QMJHL Weekly: November 16th, 2010

Bourret, Bérubé and Casavant Are TELUS Three Stars

Saint John defenseman Gabriel Bourrett, Montreal goalie Jean-Francoise Berube, and Shawinigan left winger Benjamin Casavant are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending November 14th.

Bourrett is the first defenseman this season to be named the first star. He began the week with two assists and was the game’s first star as Saint John beat Acadie-Bathursat 5-3 on Saturday and followed that up with four more and the first star of the game award as Saint John shutout Quebec 6-0 on Sunday. He finished the weekend a +5.

Berube made 33 saves as Montreal beat Cape Breton 5-2 on Thursday and followed that up with 23 more in the 2-1 loss to Gatineau on Saturday. He finished the weekend with 30 saves as Montreal finished the weekend with a 5-1 win over Drummondville on Sunday. His GAA for the week was 1.68 and his save percentage 0.945.

Casavant had a goal and five assists and was the game’s second star as Shawinigan romped to a 7-3 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Satruday and finished a +6 for the week.

Carpentier Officiates 905th Regular Season Games

On November 7th linesman Serge Carpentier officiated his 905th regular season game when Montreal hosted Baie-Comeau. He broke the record of 904 set by Sylvain Cloutier.

Carpentier is in his 20th season in the QMJHL. He officiated his first regular season game in Hul in the 1991-1992 season. He also has 211 post season games under his belt along with four Memorial Cups (1997, 2000, 2003, 2006); five national tournaments; and three international competitions including the Junior World Championships in Boston in 1996.

Quebec, Saint John, Drummondville, and Moncton Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL Top 10 rankings were announced last week Quebec, Saint John, Drummondville, and Moncton made the grade.

The Remparts dropped from first to third, Saint John moved from sixth to fourth, Drummondville moved up one spot to ninth, and Moncton fell three to tenth.

CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 8
1 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (15-2-0-1)
2 Portland Winterhawks (15-2-0-1)
3 Quebec Remparts (15-3-0-2)
4 Saint John Sea Dogs (16-3-0-2)
5 Saginaw Spirit (13-3-1-1)
6 Saskatoon Blades (13-5-0-1)
7 Owen Sound Attack (12-4-0-1)
8 Kootenay Ice (12-4-0-2)
9 Drummondville Voltigeurs (15-6-2-1)
10 Moncton Wildcats (14-6-0-2)

Trade Winds Blow

On Thursday Baie-Comeau acquired 18 year old Pierre-Olivier Ouellet from Rimouski for the Drakkar’s 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft eighth round pick.
Due to rule 2.14.2 which states that: “The League declares that there will be three trading periods during the season. The first is held at the annual draft. The second in August and the third is held after the last game scheduled during mid-season. No trading shall be made outside these three periods, except for 20 year old players and the European players and players not playing in the QMJHL who may be traded at all times until the end of the third trading period. In the case of European players, the by-laws of the CHL apply in compliance to the article 3.01.1.1. In the case of players not playing in the QMJHL, they will not be able to integrate a team?s line-up before the beginning of the 3rd trading period except by approbation of the Commissioner” Ouellet cannot integrate the Drakkar line-up until the start of the second trade period on December 19, 2010. He can only play as an affiliated player until that date.

In the other trade on Friday Rouyn-Noranda sent Steven Delisle to Saint John for the Sea Dogs’ 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft 12th round pick.

Columbus drafted Deslisle in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

This is Delisle’s fourth year in the QMJHL. He started out with Gatineau in the 2006-07 season and came to Rouyn-Noranda last season. The 20 year old defenseman has 17 goals and 85 assists in 253 regular season games and three goals and 16 assists in 56 post season contests.

The Games This Week

In the Subway Super Series on Monday night Russia came away with a 5-4 win as Maxim Kitsyn led the way with two goals for the winners, and Nathan Beaulieu had a goal and assist for the losers.

The Russians completed the QMJHL end of the series with another win on Wednesday as Nikita Dvurechensky scored twice for the Russians, and Sean Couturier led the way with two assists for Team QMJHL.

Philippe Lefebvre added two assists in Montreal’s 5-2 win over Cape Breton on Remembrance Day.

