QMJHL Weekly: March 6th, 2013

Mantha, Guindon, and Laflamme Are Telus Three Stars

Val-d’Or forward Anthony Mantha, Drummondville netminder Louis-Philip Gagnon, and Sherbrooke forward Jean-Christophe Laflamme are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending March 3rd, 2013.

Mantha had two helpers and was the second star of the game as the Foreurs began their week with a 4-3 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday. He had another goal and assist in the 6-5 shootout win over PEI on Friday and ended it with one goal, one assist, and was the second star of the game in the 4-3 loss to Halifax on Saturday.

Guindon began the week with 29 saves and was the third star of the game as Drummondville shutout Chicoutimi 6-0 on Thursday. He followed that up with 27 more and was the second star of the game on Friday in the 2-1 win over Quebec and finished with 26 more in the 6-5 shootout win over Sherbrooke on Sunday.

Laflamme had two goals and was the second star of the game on Wednesday as Sherbrooke edged Rimouski 2-1. He tacked on another two helpers as the team skated to a 5-2 win over Blainville-Boisbriand on Friday and found the back of the net twice more and was the third star of the game in Sunday’s 6-5 shootout win over Drummondville.

Drouin, Brisebois, and Whitney Are February’s Best

Jonathan Drouin, Mathieu Brisebois and Brandon Whitney were named today the TELUS three stars of the month of February.

The first spot is awarded to Halifax Mooseheads’ star forward Jonathan Drouin, who went from seventh to first place in the QMJHL scoring standings – quite a feat when you consider that he was trailing  Josh Currie and Ben Duffy of the PEI Rocket by 11 points on February 1st. After collecting 28 points in 11 games, he rose to the top of the league standings with 94 points. In all, he scored 11 goals and added 17 assists, allowing him to extend his streak to 24 active consecutive games with at least one point, the longest of its kind this season. During the last month, he played 9 games in which he registered 2 or more points scoring a winning goal and four insurance goals. Drouin is highly touted to be one of the top picks during this year’s NHL Entry Draft.

Mathieu Brisebois, the 20 year-old defenseman of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, is the second star of the month. He has collected no fewer than 5 goals and 12 assists for a total of 17 points in 11 games, with a good +/- of +11. Brisebois registered a point in 10 straight games and had 2 points in seven of them. In addition, he recorded his 50th assist on February 26 against the Val-d’Or Foreurs, setting a new team record for a defenseman, previously set by Jonathan Gauthier with 49 assists during the 1999-2000 season. He is second among league defensemen in scoring with 65 points, just behind Kevin Gagné of the Rimouski Océanic with 66.

With a goals-against-average of 2.01 and a save percentage of .930 it is no surprise that the Victoriaville Tigres’ goaltender, Brandon Whitney, is named the third star of the month. The June 2012 seventh round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks was strong throughout the month of February, getting two shutouts. He has a record of seven wins in eight decisions, including 4 road wins. He also managed to play a total of 124 minutes 6 seconds without allowing a single goal, from February 2nd to 10th.

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Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL announced their top ten rankings for last week on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the cut.
Halifax regained the number one spot moving up one spot to first; Baie-Comeau moved up one to sixth; and Rimouski dropped three to ninth.

Moncton received an honorable mention.

BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 23

1. Halifax Mooseheads (49-6-2-1)
2. Portland Winterhawks (51-10-1-2)
3. London Knights (43-12-2-2)
4. Edmonton Oil Kings (44-15-2-3)
5. Kelowna Rockets (44-15-3-1)
6. Rimouski Oceanic (38-14-2-6)
7. Baie-Comeau Drakkar (39-16-2-3)
8. Owen Sound Attack (38-17-1-3)
9. Belleville Bulls (38-14-3-3)
10. Kamloops Blazers (41-17-2-3)

Honourable Mention: Saskatoon Blades (39-21-0-3); Plymouth Whalers (34-17-5-4); Moncton Wildcats (38-20-1-0)

Bouret Suspended Two Games

On Thursday the League suspended Gatineau’s Gabriel Bouret for two games for his unsportsmanlike conduct in the penalty box on February 23rd.

Wildcats Appeal Suspension

On Friday the Moncton Wildcats announced that they will appeal the 15 game suspension handed down to Ross Johnson by the Director of Player Safety.

