Playoffs Get Underway
The 2012 QMJHL playoffs got underway on Thursday as Blainville-Boisband got two goals from Raphael Pouliot, and singles from Alex Micallef, Marc-Olivier Roy, Cedric Paquette, Tommy Giroux, and Jess Tanguay in their 7-2 win over Gatineau. Samuel Courtemanche and Adam Chipman added the Olympiques’ markers. The Armada took a 2-0 lead in games with a 5-1 win on Saturday night. Tanguay scored twice; while Roy, Pacquette, and Christopher Clapperton had one each for Blainville-Boisband; while Robert Pelletier had the lone goal for Gatineau.
Quebec took a 1-0 lead over Drummondville with a 5-2 win over the Voltigeurs in Quebec City on Thursday night. Logan Shaw, Mikhail Grigorenko, Martin Lefebvre, Gabriel Desjardins, and Vincent Barnard added the Remparts’ goals; while Raman Hrabarenka and Michael Santini scored for Drummondville. Game two of their series will take place on Monday in Quebec City with games three and four in Drummondville on Tuesday and Thursday with game five if necessary in Quebec City on Saturday and game six if necessary in Drummondville on Sunday.
The Halifax Mooseheads are also up 2-0 on the Moncton Wildcats. The Herd took game one of their series with a 5-1 win in Halifax on Friday. Scoring for the winners were Nathan MacKinnon and Martin Frk with a pair each; while Jonathan Drouin had a single. James Melindy was the lone Wildcat scorer. Frk, MacKinnon, Cameron Critchlow, and Alexandre Grenier scored for the Mooseheads in their 4-1 win on Saturday; while Melindy added the Moncton goal. The series now switches to Moncton for games three and four Monday and Tuesday before returning to Halifax for game five if necessary on Friday and back to Moncton for game six if necessary on Sunday.
The Presidents Cup and Memorial Cup champions the Saint John Sea Dogs had two easy wins over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday and Saturday. They began their defense of their titles with a 13-4 rout on Friday thanks to three goals from Charlie Coyle, a pair from Danick Gautheir, and singles from Jason Seed, Zack Phillips, Jonathan Huberdeau, Tomas Jurco, Aidan Kelly, Nathan Beaulieu, Charles-Olivier Roussel, and Stanislev Galiev; while Bronson Beaton scored twice, and Kyle Farrell added a single for Cape Breton. It was another one sided victory for the Sea Dogs on Saturday in their 8-1 win. Coyle had another hat trick; while Stephen MacAulay had a pair, and Phillips Beaulieu, and Galiev had singles. William Carrier had the lone Eagles’ goal. The series now switches to Sydney for games three and four Tuesday and Wednesday before returning to Saint John for game five if necessary on Friday and back to Cape Breton for game six if necessary on Sunday.
Baie-Comeau also has a 2-0 lead in games over Victoriaville. It began with a 4-3 win on Friday night in Victoriaville with Carl Gelinas, Gabriel Verplast, Raphael Bussieres, and Jonathan Lessard scoring for the Drakkar; while Philippe Maillet, Philippe Halley, and Angelo Miceli did the same for the Tigres. David Rose scored twice; and Felix Girard, Jonathan Lessard, and Bussieres added singles as the Drakkar skated to a 5-3 win on Saturday. Carl-Antione Deslisle, Brandon Hynes, and Stefan Fournier scored for Victoriaville. The series will switch to Baie-Comeau for two games Tuesday and Wednesday before returning to Victoriaville for game five if necessary on Friday and back to Baie-Comeau for game six if necessary on Sunday.
Shawinigan is up 2-0 in their series with Rouyn-Noranda. It began with a lopsided 7-1 win on Friday as Mordan Ellis and Yannick Veilleux led the way with a pair each; while Jonathan Racine, Loik Poudrier, and Kirill Kabanov had one each. Alexandre Leclerc added the lone Huskies’ marker. Shawinigan got a pair from Poudrier, while singles came from Mitchell Maynard, Michael Chaput, Kabanov, and Michael Bournival in the 6-3 win on Saturday. Marcus Power, Maxime St-Cyr, and Mathieu Brisbois added the goals for Rouyn-Noranda. Games four and five will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday in Rouyn-Noranda; while game five if necessary will take place in Shawinigan on Friday night with game six if necessary will be played in Rouyn-Noranda on Sunday.
