QMJHL Weekly: January 31st, 2012

Will, Micallef and Brunelle Are TELUS Three Stars

Moncton Wildcats’ netminder Roman Will, Blainville-Boisband Armada rearguard Alex Micallef, and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Jonathan Brunelle are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending January 29th, 2012.

Will began the week with 45 saves and the first star of the game award as the Wildcats lost 1-0 to Saint John on Thursday. He ended it with 37 more and another first star of the game award as Moncton edged Baie-Comeau 2-1 on Saturday. Will finished the week with a 0.976 SAV%.

Micallef added a goal and two helpers as the Armada were nipped 6-5 by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Wednesday. He scored once and was the game’s third star in the 6-1 win over Moncton on Friday. Micallef ended the week with one more goal as the Armada doubled the PEI Rocket 4-2 on Saturday. He finished the week a +4.

Brunelle found the net once, lent a helping hand on two more, and was the game’s first star as the Screaming Eagles lost 4-3 to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Tuesday. He added one more goal, three assists, and the second star of the game award in the 7-3 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday and ended the week a +1.

Cadorette Is CHL Goalie of the Week

On the heels of being named the Telus Second Star of the Week for the week ending January 23rd Baie-Comeau Drakkar goalie Philippe Cadorette is the CHL Goalie of the Week for the same time period.
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.

Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL announced the top 10 rankings on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the cut.
Shawinigan dropped back one to fourth, Saint John moved up one to sixth, and Quebec dropped two to ninth.

Victoriaville was an honorable mention.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 18
1 London Knights (35-9-0-1)
2 Kamloops Blazers (34-10-1-2)
3 Tri-City Americans (34-11-0-1)
4 Shawinigan Cataractes (33-11-2-2)
5 Saint John Sea Dogs (34-13-0-2)
6 Edmonton Oil Kings (32-11-1-4)
7 Plymouth Whalers (31-12-2-1)
8 Ottawa 67′s (29-11-4-1)
9 Quebec Remparts (30-11-4-2)
10 Kitchener Rangers (30-13-1-0)

Honorable Mention: Portland Winterhawks (31-14-2-1); Victoriaville Tigres (32-15-0-2); Niagara IceDogs (28-14-0-3)

Roster Changes Announced For Top Prospects Game

On Saturday the CHL along with the Kelowna Rockets and Home Hardware announced that three players have been added to the rosters for the 2012 Home Hardward CHL/NHL Top Prospects game at Prospero Place in Kelowna, BC on Wednesday night, February 1st.

Saskatoon Blades rearguard Dalton Thrower will play for Team Orr; while Erie Otters’ centre Dane Fox and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies’ defenseman Dillon Fournier will play for Team Orr.

They will replace London Knights’ defenseman Olli Maata; Chicoutimi Sagueneens’ left winger Charles Houdon; and Ottawa 67’s defenseman Cody Ceci who are all injured and can’t compete.

Thrower, is an 18-year-old defenseman from North Vancouver, BC, playing in his third WHL season with the Blades. Ranked 30th among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting in their midterm rankings, Thrower, at 6’0’’ and 185lbs, is fifth among WHL defensemen in scoring with 40 points in 50 games so far this season.

Fox, an 18-year-old from Thamesville, ON, is playing in his third OHL season. The 6’0’’ 185lb forward is ranked 48th among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting and has 42 points in 43 games so far this season.

Fournier, a 17-year-old from Dorval, QC, is playing in his second QMJHL season. The 6’1’’ 160lb defenseman has 29 points in 39 games this season and is ranked 138 by NHL Central Scouting.

With information from the QMJHL

MacAusland Reaches Milestone

Moncton forward Devon MacAusland reached a milestone this past week.

He is one of only four Moncton Wildcats players to play in 300 games with the franchise.

Game number 300 came on Sunday, January 22nd as the Wildcats skated to a 4-1 win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Christian Gaudet owns the franchise record with 321 games played followed by Josh Hepditch (309); Steve Bernier ((304); and MacAusland (300).

The Games This Week

There were three games in the QMJHL on Tuesday night.

