QMJHL Weekly, November 23rd, 2010

Belzile, Champion and MacIntosh Are Telus Three Stars
On Monday the League announced that Rimouski forward Alex Belzile, Lewiston goalie Nicholas Champion, and Cape Breton winger Cory MacIntosh are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending November 21st.

Belzile added four assists in Rimouski’s 5-4 win over Drummondville on Friday and was the game’s first star. He followed that up with two goals and one assist as Rimouski flattened Victoriaville 8-2 on Sunday and finished a +6 for the week. He was the first star of Sunday’s game.

Champion made 34 saves in Lewiston’s 4-3 win over Quebec on Friday and followed that up with 29 on Saturday in the MAINEiacs’ 2-1 win over Shawinigan. He finished the week with a 1.94 GAA and 0.940 SAV%.

MacIntosh had a goal and four assists and was the second star of the game on Thursday as Cape Breton defeated Val-d’Or 7-4. He finished with two goals in Friday’s 8-3 loss to PEI and was the game’s first star.

Burns Passes Away
On Friday former QMJHL and NHL coach Pat Burns passed away from cancer.

Burns began his coaching career with the Hull Olympiques starting with the 1984 season and ending with the 1987 one. Over the course of that period he won 111 regular season games. Fifty four of those wins set the franchise record in the 1985-86 year with 22 straight of them coming at home. That season the team won the Jean-Rougeau Trophy as the League regular season champion and went 15-0 in the playoffs to win the President’s Trophy.

He began his professional coaching career with the Sherbrooke Canadiens for the 1987-88 season where he went 42-33-4-1 and lost in round one of the Calder Cup playoffs.

He took over the reign of the Montreal Canadiens at the beginning of the 1988-89 season and stayed there until the 1991-92 season. He went to the Stanley Cup finals with Montreal in 1989 before losing to Calgary.

Burns became the Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1992-93 and was there until the 1995-96 season. His best result with the Leafs was taking them to the third round in 1993 and 1994.

From there he moved to Boston from 1997-2001 where his best finish with the Bruins was a second round appearance in 1999.

Burns became the Head Coach of the New Jersey Devils in 2002. He was there for two seasons winning the Stanley Cup with the team his first year there.

Burns became the only NHL Head Coach to win the Jack Adams Trophy three times with three different teams—Montreal (1989). Toronto (1993), and Boston (1998).

Burns was inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame in 2007.

Scholastic Players of the Month Announced
On Monday the League announced the Scholastic Players of the Month for October.

Acadie-Bathurst Titan Olivier Hotte, Cegep@Distance – Humanities Science
Baie-Comeau Drakkar Simon Darveau, Baie-Comeau Cegep – Humanities Science and administration
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Vincent Boudreau-Plouffe, Cegep@Distance – Humanities Science
Chicoutimi Saguenéens Nicolas Therrien, Chicoutimi Cégep – Humanities Science
Drummondville Voltigeurs Guillaume Nadeau, Drummondville Cégep – Health Sciences
Gatineau Olympiques Taylor Burke, Citadel High School – Grade 11
Halifax Mooseheads Trey Lewis, Prince Andrew – Grade 12
Lewiston MAINEiacs Étienne Brodeur, Kaplan University – General Studies
Moncton Wildcats Jordan Carroll, ISSA – Certified Personal Trainer
Montreal Juniors Jean-Christophe Laflamme, Les Estacades Academy – Secondary V
PEI Rocket Ben Duffy, Colonel Grey – Grade 12
Quebec Remparts Olivier Hinse, Limoilou Cegep – Humanities Science
Rimouski Oceanic Patrick Delisle-Houle, Rimouski Cegep – Health Science
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies Mickaël Audette, Abitibi-Témiscamingue Cegep – Health Science
Saint.John Sea Dogs Kevin Gagne, University of New Brunswick Saint.John – Business
Shawinigan Cataractes Jonathan Racine, Val-Mauricie High School – Secondary V
Val-d’Or Foreurs Gabriel Beaupré, Val-d’Or Cegep – Humanities Science
Victoriaville Tigres Guillaume Goulet, Victoriaville Cegep – Health Science

Couturier is Top Ranked QMJHLer for NHL Draft
On Tuesday the NHL revealed their preliminary rankings for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Drummondville forward Sean Couturier was the top ranked QMJHLer among skaters; while Chicoutimi goalie Christopher Gibson received the same honor among netminders.

