QMJHL Weekly: November 1st, 2011

Huberdeau, Pageau, and Critchlow Are the Telus Three Stars

Saint John forward Jonathan Huberdeau, Gatineau right winger Jean-Gabriel Pageau, and Halifax left winger Cameron Critchlow are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending October 30th, 2011.

Huberdeau added two goals and was the second star of the game as Saint John skated to a 6-3 win over Cape Breton on Friday and followed that up with another goal and three helpers as the Sea Dogs’ raised the banner on their 2011 Presidents Cup and Memorial Cup wins with a 6-0 shutout Chicoutimi on Saturday. He finished the week a +6.

Pageau scored twice and was the first star of the game as Gatineau shutout Drummondville 3-0. On Saturday he found the back of the net twice, lent a helping hand on one more, and was the game’s second star in the team’s 6-1 trouncing of Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday. He finished the week a +4.

Critchlow began the week with a goal, three helpers, and the first star of the game award as Halifax skated to a 7-5 win over Blainville-Boisband on Friday. He had one assist as the team nipped Val-d’Or 3-2 on Saturday and ended the week with one goal as Halifax completed the sweep of the Foreurs with a 5-2 win on Sunday and ended the week with a +1 rating.

QMJHL Subway Super Series Roster Announced

On Monday the Victoriaville Tigres and the Quebec Remparts organizations, in collaboration with the QMJHL and the Canadian Hockey League, held simultaneous press conferences to announce the roster of Team QMJHL which will compete against Team Russia in the 2011 Subway Super Series.

The Tigres will host the first game of the series on Monday, November 7th at the Colisée Desjardins, while the Remparts will host game two at the Colisée Pepsi on Wednesday, November 9th. Then Team Russia heads west to play two games versus the OHL and WHL All-Stars. All six contests will be televised nationwide on Rogers Sportsnet while TVA Sports will broadcast the two contests in QMJHL territory.

Each of the three CHL member leagues assembled a selection committee, which worked closely with Hockey Canada’s Chief Scout, Kevin Prendergast, to select the players for this year’s series. The QMJHL selection committee included QMJHL’s Executive vice-president, Marcel Patenaude, the Director of Hockey Operations, PierreLeduc and the general managers of the Quebec Remparts, Patrick Roy, the Victoriaville Tigres, Jérôme Mésonéro and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, Sylvain Couturier. Twenty-three players will participate in the event this year. The rosters for each game will be announced at a later date.

Among the players selected, the 3rd, 17th, 26th and 28th first round picks of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Jonathan Huberdeau (SNB), Nathan Beaulieu (SNB), Phillip Danault (VIC) and Zack Phillips (SNB) as well as 2nd and 4th round picks Xavier Ouellet (BLB) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (GAT). It is also worth noting that Drummondville Voltigeurs’ centre Sean Couturier, will also be included in the roster if he is released by the Philadelphia Flyers.

QMJHL Roster

Goaltenders
Maxime Lagacé (PEI), Louis Domingue (QUE)

Defensemen
Brandon Gormley (MON), Morgan Ellis (CAP), Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc (RIM), Xavier Ouellet (BLB), Pierre Durepos (SNB), Nathan Beaulieu (SNB), Martin Lefebvre (QUE), Samuel Carrier (BAC)

Forwards
Zack Phillips (SNB), Carl Gélinas (BAC), Charles Hudon (CHI), Jonathan Huberdeau (SNB), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (GAT), Yanick Dubé (VIC), Philippe Halley (VIC), Phillip Danault (VIC), Nathan MacKinnon(HAL), Raphaël Bussières (BAC), Zach O’Brien (BAT), Matthew Bissonnette (BAT), Michaël Bournival (SHA)

Four QMJHL Teams Crack CHL Top 10

When the Canadian Hockey League announced the Top 10 on Wednesday four QMJHL teams made the top 10. Baie-Comeau moved up one spot to second; Saint John jumped two spots to third; Victoriaville jumped three spots to seventh; and Quebec dropped down three to ninth. Shawinigan received an honorable mention.

