3 in a shootout.

Kucherov scored twice; Alexander Khokhlachyvov, and Nikita Kucherov had singles for Russia; while Sven Andrighetto, Christophe Bertschy, and Martin Ness added the Swiss markers. Grigorenko and Kucherov scored for Russia in the shootout; while Alessio Bertaggia did the same for Switzerland.

In addition to the two semis two relegation round games and the fifth place game took place on Friday as Slovakia defated Latvia 5-3.

Marco Dano and Andrej Bires had two goals each; while Tomas Mikus had a single for the Slovaks; while Edgars Kulda, Nikita Jevpalovs, and Karlis Ozolins added the Lativan marker.

In the other relegation round game Armia had the hat trick; while Mikko Salomaki and Teuvo Teravainen had two goals each; and Oli Maata, Barkov, Jarvelainen, and Lehoken had singles for the Finns; while Bires had two; and Bruno Mraz and Richard Buri had singles for the Slovaks.

The Czechs took fifth place with a 4-3 win over Switzerland. Martin Frk, Hertl, Dmitri Jaskin, and and Hyka scored for the Czechs; while Andrighetto had a pair; and Lukas Sieber had the Swiss goals.

Sweden won the gold medal at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Victoriaville, QC with a 5-3 win over Russia.

Gustav Franzén and Anton Karlsson scored twice; while Robin Kovacs, Adrian Kempe, August Gunnarsson added singles for Sweden. Nikita Yazkov, Ivan Nikolishin, Alexander Mikulovich, Yevgeni Svechnikov and Eduard Nasybullin scored the Russian goals.

Team USA edged Team Quebec 4-3 in the bronze medal game in Drummondville.

Austin Poganski scored three times; while Ryan MacInnis had a single for the Americans. Nick Marois (Chicoutimi), Carl Neill (Sherbrooke) and Francis Perron (Rouyn-Noranda) scored the goals for Quebec, which was trying to win its first medal since taking gold in 2006.

Quebec’s loss means that for the first time in the 28 year history of the tournament no Canadian team won a medal and just the third time that a Canadian team did not play in the gold medal game.

Sweden made it to the gold medal game with a 6-4 win over Quebec in Drummondville on Thursday.

Oskar Lindblom had the hat trick; while Pierre Engvall, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Henrik Törnqvist had singles. Alexis Pépin (PEI), Nicolas Aubé-Kubel (Val-d’Or), Olivier LeBlanc (Saint John) and Daniel Audette (Sherbrooke) scored for Quebec.

Russia got a ticket to the gold medal game with a 6-4 win over Team USA.

Svechnikov and Radel Fazleyev scored a pair each for the Russians; while Nikolishin and Maxim Lazarev added singles. Chris Wilkie added two for the Americans; while Poganski and Jack Glover had one each.

Lindbolm finished the tournament as the top scorer with eight goals and five assists in six games; while based on goals against averagae Finnish netminder Mikael Saari was the top goalie with his 1-0-0 record, 1.93 GAA, and 0.920 SAV%.

Earlier in the week preliminary round action finished up with four games on Monday.

Anton Karlsson and Oskar Lindblom led the way with two goals; while Henrik Törnqvist and Gustav Franzén had singles for Sweden as they doubled Team Pacific 6-3. Brycen Martin (Swift Current, WHL), Ryan Gagnon (Victoria, WHL) and Jake Virtanen (Calgary, WHL) had the Team Pacific goals.

Kameron Kielly (Gatineau, QMJHL), scored twice; and Josh Pugsley and Liam Hynes added singles for Team Atlantic in their 4-1 win over Slovakia. Maros Surovy added the lone Slovak marker.

Miro Mäkinen, Kasperi Kapanen, Waltteri Hopponen, Sami Niku, Eetu Sopanen, and Teemu Lämsä scored for Finland; while Kolten Olynek (Saskatoon, SMAAAHL) scored twice; and Adam Brooks (Regina, WHL) added the Team West markers.

Chris Wilkie, Jack Eichel, Ryan MacInnis, Austin Poganski and Ryan Bliss scored for the Americans in their 5-1 win over Quebec. Nicolas Aubé-Kubel (Val-d’Or, QMJHL) added the lone Quebec goal.

