Frk Is CHL Player of the Week
Halifax Mooseheads; forward Martin Frk is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 24th.
Frk had five goals, three assists, and was the first star of the game on Friday as Halifax began their Memorial Cup quest with an 11-1 rout of defending President’s Cup champions the Saint John Sea Dogs.
Duffy, Fucale and Kucherov Are Telus Three Stars of the Month
PEI forward Ben Duffy, Halifax netminder Zachary Fucale and Rouyn-Noranda right winger Nikita Kucherov are the Telus three stars of the month of March.
Duffy began the month with one goal, two assists, and the first star of the game award in the 6-5 loss to Val-d’Or on March 1st. He had another goal the next night in the 6-3 loss to Rouyn-Noranda. Duffy lent a a helping hand on one more in the March 6th win over Saint John and had another pair of helpers in the March 8th win over Cape Breton. Duffy scored another goal in the 5-3 win over Acadie-Bathurst on March 10th; and had two goals, one assist, and the second star of the game award in the 4-0 win over Moncton on March 12th. He found the back of the net once in the 3-2 win over Moncton on March 15th and ended the season with one goal, four assists, and the first star of the game award in the 85 win over Saint John on March 17th.
Fucale began the month of March with 20 saves as Halifax skated to a 5-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda on March 1st. He followed that up with 49 saves and the third star of the game honors in the 4-3 win over Val-d’Or on March 2nd and added one more through the final 7:13 of action in the 8-7 overtime loss to Acadie-Bathurst on March 6th. Fucale had 34 more saves in the 3-1 win over Moncton on March 8th and added 3 more and was the third star in the 3-2 shootout win over Moncton on March 10th. He stopped 27 of the 29 shots sent his way in the 5-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst on March 11 and finished the season with 19 more saves in the 5-2 win over Cape Breton on March 17th. Fucale went 6-0-1 with a 2.07 GAA and 0.933 SAV% and has not lost a game in regulation time since January 26th.
Kucherov began March with one goal in the 5-2 loss to Halifax on March 1st. He found the back of the net twice and lent a helping hand on one more as the Huskies doubled PEI 6-3 on March 2nd. Kucherov lent a helping hand on one more in the 6-3 loss to Sherbrooke on March 6th. Kucherov found the twine on three occasions; helped out on one more; and was the second star of the game on March 9th. Kucherov had another goal in the 5-4 shootout win over Val-d’Or on March 12th; and finished the season with two goals and two assists in the 4-1 win over Blainville-Boisbriand on March 16th. Kucherov finished the month a +7.
Halifax Wins Jean Rogeau, Luc Robitaille, and Robert Lebel Trophies
Prior to their game against the Sea Dogs on Friday night the Halifax Mooseheads were presented with the Jean Rogeau Trophy awarded to the regular season champions. The award was presented by QMJHL Commissioner Giles Courteau.
In addition they were also presented with the Luc Robitaille Trophy awarded to the team that scores the most regular season goals. That award was presented by Dana Simonsen, General Manager of Steele Subaru.
The Robert-Lebel trophy is awarded to the team with the best goals against average.
“The Mooseheads had a exceptional season during which they won 58 games equaling the presitigious record held by the Sorel Eperviers, Trois-Rivieres Draveurs and Saint John Sea Dogs. I would like to congratulate the players, management, training staff and all the support staff for their excellent season and a special thanks to Halifax’s fans for their support. They all played a vital role in the team’s success” said the commissioner.
With information from the QMJHL.
Desrosiers Awarded Raymond Lagace Trophy
Before the game against Gatineau on Friday Rimouski netminder Philippe Desrosiers was awarded the Raymond Lagace Trophy given to the defensive rookie of the year. Desrosiers played in 43 games this season going 22-8-5 with a 3.07 GAA, and 0.900 SAV%.
Felix Girard Wins Guy Carbonneau Trophy; Zykov is Michel Bergeron Winner
Prior to the game against Sherbrooke on Friday night Drakkar forward Felix Girard was awarded the Guy Carbonneau Trophy given to the best defensive forward. Girard found the back of the net 23 times, lent a helping hand on 38 more, and finished a +18 in 58 games this season.
Right winger Valentin Zykov was awarded the Michel Bergeron Trophy given to the offensive rookie of the year. Zykov had 40 goals and 35 assists in 67 games this season.
Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10
When the final CHL rankings for the season were announced on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the top 10.
Halifax stayed at number one; Baie-Comeau dropped two to ninth; and Rimouski remained at 10th.
BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 26 (Final)
1 Halifax Mooseheads (58-6-3-1)
2 Portland Winterhawks (57-12-1-2)
3 London Knights (50-13-2-3)
4 Edmonton Oil Kings (51-15-2-4)
5 Kelowna Rockets (52-16-3-1)
6 Belleville Bulls (44-16-5-3)
7 Plymouth Whalers (42-17-5-4)
8 Kamloops Blazers (47-20-2-3)
9 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (44-19-2-3)
10 Rimouski Oceanic (41-18-3-6)
Honourable Mention: Calgary Hitmen (46-21-1-4); Owen Sound Attack (44-18-1-5); Saskatoon Blades (44-22-2-4)
The Games This Week
Halifax, Baie-Comeau, Blainville-Boisbriand, and Rouyn-Noranda all have 2-0 leads in their best of seven first round playoff series; while Rimouski and Gatineau, Quebec and Chicoutimi, Moncton and Victoriaville, and PEI and Val-d’Or are tied at one game each.
The Armada and Acadie-Bathurst got things started on Thursday in Boisbriand as the Armada skated to a 6-1 win over the Titan. Christopher Clapperton scored twice; while Olivier Picard, Marc-Oliver Roy, Danick Martel, and Marcus Hinds all added singles for the Armada; and Christophe Lalancette scored for the Titan. Philippe Sanche had three goals; while Xavier Ouellet and Cedric Paquette had singles as the Armada took a 2-0 series lead with a 5-4 win on Friday. Lalancette and Zach O’Brien had two each for the Titan.
On Friday night Halifax continued their rampage to the Memorial Cup with an 11-1 flattening of defending champions Saint John in Halifax. Martin Frk led the way with five goals; while Nathan MacKinnon had a pair; and Dominic Beauchemin, Stefan Fournier, Brent Andrews, and Stephen MacAulay had singles. Jason Cameron scored for the Sea Dogs. It was a little closer for the Mooseheads on Saturday as Matthew Boudreau and Andrews added singles for Halifax; while Maxime Villemaire added the Saint John goal as the Mooseheads edged the Sea Dogs 2-1.
On Friday Baie-Comeau got goals from Carl Gelinas who had two; and Felix Girard, Raphael Bussieres, Maxim Lamarche, and Frederic Gamelin had singles as the Drakkar skated to a 6-2 win over Sherbrooke on Friday in Baie-Comeau. Michael McNamee and Denis Kamaev scored for the Phoenix. Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau, Petr Straka, and Bussieres scored twice each; while Gabriel Verpaelist and Dominic Poulin added singles in the 8-1 win on Saturday. Carl Neill scored the lone Phoenix marker.
Anthony DeLuca, Alexandre Lavoie, and Jean-Francois Plante scored for Rimouski as the Oceanic edged Gatineau 3-2 on Friday in Rimouski. Gabriel Bourret and Tomas Hyka scored for the Olympiques. Etienne Boutet, Rock Regimbald, Emile Poirier, Martin Reway, and Jordan Kennedy scored for Gatineau as the Olympiques rebounded with a 5-3 win on Saturday. Lavoie had two; and Plante had a single fir Rimouski.
Chicoutimi skated into Quebec City and came away with a 6-3 win on Friday as Simon Tremblay and Guillaume Asselin had a pair each; while Laurent Dauphin and Thomas Gobeil had singles. Ryan Culkin, Anthony Duclair, and Adam Erne scored for the Remparts. Quebec rebounded with a 5-1 win on Saturday thanks to Nick Sorensen’s hat trick and singles form Erne and Logan Shaw. Lukas Sedlak scored for the Saguneens.
Angelo Miceli had a pair; while Tommy Veilleux had a single as Victoriaville went into Moncton and defeated the Wildcats 3-0 on Friday. The Wildcats needed overtime and a goal from Phillip Danault 16:58 in to get past the Tigres 3-2 on Saturday. Alex Saulnier and Ivan Barbashov had the other Moncton goals; while Philippe Halley had the two Tigres’ markers.
PEI welcomed Val-d’Or with a 3-2 overtime win on Friday thanks to goals from Josh Currie who scored the overtime winner 42 seconds into the first overtime, Alexis Papin and Tomas Pavelka scored the regulation goals for the Rocket; while Artem Sergeev and Anthony Mantha scored for the Foreurs. Mantha, Pierre-Maxime Poudrier, and Brandon Hynes all had a pair each; while Guillaume Gelinas and Anton Zloban had singles as Val-d’Or rebounded with an 8-3 win on Saturday. Jimmy Oligny, Ben Duffy, and Alex Micallef scored for PEI.
Justin Guennette, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Maxime St-Cyr, and Sven Andrighetto scored for Rouyn-Noranda; while Nikolas Brouillard and Jerome Verrier scored for Drummondville as the Huskies doubled the Voltigeurs 4-2 on Friday. Dillon Fournier, Redgie Bois, and Andrighetto scored for the Huskies; while Guillaume Gauthier and Matthew Boudens did the same for Drummondville as Rouyn-Noranda edged the Voltigeurs 3-2 on Saturday.