QMJHL Weekly: March 1

Levesque, Saulnier, and Gibson Are Telus Three Stars of the Week

Acadie-Bathrust forward Gabriel Levesque, Moncton forward Allain Saulnier, and Chicoutimi netminder Christopher Gibson are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending February 27th.

Levesque had five assists and was the first star of the game on Wednesday in Acadie-Bathurst’s 7-5 loss to Montreal; added one more goal and one helper and was once again the game’s first star on Friday in the team’s 3-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda; and lent a helping hand on four more and was the second star of the game on Saturday in the Titan’s 8-3 victory over Val-d’Or.

Saulnier scored twice and was the first star of the game as Moncton doubled Rouyn-Noranda, 8-4, on Thursday; scored ocne and assisted on two more in Friday’s 6-4 win over Val-d’Or; and added another goal and two helpers as the team lost 6-5 in a shootout to Montreal on Sunday. Saulnier finished a plus-6 for the week.

Gibson went 3-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a SAV% of .966. He made 36 saves on Thursday receiving the first star of the game honors in Chicoutimi’s 3-0 shutout of Lewiston on Thursday; added 30 more and was the game’s first star on Saturday in the Sagueneens’ 4-1 win over Baie-Comeau; and ended the week with 19 more saves on Saturday as Chicoutimi swept the Drakkar with a 4-2 win on Sunday.

Four QMJHL Teams Crack CHL Top 10

When the CHL announced the Top 10 on Wednesday four QMJHL teams made the grade. Saint John remained at first, Montreal jumped one spot to third; Quebec stayed sixth; and Drummondville finished 10th.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 22
1 Saint John Sea Dogs (49-5-1-2)
2 Saskatoon Blades (46-12-0-2)
3 Montreal Juniors (42-9-4-4)
4 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (42-12-0-2)
5 Red Deer Rebels (41-14-3-4)
6 Quebec Remparts (40-15-1-2)
7 Portland Winterhawks (40-16-0-3)
8 Owen Sound Attack (38-16-1-3)
9 Niagara IceDogs (36-14-2-4)
10 Drummondville Voltigeurs (38-14-5-2)

Honourable Mention: Ottawa 67′s (37-17-1-2); Kootenay Ice (39-18-1-2); Saginaw Spirit (37-16-3-1)

Scholastic Players of the Month Announced

On Tuesday the League announced their Scholastic Players of the Month for January.

They are:
Acadie-Bathurst Titan: Yoan Pinette, Cégep@distance – Humanities Sciences
Baie-Comeau Drakkar : Pierre-Alexandre Ouellet, Cégep de Baie-Comeau – Applied Sciences
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles: Brad Cuzner, Cape Breton University – Arts
Chicoutimi Saguenéens: Danick Emond, Cégep de Chicoutimi – Humanities Sciences
Drummondville Voltigeurs: André Bouvet-Morrissette, UQTR – Physical Education
Gatineau Olympiques: David Weckworth, All Saints Catholic High School – Grade 12
Halifax Mooseheads: Gabriel Desjardins, Prince Andrew High School – High School
Lewiston MAINEiacs: Michael Chaput, Kaplan University – General studies
Moncton Wildcats: Patrick Downe, Mount Allison University – Administration
Montreal Juniors: Alex Micallef, Concordia University – Exercise Science and Business
PEI Rocket: Jean-Sébastien Fournier, Cégep@distance – Humanities Sciences
Quebec Remparts: Jimmy Appleby, Cégep de Limoilou – Applied Sciences
Rimouski Océanic: Liam O’Brien, Harrison Trimble High School – Grade 11
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: Anthony Verret, Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue – Humanities Sciences
Saint John Sea Dogs : Jonathan Huberdeau, St. Malachy’s High School – High School
Shawinigan Cataractes: Maximilien Le Sieur, Shawinigan College – Humanities Sciences
Val-d’Or Foreurs: Thierry Comtois, Cégep de Val-d’Or – Humanities Sciences
Victoriaville Tigres: Yanni Gourde, Cégep de Victoriaville – Applied Sciences

Roy Is CHL Goalie of the Week

After being named the QMJHL Second Star of the Week for the week ending February 20th Acadie-Bathurst goalie Olivier Roy is the CHL Goalie of the Week for the same time period.
Roy went 3-0 with a 1.30 GAA and a .957 SAV%. He made 30 saves on Wednesday as the Titan needed a shootout to get past Val-d’Or 4-3; 28 in Friday’s 7-1 win over Victoriaville; and 30 in the Titan’s 3-0 shutout over Shawinigan.

The Games This Week

When play resumed on Tuesday Michael Kirkpatrick added a goal and assist as Saint John skated to a 4-1 win over Halifax.

Trevor Parkes and Viktor Hertzberg each had a goal and three assists as Montreal skated to a 7-5 win over Acadie-Bathurst.