Action continued with more preliminary round games on Tuesday.

Spencer Watson (London, Ont./Kingston, OHL) had the hat trick; while Dante Salituro (Ottawa, OHL) and Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa, OHL) had two goals each; and Jared McCann (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL), Josh Ho-Sang (Windsor, OHL), Robby Fabbri (Guelph, OHL), and Damian Bourne (Mississauga, OHL) had singles for Ontario as they pounded Team Atlantic 11-1. Lucas Batt (Victoriaville, LHJMQ) had Team Atlantic’s lone marker.

Lindblom scored twice; while August Gunnarsson, Adrian Kempe, Anton Karlsson, Gustaf Franzén and William Nylander Altelius had singles for Sweden in their 7-4 win over Russia. Ivan Nikolishin, Maxim Lazarev, Eduard Nasybullin and Yevgeni Svechnikov scored for Russia.

Alexis Pépin (PEI, QMJHL) scored twice; while Vincent Deslauriers (Sherbrooke, QMJHL) had a single as Team Quebec edged Slovakia 3-2. Matej Palocko and Adrian Holesinsky scored for Slovakia.

Jake Virtanen (Calgary, WHL) scored twice in regulation and once in the shootout; while Ryan Graham (Saskatoon, WHL) and Reid Duke (Lethbridge, WHL) had the other goals in regulation, and Brayden Point (Moose Jaw, WHL) had the other shootout goal for Pacific as Team Pacific edged Finland 5-4. Aleksi Saarela, Teemu Lämsä, Joel Kiviranta and Kasperi Kapanen scored for Finland.

Prelinimary action finished with four games on Wednesday.

Sonny Milano scored twice; while Dylan Larkin, Alex Tuch, Ryan MacInnis, Ryan Hitchcock and Ryan Collins added the other USA goals as the Americans skated to a 7-1 win over Slovakia. Adrian Holesinsky and Adam Hascic had the Slovakian markers.

Yevgeni Svechnikov added two goals for Russia; while Maxim Lazarev, Nikita Yazkov and Kirill Pilipenko had singles as the Russians edged Finland 5-4. Atte Mäkinen, Joel Kiviranta, Aleksi Saarela and Kasperi Kapanen added the Finnish goals.

Carl Neill (Sherbrooke, QMJHL) and Loïk Lévéille (Baie-Comeau, QMJHL) added the Quebec goals as they edged Team Ontario 2-1. Brett Hargrave (Sarnia, OHL) scored for Ontario.

Brandon Hickey’s goal 45 seconds into overtime gave Team Pacific a 5-4 win over Team West. Josh Thrower (Calgary, WHL), Brayden Point (Moose Jaw, WHL) and Tanner MacMaster added the other Pacific goals. Scoring for Team West were Kolten Olynek (Saskatoon, SMAAAHL), Miles Warkentine (Moose Jaw, WHL) and Reid Gardiner (Prince Albert, WHL).

Besides the two semis three placement games took place on Thursday.

Team West took ninth place with a 4-1 win over Slovakia. Josh Uhrich (Moose Jaw, WHL), Haydn Fleury (Red Deer, WHL), Rhett Gardner (Moose Jaw, SMAAAHL) and Reid Gardiner (Prince Albert, WHL) scored for Team West; while Adam Hascic scored for Slovakia.

Finland took seventh place with an 8-2 win over Team Atlantic.

Teemu Lämsä had the hat trick; while Manu Honkanen added two goals, and Miro Mäkinen, Julius Nättinen and Joni Tuuola scored for Finland; while Hynes and Kielly scored for Team Atlantic.

Team Pacific placed fifth with a 7-6 win over Ontario.

Tanner MacMaster scored twice while Graham, Ryan Gropp, Brycen Martin (Swift Current, WHL) and Virtanen (Calgary, WHL); and Conner Bleackley (Red Deer, WHL) had singles for Team Pacific with Bleackley scored the game-winning goal with 1:31left in regulation. Connor McDavid (Erie, OHL) had two goals for Ontario; while Aaron Ekblad (Barrie, OHL), Jaden Lindo (Owen Sound, OHL), Jacob Middleton (Owen Sound, OHL) and Spencer Watson (Kingston, OHL) scored for Ontario.

