QMJHL Weekly: January 23rd, 2012

O’Brien, Cadorette, and Gourde Are Telus Three Stars

Acadie-Bathurst forward Zach O’Brien, Baie-Comeau netminder Philippe Cadorette, and Victoriaville forward Yanni Gourde are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending January 22nd, 2012.

O’Brien found the back of the net four times, lent a helping hand on one more, and was the first star of the game as Moncton skated to a 7-4 win over Moncton on Friday. He added another goal and assist on Sunday in the 5-2 loss to Saint John.

Cadorette made 11 saves on Friday as the Drakkar skated to a 6-1 win over PEI. He ended it with 28 more and the first star of the game award on Sunday as the team blanked Rimouski 2-0.

Gourde found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on three more as Victoriaville began the week with a 5-4 win over Drumondville on Friday. He added one more in the 2-1 win over PEI on Sunday.

Asselin Is CHL Player of the Week

On the heels of being named the Telus Second Star of the Week for the week ending January 15th Chicoutimi Sagueneens’ right winger Guillaume Asselin is the CHL Player of the Week for the same time period.

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.

Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL announced the top 10 rankings on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the cut.
Shawinigan jumped three spots to third; Saint John fell one to fifth; and Quebec dropped back three to seventh.

Victoriaville received an honorable mention.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 17
1 Tri-City Americans (34-10-0-0)
2 London Knights (32-9-0-1)
3 Shawinigan Cataractes (32-10-2-2)
4 Kamloops Blazers (31-10-1-2)
5 Plymouth Whalers (30-10-2-1)
6 Saint John Sea Dogs (32-13-0-2)
7 Quebec Remparts (29-9-4-2)
8 Portland Winterhawks (30-12-2-1)
9 Edmonton Oil Kings (29-11-1-4)
10 Kitchener Rangers (28-12-1-0)

Honourable Mention: Ottawa 67′s (26-11-4-1); Victoriaville Tigres (29-15-0-2); Niagara IceDogs (26-13-0-3

Filiatrault Suspended, Roy Fined

On Thursday League disciplinary prefect Raymond Bolduc suspended Val-d’Or defenseman Alex Filiatrault for six additional games. The suspension was handed out after an incident which occurred during a game played on January 14 versus the Quebec Remparts. He received the six game suspension because the player that he hit was in possession of the puck close to the blueline and close to the Val-d’Or zone. Filiatrault headed toward the injured player to check him at the same time; and when the player tried to avoid the check Filiatrault raised his leg to hit the injured the player hitting him in the knee and thigh. It was Filiatrault’s first offense.

Quebec GM and Head Coach Patrick Roy and the team were also fined $2500.00 for Roy’s comments during the post-game press conference on January 4th. Comissioner Giles Courteau said: “I do not tolerate any criticism made to the media about our officials, video goal judges, team personnel or players that casts a doubt at the integrity of our league”, said the Commissioner.

The Games This Week

On Friday Jonathan Brunelle , William Carrier, Michael Clarke, and Raphael Corriveau added singles as the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles edged the Halifax Mooseheads 4-3. Alexandre Grenier, Cameron Critchlow, and Matthew Boudreau scored the Mooseheads’ goals. Zach O’Brien found the back of the net four times; and Christophe Losier, Ludovic Kabambi, and Matthew Bissonnette added a goal each as the Acadie-Bathurst Titan skated to a 7-4 win over their New Brunswick rivals the Moncton Wildcats. Allain Saulnier, James Melindy, Devon MacAusland, and Christophe Lalonde added the Wildcats’ markers. Brandon Hynes scored twice; while Philippe Maillet, Yannick Dube, and Yanni Gourde all added singles as Victoriaville edged Drummondville 5-4.

Michael Santini scored twice; and Alex Emond and Andre Bouvet-Morrissette added singles for the Voltigeurs. Frederick Gaudeau, Maxmilien Le Sieur, Kirill Kabanov, and Vincent Arseneau scored for Shawinigan; while Martin Lefebvre scored for Quebec as the Cataractes skated to a 5-1 win over Quebec. David Rose scored twice; and Robbie Graham, Gabriel Verpaelst, Tomas Filippi, and Jonthan Lessard all added singles for Baie-Comeau; while Deverick Ottereyes added the lone PEI goal as the Drakkar skated to a 6-1 win over the Rocket. Peter Trainor, Alex Belzile, and Jean-Francois Plante found the back of the net for Rimouski; while Etienne Brodeur added the lone Chicoutimi marker as the Oceanic got past the Sagueneens 3-1.

Blainville-Boisband got goals from Marc-Olivier Roy, Xavier Ouellet, Raphael Pouliot, and Matt Provost; while Kyle Morrison and Tomas Hyka scored for Gaitineau as the Armada doubled the Olympiques 4-2. Vladislav Shalimov scored the game winner 3:29 into overtime, and Yan Dumontier and Gabriel Beaupre scored in regulation as Val-d’Or edged Rouyn-Noranda 3-2. Steven Mercier and Maxime St-Cyr added the Huskies’ markers.

There were three games played on Saturday night.

