QMJHL Weekly: November 21st, 2011

Saulnier, Grigorenko, and Duffy are Telus Three Stars

Moncton forward Alex Saulnier, Quebec forward Mikhail Grigorenko, and PEI forward Ben Duffy are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending November 20th, 2011.
Saulnier had the hat trick, one assist, and was the game’s first star as Moncton skated to a 5-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Friday. He added three more assists and the second star of the game award as the Wildcats nipped Victoriaville 4-3 on Saturday. Saulnier finished the week a +4.

Grigorenko began the week with a goal and two assists as the Remparts doubled Baie-Comeau 4-2 on Wednesday. He scored once and lent a helping hand on one more as Quebec edged Rimouski 4-3 on Thursday and ended it with another goal, assist, and the second star of the game award in the team’s 6-1 win over Halifax on Saturday. Like Saulnier Grigorenko also finished the week a +4.

Duffy began the week with three assists and was the second star of the game as the Rocket lost 4-3 to Cape Breton on Wednesday and followed that up with one assist in the team’s 2-1 loss to Saint John on Friday. He added two goals, two assists, and the second star of the game award as the team lost 6-4 to Victoriaville on Sunday.

Team Quebec Named For World U17 Challenge

On Tuesday Hockey Quebec announced the roster that will compete for Quebec at the 2012 World U17 Challenge in Windsor, ON from December 29th, 2011-January 4th, 2012.

Goalies
30 Bélanger, Alexandre, L, 6’ 171, 08/19/95, Sherbrooke, QC, Cantonniers, Magog, MAAA
31 Fucale, Zachary, L, 6’, 166, 05/28/95, Rosemère, QC, Halifax, QMJHL

Defense
2 Tremblay, Carl, R, 6’1”, 189, 02/15/95, Beaubourg, QC, Blizzard, SSF, MAAA
3 Morin, Samuel, L, 6’5’’, 184, 07/12/95, St-Henri Québec, QC, Rimouski, QMJHL
4 Gravel, Maxime, R, 5’11’’, 176, 02/12/95, Blainville, QC, Phénix, CEB, MAAA
5 Bérubé, Élie, L, 5’10’’, 178, 05/25/95, Cabano, QC, Albatros, CND, MAAA
6 Brouillard, Nikolas, L, 5’10’’, 147, 02/07/95, St-Hilaire, QC Drummondville, QMJHL
7 Vanier-Guénette, Justin, D, L, 5’11’’, 176, 05/22/95, Ste-Agathe, QC, Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL
8 Deslauriers, Jean-Simon, L, 5’10’’, 155, 03/31/95, Trois-Rivières, QC, Cape Breton, QMJHL

Forwards
9 Guévremont, Charle, L, 6’, 176, 01/14/95, Magog,QC Cantonniers, Magog, MAAA
10 Duclair, Anthony, R, 5’11’’, 159, 08/26/95, Montréal, QC, Québec, QMJHL
11 Desbiens, Simon, L, 6’, 182, 03/16/95, Clermont, QC, Blizzard, SSF, MAAA
12 Gauthier, Guillaume, L, 5’9’’, 170, 09/12/95, Ste Marthe sur le Lac, QC, Rimouski, QMJHL
14 Grégoire, Jérémy, R, 6’, 191, 09/05/95, Sherbrooke, QC, Chicoutimi, QMJHL
15 De Luca, Anthony, L, 5’8’’, 198, 02/11/95, Dorval, QC, Lions Lac St-Louis, MAAA
16 Veilleux, Tommy, L, 5’11’’, 183, 05/07/95, St-Odilon, QC, Victoriaville, QMJHL
17 Drouin, Jonathan, L, 5’9’’, 171, 03/28/95, Dollard des Ormeaux, QC, Lions Lac St-Louis, MAAA
18 Audette, Daniel, L, 5’8’’, 156, 05/06/96, Blainville, QC, Phénix, CEB, MAAA
19 Ranger, Alexandre, R, 5’9’’, 173, 08/18/95, La Salle, QC, Baie-Comeau, QMJHL
20 Dauphin, Laurent, L, 5’11’’, 154, 03/27/95, Repentigny, QC, Phénix, CEB, MAAA
21 Laplante, Yan-Pavel, L, 6’, 172, 04/23/95, Ste-Martine, QC PEI, QMJHL
22 Gauthier, Frédéric, L, 6’3’’, 209, 04/26/95, Mascouche, QC, Phénix, CEB, MAAA

Head Coach: Martin Bernard, Sherbrooke QC, Cantonniers Magog, MAAA
Assistant Coaches: Dany Brunet, Vaudreuil, QC, Vikings St-Eustache, MAAA: Jon Goyens, Kirkland, QC, Lions Lac-St-Louis, MAAA

Four QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the Canadian Hockey League announced the top 10 last week four QMJHL teams made the cut. Saint John remained at second; Quebec moved up three spaces to fourth; Shawinigan moved up one spot to ninth; and Victoriaville dropped from fourth to 10th.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 9
1 London Knights (16-3-0-1)
2 Saint John Sea Dogs (19-6-0-0)
3 Tri-City Americans (15-5-0-0)
4 Quebec Remparts (16-4-2-1)
5 Sarnia Sting (13-3-1-3)
6 Saskatoon Blades (15-6-0-1)
7 Red Deer Rebels (14-4-0-2)
8 Plymouth Whalers (13-6-2-1)
9 Shawinigan Cataractes (16-7-1-2)
10 Victoriaville Tigres (16-8-0-1)
Honorable Mention: Medicine Hat Tigers (14-6-1-1); Ottawa 67′s (12-6-2-1); Brandon Wheat Kings (14-6-1-1)

Central Scouting Rankings Out

On Thursday the NHL published the list of players eligible for the June 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Twenty-five skaters and seven netminders from the QMJHL made the list. Quebec forward Mikhail Grigorenko is the top ranked forward from the QMJHL. This is his rookie season in the League; and he has 19 goals and 22 assists and is a +13. The top netminder is Val-d’Or’s Francois Tremblay. This is Tremblay’s second season in the QMHL; and he is 10-12-3 with a 3.31 GAA, and 0.888 SAV%. This is the complete list of draft eligible players.

