QMJHL Weekly: January 17th, 2012

Girard, Asselin, and Blain Are Telus Three Stars

Shawinigan goalie Gabriel Girard, Chicoutimi right winger Guillaume Asselin, and Victoriaville rearguard Jeremie Blain are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending January 15th, 2012.

Girard began the week with 29 saves and the first star of the game award as the Cataractes began the week with a 4-1 win over Saint John on Thursday. He ended the week with 27 more in the 2-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst on Saturday.

Asselin scored twice, lent a helping hand on one more, and was the first star of the game as Chicoutimi blanked Cape Breton 3-0. He duplicated the feat the next night as the Sagueneens defeated Halifax 7-4 and ended the weekend with two helpers as PEI doubled Cape Breton 6-3 on Saturday. He finished the week a +1.

Blain scored twice and was the second star of the game as Victoriaville began the week with a 6-5 win over Quebec on Thursday. He lent a helping hand on two more as Victoriaville romped to a 6-1 win over Val-d’Or on Friday and ended it with one goal, three assists, and the second star of the game award as the Tigres romped to an 8-1 win over Baie-Comeau on Sunday. Blain finished the week a +6.

Ron Caron Passes Away

Last Tuesday Ron Caron passed away. He was a General Manager with the Montreal Junior in the mid-70s.
He became the Montreal Canadiens’ Head Scout in 1973-74 and Director of Recruitment and Player Personnel in 1978. He was Sam Pollock’s right hand man for many years getting his name on the Stanley Cup in 1971, 1973, and from 1976-1979 as Assistant GM.

Quinn and Recchi to Coach Top Prospects Game; Hay and Huska To Be Assistants.

On Tuesday the CHL along with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets announced that Pat Quinn and Mark Recchi will be the coaches at the CHL Top Prospects game to be played February 1st at Prospera Place in Kelowna, BC.

It is a first for both; and Quinn will coach Team Orr and Recchi Team Cherry. Quinn’s team will include WJC silver medalist and Quebec’s Mikhail Grigorenko and bronze medalist Barrie Colts’ Tanner Pearson. Two WJC medalists will play for Recchi as Sarnia Sting’s Nail Yakupov and Everett Silvertips’ Ryan Murray will suit up.

On Thursday it was announced that Canadian Junior Head Coach and Assistant Coach Don Hay and Ryan Huska will be the assistants. Hay will join Quinn; while Huska will join Recchi.

Brett Kulak of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants will also join Team Cherry.

Sea Dogs Recognize International Stars

On Thursday before their game with Shawinigan the Saint John Sea Dogs honored seven players that took part in international tournaments over the holidays.

Sea Dogs players Jonathan Huberdeau and Nathan Beaulieu won bronze with Canada; while Tomas Jurco skated for Slovakia, and Charlie Coyle for the USA.

The team also honored Shawinigan’s Michael Bournival and Brandon Gormley who competed for Canada.

In addition another Sea Dog Oliver Cooper competed for Team Atlantic at the World U17 Challenge.

Scholastic Players of the Month Named For December

On Wednesday the QMJHL announced their scholastic players of the month for December.

Acadie-Bathurst: Sébastien Trudeau, Cégep@distance
Baie-Comeau: Thomas Gobeil, École secondaire Serge-Bouchard
Blainville-Boisbriand: Alex Micallef, Concordia University
Cape Breton: Cory MacIntosh, Cape Breton University
Chicoutimi: Yoan Pinette, Cégep de Chicoutimi
Drummondville: André Bouvet-Morrissette, Collège Ellis
Gatineau: Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Cégep de l’Outaouais
Halifax: Brent Andrews, Saint Mary’s University
Moncton: Mark Tremaine, Harrison Trimble High School
PEI: Josh Currie, UPEI
Québec: Martin Lefebvre, Cégep de Limoilou
Rimouski: Jacob Gervais-Chouinard, Cégep de Rimouski
Rouyn-Noranda: Peter Angelopoulos, ILC (Ontario)
Shawinigan: Mitchell Maynard, Athabasca University
Saint John: Mathieu Corbeil-Thériault, University of New Brunswick
Val-d’Or: Nicolas Dionne, Cégep de Val-d’Or
Victoriaville: Yannick Dubé, La Riveraine

Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL announced the top 10 on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the cut.
Quebec dropped back one spot to fourth, Saint John remained at fifth, and Shawinigan stayed put at sixth.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 16

