QMJHL Weekly: March 20th, 2012

Gourde, Saulnier, and Aquin Are Telus Three Stars

Victoriaville Tigres’ left winger Yanni Gourde, Moncton Wildcats’ right winger Allain Saulnier, and Blainville-Boisband Armada centre Samuel Aquin are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending March 19th.

Gourde began the week with a goal, four assists, and the first star of the game award as Victoriaville began the week with a 7-5 win over Shawinigan on Friday. He ended it with two goals and another first star of the game award in the team’s 4-0 shutout of Rimouski on Sunday.

Saulnier scored once, lent a helping hand on one more, and was the game’s first star as the Wildcats edged the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3-2 on Wednesday. He added another assist in the team’s 6-5 loss to the PEI Rocket on Friday and ended the week with three goals, one assist, and another first star of the game award as the Wildcats ended the regular season with a 5-2 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Sunday.

Aquin found the back of the net four times; helped out on two more; and was the game’s first star as the Armada skated to a 10-4 win over the Gatineau Olympiques on Wednesday. He finished the regular season with one assist as the team lost 4-3 to the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Sunday.

Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL announced the top 10 rankings on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the cut.
Saint John remained in first place; Shawinigan fell back one to fifth; and Quebec dropped two to 10th.
Victoriaville received an honorable mention.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 25
1 Saint John Sea Dogs (47-15-0-3)
2 London Knights (47-17-0-1)
3 Tri-City Americans (49-17-2-2)
4 Portland Winterhawks (48-17-3-1)
5 Shawinigan Cataractes (44-15-3-4)
6 Plymouth Whalers (46-17-2-1)
7 Edmonton Oil Kings (47-15-3-4)
8 Kamloops Blazers (46-18-2-3)
9 Niagara IceDogs (44-18-0-3)
10 Quebec Remparts (42-17-5-2)

Honourable Mention: Victoriaville Tigres (42-18-1-5); Ottawa 67′s (39-18-5-3); Moose Jaw Warriors (42-19-6-2)

Saad Suspended Eight Games

On Wednesday the League suspended Saint John Sea Dogs’ rearguard Ian Saab for seven additional games in addition to the one game suspension for high sticking a Shawinigan Cataractes’ player on March 11th.

After the play was stopped there was a gathering near the Cataractes’ net; both the Sea Dogs and Cataractes players returned to their own benches. Saab left from the Saint John blueline and headed towards his opponent who raised his arms up to ward Saab off. Saab then forcefully hit his opponent in the face with his stick and glove and hit on the head a second time with his glove. The actions led to an injury; and it was not his first offense.

Dwyer Named Team Canada Assistant Coach

On Saturday PEI Head Coach Gordie Dwyer was named one of the assistant coaches of the Canadian U18 team that will compete at the World U18 Championships in Brno and Znojmo, CZE from April 12-22.

Hockey Canada also announced that Red Deer Rebels Head Coach Jesse Wallin will be the team’s Head Coach and that Kingston Frontenacs’ Head Coach Todd Gill will be the other assistant.

It’s Dwyer’s first time being involved with Hockey Canada as a coach. This is his first season behind the PEI bench. Previously he was the Head Coach of the MHL’s Summerside Capitals. He spent parts of five seasons with Tampa, the NY Rangers, and Montreal and won the QMJHL Championship with Hull in 1995.

The Games This Week

There were four games that took place on Wednesday.

Ryan Tesink scored twice; and Charlie Coyle, Jonathan Huberdeau, Dannick Gauthier, and Grant West added singles as the Saint John Sea Dogs clinched the regular season title for the third straight year with a 6-1 win over Halifax. Alexandre Grenier added the lone Mooseheads’ goal. Allain Saulnier scored twice and his brother Alex once as Moncton nipped Cape Breton 3-2. Mikael Langlois and Jonathan Brunelle added the Screaming Eagles’ markers. Guillaume Asselin scored twice; and Dominic Poulin and Mathieu Gagnon added singles as Chicoutimi blanked Baie-Comeau 4-0. Samuel Aquin scored four times; while Cole Hawco and Marc-Oliver Roy added a pair each, and Oliver Hinse and Tommy Giroux added a single each as Blainville-Boisband routed Gatineau 10-4. Rock Regimbald, Alexandros Soumakis, Emile Poirier, and Kyle Morrison found the twine for Gatineau.

The final weekend of regular season play began on Friday as 16 teams took to the ice.

Coyle scored twice, and Kevin Gagne and Stanislev Galiev added singles as Saint John began their two games series with Cape Breton with a 4-0 shutout. Josh Currie scored twice, and Mily Ogilny, Alex Noel, and Olivier Crouteau all added singles in regulation; while Ben Duffy was the lone shootout scorer as PEI edged Moncton 6-5. Mitchell Deruelle had the hat trick; while Ryan Penny, and Mylse McCurty had the singles for the Wildcats. The game between Acadie-Bathurst and Halifax was also decided in a shootout in favor of the Titan as Adam Stevens and Sebastien Trudeau scored in regulation; and Zack O’Brien and Mirko Hoefflin did the same in the shootout; while Cameron Critchlow and Martin Frk scored the Mooseheads’ regulation goals; and Jonathan Drouin scored in the shootout.

