Halifax and Baie-Comeau To Play for Cup
The Halifax Mooseheads and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar will play off for the 2013 President’s Cup.
The Mooseheads have yet to lose a game in the playoffs as they swept the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in four straight games. After winning the first two games in Halifax the teams traveled to Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday night where Halifax needed overtime and a goal from Jonathan Drouin 16:07 in for the 3-2 win. Konrad Abletshauser and Stefan Fournier scored the other two goals; while Marcus Power and Francis Perron scored for the Huskies. Halifax completed the sweep with a 9-6 win on Wednesday as Drouin, Martin Frk, and Nathan MacKinnon all added a pair each; and Abeltshauser, Fournier, and Brent Andrews had singles. Gabriel Desjardins had the hat trick; while Dillon Fournier, Power, and Maxime St-Cyr had singles.
Baie-Comeau needed six games to dispose of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
After winning the first two games at home the Armada won the two games in their home rink starting with a 3-0 win on Tuesday thanks to goals from Xavier Ouellet, Christopher Clapperton, and Ryan Tesnik. On Wednesday Ouellet opened the scoring and ended it with his third of the night and the game winner 4:56 into the third in the Armada’s 4-3 win. Marcus Hinds had the other Armada goal; while Carl Gelinas, Felix Girard, and Valentin Zykov scored for the Drakkar. When the series retured to Baie-Comeau on Friday the Drakkar edged the Armada 2-1 with Zykov and Petr Straka supplying the offense for Baie-Comeau; while Nikita Jevpalovs scored for Blainville-Boisbriand. The Drakkar won game six in Blainville-Boisbriand with a 4-0 win on Sunday thanks to goals from Zykov, Girard, Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau, and Alexandre Ranger.
Drouin Is CHL Player of the Week
Drouin is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 21st.
He began the weekend with two goals, three assists, and the first star of the game award in the 6-4 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday, April 20th and ended it with another goal, three helpers, and the second star of the game award in the 5-4 win on Sunday.
QMJHL Launches Gatorade Excellence Challenge
On Tuesday the QMJHL unveiled the schedule for the first ever Gatorade Excellence Challenge, a whole new event on the QMJHL schedule. This year’s inaugural event will take place at the Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau in Boisbriand from May 3 to 5.
One hundred and twenty of the top prospects for the upcoming draft will be divided into six different teams from Hockey Canada branches on the QMJHL’s territory.
Quebec will be represented by two teams while Prince-Edward-Island, Newfoundland/Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia will each have one team competing in the event.
Every team will play a minimum of five games during the event.
“Gatorade Canada is excited to be a partner of elite minor hockey and to help athletes perform at their highest level through proper sports fuel,” said Shirley Mukerjea, Director of Marketing at Gatorade.
“We are very excited to count on the support of Gatorade as title sponsor for this inaugural event which will feature several of our top prospects for the upcoming entry draft. Our future stars will be able to count on the number one product on the market to stay hydrated throughout this demanding event,” commented QMJHL Commissioner Gilles Courteau.
“The goal of this event, which is organized in conjunction with of our partners at Hockey Canada, is to bring the Branches that work in the Provinces in which we operate closer together in order to further the development of players while preparing them for Hockey Canada’s Excellence Program and the Under-17, Under-18 and Under-20 programs.,” commented QMJHL Executive Vice-President Marcel Patenaude.
Games will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday while the Under Armour Combines will take place on Thursday, May 2.
The Combines is the day when participants of the Excellence Challenge go through rigorous on ice and off ice testing. It is a unique experience that gives players a taste of the training requirements needed to succeed at the next level.
The QMJHL Entry Draft will be held at the Georges-Vézina Centre in Chicoutimi on Saturday, June 8.
Friday, May 3rd
1 Rousseau 8:30 A.M PEI vs Québec (Blue)
2 Rousseau 10:30 A.M. Quebec (White) New Brunswick
3 Rousseau 12:30 P.M. Nova Scotia/Newfoundland and Labrador
4 Rousseau 4:30 P.M. New Brunswick/PEI
5 Rousseau 6:30 P.M. Newfoundland and Labrador/Quebec (White)
6 Rousseau 8:30 P.M. Québec (Blue)/Nova Scotia
Saturday, May 4th
Rousseau 8:30 A.M. New Brunswick/Newfoundland and Labrador
Rousseau 10:30 A.M. Quebec (White) Québec (Blue)
Rousseau 12:30 P.M. PEI/Nova Scotia
Rousseau 4:30 P.M. Québec (Bleu)/New Brunswick
Rousseau 6:30 P.M. Nova Scotia Quebec (White)
Rousseau 8:30 P.M. Newfoundland and Labrador/PEI
Sunday, May 5th
Rousseau 10:00 A.M. 6th position/5th position
Rousseau 12:00 P.M. 4th position/3rd position
Rousseau 2:00 P.M. 2nd position/1st position
46 QMJHLers Ranked In NHL Central Scouting Rankings
When the NHL announced the final Central Scouting Rankings on Thursday 46 QMJHLers made the cut.
