Desrosier, Power and Mantha Are February’s Best; Desrosiers is CHL Goalie of the Month
On Sunday the League announced that Rimouski goalie Philippe Desrosiers, Rouyn-Noranda forward Marcus Power, and Val-d’Or forward Anthony Mantha are the three stars of the month for February.
Desrosiers went 9-0 with a goals against average of 0.94 and 0.965 SAV%. He broke the League record of 243:35 of shutout hockey with three shutouts from February 7th-9th. His best game was February 8th when he made 42 saves as the Oceanic shutout Halifax 1-0. He allowed one goal or less in seven games.
For his efforts Desrosiers was the CHL Goalie of the Month for February.
Power finished the month with seven goals, 20 assists, and a +17. His 2.25 points per game was the League’s best in February. In the eight games that he skated in he scored a minimum of two points.
Mantha finished with 10 goals, 10 assists, and a +10. Two of his goals were game winners. He had 44 shots on goal which is an average of four plus per game. He had multiple points in seven games with his best being February 9th when he found the back of the net twice and lent a helping hand on three more as the Foreurs pounded Chicoutimi 12-3.
Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10
When the Canadian Hockey League announced the top 10 on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the cut.
Baie-Comeau moved three spots to fourth; while Blainville-Boisbriand fell three places to eighth, and Rimouski finished 10th.
Halifax was an honorable mention.
BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 23
1. Kelowna Rockets (49-9-0-4)
2. Guelph Storm (46-10-2-1)
3. Portland Winterhawks (46-12-2-3)
4. Baie-Comeau Drakkar (42-15-1-3)
5. Erie Otters (44-13-2-0)
6. London Knights (42-12-1-4)
7. Edmonton Oil Kings (44-15-1-1)
8. Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (37-14-4-5)
9. Victoria Royals (43-17-1-3)
10. Rimouski Oceanic (37-15-3-4)
Honourable Mention: Calgary Hitmen (41-15-3-4), Oshawa Generals (39-16-0-5), Halifax Mooseheads (39-18-0-3)
Fraser Suspended Indefinitely
On Saturday the League announced that Val-d’Or’s Jeremie Fraser has been suspended indefinitely for head checking.
The Games This Week
The week began with two games on Tuesday.
Maxim St-Cyr had two goals; while Jeremy Gregoire, Bokondji Imama, Felix Girard, and Denis Borbunov had singles as Baie-Comeau skated to a 6-1 win over Blainville-Boisbriand. Nikita Jevpalovs had the lone Armada goal.
Georgs Golovkovs had two goals including the game winner with 1:02 left in regulation; while Christophe Lalancette and Charles-David Beaudoin had singles as Drummondville nipped Rouyn-Noranda 4-3. Francis Beauvillier, Mathieu Lemay, and Jack Nevins scored for the Huskies.
Four games took place on Wednesday.
Cape Breton needed overtime and a goal from Maxim Lazarev 4:03 in to get past Charlottetown 3-2. Darcy Cameron had the other two goals for the Screaming Eagles. Daniel Sprong and Thomas Stavert had the Islanders’ markers.
Frederick Gauthier had a pair; while Jimmy Oligny, Ryan MacKinnon, and Michael Joly had singles as Rimouski skated to a 5-1 win over Chicoutimi. Janne Puhakka had the lone Sagueneens’ marker.
Matej Beran, Simon Desbiens, and Jeremy Roy scored for Sherbrooke; while Cameron Yarwood, and Philippe Hudon did the same for Victoriaville as the Phoenix nipped the Tigres 3-2.
Joey Ratelle, William Carrier, Matthew Boudens, and Alexandre Grand-Maison found the back of the net for Drummondville as the Voltigeurs blanked Val-d’Or 4-0.
All 18 teams were in action on Friday night.
Nikolaj Ehlers led the way with the hat trick; while Philippe Gaudry, Andrew Ryan, and Austyn Hardie had singles as Halifax blanked Acadie-Bathurst 6-0.
Bradley Kennedy had a pair; while Troy Vance, Daniel Sprong, and Spenser Cobbold had singles as Charlottetown edged Moncton 5-4. Stephan Seegar, Mark Simpson, Vladimir Tkachev, and Christopher Caissy had the goals for the Wildcats.
Cape Breton needed overtime and a goal from Jeremy Beaudry with 51 seconds left in overtime to get past Saint John 4-3. It was Beaudry’s second of the game; and Clark Bishop and Julien Pelletier had the other goals for the Screaming Eagles. Jason Cameron, Matthew Highmore, and Nicolas Hebert had the other Sea Dogs’ markers.