The Games This Week

Tomas Hyka scored twice to lead Gatineau to a 5-1 win over Shawinigan on Tuesday.

On Wednesday night there were two games decided by the last goal scored as Logan Shaw scored the seventh and final goal of the game with a power play marker 16:31 into the third period as Cape Breton nipped PEI 4-3; and Charles-Olivier Roussel’s goal with 3:17 left in the game was also the seventh and final goal as Saint John got past Rouyn-Noranda 4-3. There was one other game that went down to the wire as Raphaël Pouliot was the only shooter to score in the shootout as Blainville-Boisband nipped Val-d’Or 3-2. Alexandre Mallet added two goals and one assist to lead Rimouski to a 4-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst; and Anthony Duclair scored twice as Quebec doubled Baie-Comeau 4-2.

Alex Saulnier led Moncton to a 5-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda with three goals and one assist on Thursday.

Saint John got goals from Tomas Jurco and Danick Gauthier in their 2-1 win over PEI; Yannick Dube, Philippe Halley, and Phillip Danault added a goal and assist each in Drummondville’s 6-4 win over Acadie-Bathurst; Matthew Boudreau scored the game winner 9:07 into the first as Halifax nipped Drummondville 2-1; Vladislav Shalimov and Anthony Mantha scored in the shootout for Val-d’Or, while Christian Ouellet did the same for Gatineau in the Foreurs’ 3-2 win; Michaël Bournival’s second of the night was the game winner 28 seconds into overtime as Shawinigan edged Chicoutimi 4-3; and Jakub Culek’s goal with 43 seconds left in regulation gave Quebec a 4-3 win over Rimouski.

Raphael Bussieres scored twice to lead Baie-Comeau to a 5-1 win over Shawinigan; Morgan Ellis had two goals and two assists as Cape Breton skated to a 9-4 win over Rouyn-Noranda; Allain Saulnier scored the game winner 5:38 into the second as Moncton nipped Victoriaville 4-3; Mathieu Gagnon’s goal 1:59 into overtime gave Gatineau a 4-3 win over Blainville-Boisband; and Raphael Corriveau’s two goals and one assist led Quebec past Halifax 6-1 on Saturday.

Zach O’Brien was the only shooter to score in the shootout as Acadie-Bathurst nipped Saint John 6-5; Jason Houde scored twice and assisted on one more as Rouyn-Noranda skated to a 5-3 win over Cape Breton; Philippe Halley and Yanni Gourde added a goal and assist each to lead Victoriaville to a 6-4 win over PEI; Charles Houdon found the twine twice as Chicoutimi skated to a 5-2 win over Baie-Comeau; Alex Micallef scored the game winner 2:08 into overtime as Blainville-Boisband nipped Drummondville 2-1; and Andrew Ryan in his first game in the Halifax lineup this season led the way for the Mooseheads with a goal and assist in their 2-1 win over Rimouski.

The Leaders

With their 21-6-0-1 record and 43 points Saint John leads both the Atlantic and overall standings. Telus East leaders Quebec are not far behind at 19-4-2-1 and 41 points; while Drummondville (13-10-1-1, 28 points) head the Telus West division.

Among skaters the top two from last week hasn’t changed as Victoriaville’s forward Yanni Gourde has found the twine on 16 occasions while lending a helping hand on 32 more in the 28 contests that he has skated in; while O’Brien has scored 23 times while lending a helping hand on 22 more in 26 games; and his teammate forward Sebastien Trudeau has 45 points (14G, 31A) in 24 games.
Between the pipes the top two from last week remains the same as Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil is 16-3-0-0 with a 2.12 GAA and 0.919 SAV%; while Quebec’s Louis Domingue is second as he has won 11 games with two losses, one overtime loss, and one shootout loss; has a goals against average of 2.24 and 0.933 SAV%; and Quebec’s Jimmy Appleby is third with his 7-7-0-0 record; 2.47 GAA, and 0.908 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Play will resume on Tuesday as Saint John takes a road trip to Quebec City.

On Thursday Halifax is at home to Cape Breton; and PEI hosts Moncton for two Maritimes contests; Rimouski is in Gatineau; and Acadie-Bathurst makes their way to Rouyn-Noranda.

On Friday Cape Breton makes their way to Saint John for two games Friday and Saturday, and Halifax hosts PEI in the Maritimes contest; while the Battle of Quebec opens on four fronts as Drummondville hosts Quebec; Rimouski is in Boisband; Shawinigan is in Chicoutimi; and Rouyn-Noranda welcomes Baie-Comeau. The other game has Bathurst in Val-d’Or.

The remaining four games on Saturday will see Rimouski in Shawinigan; Drummondville making their way to Victoriaville; Blainville-Boisband at home to Gatineau; and Baie-Comeau and Val-d’O taking to the ice in Val-d’Or.

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