QMJHL Weekly: March 8

Duffy, Devos, and Gravel Are Telus Three Stars

PEI forward Ben Duffy, Gatineau forward Philip-Michael Devos; and Baie-Comeau forward Maxime Gravel are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending March 6th.

Duffy began the week with three assists and the first star of the game award on Wednesday as PEI flattened Cape Breton, 8-0; added one goal and was the game’s third star as the Rocket edged Lewiston 4-3 on Friday; and scored once more, lent a helping hand on two, and was once again the game’s first star as the MAINEiacs turned the tables on the Rocket with a 4-3 win of their own on Saturday. Duffy finished the week a plus-5.

Devos was the game’s first star Wednesday as he tallied a goal and an assist in Gatineau’s 4-3 win over Victoriaville; added three points (one goal, two assists), and was the second star of the game in Friday’s 54 win over Rouyn-Noranda; and ended the week with one goal in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Val-d’Or.

In the series against Victoriaville, Gravel tallied a hat trick, assisted on one more, and was the game’s first star in the Drakkar’s 4-2 on Friday and ended the week with one goal on Saturday as Baie-Comeau lost 6-2 on Saturday and ended the week a plus-3.

Gibson Is CHL Goalie of the Week

On the heels of being named the third star of the week for the week ending February 27th Chicoutimi netminder Christopher Gibson was named the CHL Goalie of the Week for the same time period.

Gibson went 3-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .966 SAV%. He made 36 saves on Thursday receiving the first star of the game honors in Chicoutimi’s 3-0 shutout of Lewiston on Thursday; added 30 more and was the game’s first star on Saturday in the Sagueneens’ 4-1 win over Baie-Comeau; and ended the week with 19 more saves on Saturday as Chicoutimi swept the Drakkar with a 4-2 win on Sunday.

Marcel Robert Trophy Finalists Revealed

On Monday the five finalists for the QMJHL Scholastic Player of the Year were revealed.

The finalists are:
Pascal Amyot – Halifax Mooseheads
Michaël Bournival – Shawinigan Cataractes
Guillaume Goulet – Victoriaville Tigres
Jean-Philippe Mathieu – Drummondville Voltigeurs
Nicolas Therrien – Chicoutimi Saguenéens

All five nominees will now be interviewed by the Marcel-Robert committee which will measure their analytical skills and their understanding of current events. Their performance during the interview will also play a key role.

Marcel-Robert committee members:
Éric L’Italien, a former QMJHL player and recipient of the Marcel-Robert Trophy as well as this year’s committee President; Emmanuelle Ouimet, GM, Strategic Sponsorship, Event Marketing and Contents for TELUS; Marie-Linda Lord, Teacher at Moncton University and its Chair of Acadian Studies; Sébastien Fyfe, Director of Alliance Sport-Études; Mathias Brunet, Columnist for La Presse.

The trophy will be presented at the Golden Puck Awards Gala on Wednesday, April 6th in Montreal. The winner also receives a $1300.00 bursary from Telus.

Four QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL announced the Top 10 on Wednesday four QMJHL teams made the grade. Saint John remained at first, Montreal stayed third; Quebec dropped one spot to seventh; and Drummondville moved up one to ninth.

Top 10
1 Saint John Sea Dogs (51-6-1-2)
2 2 Saskatoon Blades (48-13-0-2)
3 Montreal Juniors (43-10-4-4)
4 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (44-13-0-2)
5 Red Deer Rebels (42-16-3-4)
6 Portland Winterhawks (43-17-0-3)
7 Quebec Remparts (42-15-1-3)
8 Owen Sound Attack (40-17-1-3)
9 Drummondville Voltigeurs (40-14-5-2)
10 Niagara IceDogs (38-15-2-4)

The Games This Week

The week began with four games on Wednesday as Samuel Morneau added two goals and one assist to lead PEI to an 8-0 rout of Cape Breton; Sean Couturier, Andre Bouvet-Morrissette, Pier-Antoine Dion, and Jonathan Burnelle scored for Drummondville in their 4-1 win over Shawinigan; Devos scored the game winner with 1:30 left in the game as Gatineau edged Victoriaville, 4-3; and Vincent Bernard added a goal and lent a helping hand on one more to lead Quebec to a 6-2 win over Val-d’Or.

Nicholas Champion made 28 saves as Lewiston skated to a 3-1 win over Halifax on Thursday.