Victor Provencher scored twice in PEI’s 5-1 win over Halifax; Joel Champagne scored the game winner 17:55 into the second as Quebec skated to a 5-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst; Philippe Maillet and Philip-Michael Devos had two goals each as Victoriaville doubled Moncton 4-2; André Bouvet-Morrissette scored the game winner with 3:56 left in regulation as Drummondville edged Cape Breton 3-2; Felix Lefrancois and Alex Belzile led the way for Rimouski with a goal and two assists each as the Oceanic edged Chicoutimi 5-4; and Jean-François Leblanc had two of Val-d’Or’s four goals as the Foreurs doubled Rouyn-Noranda 4-2.

Mathieu Guertin found the back of the net once and assisted on one more as Drummondville blanked Moncton 4-0; Alex Noel scored the game winner 16:13 into the second as Gatineau edged Montreal 2-1; Andrew Hayes made 32 saves for Cape Breton as the Screaming Eagles were outshot 37-24 in their 6-5 win over Rimouski; Ryan Bourque scored the game winner 4:12 into the overtime as Quebec nipped PEI 4-3; Michael Kirkpatarick added a goal and assist to lead Saint John to a 5-3 win over Acadie-Bathurst; Etienne Brodeur scored twice and assisted on one more as Lewiston laid a 6-1 beating on Baie-Comeau; and Dave Labreque had the hat trick and one helper as Shawinigan thrashed Rouyn-Noranda 7-3 on Saturday.

Gabriel Bourret lent a helping hand on four goals to lead Saint John to a 6-0 dumping of Quebec; Jean-Francois Berube made 30 saves as Montreal was outshot 31-30 in their 5-1 win over Drummondville; Billy Lacasse had a goal and two assists, and Emrik Guillemette and Guillaume Asselin added a goal and assist each in Chicoutimi’s 6-4 win over Victoriaville; Daniel Milan scored the game winner 3:14 into overtime as Moncton nipped Gatineau 5-4; Lewiston and Baie-Comeau also went to overtime as Étienne Brodeur scored with 1:40 left in the extra frame in the MAINEiacs’ 3-2 win; and Maximilien Le Sieur found the back of the net twice in Shawinigan’s 3-1 win over Val-d’Or in Sunday’s action.

The Leaders

Saint John is the leader of both the Maritime Division and overall standings with their 18-3-0-2 record and 38 points. Telus West leaders Drummondville (17-7-2-1, 37 points) are second; while Telus East leaders Quebec round out the top three as they have won 17 games while losing four no overtime losses, and two shootout losses for 36 points.

Devos leads all point getters with 13 goals and 33 assists in 25 games; while Quebec forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault (12G, 28A, 23 GP) is second; and Drummondville left winger Ondrej Palat rounds out the top three as he has beaten goalies on 15 occasions while lending a helping hand on 20 more in the 26 games that he has skated in.

Between the pipes Drummondville’s Guillaume Nadeau tops netminders with his 11-3-2-1 record, 2.09 GAA, and 0.907 SAV%. Gatineau’s Maxim Clermont backstops his way into second place as he has won 10 games while losing three with one overtime loss and two shootout losses, has a goals against average of 2.20, and 0.906 SAV%. Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson (7-6-1-2, 2.20 GAA, 0.928 SAV%) rounds out the top three.

The Games To Come

Two games lead off the schedule on Wednesday as Halifax is at home to Rouyn-Noranda; and PEI welcomes Acadie-Bathurst.

On Thursday Cape Breton and Val-d”or faceoff in Sydney; and Quebec hosts Gatineau.

Six games will be played on Friday as PEI makes their way to Sydney to face Cape Breton in a Maritime matchup; Rouyn-Noranda begins their Eastern Canadian swing with a stop in Halifax; Lewiston is in Quebec City to take on the Remparts; Baie-Comeau is at home to Montreal; Gatineau is in Chicoutimi; Rimouski hosts Drummondville; and Shawinigan takes on Victoriaville in Shawinigan.

On Saturday Val-d’Or is in Halifax; Chicoutimi is at home to Montreal; Lewiston travels the Trans Canada Highway to Shawinigan; Saint John and Acadie-Bathurst faceoff in Bathurst in a Maritime tilt; and Rouyn-Noranda makes their way to Moncton.

Five games will end off the week on Sunday as Rouyn-Noranda concludes their East Coast road trip with a stop in Bathurst; the Battle of New Brunswick has Moncton at home to Saint John; Val-d’Or finishes their swing through the Maritime Division with a stop in PEI; Lewiston is back to Quebec City; and two Battles of Quebec will see Baie-Comeau at home to Gatineau and Rimouski making their way to Victoriaville.

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