QMJHL Weekly: March 13th, 2012

Ouellet, Bouvet-Morrissette, and Zloban Are Telus Three Stars

Blainville-Boisband rearguard Xavier Ouellet, Drummondville right winger Andre Bouvet-Morrissette, and Shawinigan forward Anton Zloban are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending March 11th, 2012.

Ouellet scored once and was the second star of the game as the Armada edged Victoriaville 4-3 on Tuesday. He added two assists in the team’s 5-0 rout of Rouyn-Noranda on Friday and ended the week with another goal in the team’s 4-2 win over Rimouski on Saturday.

Bouvet-Morrissette added two goals as the Voltigeurs lost 7-3 to Quebec on Wednesday; added another goal in the 3-1 win over Quebec on Friday; and finished the week with another goal, two assists, and the first star of the game award in the team’s 6-1 drubbing of Baie-Comeau on Saturday.

Zlobin added one goal as the Cataractes’ doubled Rouyn-Noranda 4-2 on Thursday and ended the week with two goals, three assists, and the first star of the game award as Shawinigan finished the week with a 6-2 win over Saint John on Sunday.

Halifax to Host CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game

On Tuesday the CHL announced that the Halifax Mooseheads will host the 2013 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects game.

This will be the second time that the QMJHL has hosted the game as Quebec did it in 2007.
“The Halifax Mooseheads are very excited to host the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game,” stated Mooseheads Majority Owner Bobby Smith. “We look forward to welcoming 40 of the best NHL draft eligible players in the CHL to the Halifax Metro Centre next January. Our season ticket holders and fans will be really interested to watch the top young players from the QMJHL match up with the best prospects from the OHL and the WHL.”

Eleven Halifax players have played in this event including 2012 NHL Entry Draft prospects Martin Frk and Andrew Ryan who played for Team Cherry in Kelowna last month. Alex Tanguay and Logan MacMillan have also played in the event before they were drafted in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. Tangauy added one assist for Team Cherry in a 4-2 win in 1998 in the year that he was picked 12th overall by Colorado. MacMillan found the back of the net once for Team Burns-Bergeron in 2007 when Anaheim took him 19th overall.

Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL announced the top 10 rankings last Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the top 10.

Saint John remained at the top spot while Shawinigan remained at fourth; and Quebec moved one spot to eighth.

Victoriaville was an honorable mention

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 24
1 Saint John Sea Dogs (47-14-0-2)
2 London Knights (45-16-0-1)
3 Portland Winterhawks (46-16-3-1)
4 Shawinigan Cataractes (42-14-3-4)
5 Tri-City Americans (46-17-1-2)
6 Plymouth Whalers (43-17-2-1)
7 Edmonton Oil Kings (44-15-3-4)
8 Quebec Remparts (41-15-5-2)
9 Kamloops Blazers (44-17-2-3)
10 Niagara IceDogs (42-17-0-3)

Honorable Mention: Ottawa 67′s (38-16-5-3); Victoriaville Tigres (40-18-1-4); Moose Jaw Warriors (41-18-5-2)

The Games This Week

Play began with one game on Tuesday as Ben Duffy scored twice; and Jimmy Oligny, Josh Currie, and Louick Marcotte added singles as PEI skated to a 5-3 win over Moncton. Patrick Deslisle-Houda, Ryan Penney, and Allain Saulnier added the Wildcats’ markers.

Four games took place on Wednesday.

Nathan MacKinnon and Brent Andrews scored twice; while Ryan Falkenham, Luca Ciampini, and Martin Frk added singles as Halifax shut out Acadie-Bathurst 7-0. Anthony Duclair and Frederick Roy scored twice each; and Martin Lefebvre, Gabriel Desjardins, and Adam Erne added singles as Quebec skated to a 7-3 win over Drummondville. Andre Bouvet-Morrissette added a pair; and Emil Sylvegard added a single for the Voltigeurs. Jean-Christophe Laflamme, Marc-Olivier Roy, and Xavier Ouellet all scored for Blainville-Boisband in regulation; while Raphaël Pouliot added the game’s lone shootout marker in the Armada’s 4-3 win over Victoriaville. Yanni Gourde, Jeremy Beaudry, and Matthew Hobbs scored for the Tigres. Guillaume Asselin scored twice; and Guillaume Cloutier, Christian Ouellet, and Jeremey Gregoire added singles as Chicoutimi got past Rimouski 5-3. Jean-Phillippe Mathieu, Alexandre Mallet, and Scott Oke scored for the Oceanic.

Four teams took to the ice on Thursday.

Penny and Marek Hrivik scored twice each; and Mitchell Deruelle, Alex Saulnier, and Myles McMurty added singles as Moncton romped to a 7-1 win over Halifax. Alexandre Cote added the Mooseheads’ marker. Maximilien Le Sieur, Michael Chaput, Michael Bournival, and Anton Zloban scored for Shawinigan as the Cataractes doubled Rouyn-Noranda 4-2. Jason Houde and Sven Andrighetto added the Huskies’ goals.

On Friday eight games took place.