Morneau and Felipe Corbo scored in the shootout for PEI, while Krill Kabanov did the same for Lewiston in the Rocket’s 4-3 shootout win; Jonathan Lessard netted a hat trick as Acadie-Bathurst throttled Cape Breton, 8-1; Evan Mosher made 39 saves and was the first star of the game as the PEI Rocket were outshot 42-30 in its 4-3 win over Lewiston; Stanislav Galiev scored the game winner 16 seconds into overtime as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the Moncton Wildcats 5-4; Maxime Gravel had a four point night (three goals, one assist) as Baie-Comeau doubled Victoriaville, 4-2; Morgan Clark made 34 saves for Rimouski as the Oceanic was outshot 36-27 in their 6-2 win over Chicoutimi; Devos’ goal 3:36 into the overtime saw Gatineau nip Rouyn-Noranda, 5-4; and Marc-Olivier Brouillard’s two goals led Drummondville to an 8-1 blasting of Shawinigan.

The Sea Dogs became the first of the two teams to even sweep the other in the five seasons that Saint John has been in the QMJHL. Prior to the start of the Saint John-Moncton game at Harbour Station the Sea Dogs were presented with the New Brunswick News Rivalry Cup for the first time in the three year history of the event.

On Saturday Guillaume Goulet scored three times to lead Victoriaville to a 6-2 win over Baie-Comeau; Daniel Pettersson added one goal and two assists as Moncton skated to a 5-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst; Zachary Shannon scored the game winner 4:51 into overtime as Lewiston gained a split in their series with PEI with a 4-3 win; Alexandre Beauregard had the hat trick as Saint John demolished Cape Breton 8-0; Igor Levitsky and Devos scored in the shootout for Gatineau as the Olympiques nipped Val-d’Or 3-2; and Alexandre Comtois’s three goals led Rouyn-Noranda to a 5-1 win over Montreal.

Peter Sakaris scored the game winner with 2:40 left in regulation as Shawinigan edged Chicoutimi, 3-2; Marc-Alain Bégin and Nicolas Larocque-Marcoux scored in the shootout to lead Val-d’Or past Montreal 3-2; and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault scored twice as Quebec skated to a 5-2 win over Drummondville.

The Leaders

Saint John is now 53-6-1-2 with 109 points to give them the Maritime Division title. They are 14 points ahead of Telus West leaders Montreal, who is 43-11-4-5 with 95 points and 17 ahead of Telus East leaders Quebec who has a 44-15-1-3 record and 92 points.

Teams who have clinched playoff spots:
Maritime Division: Saint John; Acadie-Bathurst; Moncton; PEI, Halifax
Telus East Division: Quebec; Lewiston, Victoriaville, Chicoutimi, Rimouski
Telus West: Montreal, Drummondville, Shawinigan, Gatineau, Val-d’Or

Devos is the scoring leader with 45 goals and 62 assists in the 64 games with Victoriaville and Gatineau; Acadie-Bathurst forward Gabriel Levesque is second with 34 goals and 66 assists in the 64 games; while Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau rounds out the top three with 38 goals and 58 assists in 61 contests.

Gibson leads all goalies with his 14-11-5-5 record, a goals against average of 2.20 and a .927 SAV%. Backstopping his way into second place is Saint John netminder Jacob DeSerres (26-2-0-0, 2.20 GAA, .917 SAV%); while Gatineau’s Maxime Clermont is 27-10-1-4 with a goals against average of 2.56 and a SAV% of .895 to round out the top three.

The Games To Come

Three games will take place on Wednesday as Halifax welcomes PEI; Chicoutimi is at home to Quebec; and Baie-Comeau and Val-d’Or take to the ice in Baie-Comeau.

On Thursday Shawinigan is at home to Rouyn-Noranda; and Saint John is in Rimouski.

Seven games kick off the weekend schedule on Friday as Moncton is in Cape Breton, Halifax makes their way to Charlottetown, and Saint John is in Bathurst in the Maritime division contests. The Battle of Quebec will be fought on three fronts as Quebec welcomes Victoriaville, Drummondville is in Montreal, and Val-d’Or makes their way to Chicoutimi. Lewiston welcomes Gatineau in the other contest.

On Saturday Chicoutimi and Val-d’Or finish up their two game series; Rouyn-Noranda is in Rimouski; Victoriaville and Shawinigan take to the ice in Victoriaville; Acadie-Bathurst is at home to Halifax; and Baie-Comeau is in Drummondville.

Six games will close out the weekend on Sunday as Cape Breton is at home to Saint John, and Moncton is in PEI in two Maritime contests; while Quebec is at home to Saint John; Baie-Comeau is in Montreal; Lewiston welcomes Gatineau; and Rimouski and Rouyn-Noranda faceooff in Rimouski.

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