QMJHL Weekly: March 15

McGinn, Sakaris and Gervais-Chouinard Are Telus Three Stars

Gatineau right winger Tye McGinn, Shawinigan left winger Peter Sakaris, and Val-d’Or netminder Jacob Gervais-Chouinard are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending March 13th, 2011.

In game one of Gatineau’s two games against Lewiston on Friday night, McGinn added a goal and assist in the Olympiques’ 6-3 victory. He ended the week with four goals, one assist, and the first star of the game award as Gatineau completed the sweep with an 8-5 win on Sunday.

Sakaris added a goal and an assist, and was the game’s first star in Shawinigan’s 4-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Thursday skated to a 4-2 win. He followed that up with one goal, three assists, and first star honors in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Victoriaville, and ended his week by scoring twice in the Cataractes’ 4-3 loss to Quebec on Sunday.

Gervais-Chouinard made 23 saves as Val-d’Or edged Chicoutimi 3-2 in a shootout on Friday and made 26 mor earning the third star of the game award in Saturday’s 4-0 shutout of Chicoutimi.

Bourdon and Richard To Be Inducted Into NB Hall of Fame

Luc Bourdon and Joe Richard will be inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday May 28th, 2011 in Caraquet, NB.

Bourdon was drafted by Val-d’Or third overall in the 2003 QMJHL Entry Draft. He played with the Foreurs from the 2003-04 season to the 2005-06 one before moving to Moncton Wildcats midway through that year and ended his QMJHL career with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles where he was traded to midway through the 2006-07 season.

Over the period of four years in the QMJHL Bourdon played in 190 regular season games scoring 22 goals and adding 66 assists. In 39 post season contests he added three goals and fourteen assists.

Bourdon was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks 10th overall in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. In 36 games with the Canucks he scored twice; while in 41 regular season games with the Manitoba Moose he added six goals and eight assist. He never had a point in five playoff contests with the Moose.

Bourdon won two goal medals with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in 2006 and 2007 and a silver medal with the U18 team in 2005.
Bourdon was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on May 29th, 2008 in New Brunswick.

Richard played for the St. Thomas Tommies, winners of the Maritime Championship in the 1960-1961 season and coached the Chatham Juveniles to the provincial title in 1971-72. Most of Richard’s success over the past 38 years has been in hockey administration on the boards of Chatham Minor Hockey, NB Amateur Hockey Association, Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, QMJHL, and Canadian Hockey League. Joe is an inductee of the Chatham Sports Wall of Fame (2005) and Saint Thomas University Sports Wall of Fame (2010).

Four QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

Four QMJHL teams made the grade in this weeks CHL Top 10. Saint John remained at first, Montreal dropped one spot to fourth; Quebec moved up one spot to sixth; and Drummondville remained at ninth.

1 Saint John Sea Dogs (53-6-1-2)
2 Saskatoon Blades (51-13-0-2)
3 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (47-13-0-2)
4 Montreal Juniors (43-11-4-5)
5 Red Deer Rebels (44-16-3-4)
6 Quebec Remparts (44-15-1-3)
7 Portland Winterhawks (45-18-0-3)
8 Owen Sound Attack (41-17-1-3)
9 Drummondville Voltigeurs (42-15-5-2)
10 Niagara IceDogs (40-16-2-4)

Scholastic Players of the Month Announced

The League has announced the Scholastic Players of the Month for February.

Here are the laureates for the month of February:
Acadie-Bathurst Titan Marc-Olivier Mimar Cégep @ distance – Humanities
Baie-Comeau Drakkar Frédéric Gamelin Serge-Bouchard High School – Grade 11
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles William Carrier Les Estacades Academy – Grade 10
Chicoutimi Saguenéens Maxime Lévesque Cégep de Chicoutimi – Humanities, Economics and Management
Drummondville Voltigeurs Marc-Olivier Vachon Cégep de Drummondville – Health Sciences
Gatineau Olympiques Tommy Tremblay Cégep@distance – Humanities
Halifax Mooseheads Pascal Amyot Dalhousie University – Bachelor of Arts
Lewiston MAINEiacs Samuel Henley Kaplan University – General studies
Moncton Wildcats Daniel Milan Mount Allison University – Administration
Montreal Juniors Étienne Marcoux Cégep André-Laurendeau – Trade Management
PEI Rocket Evan Mosher UPEI – General
Quebec Remparts Alex Wall Athabasca University – English and Mathematics
Rimouski Océanic Étienne Boutet Cégep de Rimouski – Natural Science
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies Antoine QuevillonCégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue – Natural Science
Saint John Sea Dogs Gabriel Bourret Cégep @ distance – Natural Science
Shawinigan Cataractes Gabriel Lemieux Collège de Shawinigan – Humanities
Val-d’Or Foreurs Olivier DallaireCégep de Val-d’Or – Humanities
Victoriaville Tigres Vincent Marcoux Cégep de Victoriaville – Humanities

The Games This Week

PEI got two goals from Matthew Hobbs in its 4-3 win over Halifax; Tomas Filippi led the way with a goal and assist in Quebec’s 5-2 win over Chicoutimi; and Alexandre Durette scored twice to lead Baie-Comeau past Val-d’Or on Wednesday, 4-3.