1 Tri-City Americans (32-7-0-0)
2 London Knights (30-8-0-1)
3 Plymouth Whalers (28-9-2-1)
4 Quebec Remparts (29-8-3-2)
5 Saint John Sea Dogs (31-12-0-2)
6 Shawinigan Cataractes (29-10-2-2)
7 Kamloops Blazers (28-10-1-2)
8 Edmonton Oil Kings (27-10-1-4)
9 Kitchener Rangers (26-11-1-0)
10 Ottawa 67’s (25-10-4-1)

Honourable Mention: Moose Jaw Warriors (25-12-4-1), Brampton Battalion (23-10-2-5), Portland Winterhawks (26-12-2-1)

The Games This Week

The week began with two games on Wednesday as Christian Ouellet and Guillaum Asselin led the way with two goals each; while Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Lukas Sedlak added singles in Chicoutimi’s 6-0 shutout of Cape Breton; and Patrick Deslisle-Houde, Ryan Penny Alex Saulnier, and Ross Johnson added the Moncton goals; and Alex Emond scored for Drummondville as the Wildcats skated to a 4-1 win over the Voltigeurs.

On Thursday Halifax got two goals from Alexandre Grenier and Brent , while Cameron Critchlow, and Jonathan Drouin contributed one each for Halifax; and Matthew Boudins and Jerome Verrier scored for Drummondville in the Mooseheads’ 6-2 win over the Voltigeurs. Peter Sakaris added a pair, while Michael Chaput and Michael Bournival added one each for Shawinigan; and Charlie Coyle scored for Saint John as the Catarctes skated into Saint John and came out with a 4-1 win over the Sea Dogs. Samuel Hodhod found the back of the net three times; while Cedric Paquette added a pair, and Xavier Ouellet and Nikita Kolesnikovs added singles for Blainville-Boisband; while the Baie-Comeau goals came from Jonathan Lessard who had three, and Carl Gelinas, Frederic Gamelin, and Tomas Filippi had singles as the Armada nipped the Drakkar 7-6. Jeremie Blain had two; and Yannick Dube, Philippe Halley, Brandon Hynes, and Jeremy Beaudry had singles for Victoriaville; and Adam Erne had the hat trick, and Mikhail Tam and Frederick Roy had singles for Quebec as the Tigres edged the Remparts 6-5.

On Friday William Carrier and Kyle Farrell scored the shootout goals for Cape Breton with regulation goals coming from Carrier who had two, and Cory MacIntosh, Kyle Campbell, and Denis Kindl; while Moncton’s shootout goal came from Alex Saulnier; and Mrek Hrvik had the hat trick, and Alex Saulnier had a pair as the Screaming Eagles edged the Wildcats 6-5. Shawinigan got goals from Bournival who had a pair, and Morgan Ellis, Pierre-Olivier Morin, Chaput, Loik Poudrier, Kirill Kabanov, and Anton Zloban; while PEI’s goals came from Matej Beran and Louick Marcotte as the Cataractes romped to an 8-2 victory over the Rocket. Etienne Brodeur had the hat trick; while Guillaume Asselin scored twice, and Alexandre Roy and Pageau had singles for Chicoutimi; and Nathan MacKinnon, Grenier, Critchlow, and Martin Frk scored for Halifax as the Sagueneens came out of Halifax with a 7-4 win over the Mooseheads. Stefan Fournier added the hat trick; while Philippe Hudon, Hynes, and Angelo Miceli scored once each for Victoriaville; while Val-d’Or got goals from Anthony Mantha as the Tigres trumped their provincial rivals the Foreurs 6-1. Gelinas, Francis Turbide, Lessard, and Jean-Francois Leblanc scored for Baie-Comeau in regulation; while David Rose and Samuel Carrier added the shootout markers; and Alexandros Soumakis, Emile Poirier, Jacob Conrad, and Kyle Morrison added Gatineau’s regulation goals, and Soumakis scored in the shootout as the Drakkar got past the Olympiques 5-4. The final game of the night also went to a shootout with Rimouski coming out on the winning end of a 4-3 score over Rouyn-Noranda as Jean-Philippe Mathieu, Etienne Boutet, and Peter Trainor scored in regulation, and Petr Straka added the shootout marker; while Rouyn-Noranda got goals from Anthony Verret who had two and Marcus Power had the single in the Oceanic’s 4-3 win over the Huskies.