Rimouski takes a 2-0 lead in their series with Val-d’Or thanks to a pair of 8-5 wins on Friday and Saturday. Alexandre Mallet and Jean-Francois Plante added a pair; while Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Peter Trainor, Alex Belzile, and Scott Oke added singles for the Oceanic; while Benjamin Casavant scored twice; and Guillaume Gelinas, Michael Beaudry, and Alexandre Durette found the back of the net for the Foreurs. On Saturday Gauthier-Leduc, Mallet, Francis Beauvillier, Petr Straka, Jakub Culek, Belzile, and Jean-Francois Plante scored for Rimuski; while Beaudry, Nicolas Larocque-Marcoux, Casavant, and Cedric Henley added the Foreur markers. The series now switches to Val-d’Or for games three, four, and five if necessary Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Chicoutimi takes a 2-0 lead in games in their series with Acadie-Bathurst. On Friday Guillaume Asselin led the way with two goals; while Christian Ouellet had a single in the 3-1 win. Matthew Bissonnette scored the lone Bathurst goal. Ouellet had the hat trick; while Steve Lebel, Charles Hudon, and Lukas Sedlak had singles in the 6-1 win on Saturday. Etienne Salvail added the lone Titan goal. Games three and four will take place in Bathurst on Tuesday and Wednesday; while game five if necessary will take place on Friday in Chicoutimi game six if necessary in Bathurst on Sunday.
Ashley Suspended Four Games
On Tuesday the League suspended Halifax forward Darcy Ashley three additional games in addition to the one game suspension after an incident that took place on March 18th versus the PEI Rocket in which he cross checked a PEI player in the throat.
The player was headed towards Ashley with his hands at chest height and was injured on the play.
Saint John Finishes Year On Top
The Saint John Sea Dogs finished the year on top of the BMO Mastercard CHL Top 10 rankings.
Shawinigan stayed at fifth; while Victoriaville made it to 10th.
BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 26
1 Saint John Sea Dogs (50-15-0-3)
2 Tri-City Americans (50-18-2-2)
3 London Knights (49-18-0-1)
4 Edmonton Oil Kings (50-15-3-4)
5 Shawinigan Cataractes (45-16-3-4)
6 Plymouth Whalers (47-18-2-1)
7 Portland Winterhawks (49-19-3-1)
8 Niagara IceDogs (47-18-0-3)
9 Kamloops Blazers (47-20-2-3)
10 Victoriaville Tigres (44-18-1-5)
Honourable Mention: Quebec Remparts (43-18-5-2); Ottawa 67′s (40-20-5-3); Moose Jaw Warriors (45-19-6-2)
Gourde, Marcoux and Régimbald are Telus’s Best For March
Victoriaville forward Yanni Gourde, Blainville-Boisband netminder Etienne Marcoux, and Gatineau centre Rock Regimbald are the Telus Three Stars of the Month for March.
Gourde had 18 points in March with eight of his games being two point ones. Five of them came against Shawinigan (1g, 4a) on March 16th. Gourde ended the season as the League scoring champion with 124 points.
Marcoux had two shutouts and started four of the five games on the road. He won all five of his starts in March posting a 1.38 GAA and 0.952 SAV%.
Regimbald found the back of the net nine times while lending a helping hand on six more in eight games. His nine goals was a Leauge high for March. He finished with a +10.
Roy Is Guy Carbonneau Trophy Winner
On Thursday Quebec forward Frederick Roy was awarded the Guy Carbonneau Trophy given to the best defensive forward in the League.
This season Roy scored 27 goals, added 65 assists, and finished a +35.
Grigorenko Is Michel Bergeron Trophy Winner
Grigorenko was presented with the Michel Bergeron Trophy on Thursday. The award is given to the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Grigorenko found the back of the net 40 times; while lending a helping hand on 45 more in 59 games this season.
Fucale Receives Raymond Lagace Trophy
Halifax netminder Zachary Fucale is the winner of the 2012 Raymond Lagace Trophy. It was presented to him on Thursday and is awarded to the League’s Best Defensive Rookie.
Fucale went 32-18-2-4 with a 3.16 GAA and 0.892 SAV% this season.
Sea Dogs Presented With Jean-Rougeau Trophy
On Thursday Saint John was given the Jean-Rougeau Trophy given to the League regular season champions for the third straight year.
The Sea Dogs went 50-15-0-3 this season with 103 points. They were the only team to reach the 100 point plateau this year.
Cataractes Receive Rober-Lebel and Kevin Lowe Trophies
On Thursday Shawinigan was given the Robert-Lebel Trophy which is awarded to the team with the lowest goals against average in the regular season as Gabriel Girard, Alex Dubeau, and Ty Zastre finished with a 1.79 GAA.
Ellis was also given the Kevin Lowe Trophy as the best defensive defenseman. He finished the year with 15 goals and 37 assists in 60 games.
Coyle leads all playoff scorers with six goals and five assists; while his teammate Phillips is second with two goals and six assists; while Mallet is third with three goals and four assists.
Among netminders Fucale is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and 0.957 SAV%; while Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson is also 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and 0.963 SAV$. Rounding out the top three is Marcoux at 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and 0.925 SAV%.