On Thursday Peter Sakaris had two goals and an assist as Shawinigan doubled Rouyn-Noranda, 4-2; and Jonathan Huberdeau added a goal and assist for Saint John as the Sea Dogs edged Rimouski in a shootout.

Marek Hrivik led Moncton with two goals and one assists as they doubled Cape Breton, 4-2; Martin Frk added the hat trick as Halifax doubled PEI, 4-2; Huberdeau scored the game winner 23 seconds into overtime as Saint John nipped Acadie-Bathurst, 3-2; Carl-Antoine Deslisle’s hat trick led Victoriaville to a 5-1 win over Quebec; Mathieu Guertin,’s goal with 14 secodns left in overtime gave Drummondville a 3-2 win over Montreal; Jean-Francois Leblanc was the only shooter to score in the shootout as Val-d’Or edged Chicoutimi, 3-2; and Philippe Halley scored twice and lent a helping hand on one more as Gatineau skated to a 6-3 win over Lewiston on Friday.

Alexandre Touchette scored twice to lead Val-d’Or to a 4-0 shutout of Chicoutimi; Robbie DeFulviis added a deuce as Rouyn-Noranda skated to a 6-2 win over Rimouski; Skarais had a four point night (one goal, three assists) as Shawinigan got past Victoriaville, 5-2; Vincent Arseneau’s hat trick put Acadie-Bathurst past Halifax, 5-1; and Marc-Olivier Vachon’s goal 15:32 into the second was the game winner as Drummondville got past Baie-Comeau 3-1 on Saturday.

The week ended with six games on Sunday as Huberdeau, Aidan Kelly, Alexandre Beauregard, and Stanislev Galiev scored for Saint John in their 4-1 win over Cape Breton; Josh Currie had two goals in PEI’s 5-3 win over Moncton; Joé Dubé’s goal with 7:40 left in regulation gave Quebec a 4-3 win over Shawinigan; Trevor Parkes had two goals to lead Montreal to a 7-0 shutout of Baie-Comeau; Tye mcGinn had four goals and one assist as Gatineau outlasted Lewiston 8-5; and Alex Belzile’s two goals and one assist led Rimouski to a 6-1 win over Rouyn-Noranda.

The Leaders

Saint John is now 56-6-1-2 with 115 points to give them the Maritime Division title. They are 19 ahead of Telus East leaders Quebec who has a 46-16-1-3 record and 96 points and 17 points ahead of Telus West leaders Montreal who are 44-11-4-5 with 98 points.

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

Devos is the scoring leader with 46 goals and 64 assists in the 66 games with Victoriaville and Gatineau; Acadie-Bathurst forward Gabriel Levesque is second with 35 goals and 69 assists in the 66 games; while Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau rounds out the top three with 41 goals and 59 assists over the 64 contests.

Saint John netminder Jacob DeSerres (26-2-0-0, 2.20 GAA, .917 SAV%) is the top goalie; while Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson is second with a 14-11-3-5 record to go along with his goals against average of 2.20 and .922 SAV%; while Gatineau’s Maxime Clermont is 27-10-1-4 with a goals against average of 2.56 and a .895 SAV% to round out the top three.

The Games To Come

The final week of play in the regular season begins on Wednesday with one game as Halifax is at home to Maritime rivals Moncton.

Montreal hosts Rimouski in the lone game on Thursday.

Sixteen teams take to the ice on Friday as Halifax hosts Acadie-Bathurst, PEI is in Moncton, and Saint John is at home to Cape Breton in three Maritime contests; while the Battle of Quebec will be fought on four fronts as Victoriaville hosts Montreal, Quebec is in Chicoutimi, Rimouski travels to Gatineau, and Drummondville makes their way to Rouyn-Noranda; while the other Telus contest has Lewiston in Baie-Comeau.

Val-d’Or welcomes Shawinigan in the lone game on Saturday.

Finally, all 18 teams are in action on Sunday as Halifax hosts Cape Breton in the Battle of Nova Scotia; Saint John welcomes PEI; the Battle of New Brunswick features Acadie-Bathurst at Moncton; Baie-Comeau is at home to Telus East rivals Quebec; Lewiston makes another Quebec stop in Chicoutimi; Gatineau is at home to Montreal in a Telus West battle; Rouyn-Noranda welcomes Shawinigan, and Drummondville and Val-d’Or faceoff in Val-d’Or in two Telus West contests; while Victoriaville and Rimouski take to the ice in Rimouski in a Telus East affair.

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