Cape Breton needed a shootout and a goal from Jonathan Brunelle; while Brunelle also scored in regulation along with Cory MacIntosh, Michael Clarke, and Alexandre Lavoie in their 5-4 win over PEI. Marc-Andre Levesque, Currie, Marcotte, and Antoine Verne added the Rocket goals. Sebastien Trudeau scored twice; and Jordan Murray and Olivier Houle added singles as Acadie-Bathurst doubled Moncton 4-2. Alex Saulnier and Devon MacAusland scored for the Wildcats. Olivier Archambault, Bouvet-Morrissette, and Marc-Olivier Brouillard scored for Drummondville; while Duclair added the Quebec goal as the Voltigeurs got past the Remparts 3-1. Yannick Dube scored twice; and Philippe Maillet, Brandon Hynes, and Philip Danault added singles as Victoriaville skated to a 5-2 win over Baie-Comeau; while Carl Gelinas and Tomas Fillipi added the Drakkar markers. Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Peter Trainor, Alexandre Maillet, Francis Beauvillier, and Alex Belzile scored for Rimouski; while Morgan Ellis, Le Sieur, and Pierre-Olivier Morin did the same for Shawinigan as the Oceanic beat the Cataractes 5-3. Jess Tanguay scored twice; and Cedric Paquette, Samuel Aquin, and Tommy Giroux added singles as Blainville-Boisband blanked Rouyn-Noranda 5-0. Chicoutimi needed a shootout and shootout goals from Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Charles Hudon; while Steve Lebel, Gergoire, and Asselin in their 4-3 win over Saint John. Danick Gauthier scored twice; and Zack Phillips added a single in regulation; while Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the shootout for the Sea Dogs. Anthony Mantha scored twice; and Andrew Durette, Samuel Henley, Nicolas Larocque-Marcoux, and Matthew Theriault added singles as Val-d’Or needed overtime to get past Gatineau 6-5. Yousseff Kabbaj, Adam Janosik, Alex MacDonald, Rock Regimbald, and Robert Pelletier scored for Gatineau.

It was a light schedule on Saturday as only three games were played.

Archambault, Alex Emond, Bouvet-Morrissette, Brouillard, and Olivier Caouette scored for Drummondville as the Voltigeurs blasted Baie-Comeau 6-1. Raphael Bussieres added the lone Drakkar goal. Michael Clarke, Mikhail Langois, Dany Potvin, Jonathan Brunelle, and William Carrier scored for Cape Breton; while Jessyko Bernard and Olivier Crouteau did likewise for PEI as the Screaming Eagles skated to a 5-2 win over the Rocket. Marc-Olivier Roy, Xavier Ouellet, Giroux, and Jess Tanguay scored for Blainville-Boisband; while Gauthier-Leduc and Petr Straka scored for Rimouski as the Armada doubled the Oceanic 4-2.

On Sunday Gatineau got goals from Garrett Clarke, Rock Regimbald, Alexandros Soumakis, Kyle Morrison, and Tomas Hyka in their 5-0 shutout of Quebec. Zloban scored twice for Shawinigan; while Jonathan Narbonne, Chaput, Kirill Kabanov, and Bournival added singles as the Cataractes skated to a 6-2 win over Saint John with Huberdeau and Stanislav Galiev adding the Sea Dog’s markers. Mathieu Lemay scored twice; and Steven Mercier added a single as Rouyn-Noranda nipped Val-d’Or 3-2. Guillaume Gelinas and Matthieu Theriault found the back of the net for the Foreurs. Maillet, Dube, Hynes, Phillip Halley, and Stefan Fournier scored for Victoriaville in their 5-3 win over Chicoutimi. Christian Ouellet scored twice; and Lebel added a single for the Sagueneens.

The Leaders

Maritime leaders Saint John once again are in the top spot in the overall standings with their 47-15-0-3 record and 97 points; while Telus East leaders Shawinigan (44-15-3-4, 95 points) is second; and Blainville-Boisband is the Telus West leader with 38 wins, 22 losses, three overtime losses, and two shootout losses for 81 points.
Gourde tops all scorers with 34 goals and 83 assists in the 6 games that he has played in to remain at first; while O’Brien has found the back of the net on 50 occasions; while lending a helping hand on 50 more in the 61 contests that he has skated in; while his teammate Sebastien Trudeau (30G, 64A, 94 points, 65 games) rounds out the top three.

Between the pipes Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil (35-10-0-1, 2.38 GAA, 0.911 SAV%) remains in first; and Shawinigan’s goalies switch places this week as Alex Dubeau moves to second as he has won 25 games while losing eight with two overtime losses and two shootout losses with a 2.45 GAA and 0.908 SAV% and Gabriel Girard drops to third as he sports a 19-7-1-2 record to go along with his 2.49 GAA and 0.910 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Play began with one game on Monday as Darcy Ashley scored twice; and MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, Matthew Boudreau, and Frk added singles as Halifax doubled PEI 6-3. Josh Currie, Olivier Crouteau, and Deverick Ottereyes scored for the Rocket.

On Wednesday Halifax hosts Maritimes rival Saint John; while another Maritime contest will see Moncton at home to Cape Breton. In a Telus East battle Chicoutimi welcomes Baie-Comeau; while Gatineau is at home to Blainville-Boisband in a Telus West tilt.

On Friday Saint John makes another Nova Scotia stop in Cape Breton; while PEI visits Moncton, and Halifax is in Bathurst for three Maritime contests. Victoriaville is at home to Shawinigan; while Rimouski welcomes Chicoutimi in two Telus East battles. In the Telus West contest Rouyn-Noranda welcomes Gatineau. In the other two Battles of Quebec Quebec rolls out the welcome mat for Blainville-Boisband; while Baie-Comeau takes on Val-d’Or in Baie-Comeau.

On Saturday 10 teams hope that the Luck O’ The Irish is on their sides as Baie-Comeau and Val-d’Or finish their series; while Cape Breton and Saint John do likewise; Drummondville is at home to Shawinigan; Chicoutimi is in Quebec City; and Rouyn-Noranda and Gatineau finish up their series on St. Patrick’s Day.

The weekend will finish with four games on Sunday as Moncton welcomes New Brunswick rivals Acadie-Bathurst; Halifax is in Charlottetown to face the Rocket; Drummondville makes their way to Blainville-Boisband; and Rimouski welcomes Victoriaville.

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