Charlie Coyle and Tomas Jurco added two goals each; and Stephen MacAulay, Danick Gauthier, and Aidan Kelly scored once each for Saint John; and Konrad Abeltshauser, Darcy Ashley, and Martin Frk added the Halifax goals as the Sea Dogs cruised to a 7-3 win over the Mooseheads. Gatineau doubled Shawinigan 4-2 as Alex MacDonald, Rock Regimbald, Samuel Courtemanche, and Morrison provided the offense for the Olympiques; while the Cataractes got goals from Dillon Donnelly, and Michael Bournival. Marc-Olivier Brouillard added a pair; and Napessis Andre and Emil Sylvegard scored once each; while Logan Shaw, Mikhail Grigorenko, and Gabriel Desjardins scored for Quebec as the Voltigeurs nipped the Remparts 4-3.

The weekend ended with six contests on Sunday. Zack Phillips scored twice, and Coyle, Gauthier, and Charles-Olivier Roussel added singles for Saint John; while Mirko Hoefflin and O’Brien added one each for Acadie-Bathurst as the Sea Dogs skated past the Ttian 5-2. Allain and Alex Saulnier added a pair each for Moncton; and Cory MacIntosh scored the lone Cape Breton goal as the Wildcats skated to a 4-1 win over Cape Breton.

Maxim Lamarche and Filippi each scored as Baie-Comeau shutout Rimouski 2-0. Xavier Ouellet, Samuel Aquin, and Samuel Hodhod scored for Blainville-Boisband in regulation; and Hodhod and Tommy Giroux scored in the shootout; while Jerome Vernier scored twice, and Olivier Caouette added a single, and Brouillard scored in the shootout for Drummondville as the Armada edged the Voltigeurs 4-3.

Jean-Sebastien Dea scored twice; and Dillon Fournier, Marcus Power, Mathieu Brisbois, Antoine Quevillon, Jason Houde, Sven Andrighetto, and Liam O’Brien added singles for Rouyn-Noranda; and Michael Beaudry, Nicolas Dionne, and Benjamin Casavant all added one each for Val-d’Or as the Huskies trounced the Foreurs 9-3. In the final game of the day Gourde and Stefan Fournier scored for Victoriaville; while Ben Duffy found the back of the net for PEI as the Tigres nipped the Rocket 2-1.

The Leaders

Both Maritime Division leader Saint John (34-13-0-2) and Telus East leaders Shawinigan (33-11-2-2) have 70 points; but Shawinigan has the best win percentage at 0.729. Blainville-Boisband is the Telus West leaders have 25 wins to go along with their 18 losses, two overtime losses, and one shootout loss for 53 points.
Gourde tops all scorers with 27 goals and 59 assists in the 48 games that he has played in to remain at first; while O’Brien has found the back of the net on 42 occasions; while lending a helping hand on 42 more in the 457 contests that he has skated in; while his teammate Sebastien Trudeau (20G, 58A, 78 points) rounds out the top three.

Between the pipes the top three from last week remains the same as Shawinigan’s Gabriel Girard sports a 15-3-1-0 record to go along with his 2.33 GAA and 0.918 SAV% to finish first; while Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil (26-9-0-0, 2.52 GAA, 0.905 SAV%) is second; and Girard’s backup Alex Dubeau is third spot as he has won 18 games while losing eight with one overtime loss and two shootout losses with a 2.62 GAA and 0.904 SAV%.

The Games To Come

The week begins with three games on Tuesday as Cape Breton is at home to Baie-Comeau; Quebec visits Chicoutimi; and Gatineau is at home to Victoriaville.

On Wednesday Acadie-Bathurst rolls out the welcome mat for Blainville-Boisband; and Shawinigans is at home to Victoriaville.

There are three games on Thursday as Halifax and Baie-Comeau take to the ice in Halifax; another chapter in the New Brunswick News Rivalry Cup continues in Saint John as the Sea Dogs are at home to Moncton; and the Battle of Quebec will take place in Val-d’Or as the Foreurs are at home to Drummondville.

Fourteen teams take to the ice on Friday as Cape Breton welcomes Acadie-Bathurst; Blainville-Boisband is in Moncton; PEI and Baie-Comeau faceoff in Charlottetown; Rimouski and Gatineau are in Rimouski; Drummondville makes their way to Rouyn-Noranda; Val-Or and Chicoutimi take to the ice in Val-‘Or; and Quebec travels to Shawinigan.

On Saturday Cape Breton welcomes Acadie-Bathurst for a Maritimes Division contest; Baie-Comeau is in Moncton; PEI welcomes Blainville-Boisband; and the Battle of Quebec will be fought on two fronts as Gatineau is in Quebec City to face the Remparts, and Chicoutimi is at home to Rouyn-Noranda.

The weekend ends with five games on Sunday as Blainville-Boisband finishes their Eastern Canadian swing with a stop in Saint John; Gatineau and Drummondville faceoff in a Telus West contest in Drummondville; Halifax is in Rimouski; Chicoutimi makes their way to Val-d’Or; and Quebec is in Victoriaville for a Telus East matchup.

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