QMJHL Weekly: November 14th, 2011

Will, Gauthier, and Morin Are the Telus Three Stars

Moncton netminder Roman Will; Saint John center Danick Gauthier; and Shawinigan left winger Pierre-Olivier Morin are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending November 13th, 2011.

Will made 29 saves and was the third star of the game on Saturday as Moncton blanked Baie-Comeau 4-0. He followed that up with 28 more and another third star of the game award as the Wildcats skated to a 5-1 win over Cape Breton on Sunday.

Gauthier found the back of the net once, lent a helping hand on one more, and was the game’s third star as Saint John dumped PEI 7-3 on Friday; added two more goals, two assists, and the first star of the game award as the Sea Dogs edged Halifax 4-3 on Saturday; and ended the week with one assists as the team skated to a 5-3 win over Baie-Comeau on Sunday. Gauthier finished the week a +4.

Morin found the twine twice and lent a helping hand on one more as Shawinigan nipped Rimouski 8-7 on Friday. In Shawinigan’s 6-1 win over Drummondville on Saturday he scored once, assisted on one more, and was the game’s third star. He also finished the week a +4

Victoriaville Acquires Labrie

On Monday the League announced that Victoriaville has acquired defenseman Hubert Labrie from Gatineau for a 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft fifth round pick.

Labrie came into the League with Gatineau in the 2007-08 season and has spent the last four seasons with the Olympiques.

In 192 games he has found the back of the net 10 times while lending a helping hand on 38 more. In 59 post season contests he has scored eight times while assisting on 15 more.
Labrie is currently playing in the East Coast Hockey League with the Idaho Steelheads who are the affiliate of the Dallas Stars. He has one goal and four assists in eight games.

Kostenko Steals The Show

Russian netminder Sergey Kostenko was the star of the show on Monday night as he made 42 saves as Russia was outshot 42-12 in their 2-0 victory over Team Quebec in the first game of the Subway Super Series in Victoriaville.

The Russians need a shootout to complete the sweep with a 5-4 win on Wednesday night in Quebec City.

Acadie-Bathurst forward Matthew Bissonnette added the hat trick for Team Quebec; while Charles Hudon added the single. Quebec’s Mikhail Grigorenko was the lone QMJHLer to score for Russia.

Gregoire and Dumville Are New Recruiting Directors

On Friday Commissioner Giles Courteau announced that Jean-François Grégoire is the new Recruiting Director for the Province of Quebec and Troy Dumville the new Recruiting Director for the Atlantic Provinces and the United-States.

“Recruiting is the cornerstone of our league. It’s for this reason that we remain proactive with the implementation of new initiatives, including hiring Jean-François Grégoire and Troy Dumville as Recruiting Directors. Grégoire et Dumville will have the task of meeting players and their parents to inform them of our programs on and off the ice while sharing our values. The QMJHL, is after all, a school of life and this message must be well understood by players and parents,” declared M. Courteau.

Jean-François Grégoire played for four season in the QMJHL with the Granby Bisons (1989-90 to 1991-92), the Shawinigan Cataractes (1991-92) and the St-Hyacinthe Laser (1991-92 to 1992-93). He scored 113 goals and added 143 assists for a total of 256 points in 249 games. After his career with the QMJHL, he went to the University of Moncton where he played for four years. Afterwards, he played as a professional in the United-States and Europe. He presently works as an associate in the Sport-Études program Le Triolet, at the Training Centre “Attitude Hockey” in Sherbrooke.

“I am very happy to be able to undertake this new challenge. This position will permit me to communicate directly with parents and players and inform them about the excellent programs that we offer at the league,” said Grégoire.

Troy Dumville was a coach with the Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MJHL) until 2010. He was Director of Hockey Operations and head coach of the Dieppe “Gagnon” Comandos and assistant coach with the Saint John Sea Dogs and the University of Moncton’s Aigles Blues. M. Dumville worked for 6 seasons at the QMJHL’s CSR and evaluated players for the Atlantic Provinces before being hired as Assistant General Manager of the Saint John Sea Dogs during their inaugural season. Troy Dumville has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the Mount Allison University. He is also a well known hockey figure in the Atlantic Provinces.

Mr. Dumville said “I’m very passionate about hockey and understand how important recruiting is for the league. I think that my knowledge of the sport and my experience with young people will help me to be a good ambassador toward our young prospects and their parents.”

