QMJHL Weekly: March 6th, 2012

Hyka, Duclair and Marcoux Are The Telus Three Stars of the Week

Gatineau forward Tomas Hyka, Quebec left winger Anthony Duclair, and Blainville-Boisband goalie Etienne Marcoux are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending March 4th, 2012.

Hyka began the week with one goal as Gatineau lost 6-2 to Halifax on Wednesday. He added another goal, two assists, and the second star of the game award as Gatineau edged Drummondville 4-3 on Friday. Hyka lent a helping hand on four more in the Olympiques’ 8-2 thrashing of Drummondville on Saturday and finished with one assist in the 3-2 loss to Victoriaville on Sunday.

Duclair scored once in Quebec’s 50 shutout of Moncton on Friday and added another goal, two assists, and the game’s first star award as the Remparts skated to a 4-2 win over Cape Breton on Sunday.
Marcoux made 29 saves as the Armada skated to a 6-2 win over Baie-Comeau and added 18 more and the first star of the game award as the Armada shutout Chicoutimi 5-0 on Saturday.

Huberdeau, Beaulieu and Roy Are Telus Three Stars of the Month

On Friday the League announced that Saint John teammates forward Jonathan Huberdeau and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu and Quebec forward Frederick Roy are the Telus Three Stars of the Month for February.
Huberdeau found the back of the net 11 times, lent a helping hand on 10 more; and finished a +16.

Beaulieu set a QMJHL record with 15 assists in February and scored twice while maintaining a +/- of +12. He set a new team record among rearguards with his 135th career point on February 11th.

Roy found the back of the net four times, assisted on 14 more, and was a +7 in February.

Fraser Suspended Three Additional Games

On Wednesday the League announced that Acadie-Bathurst rearguard Jeremie Fraser for three additional games in addition to the automatic four game suspension that was handed down on Sunday, February 26th in the game against Baie-Comeau.

Fraser shot the puck into the opponent’s zone, chased his opponent to forecheck him; and pushed the Baie-Comeau player in the back at the red goal line causing the player to lose his balance and injured himself as he couldn’t protect himself on the play.

Wild Sign Coyle To Contract

On Thursday the Minnesota Wild announced that they have signed Saint John forward Charlie Coyle to a three year entry level contract.

Coyle has found the back of the net 12 times while lending a helping hand on 12 more in 24 games since joining the Sea Dogs from Boston University after the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships where he tied for the Team USA lead with four goals and six assists in six games. He posted three goals and 11 assists in 16 games for the Terriers.

Last season for the Terriers he scored seven times while assisting on 19 more in 26 games and was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Year. He scored twice while lending a helping hand on four more in six games as the USA won the bronze medal at the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships.

Coyle was drafted by San Jose in the first round 28th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and was dealt to the Wild along with Devin Setoguchi and a first round draft pick (Zack Phillips) in exchange for Brent Burns.

Courteau Talks Policy On Fighting

After recent discussions regarding abolishing fighting in minor hockey QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau said on Thursday that he was award of the discussions going on between Hockey Canada and USA Hockey.

“We discussed it during the last World Junior Championship,” he said. “However it is important to distinguish between minor hockey and the QMJHL and CHL when we talk about abolishing fights. We have been discussing this issue for several years now and have constantly revised our regulations in regards to fighting in order to provide a safer environment for our players.”

Courteau said that he plans to talk with OHL Commissioner and CHL President David Branch and WHL Commissioner Ron Robinson and Hockey Canada President/CEO Bob Nicholson.

Lightning Sign Gauthier

On Friday the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that they have signed Saint John forward Danick Gauthier to a three year contract.

In 59 games with the Sea Dogs this season Gauthier has 41 goals and 31 assists with a +35 rating. In 212 games with the Sea Dogs and Cataractes he has found the back of the net 70 times while assisting on 62 more. He played with the Memorial Cup champions last season.

Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the Canadian Hockey League announced the top ten rankings on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the top 10.

Saint John moved up one to the top spot; Shawinigan moved up one to fourth; and Quebec jumped one to ninth.

Victoriaville received an honorable mention.

1 Saint John Sea Dogs (45-14-0-2)
2 London Knights (44-14-0-1)
3 Tri-City Americans (45-15-1-2)
4 Shawinigan Cataractes (41-13-3-4)
5 Kamloops Blazers (43-16-1-3)
6 Portland Winterhawks (44-15-3-1)
7 Plymouth Whalers (40-17-2-1)
8 Edmonton Oil Kings (41-15-3-4)
9 Quebec Remparts (38-15-5-2)
10 Niagara IceDogs (39-17-0-3)

Honorable Mention: Ottawa 67′s (36-16-5-2); Victoriaville Tigres (38-18-1-3); Moose Jaw Warriors (39-17-5-2)

The Games This Week

Play began with two games on Tuesday.

