QMJHL Weekly: May 2nd, 2012

Sea Dogs and Rimouski To Play In Final

For the second straight year the Saint John Sea Dogs are in the QMJHL finals when they defeated the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in five games with a win on Saturday night. All of the games between the teams this week went to overtime.

They will be joined by the Rimouski Oceanic who needed six games to dispose of the Halifax Mooseheads.

The Sea Dogs began the week with their lone loss of the playoffs—a 5-4 loss on Tuesday. Jean-Gabriel Pageau led the way with two goals; while Gabriel Bourret, Charles Hudon, and Etienne Brodeur added singles for the Sagueneens; while Tomas Jurco, Danick Gauthier, Ryan Tesink, and Nathan Beaulieu found the back of the net for Saint John. Charlie Coyle scored the game winner 6:13 into the extra frame; while him and Jonathan Huberdeau added singles in regulation in the 3-2 win on Wednesday to put the Sagueneens on the brink of elimination as the Sea Dogs took a 3-1 series lead. Saint John won the series with a 4-3 win on Saturday thanks to two goals from Stanislev Galiev with two including the overtime winner 11:19 into the first extra frame; and singles from Coyle and Zack Phillips. Chicoutimis’ goals came from Steve Lebel, Yoan Pinnette, and Dominic Poulin.

On Tuesday Halifax got their first win of the semi-finals with a 4-3 win over Rimouski. Brendan Duke, Jonathan Drouin, Brent Andrews, and Martin Frk scored for the Mooseheads; while Rimouski’s goals came off the sticks of Jerome Leduc-Gauthier, Petr Straka, and Robbie DeFulvis. The Mooseheads tied the series at 2-2 with a 3-1 win on Wednesday as Cameron Critchlow led the way with two goals; and Alexandre Grenier had a single; while Alex Belzile added the lone Oceanic marker. Rimouski went up 3-2 in the series with a 9-0 thrashing of the Mooseheads on Friday thanks to goals from Straka, Leduc-Gauthier, Peter Trainor, Jonathan Lavoie, Alexandre Mallet, Francis Beauvillier, Scott Oke, and Jean-Francois Plante. Rimouski won the series with a 3-2 overtime win on Sunday as Peter Trainor, DeFulvis, and Oke scored the goals with DeFulvis’s goal at th 8:02 mark of overtime being the series winner. Grenier and Konrad Abeltshauser scored for Halifax.
The finals begin with the first two games Friday and Saturday in Saint John.

The Leaders

Coyle leads all playoff scorers with 14 goals and 15 assists in 13 games; while Halifax forward Nathan MacKinnon is second with 13 goals and 15 assists in 17 games; and Coyle’s teammate Zack Philips (7G, 20A, 13 GP) rounds out the top three.

Between the pipes based on 500:00 played Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil is 12-0-1-0 with a 2.31 GAA, and 0.914 SAV%. Coming in second is Qubec’s Louis Domingue who finished with a 7-3-1-0 record, 2.65 GAA, and 0.897 SAV5; and Blainville-Boisband’s Etienne Marcoux (7-3-1-0, 2.85 GAA, and 0.897 SAV%) rounds out the top three.

Mallet is CHL Player of the Week

On Monday the Canadian Hockey League announced that Rimouski forward Alexander Mallet is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 22nd.

During that time Mallet added a total of three goals and two assists for five points. Two goals and one assist came in game seven of the QMJHL quarterfinals against Blainville-Boisband; one goal came in the first game of the semis against Halifax in a 4-1 win; and the last assist in the 5-4 win on Saturday.

QMJHL Back at Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau for 2012 Combines; Announces Rosters for Combine.

On Tuesday the League announced that they have renewed their partnership with Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau as well as with l’Académie de Hockey Joël Bouchard for the QMJHL Combines which will be held in Boisbriand from April 27 to 29.

“The event’s goal is to expose our top prospects to programs and workshops which will maximize their development,” said QMJHL Executive Vice-President Marcel Patenaude. “By employing former players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the National Hockey League and other professional hockey circuits, L’Académie de Hockey Joël Bouchard can offer elite tactical and technical developmental workshops.”
L’Académie de Hockey Joël Bouchard has offered developmental opportunities for all levels of hockey players for the past seven years.