2 MacKinnon, Nathan, Center, Halifax
3 Drouin, Jonathan, Left Wing, Halifax
7 8 Zykov, Valentin, Left Wing, Baie-Comeau
8 Gauthier, Frederik, Left Wing/Right Wing, Rimouski
10 Mantha, Anthony, Right Wing, Val d’Or
18 Carrier, William, Left Wing, Cape Breton
23 Morin, Samuel, Defenseman, Rimouski
26 Erne, Adam, Left Wing, Quebec
28 Dauphin, Laurent, Center, Chicoutimi
37 Diaby, Jonathan-Ismael, Defenseman, Victoriaville
39 Poirier, Emile, Left Wing, Gatineau,
43 Kostalek, Jan Defenseman, Rimouski, QMJHL
48 Sorensen, Nick, Right Wing, Quebec
50 Laplante, Pavel, Center, PEI
52 Paquin-Boudreau, Gabryel, Left Wing, Baie Comeau
54 Roy, Marc-Olivier, Center, Blainville-Boisbriand
57 Duclair, Anthony Left Wing, Quebec
72 Etchegary, Kurt, Center, Quebec
73 Dunn, Vincent, Center, Val d’Or
74 Labbe, Dylan Defenseman Shawinigan
79 Gregoire, Jeremy, Center, Baie Comeau
91 Reway, Martin, Left Wing, Gatineau
99 Brouillard, Nikolas, Defenseman, Drummondville
107 Gobeil, Thomas, Right Wing, Chicoutimi
114 Murphy, Matthew, Defenseman, Halifax
115 Gravel, Maxime, Defenseman, Rimouski
116 Graves, Ryan, Defenseman, PEI
127 Anderson, Stephen , Right Wing, Saint John
152 Dea, Jean-Sebastien, Center, Rouyn-Noranda
154 Trainor, Peter, Left Wing, Rimouski
164 Weegar, Mackenzie, Defenseman, Halifax
168 Beauregard, Mickael, Defenseman, Gatineau
171 Veilleux, Tommy, Left Wing, Victoriaville
189 Sweeney, Jacob, Defenseman, Moncton
194 Beaton, Bronson, Right Wing, Cape Breton
196 Joly, Michael, Right Wing, Rimouski
200, LaFontaine, Raphael, Center, Acadie-Bathurst
205 Repe, Jurij, Defenseman, Saint John
The following were ranked at the mid-term report but not ranked in the final report
176 Boivin, Alexandre, Center, Quebec
169 Duda, Steven, Defenseman, Saint John
202 Fortier, Simon, Right Wing, Rimouski
190 Lemay, Mathieu, Right Wing, Rouyn-Noranda
204 Tremblay, Simon, Left Wing, Chicoutimi
1 Fucale, Zachary, Halifax
7 Desrosiers, Philippe, Rimouski
9 Bibeau, Antoine, PEI
14 Belanger, Alexandre, Rouyn-Noranda
16 Guindon, Louis-Philip, Drummondville
22 Brassard, Eric, Gatineau
24 Trudeau, Philippe, Cape Breton
The following were ranked at mid-term but not in the final ranking:
27 Marcoux, Etienne, Blainville-Boisbriand
Team Canada Wins World U18
Team Canada won the World U18 Championships with a 3-2 win over Team USA on Sunday.
The win ended the American’s four year domination of the event.
Scoring for Canada were Rimouski forward Frederick Gauthier, Chicoutimi forward Laurent Dauphin, and Madison Bowey. Connor Clifton and Mike McCarron scored for the USA.
Finland won the bronze medal with a 2-1 win over Russia. Arturri Lehkonen and Kasperi Kapanen scored for the Finns; while Vladimir Tkachyov scored for the Russians.
The Canadians got to the finals with a 31 win over Finland on Friday as Morgan Klimchuk, Samuel Bennett, and Josh Morrisey scored for the Canucks; and Joose Antonen did the same for the Finns.
The Americans got to the final with a 4-3 overtime win over Russia thanks to goals from Anthony Louis, Tyler Kellheller, McCarron, and Tommy Vanelli. Pavel Buchnevich, Valeri Nichushkin, and Vyacheslav Leshenko scored for the Russians.