QMJHL Weekly: November 1st

Ouellet, Drouin and Mantha Are Telus Three Stars

On Monday the League announced that Blainville-Boisbriand Armada rearguard Xavier Ouellet, Halifax forward Jonathan Drouin, and Val-d’Or forward Anthony Mantha are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending October 28th, 2012.

Ouellet began the week with four assists and the second star of the game award in the Armada’s 7-1 win over Shawinigan on Tuesday. He had another assist in the 3-2 loss to Moncton on Friday and another goal, two assists and the third star of the game award in the 7-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst on Saturday.

Drouin had two goals, two assists, and the first star of the game award on Friday as the Mooseheads skated to a 6-2 win over Drummondville. He had the hat trick and the first star of the game award on Saturday as the Herd completed the sweep of the Voltigeurs with another 6-2 win. He completed the week with one assist as the Mooseheads skated to a 7-3 win over PEI.

Mantha added a goal, two assists, and the third star of the game award as the Foreurs began the week with a 4-3 loss to Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday. He added four more and the game’s first star award in the 5-4 win over Rimouski on Wednesday.

Corriveau Suspended

On Tuesday the League announced that Cape Breton forward Raphael Corriveau received a three game suspension for his hit on a Rimouski player on Sunday, October 21st

It happened when the Rimouski netminder had the puck behind the net and passed the puck to the injured player at the boards on the top of the faceoff circle.

Corriveau was forechecking and turned towards the injured player taking a stride and headed towards him.

After the opponent took the pass he headed towards the middle of the zone and made a pass to his teammate; and Corriveau hit him in the head. The injured player was only able to Corriveau at the last moment and braked slightly. Corriveau was propelled upward striking the injured player on the head as he extended his arm on impact.

Perigo Has Left the Rocket

PEI left winger Daniel Perigo has decided to leave the PEI Rocket and return to play for his hometown Truro Bearcats in the MJHL.

He had no points in six games.

Team Russia Roster Announced for 2012 SUBWAY® Super Series

On Wednesday the CHL announced the Russian Roster for the 2012 Subway Super Series which begins Monday November 5 in Blainville-Boisbriand, QC.

Twenty three players will make the trip to Canada for the duration of the six-game series including former Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov who was selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. An additional five NHL drafted players are among this group including 2012 Tampa Bay first round pick goaltender Andrei Vasilevski, fellow Lightning prospect defenceman Nikita Nesterov, Chicago Blackhawks forward prospect Maxim Shalunov, Florida Panthers prospect Yaroslav Kosov, and Boston Bruins prospect and former Windsor Spitfire Alexander Khokhlachev.

Seven Russian-born CHL players will also compete in various games of the series including 2012 Buffalo Sabres first round pick Mikhail Grigorenko of the Quebec Remparts. He will be joined by fellow QMJHL players Artem Sergeev, and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Anton Zlobin of the Val-d’Or Foreurs, along with 2013 NHL Entry Draft prospect Valentin Zykov of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. In the OHL, Edmonton Oilers prospect Daniil Zharkov of the Belleville Bulls will participate along with London Knights defenceman and 2013 NHL Entry Draft prospect Nikita Zadorov. Goaltender Andrey Markov of the Saskatoon Blades will be the lone WHL representative on the Russian roster.

The Russian roster features 16 players that competed in the Canada-Russia Challenge in August, with nine players having previous experience in the SUBWAY® Super Series. 10 players also competed in the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship on Russia’s silver medal-winning team that defeated Canada in the Semi-Finals played in Calgary, AB. Former Soviet Hockey star Mikhail Varnakov is the club’s Head Coach.

The 2012 SUBWAY® Super Series will take place November 5 – 15 and marks the tenth straight year that teams of CHL All-Stars have competed against Team Russia in preparation for the World Junior Hockey Championship. The SUBWAY® Super Series is an integral part of the evaluation process prior to Team Canada’s final selection camp in December. This season, Canada will be competing for their 15th straight medal at the 2013 tournament in Russia.

Team Russia (Club):
Italics represent played from the Canada-Russia Challenge
*played in 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship
^played in 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series

Goaltenders:
Igor Ustinski (Stalnye Lisy, Magnitogorsk)
Andrei Vasilevski (Tolpar, Ufa)*

Defencemen:
Alexei Vasilevski (Salavat Yulaev, Ufa)
Albert Yarullin (Ak Bars, Kazan)
Mikhail Naumenkov (CSKA)*^
Nikita Nesterov (Traktor, Chelyabinsk)*^
Andrei Mironov (HC Dinamo, Moscou)
Kirill Dyakov (Mamonty Yugry)
Yaroslav Dyblenko (Atlanty, Mytischi)
Pavel Koledov (Loko, Yaroslavl)
Ilya Lyubushkin (Loko, Yaroslavl)