O’Brien, Auger, and Gibson are Telus Three Stars of the Week; O’Brien and Gibson Are CHL Player and Goalie of the Week.

Acadie-Bathurst forward Zach O’Brien; Saint John netminder Sebastien Auger; and Chicoutimi netminder Christopher Gibson are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending January 6th, 2013.
In addtion O’Brien was named the CHL Player of the Week; and Gibson was the CHL Goalie of the Week for the same period.

O’Brien began the week with three helpers as the Titan skated to a 6-1 win over PEI on Thursday. He had three goals and an assist on Matthew Bissonnette’s game winner and the first star of the game award as the team skated to a 5-3 win over Maritime Division rivals Cape Breton on Friday; and ended the week with three goals, two assists, and another first star of the game award as the Titan beat another division rival Moncton 5-2 on Sunday. He finished the week a +11.

Auger made 43 saves and was the first star of the game on Friday as Saint John nipped Halifax 3-2 and ended it with 33 more in the 2-1 loss to PEI on Saturday. Auger finished the week with a 1.66 GAA and 0.961 SAV%.

Gibson had 40 saves as Chicoutimi skated to a 4-3 win over Sherbrooke on Friday and 41 and the first star of the game award in the 1-0 win over Blainville-Boisbriand on Sunday. Gibson finished the week with a 1.50 GAA and 0.964 SAV%.

Duffy, Boudreau, and Desrosiers Are December’s Best

On Wednesday PEI forward Ben Duffy, Halifax centre Matthew Boudreau, and Rimouski netminder Philipe Desrosiers were named the Telus Three Stars of the Month for December.

Over an 11 game period Duffy found the back of the net eight times while lending a helping hand on 11 more and finished a +7. During that time frame he had six games that he scored two points or more.
Boudreau added 11 goals and three assists in 10 games.

Desrosiers went 8-1-0-0 in December and posted a 2.49 GAA to go along with his 0.914 SAV%. He played fives games that he only allowed one goal.

Zloban Is CHL Player of the Week

On Wednesday the CHL announced that Val-d’Or forward Anton Zloban is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 30th, 2012.

He began the week with a goal and two assists as the Foreurs began the week with a 5-4 loss to Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday and finished with three goals, three assists, and the first star of the game honors in the 8-6 win over the Huskies on Sunday.

Seventy-Two Players Compete at WJC

During the recent World Junior Championships 72 CHL players competed in the tournmanent.

The OHL led with 31 players followed by the QMJHL with 22; and the WHL with 19.

Forty-two of fifty-eight teams were represented.

CHL Players Competing at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship:

Canada (22):
Jordan Binnington (Owen Sound Attack)
Anthony Camara (Barrie Colts)
Phillip Danault (Victoriaville Tigres)
Jonathan Drouin (Halifax Mooseheads)
Dougie Hamilton (Niagara IceDogs)
Scott Harrington (London Knights)
Jonathan Huberdeau (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Boone Jenner (Oshawa Generals)
JC Lipon (Kamloops Blazers)
Nathan MacKinnon (Halifax Mooseheads)
Mark McNeill (Prince Albert Raiders)
Ryan Murphy (Kitchener Rangers)
Xavier Ouellet (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Jake Paterson (Saginaw Spirit)
Ty Rattie (Portland Winterhawks)
Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Morgan Rielly (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Brett Ritchie (Niagara IceDogs)
Mark Scheifele (Barrie Colts)
Ryan Strome (Niagara IceDogs)
Malcolm Subban (Belleville Bulls)
Tyler Wotherspoon (Portland Winterhawks)

In addition, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a former member of the Red Deer Rebels.

Czech Republic (12):
Patrik Bartosak (Red Deer Rebels)
Matej Beran (PEI Rocket)
Radek Faksa (Kitchener Rangers)
Martin Frk (Halifax Mooseheads)
Marek Hrbas (Kamloops Blazers)
Tomas Hyka (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dmitrij Jaskin (Moncton Wildcats)
Matej Machovsky (Brampton Battalion)
David Musil (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Tomas Pavelka (PEI Rocket)
Lukas Sedlak (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Petr Sidlik (Victoriaville Tigres)

In addition, Petr Beranek is a former member of the Barrie Colts and the Kingston Frontenacs.