On Thursday Jonathan Bonneau led the way with two goals as Chicoutimi blanked Lewiston, 3-0; and Marek Hrivik had three points (two goals, one assist) as Moncton doubled Rouyn-Noranda, 8-4.

Stanislav Galiev scored the game-winner 4:36 into the third as Saint John survived an attempted comeback by Gatineau to edge the Olympiques, 4-3; Gabriel Levesque Zach O’Brien added a goal and assist each for Bathurst as the Titan edged Rouyn-Noranda, 3-2; Ben Duffy led the way for PEI with two goals and an assist as the Rocket skated to a 5-1 win over Cape Breton; Samuel Groulx was the only shooter to score in the shootout as Victoriaville edged Quebec, 4-3; Jarrad Struthers’ goal 5:53 into the third gave Rimouski a 3-2 win over Montreal; Sean Couturier, Marc-Olivier Brouillard, Ondrej Palat, and Nicolas Dionne scored for Drummondville in their 4-2 win over Lewiston; and Hrivik added two more goals as Moncton got past Val-d’Or 6-4 on Friday.

Pierre-Luc Pelletier’s game-winning goal just 29 seconds into the second period lifted Victoriaville past Saint John, 2-1; Spencer Metcalf, Morgan Ellis, and Loic Leduc scored for Cape Breton in their 3-0 shutout of Halifax; Guillaume Asselin added a goal and assist as Chicoutimi skated to a 4-1 win over Baie-Comeau; Philip-Michaël Devos, scored both of Gatineau’s goals in the Olympiques’ 2-1 win over Shawinigan; Vincent Barnard led Quebec with two goals as the Remparts skated to a 5-2 win over Rimouski; and Zach O’Brien’s hat trick led Acadie-Bathurst to an 8-3 throttling of Val-d’Or on Saturday.

On Sunday Alexandre Lavoie had a goal and an assist as Chicoutimi doubled Baie-Comeau, 4-2; Hubert Labrie and Tommy Tremblay each scored twice as Gatineau romped to a 6-1 win over Rouyn-Noranda; Couturier scored the game winner with 17 seconds left in overtime as Drummondville squeaked out a 5-4 win over Lewiston; Zack Phillips’ four-point effort (two goals, two assists) helped Saint John double up Shawinigan, 6-3; and Montreal needed a shootout and Hertzberg and Jérémy Gouchie to score in it to get past Moncton, 6-5. Allain Saulnier had the Wildcats’ shootout marker.

The Leaders

Saint John is now 51-6-1-2 with 105 points to give them the Maritime Division title. They are 11 points ahead of Telus West leaders Montreal who are 43-10-4-4 with 94 points and 19 ahead of Telus East leaders Quebec who has a 41-15-1-3 record and 86 points.

Teams who have clinched playoff spots:
Maritime Division: Saint John; Acadie-Bathurst; Moncton; PEI
Telus East Division: Quebec; Lewiston, Victoriaville, Chicoutimi, Rimouski
Telus West: Montreal, Drummondville, Shawinigan, Gatineau, Val-d’Or

Devos is the scoring leader with 42 goals and 58 assists in the 61 games with Victoriaville and Gatineau; Levesque is second with 33 goals and 62 assists in 62 games; while Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau rounds out the top three with 36 goals and 55 assists in 59 games.

Gibson leads all goalies with a 14-9-3-5 record to go along with a goals against average of 2.05 and his .931 SAV%. Backstopping his way into second place is Saint John netminder Jacob DeSerres (25-2-0-0, 2.29 GAA, .915 SAV%); while Gatineau’s Maxime Clermont is 25-10-1-4 with a goals against average of 2.55 and a .896 SAV% to round out the top three.

The Games To Come

Two games will kick off the schedule on Tuesday as Moncton is at home to Halifax in a Maritime battle; and Rouyn-Noranda welcomes Quebec in West vs East affair.

On Wednesday PEI and Cape Breton faceoff in Charlottetown in a Maritime contest; Drummondville welcomes Shawinigan in a Telus West affair; while two other Battles of Quebec will see Gatineau take on Victoraville in Gatineau and Quebec make their way to Val-d’Or.

The lone game on Thursday has Halifax at home to Lewiston.

Seven games kick off the weekend action on Friday as Lewiston continues their swing through the Maritimes with a stop in Charlottetown for two games Friday and Saturday; Cape Breton is in Bathurst to face the Titan; the Battle of New Brunswick has Saint John at home to Moncton in another battle of the New Brunswick News Rivalry Cup; Baie-Comeau welcomes Victoriaville; Chicoutimi is in Rimouski; Gatineau makes their way to Rouyn-Noranda; and Drummondville is in Shawinigan. The other Saturday games will see Acadie-Bathurst host Moncton; Cape Breton make their way to Saint John; Val-d’Or at home to Gatineau; and Montreal in Rouyn-Noranda. The weekend finishes off with three games on Sunday as Chicoutimi travels to Shawinigan; Montreal makes a stop in Val-‘Or; and Drummondville is at home to Quebec.

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