“For a second consecutive year, L’Académie de Hockey Joël Bouchard is proud to be associated with the QMJHL Combines. My team and I are very involved with the development of hockey players from all levels and it is an honour to share our expertise and service to ensure the success of this event. For us, it’s a natural association,” added Joël Bouchard.

On Wednesday the League announced the rosters and schedules for the event.

White Roster:
Goalies
Bouchard Kevin 15 6′ 01 ½ 208 lbs, Jonquière MAAA QC
L’Écuyer Nathan 15 6′ 01 ½ 162 lbs, Laval-Montréal Patriotes ME QC
Defense
Quillan Nicholas 15 5′ 09 170 lbs Darmouth MAAA NS
Beaudoin Guillaume 15 5′ 10 ½ 160 lbs, Trois-Rivières MAAA QC
Laliberté Khevin 15 6′ ½ 159 Basses-Laurentides ME QC
Latulippe Nicholas 15 6′ 01 179 lbs CIH Voyageurs Minor QC
Léveillé Loik 15 5′ 10 ½ 201 lbs St-Eustache MAAA QC
Nickerson Brendan 15 6′ 02 180 lbs South Shore MAAA NS

Forwards
Pugsley Josh 15 5′ 09 143 lbs Pictou MAAA NS
Auger Jérémy 15 5′ 08 165 lbs Ulysse Prep QC
Hynes Liam 15 5′ 10 184 lbs Toronto Red Wings Minor NL
Fiore Giovanni 15 5′ 10 ½ 166 lbs Laval-Montréal Pats. ME QC
Ouellet Francis 15 5′ 10 ½ 155 lbs St-Francois, MAAA QC
Ratelle Joey 15 5′ 09 163 Antoine-Girouard MAAA QC
Lacroix-Courville Jonathan 15 5′ 10 176 lbs Gatineau MAAA QC
Bohémier Benjamin 15 5′ 10 ½ St-Eustache MAAA QC
Robinson Neil 16 5′ 09 ½ 173 lbs, Lac St-Louis MAAA QC
Germain Marc-Antoine 15 6′ 00 ½ 188 lbs Laval-Montréal Royal MAAA QC
Lapointe Charles 15 6′ 01 ½ 190 lbs Rive-Sud ME QC
Pépin Alexis 15 6′ 02 195 lbs Charles-Lemoyne MAAA QC
Head Coach: Alain Bédard

Gray
Goalies
McDonald Mason 15 6′ 03 157 lbs Halifax MAAA NS
Desrosiers Nicholas 15 6′ 00 ½ 154 lbs Mont-Joli ME QC

Defense
Chevalier Maxime 15 5′ 09 ½ 176 lbs CIH Voyageurs Minor QC
Page Louis-Philippe 15 5′ 10 166 lbs Mille-Iles ME QC
Donaghey Cody 15 5′ 11 ½ 170 lbs St-John’s MAAA NL
Gibson Nicholas 15 6′ 00 165 lbs Halifax MAAA NS
Deschamps Jonathan 15 6′ 01 ½ 191 lbs Trois-Rivières MAAA QC
McSween Guillaume 15 6′ 03 ½ 213 lbs Chateauguay MAAA QC

Forwards
Ayotte Mathieu 15 5′ 09 ½ 141 lbs Antoine-Girouard MAAA QC
Sardhina Philip 15 5′ 09 169 Magog MAAA QC
Délisle-Houde Alexandre 15 5′ 11 175 lbs St-Francois MAAA QC
Perron Francis 15 5′ 11 145 lbs St-Eustache MAAA QC
Nantel Julien 15 5′ 11 ½ 180 lbs Laval-Montréal Royal MAAA QC
Gagné Gabriel 15 6′ 01 150 lbs Sélects du Nord ME QC
Burns Tyler 15 5′ 11 145 lbs Upper Canada College HS NB
Pouliot Antoine 15 6′ 00 ½ 170 lbs Rive-Sud ME QC
Cuomo Marcus 16 5′ 10 ½ 195 lbs Pennecon Privaters MAAA NL
Archambault Guillaume 15 5′ 09 ½ Deux-Mortagnes ME QC
DeLuca Anthony 16 5′ 08 199 lbs Lac St-Louis MAAA QC
Bennett Lucas 16 5′ 10 165 New Hampshire Empire MA
Head Coach: Daniel Drolet

