Saint John and Gatineau To Play For Title
The Saint John Sea Dogs advanced to the QMJHL championships for the second straight year when they swept the Lewiston MAINEiacs in four games this past week. They took game three on Tuesday night with a 5-2 win as Jonathan Huberdeau led the way with one goal and one assist. The series ended with a 6-5 Sea Dogs’ win on Wednesday as Stephen MacAulay scored the series winner with 2:58 left in regulation.
In the other semifinal Quebec took a 2-1 lead over Gatineau with a 2-1 win on Tuesday as Alexandre Grenier scored the game winner 15:19 into the third period. The Remparts took a 3-1 lead with another 2-1 win on Wednesday as Joel Champagne led the way with two goals including the game winner 12:17 into the third. Gatineau came to within a game with a 5-3 win on Friday as Jean-Gabriel Pageau led the way with three goals and evened the series at three games each as Maxime Clermont made 21 saves in the 4-0 shutout on Sunday. Philip-Michael Devos led the way with two goals and two assists; while Christian Ouellet chipped in a pair and lent a helping hand on one more in Gatineau’s 5-2 win on Tuesday.
The League Championship begins Friday night in Saint John.
Rousseau Receives One Game Suspension
Quebec rearguard Guillaume Rousseau was suspended for the Tuesday game against Gatineau for his illegal hit to the head of a Gatineau player during the game on Friday, April 22nd.
MacKinnon Heads List
Fifteen year old forward Nathan MacKinnon heads the list of draftees for the QMJHL Draft that will be held in Victoriaville on Saturday, June 4th when the League announced their final Central Scouting List. The native of Cole Harbour, NS plays for Shattuck St. Mary’s High School in Fairbault, MN this season where he has scored 54 goals while assisting on 47 more in the 58 games that he has played in the regular season on the Bantam Tier 1 squad.
He also played for Team Atlantic at the 2011 World U17 Challenge in Winnipeg, MB this past winter where as the second youngest player on the team he racked up five goals and three assists in five games. Included in the list are players from Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces as well as from New England. The top players listed in the first five rounds are ranked. At the top of the list is forward Nathan MacKinnon of Shattuck Saint-Mary’s.
Quebec forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault is the playoff scoring leader with 11 goals and 22 assists in 18 games; while another Jonathan—Saint John forward Huberdeau is second with 13 goals and 12 assists over the 13 games that he has played in; while Gatineau forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau rounds out the top three with 25 points (12G, 13A) in the 18 contests that he has skated in.
Between the pipes based on a minimum of 300:00 played in the post season Gatineau netminder Maxime Clermont (9-6-0-0, 2.09 GAA, 0.925 SAV%) is the leader; while last week’s first place finisher Saint John’s Jacob DeSerres falls to second place with his 8-1-0-0 record, 2.24 GAA, and 0.911 SAV%;; and Quebec’s Louis Domingue rounds out the top three as he has won 11 games while losing five with one overtime loss and no shootout losses, has a goals against average of 2.47 and 0.913 SAV%.