Forwards:
Maxim Shalunov (Traktor, Chelyabinsk)*^
Nail Yakupov (Neftekhimik, Nizhnekamsk)*^
Evgeni Mozer (Omskie Yastreby, Omsk)
Andrei Sigarev (SKA, St. Petersbourg)
Anton Shenfeld (Stalnye Lisy, Magnitogorsk)
Vladimir Tkachev (Ak Bars, Kazan)
Valeri Nichushkin (Belye Medvedi, Chelyabinsk)
Damir Zhafyarov (Metallurg, Novokuznetsk)
Yaroslav Kosov (Mettalurg, Magnitogorsk)*
Alexander Khokhlachev (Spartak, Moscou)*^
Kirill Kapustin (Loko, Yaroslavl)
Bogdan Yakimov (Reaktor, Nizhnekamsk)

QMJHL Games:
Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec Remparts)*^
Anton Zlobin (Val-d’Or Foreurs)^
Valentin Zykov (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Val-d’Or Game Only:
Artem Sergeev (Val-d’Or Foreurs)*^
Guelph Game Only:
Nikita Zadorov (London Knights)
Daniil Zharkov (Belleville Bulls)
WHL Games
Andrey Makarov (Saskatoon Blades)*^

Staff:
Head Coach – Mikhail Varnakov
Assistant Coach – Vyacheslav Ryanov
Assistant Coach – Vladislav Krutskikh
General Manager – Alexei Kochetkov
Doctor – Alexander Borodin
Physiotherapist – Artem Timofeev
Equipment Manager – Alexander Rezepov
The schedule for the 2012 SUBWAY® Super Series is as follows:

Game 1 – Monday November 5 at Blainville-Boisbriand, QC
Game 2 – Wednesday November 7 at Val-d’Or, QC
Game 3 – Thursday November 8 at Guelph, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 12 at Sarnia, ON
Game 5 – Wednesday November 14 at Vancouver, BC
Game 6 – Thursday November 15 at Victoria, BC

Talbot’s Number Retired

On Friday the Gatineau Olympiques retired the number of Philadelphia Flyers forward Maxime Talbot.
Talbot played with the Hull/Gatineau Olympiques from 2001-2004 scoring 101 goals and adding 174 assists in 209 games. In 52 playoff games he found the back of the net 30 times while assisting on 52 more.
Talbot won the President’s Cup with Gatineau in 2003 and 2004.

He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the eighth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft 234th overall.
Talbot won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009.

The Games This Week

The week began with two games on Tuesday as Marc-Oliver Roy, Mitchell Robillard, and Christopher Clapperton all added a pair each; and Cedric Paquette scored once for Blainville-Boisbriand; and Alexandre Grandmaison scored for Shawinigan as the Armada blasted the Cataractes 7-1.

Gabriel Desjardins scored in the shootout; while Steven Mercier, Maxime St-Cyr, and Sven Andrighetto added singles for Rouyn-Noranda; and Anthony Mantha, Michael Beaudry, and Anton Zloban found the back of the net for Val-d’Or as the Huskies needed a shootout to get past the Foreurs 4-3.

On Wednesday Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin scored twice each; while Darcy Ashley and Randay Gazzola added singles as Halifax skated to a 6-2 win over Drummondville. Olivier Archambault and Tomas Torok added the Voltigeurs’ markers.

Mantha scored four times; and Vincent Dunn added the single as Val-d’Or edged Rimouski 5-4. Anthony DeLuca, Peter Trainor, Francis Beauvillier, and Frederick Gauthier found the back of the net for the Oceanic.

Four games took place on Thursday.

Valentin Zykov had the hat trick; while Petr Straka scored twice; and Felix Girard, Alexandre Ranger, and Raphael Bussieres had singles to lead Baie-Comeau to an 8-2 win over Quebec. Kurt Etchegary and Nitika Kucherov scored the Remparts’ goals.

Josh Currie scored three times; while Erik Robichaud, Ben Duffy, and Alexis Pepin added singles for PEI as the Rocket doubled Chicouitmi 6-3. Sebastien Sylvestre, Gabriel Gagnon, and Guillaume Asselin scored for the Sagueneens.

Angelo Miceli scored twice; while Troy Vance, Philippe Maillet, and Mathieu Ayotte added singles for Victoriaville as the Tigres edged Acadie-Bathurst 5-4. Raphael Lafontaine scored twice; and Adam Stevens, and Alec John Banville added singles for the Titan.

Alex Saulnier added the hat trick; while Dmitri Jaskin and Christophe Lalonde added singles fo Moncton as the Wildcats skated to a 5-2 win over Gatineau. Christopher King and Martin Reway replied for the Olympiques.

Seven games were played on Friday.

Jeremy Auger, Joey Ratelle, Marc-Olivier Brouillard, and Jerome Verrier scored for Drummondville to lead the Voltigeurs to a 4-1 win over Cape Breton. Alexandre Lavoie added the lone Screaming Eagles’ marker.