Finland (2):
Eetu Laurikainen (Swift Current Broncos)
Olli Maatta (London Knights)

Germany (6):
Marvin Cupper (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Leon Draisaitl (Prince Albert Raiders)
Dominik Kahun (Sudbury Wolves)
Nickolas Latta (Sarnia Sting)
Tobias Rieder (Kitchener Rangers)
Sebastian Uvira (Oshawa Generals)

Latvia (4):
Nikita Jevpalovs (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Edgars Kulda (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Roberts Lipsbergs (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Rinalds Rosinskis (Prince George Cougars)

Russia (5):
Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec Remparts)
Nikita Kucherov (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Andrei Makarov (Saskatoon Blades)
Artem Sergeev (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Daniil Zharkov (Belleville Bulls)

In addition, Alexander Khokhlachev is a former member of the Windsor Spitfires, and Nail Yakupov is a former member of the Sarnia Sting.

The following 17 Russian players including Khokhlachev and Yakupov also competed in the entire 2012 SUBWAY Super Series against the CHL’s three regional league teams.
Kirill Dyakov (Mamonty Yugry)
Yaroslav Dyblenko (Atlanty, Mytischi)
Kirill Kapustin (Loko, Yaroslavl)
Alexander Khokhlachev (Spartak, Moscow)
Pavel Koledov (Loko, Yaroslavl)
Yaroslav Kosov (Mettalurg, Magnitogorsk)
Andrei Mironov (HC Dinamo, Moscow)
Evgeni Mozer (Omskie Yastreby, Omsk)
Nikita Nesterov (Traktor, Chelyabinsk)
Valeri Nichushkin (Belye Medvedi, Chelyabinsk)
Maxim Shalunov (Traktor, Chelyabinsk)
Andrei Sigarev (SKA, St. Petersbourg)
Vladimir Tkachev (Ak Bars, Kazan)
Igor Ustinski (Stalnye Lisy, Magnitogorsk)
Andrei Vasilevski (Tolpar, Ufa)
Nail Yakupov (Neftekhimik, Nizhnekamsk)
Albert Yarullin (Ak Bars, Kazan)

Slovakia (2):
Peter Ceresnak (Peterborough Petes)
Martin Reway (Gatineau Olympiques)
In addition, Bruno Mraz is a former member of the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Sweden (4):
Oscar Dansk (Erie Otters)
Rickard Rakell (Plymouth Whalers)
Victor Rask (Calgary Hitmen)
Nick Sorensen (Quebec Remparts)

Switzerland (6):
Sven Andrighetto (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Lukas Balmelli (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Alessio Bertaggia (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Christian Marti (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Mirco Mueller (Everett Silvertips)
Tanner Richard (Guelph Storm)

In addition, Lino Martschini is a former member of the Peterborough Petes.

United States (9):
Tyler Biggs (Oshawa Generals)
Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia Sting)
John Gibson (Kitchener Rangers)
Ryan Hartman (Plymouth Whalers)
Seth Jones (Portland Winterhawks)
Connor Murphy (Sarnia Sting)
Pat Sieloff (Windsor Spitfires)
Garret Sparks (Guelph Storm)
Vince Trocheck (Saginaw Spirit)

In addition, J.T Miller is a former member of the Plymouth Whalers

Three QMJHL Teams Make Top 10
When the CHL announced the Top 10 rankings on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the cut.
Halifax remained in first place; Rimouski finished seventh, and Quebec fell three spots to ninth.
Rouyn-Noranda and Blainville-Boisbriand received an honorable mention.
CHL Top Ten Rankings
1. Halifax Mooseheads (31-3-1-1)
2. London Knights (32-5-1-2)
3. Portland Winterhawks (32-5-1-0)
4. Owen Sound Attack (25-8-1-2)
5. Kamloops Blazers (26-10-2-2)
6. Edmonton Oil Kings (25-8-2-3)
7. Rimouski Oceanic (25-10-1-3)
8. Kelowna Rockets (26-10-1-1)
9. Quebec Remparts (24-11-1-2)
10. Barrie Colts (24-11-0-1)

Honorable Mention: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (25-11-0-1); Sarnia Sting (21-13-0-3); Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (22-10-1-4)

Trade Winds Blow

Ten trades took place last week.