On Saturday Alex Belzile and Straka scored in regulation; while Jerome Gauthier-Leduc added the shootout goal for Rimouski; while Alexis Bernier and Denis Kamaev scored for Rouyn-Noranda as the Oceanic nipped the Huskies 3-2; Maximilien Le Sieur scored Shawinigan’s regulation goal with Michael Chaput adding the shootout marker; while Etienne Salvail scored for Acadie-Bathurst as the Cataractes nipped the Titan 3-2. Josh Currie scored twice; while Mar-Andre Levesque, Matej Beran, Ben Duffy, and Olivier Croteau added singles for PEI; while Pageau, Sedlak, and Yoan Pinette added the goals for Chicoutimi as the Rocket doubled the Sagueneens 6-3. Coyle, Zack Phillips, and Pierre Durepos scored for Saint John as the Sea Dogs blanked Drummondville 3-0. Mantha added two, and Beaudry, Cedrick Henley, and Mathieu Theriault scored once each for Val-d’Or; and Anthony Duclair, Kurt Etchegary, Michael McNamee, and Alexandre Comtois added the Quebec goals as the Foreurs nipped the Remparts 5-4 in overtime.

On Sunday Grenier, Drouin, Frk, Travis Randell, Darcy Ashley, and Brad Cuzner scored for Halifax; while Alexandre Lavoie scored twice, and Carrier, and Kyle Farrell added singles for Cape Breton as the Mooseheads won the Battle of Nova Scotia with a 6-4 win over the Screaming Eagles. Beaudry added the game’s lone goal as Val-d’Or nipped Blainville-Boisband 1-0. Hynes scored four times, and Dube, Halley, and Yanni Gourde added one each for Victoriaville; while Gabriel Verpaelst scored the lone Baie-Comeau goal as the Tigres romped to an 8-1 victory over the Drakkar.

The Leaders

Telus East leaders Shawinigan is the new number one team in the League as they have a 32-10-2-2 record for 68 points. Maritime leaders Saint John follow them into second place as they have won 32 games while losing 13 with no overtime losses, and two shootout losses giving them 66 points. Blainville-Boisband (23-18-2-1, 49 points) leads the Telus West division.

Like last week the top three are the same but in different order. Gourde tops all scorers with 25 goals and 56 assists in the 46 games that he has played in to move up one spot to first; while last week’s leader Acadie-Bathurst forward Zach O’Brien has found the back of the net on 37 occasions; while lending a helping hand on 40 more in the 45 contests that he has skated in; while his teammate Sebastien Trudeau (20G, 52A, 72 points) rounds out the top three.

Between the pipes last week’s third place finisher Shawinigan’s Gabriel Girard moves into the top spot as he sports a 14-3-1-0 record to go along with his 2.40 GAA and 0.916 SAV%; while last week’s leader Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil (25-9-0-0< 2.51 GAA, 0.905 SAV%) falls to second; and Girard’s backup Alex Dubeau jumps into the third spot as he has wone 18 games while losing seven with one overtime loss and two shootout losses.

The Games to Come

The League will not begin play again until Friday when 16 of the 17 teams will see action. Two Martime contests will see Halifax at home to Cape Breton; and Acadie-Bathurst will host Moncton. Another important matchup will see Quebec hosting Telus East rivals Shawinigan; while their other divisional rivals Rimouski and Chicoutimi will take to the ice in Chicoutimi. Two Telus West affairs will see Gatineau at home to Blainville-Boisband; and Rouyn-Noranda is in Val-d’Or. PEI is in Baie-Comeau; and Victoriaville makes their way to Drummondville.

Four games will take place on Saturday that will see PEI make another Quebec stop in Chicoutimi; Halifax and Saint John faceoff in Saint John in a Maritimes contest; Gatineau is at home to Shawinigan; and Drummondville is in Quebec City to face the Remparts.

Seven games will end off the weekend on Sunday as Saint John travels to Bathurst to face the Titan in the Battle of New Brunswick; while their provincial rivals Moncton is in Cape Breton for a Maritime contest. Baie-Comeau is at home to Telus East rivals Rimouski; two Telus West contests will see Drummondville in Boisband; while Rouyn-Noranda welcomes Val-d’Or; and PEI finishes up their Quebec road trip in Victoriaville.

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