Coyle, Huberdeau, Maxime Villemaire, Nathan Beaulieu, and Stanislav Galiev scored for Saint John; and Marek Hrivik, Devon MacAusland, and Christophe Lalonde as the Sea Dogs skated to a 5-3 win over the Wildcats and won the New Brunswick News Rivalry Cup for the second straight year. Anthony Mantha, Michael Beaudry, and Benjamin Casavant scored for Val-d’Or; while Peter Angelopoulos and Sven Andrighetto found the back of the net for Rouyn-Noranda in the Foreurs’ 3-2 overtime win over the Huskies.

There were three games that took place on Wednesday.

Alex Emond scored twice; and Guillaume Gauthier, Andre Bouvet-Morrissette, Michael Santini, and Emil Sylvegard added singles for Drummondville; while Cedric Paquette added a pair, and Marc-Olivier Roy, Dylan Anderson, and Raphael Pouliot added singles for Blainville-Boisband as the Voltigeurs edged the Armada 6-5 in overtime. Anthony Duclair and Logan Shaw scored twice each; and Mathieu Lavallee, Kurt Etchegary, Michael MacNamee, and Alexandre Comtois added one each for Quebec; and Lukas Cingel and Raphael Bussieres scored for Baie-Comeau as the Remparts demolished the Drakkar 9-2. Alexandre Grenier, Konrad Abeltshauser, Darcy Ashley, Luca Ciampini, Brad Cuzner, and Brent Andrews scored for Halifax; while Samuel Courtemanche and Tomas Hyka added the Gatineau goals as the Mooseheads skated to a 6-2 win over the Olympiques.

There was only one game on Thursday as Ludovic Kabami, Brent Turnbull, Robert Davis, Zach O’Brien, and Sebastien Trudeau all added singles as the Titan doubled Cape Breton 6-3. Raphael Corriveau, Jonathan Brunelle, and William Carrier scored for the Screaming Eagles.

Eight games took place on Friday.

Huberdeau found the back of the net four times; while Stephen MacAulay scored twice; and Zack Phillips and Galiev scored once as Saint John romped to an 8-1 win over PEI. Louick Marcotte scored the lone Rocket marker. Jeremie Malouin, Anthony Duclair, Lavallee, Gabriel Desjardins, and Adam Erne scored for Quebec as the Remparts blanked Moncton 5-0. Beaudry and Casavant scored for Val-d’Or in regulation; while Nicolas Dionne added the shootout marker; and Philippe Maillet and Carl-Antoine Deslisle added the Victoriaville markers in the Foreurs’ 3-2 shootout win over the Tigres. Gabriel Bourret, Steve Lebel, Charles Houdon, Yoan Pinette, and Mathieu Gagnon scored for Chicoutimi; while Anton Zloban scored twic;e and Yannick Veilleux and Loik Poudrier added singles for Shawinigan as the Sagueneens edged the Cataractes 5-4. Blainville-Boisband got two goals from Pouliot; while Xavier Ouellet, Paquette, E. J. Faust, and Samuel Hodhod added one each in the 6-2 win over Baie-Comeau. Jean-Phillippe Caron and Jonathan Lessard added singles for the Drakkar. Gatineau needed a shootout and shootout goals from Hyka and Rock Regimbald; while Regimbald scored twice in regulation and Hyka once in the Olympiques’ 4-3 win over Drummondville. Emond, Bryce Milson, and Bouvet-Morrissette added the Voltigeurs’ markers. Peter Trainor, Jakub Culek, Dale Deon, and Alex Belzile scored for Rimouski; while Alexandre Lavoie added the Cape Breton marker as the Oceanic skated to a 4-1 win over the Screaming Eagles. Jean-Sebastein Dea, Angelopoulos, Denis Kamaev, Andrighetto, and Liam O’Brien scored for Rouyn-Noranda; while Nathan MacKinnon and Andrews scored the Halifax goals as the Huskies skated to a 5-2 win over the Mooseheads.

Twelve teams took to the ice on Saturday.