Three took place on Wednesday with two of them involving the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Saint John traded 19 year old Ryan Tesink to Blainville-Boisbriand for the Armada’s 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft first round pick.

The Sea Dogs then shipped 19 year old Aidan Kelly to Acadie-Bathurst for 17 year old Jeremy Doucet.
Gatineau acquired 16 year old Mar-Oliver Crevier-Morin and their 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft first round pick acquired from Halifax from Baie-Comeau for 18 year old Dominic Poulin.

Two more took place on Thursday as Cape Breton acquried 16 year old Charles-Eric Legare from Rimouski for the Screaming Eagles’ 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft eighth round selection.

The Screaming Eagles then sent 17 year old Charles Guevremont to Chicoutimi in exchange for the Sagueneens’ 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft third round pick.

On Friday 19 year old Felix Plouffe went from Blainville-Boisbriand to Chicoutimi in exchange for the Sagueneens’ 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft 10th round selection.

Sixteen year old Giovanni Fiore went from Acadie-Bathurst to Drummondville in exchange for 19 year old Marc-Olivier Brouillard.

Two trades finished off the week on Sunday as the fire sale of the Saint John Sea Dogs continued with 20 year old Stephen MacAulay moving back home to Nova Scotia as the Halifax Mooseheads loaded up for their President’s Cup run by sending their 2013 QMJHl Entry Draft third round pick acquired from Victoriaville and 2014QMJHL Entry Draft first round pick to the Sea Dogs.

Drummondville received 17 year old Miguel Caron from Baie-Comeau in exchange for the Voltigeurs’ 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft fourth round pick.

The Games This Week

The New Year began with five games on Thursday.

Stefan Matteau Jr, Tommy Giroux, and Samuel Carrier scored for Blainville-Boisbriand in their 3-2 win over Sherbrooke. Michael McNamee and Jean-Christophe Laflamme scored the Phoenix goals.

Michael Beaudry had two goals; while Raphael Lafontaine, Francois Godin, Andrew Meredith, and Matthew Bissonnette had singles as Acadie-Bathurst skated to a 6-1 win over PEI. Louick Marcotte added the lone PEI goal.

Baie-Comeau got goals from Carl Gelinas, Gabryel Pacquin-Boudreau, and Maxim Lamarch, and Valentin Zykov; while Vladimir Bruyukvin, Peter Trainor, Frederick Gauthier, and aSamuel Morin scored for Rimouski as the Drakkar nipped the Oceanic 5-4.

It took a shootout for Gatineau to get past Shawinigan 6-5. Derek Sheppard, Jean-Simon Deslauriers, Rock Regimbald, Adam Chapman, and Simon Richard-Tardif scored for the winners in regulation; while Richard-Tardif and Jonathan Bourcier scored in the shootout for the Olympiques. Peter Sakaris and JC Campagna scored twice each; while Phil Pietroniro added a single for the Cataractes.

Five games took place on Friday.

Jakub Izacky, MacAulay, and Pierre Durepos scored for Saint John; while Max Lindsay and Max Lindsay did the same ofr Halifax as the Sea Dogs nipped the Mooseheads 3-2.

O’Brien scored three times; while Patrick Walsh and Bissonnette had one each as Acadie-Bathurst skated to a 5-3 win over Cape Breton. Charles-Eric Legare, Julien Pelletier, and Damon MacDonald scored for the Screaming Eagles.

Charles Hudon had a pair; while Sebastien Sylvestre, and Laurent Dauphin had singles for Chicoutimi as the Sagueneens nipped Sherbrooke 4-3. Vladislav Lysenko, Alexandre Comtois, and Laflamme scored for the Phoenix.

Pierre-Maxim Poudrier and Cedrick Henley scored a pair each; while Anthony Mantha, Samuel Henley, and Anton Zloban added one apiece as Val-d’Or romped to a 7-2 win over Victoriaville. Angelo Micelli added both Tigres’ markers.