The Games This Week

Samuel Carrier was the lone shooter to score in the shootout as Baie-Comeau edged Halifax 3-2; Tomas Jurco added two goals and one assist as Saint John skated to a 7-3 win over Maritime rivals PEI: Blainville-Boisband took over the top spot in the Telus West standings with a 6-4 win over Drummondville as Raphael Pouliot led the way with two goals and one assist; Guillaume Asselin found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on two more as Chicoutimi skated to a 5-3 win over Telus East rivals Victoriaville; Francois Brassard made 29 saves as Quebec was outshot 31-26 in their 5-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda; it was a scoring fest in Shawinigan with the Cataractes coming out on the winning end of a 8-7 score over Telus East rivals Rimouski as Loik Poudrier, Kiril Kabanov, and Anton Zlobin led the way with a goal and two helpers each; and Tomas Hyka scored twice to lead Gatineau to a 6-4 win over Telus West rivals Val-d’Or.

On Saturday Loik Poudrier and Frederick Gaudreau scored twice each as Shawinigan skated to a 6-1 win over Drummondville; Francis Beauvillier found the twine on two occasions and lent a helping hand on one more as Rimouski doubled Victoriaville 6-3; Marek Hrivik notched two markers as Moncton shut the door on Baie-Comeau 4-0; Danick Gauthier scored the game winner 1:10 into the third as Saint John nipped Halifax 4-3; Francis Lacerte made 30 saves as Gatineau was outshot 32-25 in their 4-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda; and Adam Erne scored twice as Quebec skated to a 5-1 win over Val-d’Or.
Nathan Bealieu scored once and lent a helping hand on one more as Saint John defeated Baie-Comeau 5-3; Zach O’Brien added a pair of goals and assists to lead Acadie-Bathurst to a 8-6 win over PEI; Lukas

Sedlak, Steve Lebel, Charles Hudon, and Etienne Brodeur added a goal and assist each as Chicoutimi doubled Blainville-Boisband 6-3; Alex and Allain Saulnier added a goal and assist each as Moncton downed Cape Breton 5-1; and Drummondville got two goals and two assists from Marc-Olivier Brouillard in their 6-1 win over Rimouski on Sunday.

The Leaders

Saint John leads both the QMJHL overall and Maritimes standings with their 19-6-0-0 record and 38 points. Telus East leaders Quebec are 16-4-2-1 giving them 35 points and second place overall; while Drummondville leads the Telus West Division with 11 wins, 12 losses, and one each overtime loss and shootout loss.

Among skaters the top two from last week hasn’t changed as Victoriaville’s forward Yanni Gourde has found the twine on 13 occasions while lending a helping hand on 29 more in the 25 contests that he has skated in; while O’Brien has scored 21 times while lending a helping hand on 20 more in 23 games; and his teammate forward Sebastien Trudeau has 39 points (14G, 25A) in 24 games.

Between the pipes the top three from last week remains the same as Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil is 14-3-0-0 with a 2.13 GAA and 0.917 SAV%; while Quebec’s Louis Domingue is second as he has won nine games with two losses, one overtime loss, and one shootout loss; has a goals against average of 2.19 and 0.933 SAV%; and Victoriaville’s Brandon Whitney is third with his 9-1-0-0 record; 2.66 GAA, and 0.895 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Play resumes with one game on Tuesday as Shawinigan welcomes Gatineau.

PEI is in Cape Breton; Saint John welcomes Rouyn-Noranda; Acadie-Bathurst is at home to Rimouski; Quebec is in Baie-Comeau; and Val-d’Or welcomes Blainville-Boisband.

On Thursday Moncton is at home to Rouyn-Noranda.

The weekend begins with six games on Friday as Saint John is in PEI: Acadie-Bathurst is at home to Victoriaville; Halifax makes their way to Drummondville; Gatineau and Val-d’Or take to the ice in Gatineau; Shawinigan and Chicoutimi faceoff in Chicoutimi; and Quebec is in Rimouski.

The four games played on Saturday will see Baie-Comeau welcoming Shawinigan; Cape Breton at home to Rouyn-Noranda; Victoriaville at Moncton; Blainville-Boisband in Gatineau; and Quebec entertaining Halifax.

Twelve teams will take to the ice to end the weekend on Sunday. The Battle of New Brunswick will see Saint John making their way to Bathurst; while the Battle of Quebec will be fought on two fronts as Baie-Comeau welcomes Chicoutimi; and Drummondville is in Boisband. Victoriaville finishes up their Eastern Canada trip with a stop in Charlottetown to face the Rocket; while Halifax clues up their Quebec trip in Rimouski.

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