1 London Knights (11-2-0-1)
2 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (11-4-0-0)
3 Saint John Sea Dogs (12-5-0-0)
4 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (9-3-0-1)
5 Tri-City Americans (10-5-0-0)
6 Sarnia Sting (9-2-0-2)
7 Victoriaville Tigres (12-6-0-0)
8 Regina Pats (9-4-0-0)
9 Quebec Remparts (9-3-2-1)
10 Kamloops Blazers (9-3-0-0)

Honorable Mention: Kootenay Ice (9-3-0-2), Ottawa 67′s (8-3-1-0), Shawinigan Cataractes (10-5-1-1)

Suspensions Handed Out

On Thursday the League announced that Shawinigan forward Vincent Arseneau will be suspended for eight games following the game misconduct that he received following his check to the head of a Victoriaville’s Philippe Halley on Friday, October 21st. The hit came when Halley recovered the puck by the boards near the face off circle and threw it back in the end zone while turning his head.
Arseneau left the neutral zone to hit Halley was in a vulnerable position and couldn’t see the Arseneau coming. Arseneau continued skating towards Halley even though he could see that he was in a vulnerable position. Arseneau hit Halley from the blind side on the thorax and the head; and Halley on top of taking the hit, went down hard on the ice.

On Friday Drummondville centre Matt Boudens was given the gate for three games for boarding Moncton defenseman Cameron MacDonald on October 22nd. When the puck went into the end zone MacDonald headed towards it with Boudens forechecking him in the neutral zone. MacDonald made a screen in front of Boudens at the goal line to help another defenseman in the play; and Boudens pushed MacDonald in the back putting MacDonald off balance resulting in a dangerous fall into the boards.

On Saturday Baie-Comeau’s Jonathan Lessard and Rimouski’s Pier-Luc Pelletier were suspended three games each for incidents versus Quebec and Shawinigan respectively on Friday.

CHL Clubs Support Movember

On Friday the Canadian Hockey League today announced a league-wide initiative with member clubs and players participating in Movember in support of men’s health and prostate cancer awareness.
Every November Movember gives thousands of men worldwide a chance to grow their mustaches for the whole month to raise money and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.

“Cancer touches all of us, either directly or through friends and family,” said CHL President David Branch. “Many of our players already had an interest in participating or have participated in this month long campaign in the past. Movember has provided us with a platform and an opportunity for the entire league to raise money and awareness for such a time worthy cause. I would like to take this time to thank Movember on the exceptional job they have done bringing this cause into the spotlight and look forward to continuing to work alongside them in the future.”

The CHL would like all member teams to take part in the event; and many teams have already planning unique initiatives in their local markets. Players will be registered with their clubs under the CHL platform on movember.com and raise sponsorship dollars by growing and grooming their mustache and encouraging monetary donations through family, friends, fans, and local sponsors.

Each player on their team will be ranked and each team as a collective will be ranked throughout the CHL. Teams will be competing for the top spot in fundraising dollars and the winner will be presented with a special Movember trophy.

Visit movember.com and search Canadian Hockey League and find your favorite team under the Network Leaderboard on the right hand side of the screen.

The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and men’s health partner, Prostate Cancer Canada. Together the two channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

In 2010, more than 450,000 “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas” came together as Citizens of Movember around the world raising more than $75 million for Movember’s global men’s health partners.

Last year in Canada 118,928 “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas” raised over $22.4 million for Prostate Cancer Canada.

The Games This Week

There was one game on Tuesday as Yanni Gourde added a goal and assist to lead Victoriaville to a 5-1 win over Val-d’Or. Cameron Critchlow led the way with a goal and three assists as Halifax skated to a 7-5 win over Blainville-Boisband; and Brandon Whitney made 26 saves as Victoriaville was outshot 28-23 as they doubled Rouyn-Noranda 4-2 on Wednesday.