Alexandre Boivin scored twice; while Blake Millman, Anthony Verret, and Adam Erne added singles as Quebec blasted Rouyn-Noranda 6-1. Maxime St-Cyr added the lone Huskies’ marker.

Six games took place on Saturday.

Christopher Clapperton had a pair; while Marc-Olivier Roy, Ryan Tesink, and Tommy Giroux added singles as Blainville-Boisbriand skated to a 5-3 win over Rimouski. Anthony DeLuca, Trainor, and and Jasmin Boutet added the Oceanic goals.

Pacquin-Boudreau Frederic Gamelin, and Valentin Zykov added a goal each for Baie-Comeau; while Felix-Antoine Bergeron and Kris Hodge scored for Shawinigan as the Drakkar edged the Cataractes 3-2.
Jonathan Racine, Jonathan Narbonne, Allain Saulnier, and Christophe Lalonde scored for Moncton as they shut the door Cape Breton 4-0.

Ryan Graves and Jimmy Oligny scored for PEI; while Izacky added the Saint John marker as the Rocket nipped the Sea Dogs 2-1.

Carl-Antoine Deslisle had a pair; while Philippe Maillet, William Cochrane, Michael Rheaume, Philippe Hudon added singles as Victoriaville doubled Rouyn-Noranda 6-3. Dillon Fournier, Marcus Power, and Liam O’Brien scored the Huskies’ goals.

Samuel Henley, Skyler Spiller, and Thierry Comtois scored for Val-d’Or; while Duclair and Brent Turnbull added the Quebec goals as the Foreurs edged the Remparts 3-2.

Twelve teams took to the ice on Sunday.

PEI got goals from Victor Provencher, Ben Duffy, Alex Micallef, Jack Nevins, and Josh Currie scored for PEI; while Dominic Beauchemin and Stefan Fournier added the Halifax goals as the Rocket skated to a 5-2 win over Halifax.

O’Brien added another three goals; while Christophe Lalancette and Andrew Meredith added singles as Acadie-Bathurst skated to a 5-2 win over Moncton. Ryan Penny and Christophe Lalonde scored for the Wildcats.

Dauphin got the lone goal of the game as Chicoutimi nipped Blainville-Boisbriand 1-0.

Dominic Poulin added a pair; while Felix Girard, Gabriel Verplaest, and Zykov added singles for Baie-Comeau; while Olivier Archambault, Guillaume Gauthier, Olivier Caouette, and Jerome Verrier added the Drummondville markers as the Drakkar got past the Voltigeurs 5-4 in overtime.

Trainor and Kevin Gagne scored a pair each for Rimouski; and Francis Beauvillier added a single for Rimouksi; while Chapman had a pair; and Kelly Bent and Tradif-Richard added singles for Gatineau as the Oceanic got past the Olympiques 5-4.

Simon Desbiens scored twice; while McNamee, Alexis Bernier, and Laflamme added singles for Sherbrooke; and Raphael Girard and Sakaris added singles for Shawinigan as the Phoenix skated to a 5-2 win over the Cataractes.

The Leaders

Halifax is beginning to run away with the Maritime Division title as they are 32-4-2-1 with 67 points and are 10 points up on Telus East leaders Baie-Comeau who are 27-11-1-2 and have 57 points. Blainville-Boisbriand are the Telus West leaders with 53 points (24-11-1-4).

PEI teammates Josh Currie and Ben Duffy are one and two in the scoring race as Currie has 33 goals and 34 assists for 67 points in 40 games ; while Duffy has found the backof the net on 26 occasions while lending a helping hand on 39 more also in 40 contests. Acadie-Bathurst forward Zach O’Brien is third with 30 goals and 32 assists in the 40 games that he has skated in.

Between the pipes Blainville-Boisbriand’s Etienne Marcoux is tops among goalies as he is 14-4-0-1 with a 2.00 GAA, and 0.917 SAV%. Halifax’s Zachary Fucale backstops his way into second place as he has won 25 games, while losing four, with one overtime loss, and one shootout loss, and a 0.895 SAV%. Quebec’s Francis Brassard (19-11-1-2, 2.62 GAA, 0.909 SAV%) rounds out the top three.



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