David Rose, Carl Gelinas, and Lukas Cingel scored for Baie-Comeau in regulation; while Samuel Carrier, Jonathan Lessard, and Jean-Francois Leblanc scored in the shootout; and Kyle Farrell, Jonathan Brunelle, and William Carrier added Cape Breton’s regulation goals with Carrier and Farrell also scoring in the shootout as the Drakkar nipped the Screaming Eagles 4-3. The game between the Quebec Remparts and the Chicoutimi Sagueneens also ended in a shootout as Mikhail Grigorenko scored in regulation and the shootout for the Remparts; while Jean-Gabriel Pageau added the Chicoutimi marker in the Remparts’ 2-1 win. Phillippe Maillet, Philippe Halley, and Stefan Fournier scored twice each; while Daniel Milan, Carl-Antoine Deslisle, and Philip Danault added singles for Victoriaville in their 9-4 win over Gatineau. Adam Janosik, Samuel Courtemanche, and Kyle Morrison added the Olympiques’ markers.

Two games took place on Wednesday.

Etienne Salval, Adam Stevens, William Cochrane, Zach O’Brien, Christophe Losier, and Matthew Bissonnette all scored for Acadie-Bathurst; while Alex Micallef, Raphael Pouliot, Cedric Paquette, Oliver Hinse, and Jess Tanguay scored for Blainville-Boisband as the Titan nipped the Armada 6-5. In the other contest Shawinigan got goals from Pierre-Olivier Morin who scored twice, and Yannick Veilleux, Loik Poudrier, Alex Zloban, and Peter Sakaris in their 6-0 win over Victoriaville.

There were three games on Thursday.

Halifax got goals from Darcy Ashley, Nathan MacKinnon, and Martin Frk in their 3-1 win over Baie-Comeau with the Drakkar getting their lone goal from Lessard. Tomas Jurco scored the lone goal of the game as Saint John nipped Moncton 1-0. Alex Emond, Bryce Milson, and Marc-Olivier Brouillard added the Drummondville goals; while Anthony Mantha scored for Val-d’Or as the Voltigeurs skated to a 3-1 win over the Foreurs.

Fourteen teams took to the ice on Friday.

Cape Breton got the hat trick from Alexandre Lavoie; while Cory MacIntosh, Farrell, Dany Potvin, and Brunelle added singles; and Cochrane, Mirko Hoefflin, O’Brien, and Sebastien Trudeau scored for Acadie-Bathurst as the Screaming Eagles romped to a 7-3 win over the Titan. Micallef, Felix Plouffe, Pouliot, Paquette, Cole Hawes, and Aaron Hoyles found the twine for Blainville-Boisband; while Moncton’s lone goal came from Marek Hrivik as the Armada trounced the Wildcats 6-1. Jimmy Oligny, Victor Provencher, and Ben Duffy added the PEI goals; while Carrier and Lessard scored for Baie-Comeau as the Rocket nipped the Drakkar 3-2. Rimouski got goals from Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Alexandre Maillet, Francis Beauvillier, Robbie DeFulvis, and Jean-Francois Plante; while Morrison and Tomas Hyka scored the Gatineau goals as the Oceanic skated to a 5-2 win over the Olympiques. Guillaume Gautheir scored twice; and Milson, Philippe Venne, Andre Bouvet-Morrissette, and Roman Hrabarenka added one each for Drummondville; while Dillon Fournier, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Anthony Verret, and Denis Kamave all scored for Rouyn-Noranda as the Voltigeurs got past the Huskies 6-4. Mathieu Gagnon scored twice; and Guillaume Cloutier, Lukas Sedlak, Etienne Brodeur, Jeremy Gregoire, and Guillaume Asselin added singles for Chicoutimi; while Val-d’Or got goals from Matt Murphy, Michael Beaudry, Alexandre Durette, Nicolas Larocque-Marcoux, Nicolas Dionne, and Mathieu Theriault as the Sagueneens edged the Foreurs 7-6. Jeremie Malouin, Logan Shaw, and Anthony Gingras scored Quebec’s regulation goals; while Adam Erne and Anthony Duclair scored in the shootout; and Morgan Ellis, Taylor Carnevale, and Michael Bournival scored the regulation goals for Shawinigan with Sakaris scoring in the shootout as the Remparts nipped the Cataractes 4-3.

Five games took place on Saturday.