Jean-Francois Plante had two goals; while Lukas Pozgay, Carl-Antoine Deslisle, Angelo Miceli, Anthony Beaulieu, and Philippe Hudon had one each as Victoriaville romped to a 7-1 win over Chicoutimi. Nikita Liamkin had the lone Sagueneens’ goal.
Jeremy Gregoire, Denis Gorbonuv, Valentin Zykov, and Maxime St-Cyr found the twine for Baie-Comeau; while Daniel Audette did the same for Sherbrooke as the Drakkar skated to a 4-1 win over the Phoenix.
Christopher Clapperton had two goals; while Marc-Olivier Roy had one as Blainville-Boisbriand got past Drummondville 3-1. Ryan Culkin scored for the Voltigeurs.
Anthony Mantha scored twice; and Anthony Richard, Louick Marcotte, and Samuel Henley had one each as Val-d’Or blanked Gatineau 5-0.
Michael Joly scored twice; and Frederik Gauthier had one for Rimouski as the Oceanic skated to a 3-1 win over Rouyn-Noranda. Jason Fuchs had the lone Huskies’ goal.
Giovanni Fiore scored once in regulation and had the lone shootout goal as Shawinigan nipped Quebec 2-1. Mikhail Grigorenko scored for Quebec.
Five games were played Saturday.
Jeremy Gregoire had a pair; while Robbie Graham, Gabryel Paquin-Beaudreau and Valentin Zykov had one apiece as Baie-Comeau skated to a 5-1 win over Victoriaville. Jean-Francois Plante had the lone Tigres’ marker.
Frederik Gauthier had two goals; while Peter Trainor, Alexis Loiseau, and Sebastien Sylvestre had singles as Rimouski skated to a 5-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda. Jean-Sebastien Dea and Mathieu Lemay scored for the Huskies.
Christopher Boivin scored once in the shootout and once in regulation; while Raphael Lafontaine added the other Acadie-Bathurst goal as the Titan needed a shootout to get past Charlottetown 3-2. Alexandre Goulet and Anthony Cortese found the net for the Islanders.
Nikolaj Ehlers had the hat trick; while Philippe Gadoury and Matt Murphy had the other goals as Halifax skated to a 5-2 win over Moncton. Will Smith and Ivan Barbashev scored for the Wildcats.
Marcus Cuomo, Noah Zilbert, and Oliver Cooper had a pair each; while David Weckworth, Spencer Smallman, and Jurij Repe had singles as Saint John romped to a 9-3 win over Cape Breton. Charles-Eric Legare, Maxim Lazarev, and Julien Pelletier scored for the Screaming Eagles.
The weekend finished with five game on Sunday.
Acadie-Bathurst got goals from Lucas Grundy, Simon Fortier, and Matthew Beaudrea in their 3-1 win over Saint John. Jason Cameron had the lone Sea Dogs’ goal.
Or as the Foreurs needed overtime to get past 4. Fabrice Herzog had a pair; while Cody Donaghey and Mikhail Grigorenko had singles for Quebec.
Joey Ratelle, Olivier Caouette, William Carrier, and Georgs Golovkovs scored for Drummondville in their 4-0 win over Gatineau.
Ryan Tesink, Christopher Clapperton, and Marcus Hinds lit the lamp post for Blainville-Boisbriand in their 3-1 victory over Chicoutimi. Dominic Beauchemin was the lone goal scorer for the Sagueneens.
Ilya Zinoviev and Alexis D’Aoust scored in regulation; while D’Aoust was the lone shootout scorer as Shawinigan nipped Sherbrooke 3-2. Daniel Audette and Jeremy Roy scored for the Phoenix.
With two weeks left in the regular season 12 teams have clinched playoff spots.
For the second consecutive year the defending Memorial Cup Champions Halifax have won the Telus Martimes Division regular season title with their 42-18-0-3 record and 87 points. The Mooseheads have five more games remaining to catch Telus East leaders Baie-Comeau who are first overall with their 44-15-1-3 record and 92 points; while Blainville-Boisbriand (39-14-4-5, 87 points) are the Telus West leaders and can also catch Baie-Comeau for first overall as they have a game in hand and six games left to play.
Mantha leads all scorers with 110 points on 52 goals and 58 assists; while Power (28G, 73A, 101 points) is second; and Quebec’s Anthony Duclair sits third as he has lit the lamp post on 50 occasions; while lending a helping hand on 49 more.
Between the pipes Halifax’s Zachary Fucale is tops with his 32-9-0-3 record, 2.26 GAA, and 0.909 SAV%; while Baie-Comeau’s Philippe Cadorette has won 33 games; while losing 12; with one overtime and one shootout loss; has a goals against average of 2.35; and 0.916 SAV%. Drummondville’s Louis-Philip Guindon (28-20-1-2; 2.52 GAA; and 0.904 SAV%) rounds out the top three.