SKATERS
1- Sean Couturier, Drummondville
2- Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John
3- Nathan Beaulieu, Saint John
4- Phillip Danault, Victoriaville
5- Olivier Archambault, Val d’Or
6- Tomas Jurco, Saint John
7- Xavier Ouellet, Montreal
8- Maximilien Le Sieur, Shawinigan
9- Scott Oke, Saint John
10- Ryan Tesink, Saint John
11- Zack Phillips, Saint John
12- Jean-Francois LeBlanc, Val d’Or
13. Jonathan Racine, Shawinigan
14- Brent Andrews, Halifax
15- Yannick Veilleux, Shawinigan
16- Guillaume Cloutier, Saint John
17- Logan Shaw, Cape Breton
18- Samuel Henley, Lewiston
19. Gabriel Beaupre, Val d’Or
20- Sean Girard, Rouyn-Noranda
21- Josh Currie, PEI
22. Stephen Woodworth, Cape Breton
23- Axel Rioux, Quebec
24- Olivier Daoust, Moncton
25- Olivier Jodoin, Cape Breton
LV- Dylan Capstick, PEI
LV- Alexandre Lavoie, Chicoutimi

GOALIES
1- Christopher Gibson, Chicoutimi
2- David Honzik, Victoriaville
3- Maxime Lagace, PEI
4- Andrei Makarov, Lewiston
5- Jeffrey Noonan, Rouyn-Noranda
* LV = Limited Viewing

Leblanc and Howes Suspended
On Wednesday the League announced that Moncton wingers Cedric Leblanc and Tyler Howes have been suspended for their actions in a game on Sunday, Nov. 14th versus Gatineau.

Leblanc was suspended four games for his hit on an opponent; while Howes received a three game suspension for being the aggressor. The organization was also hit with a $500.00 fine.

Drakkar Acquire Picard
On Thursday Baie-Comeau acquired defenseman Olivier Picard from Victoriaville for the Drakkar’s 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft second round pick.

Due to rule 2.14.2, Olivier Picard cannot integrate the Olympiques 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.

Saint John, Quebec, and Montreal make CHL Top 10.
When the CHL rankings were announced last week Saint John, Quebec, and Montreal made the cut.

The Sea Dogs and the Remparts swapped places with Saint John going from fourth to third and Quebec dropping from third to fourth, and Montreal finished ninth.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 9
1 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (17-2-0-1)
2 Portland Winterhawks (19-3-0-1)
3 Saint John Sea Dogs (18-3-0-2)
4 Quebec Remparts (17-4-0-2)
5 Saginaw Spirit (15-4-1-1)
6 Saskatoon Blades (14-5-0-1)
7 Owen Sound Attack (14-4-0-1)
8 Kootenay Ice (15-4-0-2)
9 Montreal Juniors (16-4-2-1)
10 Kitchener Rangers (15-5-0-0)

The Games This Week
The week began with two games on Wednesday as Martin Frk added a hat trick plus one assist in Halifax’s 6-1 win over Rouyn-Noranda; and Jonathan Lessard had two goals to lead Acadie-Bathurst to a 4-2 win over PEI.

On Thursday Viktor Herzberg found the back of the net four times and lent a helping hand on one more as Cape Breton skated to a7-4 victory over Val-d’Or; while Ryan Bourque scored the game winner 2:43 into the third as Quebec got past Gatineau 6-4.

There were seven games played on Friday as Cory MacIntosh scored twice for Cape Breton, and Jamie MacIntyre did likewise for PEI in the Rocket’s 8-3 victory; Darcy Ashley scored twice as Halifax nipped Rouyn-Noranda 3-2; Etienne Brodeur scored twice with his second 9:37 into the second being the game winner as Lewiston edged Quebec 4-3; Philippe Fontaine had a goal and assist, and Louis-Marc Aubry and Trevor Parkes added singles for Montreal with Simon Darveau scoring for Baie-Comeau in the Juniors’ 3-1 win; Tommy Tremblay had two goals in Gatineau’s 5-2 win over Chicoutimi; Felix Lefrancois scored two goals as Rimouski edged Drummondville 5-4; and Dominik Schlumpf picked a great time to score his first of the year when he beat Gabriel Girard 3:04 into overtime to give Shawinigan a 4-3 win over Victoriaville.