Philippe Maillet scored three times; while Troy Vance, Philip Danault, Yanni Gourde, and Jeremy Beaudry added singles as Victoriaville skated to a 7-5 win over Shawinigan. Yannick Veilleux, Loik Poudrier, Michael Bournival, Anton Zloban, and Peter Sakaris scored the Cataractes’ goals. Giroux scored twice; and Hinse and Olivier Picard added one each as Blainville-Boisband blanked Quebec 4-0. Baie-Comeau doubled Val-d’Or 8-4 as Samuel Noreau, Carl Gelinas, Frederic Gamelin, Felix Girard, Raphael Bussieres, Tomas Filippi, and Jonathan Lessard added the Drakkar goals; and Anthony Mantha, Samuel Henley, Benjamin Casavant, and Vincent Dunn found the net for the Foreurs. Rimouski got five goals from Alexandre Mallet and singles from Robbie DeFulviis and Scott Oke in their 7-4 win over Chicoutimi. Etienne Brodeur scored twice; and Christian Ouellet added the Sagueneens’ goal. Sven Andrighetto added a pair; while Mathieu Brisebois, Denis Kamaev, and Frederic Tanguay added singles as Rouyn-Noranda skated to a 5-2 win over Gatineau. Regimbald and Soumakis added the Olympiques’ markers.

On Saturday the Saint John Sea Dogs wrapped up their regular season with a 7-4 win over Cape Breton. Gauthier led the way with two goals; while Stephen MacAulay, Tesink, Aiden Kelly, Dylan McGuigan, and Galiev added singles for the Sea Dogs; while Kyle Farrell, Alexandre Lavoie, Denise Kindl, and William Carrier added the Screaming Eagles’ markers. Gagnon and Sakaris scored for Shawinigan; while Alex Emond did the same for Drummondville as the Cataractes nipped the Voltigeurs 2-1. Patrick Walsh and Mikhail Grigorenko provided the offense for Quebec; while Steve Lebel did the same for Chicoutimi as the Remparts edged the Sagueneens 2-1. Alex Leclerc, Mathieu Brisbois, Mathieu Lemay, Antoine Quevillion, Kamaev, and Andrighetto netted the Rouyn-Noranda goals; while Gatineau’s came off the sticks of Regimbald, Robert Pelletier, and Poirier as the Huskies doubled the Olympiques 6-3.

The season ended with four games on Sunday as Allain Saulnier scored three times; while Marek Hrivik and Erik Robichaud added singles as Moncton skated to a 5-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst. Hoefflin and Robert Davis added the Titan markers. Grenier, Andrew Ryan, Cameron Critchlow, Ryan Falkenham, Nathan MacKinnon, and Brent Andrews scored for Halifax; while Currie supplied the lone PEI marker as the Mooseheads romped to a 6-1 win over the Rocket. Drummondville got goals from Olivier Archambault, Emond, Bryce Milson, and Ramon Hrabenka; while Jean-Christophe Laflamme, Dylan Anderson, and Pier-Olivier GrandMaison did the same for Blainville-Boisband as the Voltigeurs edged the Armada 4-3 in overtime. Gourde scored twice; and Yannick Dube and Danault added singles as Victoriaville blanked Rimouski 4-0.

The Leaders

Saint John finished in the top spot in the overall and Maritime standings with their 50-15-0-3 record and 103 points; while Telus East leaders Shawinigan (45-16-3-4, 97 points) is second; and Blainville-Boisband is the Telus West leader with 40 wins, 22 losses, four overtime losses, and two shootout losses for 86 points.
Gourde finished as the top scorer with 37goals and 87 assists in the 68 games that he has played in; while O’Brien has found the back of the net on 50 occasions; while lending a helping hand on 51 more in the 63 contests that he has skated in to finish second; while his teammate Sebastien Trudeau (31G, 64A, 95 points, 67 games) finished third.

Between the pipes Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil (37-10-0-1, 2.38 GAA, 0.911 SAV%) finished as the top netminder; and Shawinigan’s goalies switch places this week as Gabriel Girard moves from third to second as he finished with a 20-7-1-2 record, 2.45 GAA and 0.911 SAV%; and Alex Dubeau dropped to third as he has won 25 games while losing nine with two overtime losses and two shootout losses with a 2.56 GAA and 0.904 SAV%.

The Games To Come

The playoffs get underway on Thursday Blainville-Boisband is at home to Gatineau; and Drummondville hosts Quebec. The second game of the Armada-Olympiques’ series is on Friday.

On Friday and Saturday Saint John plays host to Cape Breton; Shawinigan welcomes rouyn-Noranda; Victoriaville is in Baie-Comeau; Moncton takes on Halifax in Moncton; Val-d’Or is at home to Rimouski; and Acadie-Bathrust welcomes Chicoutimi.

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