Tommy Giroux scored twice; and Hodhod, Christopher Clapperton, and Jess Tanguay added singles as Blainville-Boisband blanked Chicoutimi 5-0. Guillaume Gelinas, Samuel Henley, Nicolas Larocque-Marcoux, and Benjamin Casavant scored for Val-d’Or; while Jean-Philippe Mathieu, Alexandre Mallet and Petr Straka did the same for Rimouski as the Foreurs nipped the Oceanic 4-3 in overtime. Brandon Hynes scored twice; and Maillet, Philippe Halley, Delisle, Phillip Danault, Yanni Gourde, Jeremy Beaudry, Matthew Hobbs, and Stefan Fournier added singles as Victoriaville romped to a 10-0 win over Moncton. MacAulay, Huberdeau, Tomas Jurco, Danick Gauthier, and Beaulieu scored for Saint John; while Christophe Lalancette and Christophe Losier scored for Acadie-Bathurst as the Sea Dogs won the Battle of New Brunswick with a 5-2 win over the Titan. Gatineau got goals from Kyle Morrison who had three; Regimbald who had two, and Garrett Clarke, Emile Poirier, and Jacob Conrad had singles; while Bouvet-Morrissette and Marc-Oliver Brouillard scored for Drummondville as the Olympiques romped to an 8-2 win over the Voltigeurs. Martin Frk scored twice; and Cuzner added a single in regulation for Halifax; while Dea scored twice and Antoine Quevillon added a single for Rouyn-Noranda in regulation as the Mooseheads edged the Huskies 4-3. Matthew Boudreau was the only shooter to score in the shootout.

The weekend closed out with four games on Sunday.

Duclair, Mikhail Grigorenko, Adam Erne, and Roy scored for Quebec; and Loic Leduc and Alexandre Lavoie added the Cape Breton goals as the Remparts doubled the Screaming Eagles 4-2. Mirko Hoefflin scored twice; and O’Brien added a regulation and shootout marker with Sebastien Trudeau added the other shootout goal as Acadie-Bathurst nipped PEI 4-3. Alex Noel, Josh Currie, and Olivier Croteau added singles for the Rocket. Morgan Ellis, Yannick Veilleux, Loik Poudrier, Kirill Kabanov, and Peter Sakaris scored for Shawinigan; while Jean-Philippe Caron, Raphael Bussieres, and Tomas Filippi did the same for Baie-Comeau as the Cataractes skated to a 5-3 win over the Drakkar. Halley, Hynes, and Stefan Fournier scored for Victoriaville; while Adam Chapman and Kyle Morrison did the same for Gatineau in the Tigres’ 3-2 win over the Olympiques

The Leaders

Maritime leaders Saint John once again are in the top spot in the overall standings with their 47-14-0-2 record and 96 points; while Telus East leaders Shawinigan (42-14-3-4, 91 points) is second; and Blainville-Boisband is the Telus West leader with 35 wins, 22 losses, two overtime losses, and two shootout losses for 70 points.

Gourde tops all scorers with 33 goals and 79 assists in the 63 games that he has played in to remain at first; while O’Brien has found the back of the net on 50 occasions; while lending a helping hand on 50 more in the 59 contests that he has skated in; while his teammate Sebastien Trudeau (28G, 64A, 92 points, 63 games) rounds out the top three.

Between the pipes Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil (35-9-0-0, 2.29 GAA, 0.914 SAV%) remains in first; and Shawinigan’s Gabriel Girard stays at second as he sports a 19-6-1-2 record to go along with his 2.39 GAA and 0.914 SAV%; while his teammate Alex Dubeau is third spot as he has won 22 games while losing eight with two overtime losses and two shootout losses with a 2.50 GAA and 0.907 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Action begins with one game Tuesday as PEI is at home to Moncton.

On Wednesday Halifax welcomes Acadie-Bathurst; Drummondville is in Quebec City; Victoriaville and Blainville-Boisband take to the ice in Victoriaville; and Chicoutimi is at home to Rimouski.

On Thursday Halifax is in Moncton; and Shawinigan welcomes Rouyn-Noranda.

Sixteen teams take to the ice on Friday as PEI makes their way to Cape Breton; Moncton is in Bathurst; Drummondville rolls out the welcome mat for Drummondville; Victoria welcomes Baie-Comeau; Rimouski is in Shawinigan; Rouyn-Noranda makes their way to Boisband to face the Armada; Chicoutimi and Saint John faceoff in Chicoutimi; and Val-d’Or is at home to Gatineau.

Three games will be played on Saturday as Drummondville welcomes Baie-Comeau; PEI finishes off their trip to Sydney; and Rimouski and Blainville-Boisband take to the ice in Boisband.

The week will end with four games on Sunday as Gatineau is at home to Quebec; Shawinigan welcomes Saint John; Rouyn-Noranda is in Val-d’Or; and Victoriaville is at home to Chicoutimi.

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