On Saturday Artem Sergeev, Anthony Taylor, Marcc-Alain Begin, and Matthieu Theriault scored for Val-d’Or; while Konrad Abeltschauser and Brent Andrews did the same for Halifax in the Foreurs’ 4-2 win; Charles Landry scored the game winner with 2:01 left in the game to give Montreal a 4-3 win over Chicoutimi; Lewiston got a goal from Olivier Dame-Malka 3:29 into the extra frame as Lewiston nipped Shawinigan 2-1; and Daniel Pettersen added two goals to lead Moncton to a 5-2 victory over Rouyn-Noranda.

Simon Despres led the way for Saint John with a goal and three helpers, while Daniel Milan and Alex Saulnier had two goals and one assist each as Saint John won another Battle of New Brunswick in a high scoring affair that ended 9-7 in the Sea Dogs’ favor; Quebec got a goal and two assists from Martin Lefebvre to double Lewiston 4-2; Maxime Clermont made 20 saves to lead Gatineau past Baie-Comeau 3-2; Morgan Clark made 33 saves as Rimouski was outshot 35-33 in their 8-2 pounding of Victoriaville; and Gabriel Levesque lit the lamp twice and helped three others do so as Acadie-Bathurst hammered Rouyn-Noranda 7-1.

The Leaders
Saint John continues to lead both the Maritime Division and overall standings with their 19-3-0-2 record and 40 points. Telus East leader Quebec also has 40 points (19-5-0-2) but the Sea Dogs have the better win percentage. Montreal sits atop the Telus West standings as they are 18-4-2-1 with 39 points.

Victoriaville centre Philip-Michael Devos is the scoring leader this week with his 15 goals and 34 assists in 27 contests; while Quebec center Jonathan Audy-Marchessault skates into second place with 41 points (12G, 29A) in 26 games; while Acadie-Bathurst centre Gabriel Levesque rounds out the top three as he has found the back of the net 11 times while lending a helping hand on 29 in 26 games.

Between the pipes Drummondville’s Guillaume Nadeau has an 11-3-2-1 record with a 2.20 GAA and 0.902 save percentage. Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson is second as he has won seven games while losing six, with one overtime loss, and two shootout losses, a goals against average of 2.20, and 0.928 save percentage. Rounding out the top three is Lewiston’s Nicholas Champion (16-2-0-1, 2.29 GAA, 0.908 SAV%).

The Games To Come
Action will kick off with a makeup game on Monday night as PEI is at home to Val-d’Or. That game was supposed to be played on Saturday night.

Gatineau makes their way to Rimouski in another Battle of Quebec on Tuesday.

On Wednesday Lewiston is at home to Telus East rivals Chicoutimi.
The lone game on the US Thanksgiving Day holiday will see Boston, MA native Ryan Bourque and the Quebec Remparts welcome Telus East rivals Rimouski.

Sixteen teams take to the ice on Friday night as Cape Breton hosts Halifax for the Battle of Nova Scotia; while the Battle of New Brunswick will see Acadie-Bathurst in Saint John; Quebec welcomes Telus East rivals Chicoutimi; Moncton is in Lewiston; Drummondville is at home to Victoriaville; Gatineau hosts PEI; Baie-Comeau travels to Rouyn-Noranda; and Shawinigan and Montreal take to the ice in Shawinigan.

Three games will be played on Saturday as Gatineau is at home to Shawinigan; PEI makes another Quebec stop in Victoriaville; and Val-d’Or is at home to Baie-Comeau.

Six games close out the week on Sunday. Two Maritime contests will see Halifax in Saint John and Cape Breton at home to Acadie-Bathurst; an all-Telus East contest will have Drummondville hosting Montreal; Rimouski welcomes Quebec; Moncton is in Shawinigan; and Val-d’Or and Baie-Comeau faceoff in Val-d’Or.

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