Dany Potvin scored three times; while MacIntosh and Alexandre Lavoie added one each for Cape Breton; while Hoefflin scored twice; and O’Brien and Trudeau added singles for Acadie-Bathurst as the Screaming Eagles soared to a 5-4 win over the Titan. Hrivik scored the game winner 18:46 into the third, and Jean-Philippe Caron added a single as Moncton nipped Baie-Comeau 2-1. Micallef, Oliver Picard, Pacquette, and Samuel Hodhod scored for Blainville-Boisband; while PEI got goals from Jimmy Oligny and Tomas Pavelka as the Armada doubled the Rocket 4-2. Gabriel Desjardins scored three times; while Anthony Duclair scored twice; and singles came from Ryan Culkin, Malouin, Michael McNamee, Mikhail Grigorenko, Mikael Tam, and Erne as Quebec laid a 12-1 thrashing on Gatineau. Adam Chapman scored the lone Olympiques’ marker. Steve Lebel, Sedlak, Yoan Pinette, and Guillaum Asselin scored for Chicoutimi; while Fournier and Sven Andrighetto added singles for Rouyn-Noranda as the Sagueneens doubled the Huskies 4-2.

The week ended with five games on Sunday.

Danick Gauthier scored twice; and Ian Saab, Zack Phillips, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Tomas Jurco added singles as Saint John doubled Blainville-Boisband 6-3. Paquette scored twice; and Jean-Christophe Laflamme had a single for the Armada. Emond scored twice; and Guillaume Gauthier, Bouvet-Morrissette, Jerome Verrier, and Olivier Caouette added singles as Drummondville thrashed Gatineau 6-1 with Alexandros Soumakis adding the lone Olympiques’ marker. Gauthier-Leduc got the game winner 26 seconds into overtime; and Francis Beauvillier, DeFulvis, and Pierre-Luc Pelletier added singles in regulation for Rimouksi; while Halifax got goals from Frk who had two and Matthew Boudreau with a single as the Oceanic nipped the Mooseheads 4-3. Andrew O’Brien, Jean-Gabirel Pageau, Asselin, and Mathieu Gagnon added singles for Chicoutimi; while Val-d’Or got goals from Guillaume Gelinas and Mantha as the Sagueneens doubled the Foreurs 4-2. Angelo Miceli had the hat trick; Brandon Hynes scored twice; and Maillet added a single as Victoriaville nipped Quebec 6-5. Malouin scored twice; and Shaw, Desjardins, and Frederick Roy added singles for the Remparts.

The Leaders

Saint John (36-13-0-2, 74 points) is the Maritimes Division and overall leader; while Telus East leaders Shawinigan (34-11-2-23) have 73 points. Blainville-Boisband is the Telus West leaders and have 27 wins to go along with their 20 losses, two overtime losses, and one shootout loss for 57 points.

Gourde tops all scorers with 27 goals and 64 assists in the 51 games that he has played in to remain at first; while O’Brien has found the back of the net on 45 occasions; while lending a helping hand on 43 more in the 50 contests that he has skated in; while his teammate Sebastien Trudeau (22G, 59A, 81 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 16-3-1-0 record to go along with his 2.25 GAA and 0.921 SAV% to finish first; while Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil (28-9-0-0, 2.46 GAA, 0.907 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

Play begins with one game on Tuesday as Moncton hosts Maritimes rival PEI.

On Wednesday Victoriaville is at home to Rimouski.

Two games will take place on Thursday as PEI hosts Cape Breton; and Rouyn-Noranda is in Baie-Comeau.

On Friday Halifax is at home to Moncton, and Cape Breton is in PEI in two Maritime contests; Saint John begins their Quebec road trip with a stop in Drummondville; Quebec hosts Rimouski, and Victoriaville is in Baie-Comeau in two Telus East tilts; Blainville-Boisband hosts Gatineau in the lone Telus West divisional matchup; Chictoutimi welcomes Rouyn-Noranda; and Shawinigan and Val-d’Or take to the ice in Shawinigan.

Twelve teams will take to the ice on Saturday as Rouyn-Noranda is in Chicoutimi; Saint John continues their Quebec trip with a stop in Shawinigan; Drummondville welcomes Rimouski; Acadie-Bathurst is in Halifax for a Maritimes contest; Blainville-Boisband welcomes Quebec; and Val-d’Or is in Gatineau for a Telus West contest.

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