Under League rules if a player is suspended for six or higher games the team has the right to appeal the suspension by submitting to an independent arbitrator that is picked by the Board of Governors by a majority of two thirds. The arbitrator will be selected from a list recommended the Commissioner.

Review of a decision of the Director of Player Safety cannot be revised by the Independent Arbitrator if one or more of the following conditions apply:

The rules of natural justice, and in particular the rules described in Section 1.05, were not followed by the Director of Player Safety.

The Director of Player Safety did not follow the regulations concerning the recidivism or precedents (jurisprudence).

The decision of the Director of the Department of Player Safety is unreasonable, taking into account the criteria set out in regulations, existing scales and policies of the League in disciplinary matters.

The Independent Arbitrator has the authority to maintain, increase and/or lessen the sanction imposed by the Director of Player Safety. However this application for judicial review made under this provision shall not suspend the execution of the decision of the 15-game suspension given to player Ross Johnston.

The hearing of the Request for Review shall be held within ten (10) days of the tabling of the Request and the Arbitrator’s decision shall be given within five (5) days of the hearing.

The decision of the Independent Arbitrator is binding and cannot be appealed.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will not comment any further until the end of the appeal process and until a decision is reached.

With files from the QMJHL

The Games This Week

The week began with three games on Tuesday.

Conor Garland and Ryan Penny each had a hat trick; while Alex Saulnier and Christophe Lalonde had a pair each; and Ivan Barbashev and Dmitrij Jaskin had singles as Moncton walloped Cape Breton 12-2. Justin Hache and Nick Marios scored for the Screaming Eagles.

Logan Shaw, Brent Turnbull, Kurt Etchegary, Adam Erne, and Nick Sorensen scored for Quebec in their 5-3 win over Chicoutimi. Loik Leville, Gabriel Gagnon, and Felix Plouffe scored for the Sagueneens.

Pierre-Maxime Poudrier, Samuel Henley, Nicolas Dionne, and Anthony Richard added the Val-d’Or goals; while Marcus Power, Mathieu Brisebois, and Gabriel Desjardins did the same for Rouyn-Noranda as the Foreurs nipped the Huskies 4-3.

Four games took place on Wednesday.

Halifax got goals from Dominic Beauchemin, Jonathan Drouin, Stephen MacAulay, and Martin Frk as the Mooseheads doubled Shawinigan 4-2.

Saint John got goals from Matthew Highmore who had a pair; and Connor Donaghey and Stephen Anderson had one each as the Sea Dogs doubled Cape Breton 4-2. Stephen Woodworth and Clark Bishop scored for the Screaming Eagles.

Sherbrooke needed overtime and a goal from Jean-Christophe Laflamme, which was his second of the night, 29 seconds in as the Phoenix nipped Rimouski 2-1. Peter Trainor scored for the Oceanic.

Alex Micallef had two goals; while Matej Beran had a single as PEI edged Gatineau 3-2. Etienne Boutet and Derek Sheppard scored for Gatineau.

Three games finished out the month of February on Thursday.

Jerome Verrier had the hat trick; while Olivier Archambault had two goals; and Nikolas Brouillard had one goal as Drummondville blanked Chicoutimi 6-0.

Blainville-Boisbriand got goals from Samuel Hodhod, Cedric Paquette, and Tommy Giroux in their 3-2 win over Baie-Comeau. Raphael Bussieres and Valentin Zykov scored for the Drakkar.

Philippe Halley, Angelo Miceli, and Carl Marois scored for Victoriaville in regulation; while Zach O’Brien, Christophe Lalancette, Patrik Zdrahal did the same for Acadie-Bathurst as the Tigres nipped the Titan 4-3 in a shootout. Miceli and Philippe Maillet scored for the Tigres in the shootout.

Eight games ushered in the month of March on Friday.

Simon Desbiens had two goals; while Steve Lebel, Alexandre Sills, and Alexandre Comtois had singles as Sherbrooke skated to a 5-2 win over Blainville-Boisbriand. Paquette and Danick Martel added the Armada goals.

Matthew Boudens scored 55 seconds into overtime as Drummondville nipped Quebec 2-1. Jeremie Malouin added the other Voltigeurs’ goal; while Frederic Bergeron scored for Quebec.