Cole MacMillan scored the game winner 2:21 into the third as Chicoutimi nipped PEI 2-1; and Maximilien Le Sieur, Mathieu Gagnon, and Pierre-Olivier Morin scored for Shawinigan as the Cataractes got past Baie-Comeau 3-2 on Thursday. Oliver Croteau scored twice as PEI nipped Moncton 2-1; Jonathan Huberdeau also potted a couple as Saint John doubled Cape Breton 6-3; Alexandre Comtois and Adam Erne added a goal and assist each as Quebec shutout Baie-Comeau 2-0; Yannick Dube’s goal 7:56 into the third period stood up as the game winner as Victoriaville nipped Acadie-Bathurst 3-2; Jean-Gabriel Pageau found the back of the net on two occasions as Gatineau shutout Drummondville 3-0; Michael Chaput and Anton Zlobin each added a goal to lead Shawinigan to a 2-1 win over Rimouski; and Alexandre Grenier scored twice as Halifax edged Val-d’Or 3-2 on Friday night.

Zack Phillips scored twice and lent a helping hand on two more to lead Saint John to a 6-0 win over Chicoutimi; André Bouvet-Morrissette scored two including the game winner 6:09 into the third as Drummondville edged Acadie-Bathurst 4-3; Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Alexandros Soumakis scored two and assisted on one each as Gatineau skated to a 6-1 win over Rouyn-Noranda; Mikhail Grigorenko was the lone goal scorer in the shootout as Quebec edged Shawinigan 5-4; and Nathan MacKinnon found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on one more as Halifax swept through Quebec with a 5-2 win over Val-d’Or on Saturday.

On Sunday two games ended in a shootout and one in overtime as William Carrier’s goal 1:26 into the extra frame gave Cape Breton a 4-3 win over PEI; Olivier Archambault was the only shooter to score in the shootout as Drummondville nipped Rouyn-Noranda 3-2; and Guillaume Gauthier and Alex Belzile scored for Rimouski as they edged Victoriaville 3-2. Allain Saulnier scored once and lent a helping hand on four more to lead Moncton to a 5-3 win over Chicoutimi;; Marc-Olivier Roy found the back of the net on two occasions as Blainville-Boisband skated to a 5-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst in the other two games.

The Leaders

Telus East leaders Victoriaville have taken over the top spot in the overall standing with their 14-6-0-1 record and 29 points; while Maritime leaders Saint John (14-5-0-0, 28 points) fall to second overall; and Val-d’Or is 9-10-0-2 with 20 points to lead the Telus West division.

Among skaters there has been a switch in the top two this week as last week’s second place finisher Victoriaville forward Yanni Gourde is the top point getter with 12 goals and 25 assists in 12 games played; while the first place finisher from last week Acadie-Bathurst forward Zach O’Brien falls to second place with 18 goals and 18 assists in 20 games; while his teammate and fellow forward Matthew Bissonnette rounds out the top three with 34 points (15G, 19A) in the 21 contests that he has skated in.

Between the pipes Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil is 11-2-0-0 with a 2.01 GAA and 0.919 SAV%; while Quebec’s Louis Domingue is second as he has won six games with one loss, overtime loss, and shootout loss; and Shawinigan’s Alex Dubeau (11-3-1-1, 2.36 GAA, 0.915 SAV%) falls from second to third.

The Games To Come

Play resumes with one game on Tuesday as Shawinigan is at home to Telus East rivals Quebec. On Wednesday PEI is in Drummondville; Gatineau welcomes Quebec; and Saint John is in Rimouski.
Cape Breton and Val-d’Or take to the ice in Sydney on Thursday for a two game series that will conclude on Friday. Six other games will also take place on Friday as the red hot Halifax Mooseheads welcome Maritime rivals Moncton; Drummondville is in Bathurst; Quebec is at home to Telus East rivals Chicoutimi; Victoriaville welcomes Shawinigan; Saint John continues their swing through Quebec with a stop in Baie-Comeau on Friday and Saturday ; and PEI does likewise in Gatineau. Three other games will be played on Saturday that will see Rimouski at home to Drummondville; PEI in Victoriaville; and Rouyn-Noranda welcoming Telus West rivals Blainville-Boisband for two games Saturday and Sunday. The weekend will finish with four more games on Sunday as Val-d’Or is in Halifax; Rimouski is in Quebec; Acadie-Bathurst hosts Maritime rivals Moncton; and PEI finishes up their Quebec road trip with a stop in Shawinigan.

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