Sea Dogs, Olympiques Split Championship Final First Two Games
The Saint John Sea Dogs and the Gatineau Olympiques split the first two games of the QMJHL President’s Cup Championship Final this past weekend.
Simon Despres scored the game winner12:17 into the third period to give the Sea Dogs a 2-1 win on Friday; while Nicolas Deslauriers, Hubert Labrie, and Tommy Tremblay scored the goals for Gatineau in their 3-2 win on Saturday. Despres netted both of the Sea Dogs’ markers.
Danick Gauthier scored the other Saint John goal on Friday; and Labrie the Olympiques’ marker.
The series shifts to Gatineau for games three and four Monday and Wednesday then back to Saint John for games five and six if necessary on Friday and Sunday.
Clermont Is CHL Goalie of the Week
On Wednesday the CHL announced that Gatineau netminder Maxime Clermont is the CHL Goalie of the Week for the week ending May 1st.
In the semi-finals Clermont went 2-2 with a 1.77 GAA and 0.934 SAV%.
He made 27 saves in the 2-1 game three loss on Tuesday and the 2-1 game four loss on Wednesday, 24 in the 5-3 win on Friday; and 21 saves and was the third star of game six on Sunday as Gatineau staved off elimination with a 4-0 win over Gatineau.
14 QMJHLers Invited To NHL Combine
On Thursday the CHL announced that 61 CHlers have been invited to the NHL Combine that will take place May 30th-June 4th in Toronto.
Fifteen of those players skate in the QMJHL.
Among the invites are Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels who is the top-ranked North American Skater eligible for the draft, along with the second ranked forward Gabriel Landeskog the Kitchener Rangers, and Jonathan Huberdeau of the Saint John Sea Dogs who is ranked third overall by NHL Central Scouting.
The event gives NHL clubs a chance to evaluate the NHL’s future stars less than a month before the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The first round of the draft will take place on Friday, June 24 and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) on Saturday, June 25.
The 61 CHL players represents over 70% of all North American invites, with 28 players from the OHL and 19 from the WHL also being invited.
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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 14 goals and 13 assists over the 16 games that he has played in; while Gatineau forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau rounds out the top three with 25 points (12G, 14A) in the 21 contests that he has skated in.
Between the pipes based on a minimum of 300:00 played in the post season, Saint John’s Jacob DeSerres regains first place with his 10-2-0-0 record, 2.03 GAA, and 0.916 SAV%; while last week’s leader Clermont (10-8-0-0, 2.24 GAA, 0.924 SAV%) falls to second place; 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%.