Phillips Named CHL Player of the Week
Saint John forward Zack Phillips is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 27th.
Phillips tallied five points (four goals, one assist), and was the game’s first star as Saint John routed Cape Breton 10-0 in the first game of the playoffs on Friday night. The following night he added three more helpers in the 7-1 win on Saturday.
QMJHL Playoffs Underway
The QMJHL postseason got underway on Thursday with one game as Montreal took a 1-0 lead in their series with Halifax with a 5-3 win. Nicolas Chouinard scored once and assisted on two more for Montreal; and Konrad Abeltshauser added two of Halifax’s goals. The Juniors took a 2-0 lead in the series with a 6-0 win on Friday. Louis Leblanc led the way with two goals.
On Friday Saint John took a 1-0 series against Cape Breton with a 10-0 rout. Phillips led the way with four goals and one assist. The Sea Dogs went up 2-0 with another one sided victory Saturday night as Jonathan Huberdeau tallied a hat trick in the 7-1 victory. The series switches to Cape Breton for Games 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday before returning to Saint John for Game 5 on Friday and then returning to Cape Breton for game six if necessary.
Yanni Gourde led the way for Victoriaville with two goals and one assist; and Philippe Maillet and Phillip Danault had a goal and an assist each in the Tigres’ 7-4 win over Acadie-Bathurst. Garrett Clarke had a goal and assist for the Titan. Maillet added another goal and two assists to lead the team to a 2-0 lead in the series with a 5-1 win on Saturday. Games 3 and 4 take place Monday and Wednesday in Victoriaville before returning to Bathurst on Friday and back to Victoriaville on Sunday for Games 5 and 6 if necessary.
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault had a hat trick for Quebec in its 7-2 rout of Val-d’Or. Alexandre Carrier and Brett Hester netted the Foreurs’ goals. Alex Wall led the way with four assists as Quebec took a 2-0 series lead with a 6-4 win on Saturday. Games 3 and 4 will be played in Val-d’Or on Tuesday and Thursday with the series returning to Quebec for Game 5 (if necessary) on Friday and back to Val-d’Or if necessary for Game 6 on Sunday.
Maxime Villemaire found the back of the net twice as Drummondville edged Chicoutimi, 4-3. Steve Lebel, Andrew O’Brien, and Guillaume Asselin scored for the Sagueneens. Ondrej Palat led the way with two goals and two assists as the Voltigeurs head into Chicoutimi with a two games to none lead with a 6-1 win on Saturday. Games 3 and 4 will be held in Chicoutimi on Tuesday and Wednesday with Game 5 (if necessary) back in Drummondville on Friday and Game 6 if necessary in Chicoutimi on Sunday.
Matthew Gagnon had a goal and two assists; while Tye McGinn had a two-point night (one goal, one assist) to lead Gatineau in its 6-0 shutout of Rimouski. The Olympiques needed overtime and a goal from McGinn 2:05 in for a 3-2 win and 2-0 series lead. Games 3 and 4 will be held in Rimouski on Tuesday and Wednesday; while the series switches back to Gatineau for Game 5 (if necessary) on Friday and back to Rimouski for Game 6 (if necessary) on Sunday.
Shawinigan needed overtime and a goal from Michael Bournival at the 5:10 mark to get past PEI 2-1. Anton Zloban netted the other Cataractes goal; while Travis McIssac scored for PEI. The Rocket evened the series with a 4-2 win on Saturday as Ben Duffyand Andrej Nestrasil led the way with a goal and assist each. Games 3, 4, and 5 will be held in Charlottetown on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
The Saulnier twins—Alex and Allain—and Daniel Milan and Ryan Penny scored for Moncton; while Jess Tanguay got the lone Lewiston marker in the Wildcats’ 4-1 win. The MAINEaics gained a split in the series with a 2-1 win as Olivier Dame-Malka scored the game winner at 1:26 of the second period. Games 3 and 4 will be played in Moncton on Tuesday and Wednesday with the teams returning to Lewiston for Game 5 on Friday and back to Moncton for Game 6 (if necessary) on Sunday.
Seven Players Suspended
On Saturday the League announced that seven players were suspended as a result of their action on Friday night.
Val-d’Or right-winger Jonathan Hazen received a three-game suspension for a hit from behind.
Lewiston forward Antoine Houde-Caron received a three-game suspension for a dangerous bodycheck. His teammate, Ian Saab, was suspended one game for punching.
Gatineau right-winger Tommy Tremblay will not be in the lineup for two games for slew footing.
Rimouski defenseman Étienne Boutetgets the gate for two games for a dangerous bodycheck.
Moncton left-winger Marek Hrivik is suspended one game for a punch.
Saint John defenseman Danick Gauthier is suspended one game for a dangerous bodycheck.
After two games of the playoffs Phillips leads the way with four goals and four assists; while his teammate Huberdeau has three goals and five assists; and Audy-Marchessault is third with four goals and three assists.
Three goalies are at 2-0-0 with Saint John’s Jacob DeSerres having a 0.50 GAA and .971 SAV %; to lead the way; and Gatineau’s Francois Lacerte is second with his 0.90 GAA and .960 SAV%; while Montreal Jean-Francois Berube’s 1.50 GAA and .939 SAV% puts him third.