Phillip Danault scored twice; while Mark Tremaine and Jaskin scored for Moncton in their 4-2 win over Rimouski. Lucas Grundy and Alexis Loiseau added the Oceanic markers.

Maillett scored the game winner with 40 seconds left in the game as Victoriaville edged Saint John 4-3. Halley, Michael Rheaume, and Tommy Veilleux scored the other Tigres’ markers; while Maxime Villemaire had two; and Andres Tsogkas had a single for the Sea Dogs.

Brandon Hynes scored once in regulation and once in the shootout as Val-d’Or edged PEI 6-5. Also scoring for the Foreurs were Anthony Mantha, Pierre-Maxime Poudrier, Cedrick Henley, and Loik Poudrier; while Brett Hester added the other shootout marker. Ben Duffy scored once in regulation and once in the shootout; while Beran, Micallef, Nathan Yetman, and Deverick Ottereyes scored for the Rocket.

Bussieres, Samuel Noreau, Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau, Alexandre Ranger, and Frederic Gamelin scored for Baie-Comeau as the Drakkar skated to a 6-1 win over Gatineau. Mickael Beauregard added the Olympiques’ marker.
Andrew Ryan, Darcy Ashley, Drouin, MacAulay, and Frk scored for Halifax; while Rouyn-Noranda got goals from Power and Nikita Kucherov as the Mooseheads skated to a 5-2 win over the Huskies.

Sebastein Sylvestre, Thomas Gobeil, Laurent Dauphin, and Guillaume Asselin scored for Chicoutimi as the Sagueneens shutout Shawinigan 4-0.

Four games took place on Saturday.

Ashley, Drouin, and Max Lindsay scored for Halifax in regulation; while Frk scored in the shootout as Halifax edged Val-d’Or 4-3. Mantha, Cedrick Henley, and Jeremie Fraser scored for the Foreurs.

Zdrahal had a pair; while Lalancette and Beaudry had singles as Acadie-Bathurst skated to a 4-1 win over Saint John. Villemaire scored the lone Sea Dogs’ marker.

Danault got the game winner at the 14:24 mark of the third; while Alex Saulnier and Danick Emond also scored as Moncton nipped Quebec 3-2. Frederic Bergeron and Erne scored for the Remparts.

Brisebois and Kucherov had a pair each; while Alexandre Leclerc and Maxime St-Cyr had singles as Rouyn-Noranda doubled PEI 6-3. Micallef, Duffy, and Jimmy Oligny added the Rocket markers.

Four more games finished out the weekend on Sunday.

Miceli scored twice; while Maillet, Carl-Antoine Delisle, and Marois had singles as Victoriaville nipped Cape Breton 5-4. Jonathan Oligny, Bishop, Raphael Corriveau, and Charles-Eric Legare scored for the Screaming Eagles.

Jordan Murray scored 4:24 into overtime; while Archambault, Brouillard, Boudens, Lukas Balmelli, and Verrier added singles as Drummondville edged Sherbrooke 6-5. Vladislav Lysenko had a pair; and Laflamme and Lebel added singles for the Phoenix.

Giroux scored in the shootout; while Philippe Sanche and Martel scored in regulation as Blainville-Boisbriand nipped Gatineau 3-2. Martin Reway and Emile Poirier scored for the Olympiques.

The Leaders

With six games left in the season Halifax (52-6-3-1, 108 points) have clinched both the Maritime and overall championship for this season. They are 21 points up on Telus East leaders Baie-Comeau who are 41-18-2-6 and have 84 points. Blainville-Boisbriand are the Telus West leaders with 84 points (38-17-2-6).

Halifax forward Jonathan Drouin leads all scorers with 39 goals and 59 assists in 45 games; while Duffy is second with 34 goals and 64 assists in 63 games; and Trainor rounds out the top three as he has found the back of the net on 44 occasions while lending a helping hand on 51 more in the 63 games that he has skated in.

Between the pipes Blainville-Boisbriand’s Etienne Marcoux is tops among goalies as he is 25-9-1-2 with a 2.15 GAA, and 0.911 SAV%. Halifax’s Zachary Fucale backstops his way into second place as he has won 41 games, while losing five, with two overtime losses, and one shootout loss, a 2.41 GAA, and a 0.906 SAV%. Baie-Comeau’s Philippe Cadorette (28-14-1-1, 2.73 GAA, 0.893 SAV%) rounds out the top three.

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