QMJHL Weekly: March 22nd

Brodeur, Zloban, and Nestrasil Are the Telus Three Stars of the Week

Lewiston forward Etienne Brodeur, Shawinigan left winger Anton Zloban, and PEI Rocket forward Andrej Nestrasil are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending March 20th.

Brodeur added two goals, one assist, and was the game’s first star in Lewiston’s 7-0 victory over Friday night Baie-Comeau and added another goal, assist, and was once again the first star of the game as Lewiston skated to a 3-1 win over Chicoutimi on Sunday.

Zloban had two goals and one assist and was the second star of the game as Shawinigan doubled Val-d’Or on Saturday, 8-4 on and followed up with another two goals and one assist as Shawinigan completed the sweep of the Huskies with a 6-4 win on Sunday.

Nestrasil began the week with three assists as PEI skated to a 5-2 win over Saint John on Wednesday; then added two more in the Rocket’s 4-2 win over Moncton on Friday; and ended it with one helper on Sunday as the team lost 7-2 to PEI.

McGinn Is CHL Player of the Week

On the heels of being named the Telus First Star of the Week for the week ending March 13th, Gatineau forward Tye McGinn was named the CHL Player of the Week for the same time period.

In the first 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 five points (four goals, one assist) and was the games first star on Sunday as Gatineau completed the sweep with an 8-5 win.

Abeltshauser, Houde-Caron and Paradis Suspended

Halifax defenseman Konrad Abeltshauser has been suspended two games for his hit from behind on an Acadie-Bathurst player in the game between the two teams on Saturday, March 12th. Lewiston left winger Antoine Houde-Caron received a two game suspension for his elbowing of a Gatineau player on Sunday, March 13th. PEI left-winger Philippe Paradis was suspended three games for hitting a Moncton player in the head.

Four QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL Top 10 rankings were announced on Wednesday four QMJHL teams made the cut. Saint John remained at number one, Montreal stayed fourth, Quebec remained at sixth, and Drummondville moved up one spot to eighth.

Top 10 Rankings
1 Saint John Sea Dogs (56-6-1-2)
2 Saskatoon Blades (53-13-1-2)
3 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (50-13-0-2)
4 Montreal Juniors (44-11-5-5)
5 Red Deer Rebels (46-16-4-4)
6 Quebec Remparts (46-16-1-3)
7 Portland Winterhawks (47-18-0-3)
8 Drummondville Voltigeurs (44-15-5-2)
9 Owen Sound Attack (43-17-1-4)
10 Niagara IceDogs (43-16-2-4)

Moose announce Fan Appreciation Day

On Sunday Halifax will have their fan appreciation day when they host Cape Breton. $10,000.00 in prizes will be awarded during the game as 17 draws will take place for gift cards, jerseys, conesssions, and merchandise in addition to other great prizes. Two fans will also have the chance to shoot for a car in the second intermission, while one lucky fan will win a trip for two to Montreal to attend the Canadiens-Blackhawks’ game on April 5th.

The Games This Week

On Wednesday, Ben Duffy tallied two goals and an assist in PEI’s 5-2 win over Saint John; and Brandon Gormley scored the game winner 1:32 into overtime as Moncton nipped Halifax, 4-3.

Thursday’s lone contest saw Victor Hertzberg tally three points (two goals, one assist) as Montreal doubled Rimouski, 4-2.

On Friday Zack O’Brien had a goal and assist to lead Acadie-Bathurst to a 4-2 win over Halifax; Matthew Hobbs scored twice as PEI doubled Moncton, 4-2; Stanislev Galiev led the way with two goals as Saint John routed Cape Breton, 8-1; Philippe Fontaine scored the game winner with 5:01 left in regulation to give Montreal a 3-2 win over Victoriaville; Nicolas Champion made 27 saves to lead Lewiston to a 7-0 shutout of Baie-Comeau; Quebec got goals from Alex Wall, Vincent Barnard, Frederick Roy, Joe Dube, and Axel Rioux in its 5-4 win over Chicoutimi; while Steve Lebel, Alexandre Roy, Charles Hudon , and Jonathan Bonneau had the Drakkar goals.

In the lone game on Saturday Anton Zloban found the twine twice and added one assist in Shawningan’s 8-4 win over Val-d’Or.

The regular season finished off with nine games on Sunday as Another Michael Kirkpatrick had two goals and one assist to lead Saint John to a 7-2 win over PEI; Robert Steeves made 32 saves as Acadie-Bathurst was outshot 33-23 in its 7-1 win over Moncton; Cory MacIntosh had two goals and one assist to lead Cape Breton to a 4-2 win over Halifax; Frederick Roy scored the game winner 47 seconds into overtime as Quebec edged Baie-Comeau, 3-2; Brodeur added a goal and assist as Lewiston skated to a 3-1 win over Chicoutimi; Philippe Haley scored once and assisted on one more to lead Gatineau to a 5-2 win over Montreal; Zlobin and Peter Sakaris each had two goals and one assist in Shawinigan’s 5-4 win Rouyn-Noranda 5-4; Andrew Randazzo scored the game winner 2:16 into overtime as Drummondville defeated Val-d’Or, 3-2; and Jerome Gauthier-Leduc’s hat trick led Rimouski to a 6-3 win over Victoriaville.

The Leaders

Saint John finished the season as the League’s top team with their 58-7-1-2 record and 119 points and the Maritime Division title. They finished 17 ahead of Telus West leaders montreal who finished at 46-12-5-5 record and 102 points; and 19 points ahead of Telus East leaders Quebec who finished with a 48-16-1-3 record and 100 points.

Gatineau forward Philip-Michael Devos finished as the League’s top scorer with 47 goals and 67 assists in 68 games with Victoriaville and Gatineau; Acadie-Bathurst forward Gabriel Levesque finished second with 37 goals and 70 assists in the 68 games; while Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau finished with with 43 goals and 62 helpers over the 67 games that he played in.

Saint John netminder Jacob DeSerres (27-3-0-0, 2.22 GAA, .916 SAV%) is the top goalie; while Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson finished second with a 14-15-3-5 record to go along with his goals against average of 2.42 and .920 SAV%; and Gatineau’s Maxime Clermont is 28-10-1-4 with a goals against average of 2.55 and .896 SAV% to finish third.

The Games To Come

The first round of the playoffs begin on Thursday with one game as Halifax travels to Montreal. Games two in the series will take place on Saturday.

The Saint John-Cape Breton series opens up in Saint John Friday with game two also in Saint John on Saturday.

Acadie-Bathurst will welcome Victoriaville for the first three games of their series on Friday, Saturday, and Monday.

Val-d’Or is in Quebec City on Friday and Saturday.

Lewiston hosts Moncton on Friday and Saturday.

PEI makes their way to Shawinigan for two games Friday and Saturday.

Gatineau hosts Rimouski Friday and Saturday.

Chicoutimi takes on Drummondville in Drummondville Friday and Saturday.

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