Black
Goalies
Billia Julio 15 5′ 11 152 lbs Laval-Montréal Royal MAAA QC
Rioux Jason 151 5′ 10 166 lbs Collège Notre-Dame MAAA QC

Defense
Leblanc Olivier 15 5′ 10 ½ 160 lbs St-Francois MAAA Q C
Mann Alexander 15 6′ 00 170 lbs South Shore MAAA NS
Sheehan Colm 16 6′ 01 169 lbs Boston Advantage T1Min MA
Marineau Nicolas 15 6′ 02 185 lbs Antoine-Girouard MAAA QC
Neil Carl 15 6′ 00 206 lbs St-Eustache MAAA QC

Forwards
Vanier Alexis 16 6′ 04 201 lbs Charles-Lemoyne MAAA QC
Richard Anthony 15 5′ 07 ½ 151 Trois-Rivières MAAA QC
Yetman Nathan 15 5′ 07 ½ 159 St-John’s MAAA NL
Savage Félix-Antoine 15 5′ 10 151 lbs Charles-Lemoyne ME QC
St-Pierre Gabriel 155′ 09 158 lbs Collège Notre-Dame MAAA QC
Cusson Mathew 15 5′ 11 ½ 180 lbs Lac St-Louis MAAA QC
Veilleux Bastien 15 5′ 9 ½ 168 lbs Lévis MAAA QC
Hébert Nicolas 15 5′ 11 182 lbs St-Francois MAAA QC
Aubé-Kubel Nicolas 15 5′ 10 176 lbs Antoine-Girouard MAAA QC
Tibbo Kyle 15 5′ 8 ½ 147 lbs St-John’s MAAA NL
Iapalucci Corey Michael 15 5′ 07 ½ 190 lbs Lac St-Louis Royal ME QC
Simpson Mark 16 6′ 04 ½ St-John Vito’s MAAA NB
Brassard Félix 15 5′ 09 Charles-Lemoyne ME QC
Head Coach: Kirk Mullin

Red
Goalies
Bureau Alex 15 5′ 10 ½ 164 lbs Trois-Rivières MAAA QC
Whiffen Tyler 15 6′ 01 171 lbs Central Ice Pak MAAA NL

Defense
Carrier Alexandre 15 5′ 10 163 lbs Antoine-Girouard MAAA Qc
Trickett Mark 16 5′ 11 165 lbs Cape Breton West MAAA NS
McIntyre Duncan 15 5′ 11 182 Notre-Dame Argos MAAA NS
Maheux Raphael 15 6′ 01 210 Ulysse Prep QC
Amyot Mathieu 15 6′ 1 ½ 191 lbs Gatineau MAAA QC
Scott Evan 15 6′ 1 ½ 218 Chateauguay MAAA QC

Forwards
Samson Justin 15 5′ 8 ½ 154 Chateauguay MAAA QC
Messenger Morgan 15 5′ 8 160 lbs South Shore MAAA NS
Rioux Philippe 15 5′ 9 165 lbs Abitibi ME QC
Batt Lucas 15 5′ 11 185 lbs Notre-Dame Argos MAAA NL
Giguère Joel 15 5′ 10 179 Laval-Montréal ME QC
Marois Nick 15 5′ 11 ½ 167 lbs CIH Voyageurs Minor QC
Bishop Clark 15 5′ 10 163 lbs Pennecon Privaters MAAA NL
Paquin-Boudreau Gabryel 16 5′ 10 ½ 163 lbs Antoine-Girouard MAAA QC
Leblond Nicolas 15 5′ 9 ½ 155 lbs Antoine-Girouard MAAA QC
D’Aoust Alexis 15 5′ 11 197 Trois-Rivières MAAA QC
Houle Zacharie 15 6′ 3′ 168 lbs Mont-Joli ME QC
Imama Bokondji 15 6′ 00 201 lbs Laval-Montréal MAAA QC
Head Coach: Jocelyn Fortin

Critchlow Suspended

On Saturday the League suspended Halifax forward Cameron Critchlow for one game for his removal of a Rimouski Oceanic player’s helmet in the game on Friday night. The suspension comes from the League deciding to maintain the automatic one game suspension that goes along with the referees call.

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