Sherbrooke got regulation goals from Brandon Lesway, Anthony Verret; while Cole Hawes and Alexandre Comtois scored in the shootout; and Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau scored for Baie-Comeau as the Phoenix nipped the Drakkar 3-2.

Adam Erne added four; while Frederic Bergeron, Mikhail Grigorenko, and Jason Houde added singles for Quebec as the Remparts shut the door on Shawinigan 7-0.

Ivan Barbashov scored the game winner with 18 seconds left in regulation; while Jaskin and Lalonde added singles for Moncton; and Philippe Sanche and Marcus Hinds did likewise for Blainville-Boisbriand as the Wildcats nipped the Armada 3-2.

Rimouski got two from Trainor; while Gauthier added one in regulation; and Charles-Eric Légaré and Maxime Gravel scored in the shootout as the Oceanic nipped Val-d’Or 4-3. Samuel Henley added a pair; and Zlobin a single for the Foreurs.

Olivier Leblanc, Jaakub Izacky, Kevin Gagne, and Stephen MacAulay scored for Saint John; while Currie scored twice; and Duffy added a single for PEI as the Sea Dogs nipped the Rocket 4-3.
Anthony Cortese, Adam Chapman, Emile Poirier, and Reway scored for Gatineau; while Patrik Zdrahal, Zach O’Brien, and Brandon Hynes did the same for Acadie-Bathurst as the Olympiques nipped the Titan 4-3.

Five games took place on Saturday.

Jonathan Narbonne, Alex Saulnier, James Melindy, and Yannick Veilleux found the back of the net for Moncton; while Michael McNamee, Hawes, and Vincent Richer scored for Sherbrooke as the Wildcats got past the Phoenix 4-3.

Desjardins scored twice; and Jean-Sebastien Dea, St-Cyr, and Mathieu Brisebois all added singles for Rouyn-Noranda; while Anthony Deluca added the lone goal for Rimouski as the Huskies were all over the Oceanic 5-1.

Cape Breton split their home and home series with Drummondville with a 4-1 win in Sydney as Stephen Woodworth, Alexandre Lavoie, Brett Malone, and William Carrier added the Screaming Eagles’ markers; and Charles-David Beaudoin did the same for the Voltigeurs.

Drouin scored three times; while Ashley, MacKinnon, and Trey Lewis added singles for Halifax as the Mooseheads dumped Chicoutimi 6-2. Lukas Sedlak and Asselin added the Sagueneens’ marker.

Stefan Matteau Jr scored twice; while Olivier Picard, Elie Berube, Samuel Hodhod, and Clapperton added singles for Blainville-Boisbriand; whiel O’Brien got the lone Acadie-Bathurst goal as the Armada clobbered the Titan 7-1.

The weekend ended with five games on Sunday.

Saint John needed overtime and a goal from Oliver Cooper 1:56 in to get past Chicoutimi 3-2. Jason Seed and Marcus Cuomo scored the other Sea Dogs’ goals; while Tristan Tremblay and Jeremy Gregoire added the Sagueneens’ markers.

Marc-Antoine Carrier scored the game winner 11:32 into the third as Quebec edged Gatineau 3-1. Erne scored the other Remparts’ goal; while Poirier scored for the Olympiques.

Matthew Boudreau scored twice; and Lewis, MacKenzie Weegar, Stefan Fournier, Brent Andrews, and Martin Frk scored singles for Halifax in their 7-3 win over PEI. Jimmy Oligny, Louick Marcotte, and Matthew Bursey added the Rocket’s markers.

Baie-Comeau got two goals from Straka, while Girard, and Bussieres had singles as the Drakkar skated to a 4-1 win over Victoriaville. Mathieu Ayotte added the Tigres’ lone goal.

Cody Donaghey and Redgie Bois scored a pair each; while Andrew O’Brien, St-Cyr, Mathieu Lemay, and Liam O’Brien added singles as Rouyn-Noranda skated to an 8-3 win over Rimouski. Trainor, Scott Oke, and Charles-Eric Legare scored for the Oceanic.

The Leaders

Halifax leads both the Maritime Division and overall standings with their 15-1-0-0 record and 30 points. Telus East leaders Quebec are 12-3-0-0 with 24 points; while Telus West leaders Rouyn-Norand is 13-3-0-1 with 27 points.

Dea leads all point getters with his 18 goals and 16 assists in the 137 games that he has played in; while Andrighetto has found the back of the net 14 times while assisting on 19 more over 17 games; and MacKinnon (18G, 11A) in 16 games played rounds out the top three.

Between the pipes Blainville-Boisbriand’s Storm Phaneuf has a 6-1-0-0 record to go along with his 1.29 GAA, and 0.937 SAV% to lead all goalies. Backstopping his way into second place is Phaneuf’s teammate Etienne Marcoux (6-2-0-0, 2.09 GAA, 0.921 SAV5); while PEI’s Antoine Bibeau has won six games; while losing one, with one overtime loss and no shootout losses, has a goals against average of 2.26 and a 0.922 SAV% to round out the top three.

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