QMJHL Weekly, November 26th, 2010

Phillips, Hazen, and Palat Are Three Stars

Saint John forward Zack Phillips, Val-d’Or right winger Jonathan Hazen, and Drummondville left winger Ondrej Palat are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending November 28th, 2010.
Phillips began the week with two goals, one assist, and the first star of the game award on Friday as Saint John skated to a 6-3 win over Acadie-Bathurst. He had another goal and assist and was once again the game’s first star as Saint John dumped Halifax 7-1 on Sunday. He finished the week a +3.

Hazen began the week with two helpers as Val-d’Or fell 4-2 to PEI on Monday. He was the game’s third star. He followed that up with a goal and assist and the first star of the game award in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Baie-Comeau and added another two goals and one helper as Val-d’Or skated to a 4-1 victory over the Drakkar. Hazen finished a +1 for the week.

Palat’s hat trick plus one helper led Drummondville past Victoriaville 5-3 on Friday. He followed that up Sunday with one goal and one assist as Drummondville lost 4-3 to Montreal. Palat was the first star of Friday’s game and the third star on Sunday.

Champion Is CHL Goalie of the Week

On the heels of being named the second star of the week for the week ending November 21st Lewiston goalie Nicholas Champion has been named the CHL Goalie of the Week for the same time period.
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%.

Team Atlantic World U17 Challenge Roster Announced

On Tuesday the League announced the Team Atlantic roster that will compete at the 2011 World U17 Challenge in Winnipeg/Portage la Prairie, MB from December 29-January 4th.
Eleven players from Nova Scotia, five players are from New Brunswick, three players come from Prince Edward Island, and three players hail from Newfoundland and Labrador.
Eight of the team’s players play in the QMJHL—Brandon Whitney (Victoriaville), Justin Hache (Shwinigan), Liam O’Brien (Rimouski), Andrew Ryan (Halifax), Brent Turnbull (Acadie-Bathurst), Brett Malone (Moncton), Taylor Burke (Gatineau), and Ryan Penny (Moncton).

Goaltender
1 Jacob Brennan L 6’0 167 06/22/1994 Hammonds Plains, NS Northwood School (U.S. Prep)
31 Brandon Whitney L 6’5 185 05/11/1994 Centreville, NS Victoriaville (QMJHL)

Defense
2 Brayden Wood R 5’8 158 06/28/1994 Oromocto, NB Fredericton (NBPEIMMHL)
3 Brett Beauvais L 5’11 168 10/24/1994 Summerside, PEI Ridley College (Can. Prep)
4 Michael Abbott R 5’11 175 08/27/1994 St. John’s, NL St. John’s Privateers (NLMAAAHL)
5 Matthew Murphy L 6’0 177 05/01/1995 Fredericton, NB Fredericton (NBPEIMMHL)
6 Mitchell Shewfelt L 5’9 175 07/02/1994 Dartmouth, NS Metro (MHL)
10 Justin Haché L 6’1 184 01/10/1994 Petit Rocher, NB hawinigan (QMJHL)
11 Aaron Hoyles L 5’10 175 11/19/1994 Gander, NL Dartmouth (NSMMHL)

Forwards
7 Liam O’Brien L 6’1 191 07/29/1994 Halifax, NS Rimouski (QMJHL)
8 Craig MacLauchlan L 5’9 165 12/13/1994 Stanhope, PEI Charlottetown (NBPEIMMHL)
9 Andrew Ryan L 6’3 186 01/15/1994 Paradise, NL Halifax (QMJHL)
12 Matthew Bursey R 5’9 185 02/01/1994 Saint John, NB Miramichi (MHL)
14 Brandon Pye R 5’9 155 08/19/1994 St. John’s, NL St. John’s Privateers (NLMAAAHL)
15 Kyle Farrell L 5’7 148 02/17/1994 Howie Centre, NS Cape Breton (NSMMHL)
16 Devon Oliver-Dares R 5’10 180 05/09/1994 Cole Harbour, NS Dartmouth (NSMMHL)
17 Brent Turnbull R 6’0 180 07/07/1994 Stellarton, NS Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)
18 Brett Malone R 5’11 171 07/20/1994 Miramichi, NB Moncton (QMJHL)
19 Taylor Burke R 6’0 193 06/22/1994 Halifax,NS Gatineau (QMJHL)
20 Nathan MacKinnon R 5’10 168 09/01/1995 Dartmouth, NS Shattuck-St. Mary’s (U.S. Prep)
21 Ryan Penny L 6’0 180 09/09/1994 Fall River, NS Moncton (QMJHL)
22 Stephen Anderson R 5’10 170 12/23/1994 Morell, PEI Upper Canada College (Can. Prep)

Coaches
Greg Leland, Head Coach Quispamsis, NB Saint John
Doug Jackman, Assistant Coach St. John’s, NL St. John’s Maple Leafs
Stephane LeBlanc, Assistant Coach Moncton, NB Université de Moncton
Ryan Leland, Goaltender Coach Quispamsis, NB Saint John

DeFulvii and Kirkpatrick Suspended

On Tuesday the League announced that Rouyn-Noranda winger Robbie DeFulviis was suspended four games for high sticking an Acadie-Bathurst player; while Saint John forward Michael Kirkpatrick was handed down a three game suspension for checking a Moncton player from behind last Sunday, November 21st.

Clarke Sent to Shawinigan

On Tuesday Halifax sent defenseman Garrett Clarke to Shawinigan in exchange for the Cataractes’ 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft fourth round pick. Halifax acquired the 18 year old native of Windsor, NS from Lewiston at the end of the 2008-09 season. In three seasons in the QMJHL Clarke has scored 14 goals while adding 26 assists in 110 regular season games. He has no points in four playoff contests.

Saint John, Quebec, and Montreal Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL top 10 was announced last week Saint John, Quebec, and Montreal made the cut. Saint remained at third, Quebec stayed fourth, and Montreal moved two spots to seventh.

CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 10
1 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (20-2-0-1)
2 Portland Winterhawks (20-4-0-1)
3 Saint John Sea Dogs (19-3-0-2)
4 Quebec Remparts (19-5-0-2)
5 Saginaw Spirit (17-4-2-1)
6 Saskatoon Blades (17-5-0-1)
7 Montreal Juniors (18-4-2-1)
8 Owen Sound Attack (16-5-0-1)
9 Kootenay Ice (16-6-0-2)
10 Kitchener Rangers (16-5-0-1)

The Games This Week

On Monday Samuel Morneau had the hat trick to lead PEI past Val-d’Or 4-2. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the game winner with one second left in regulation as Gatineau edged Rimouski 3-2 on Tuesday. Pierre-Olivier Morin led the way with two goals and one assist, Krill Kabanov found the back of the net twice, and Etienne Brodeur had a goal and three helpers as Lewiston skated toa 7-4 win over Chicoutimi on Wednesday. On Thursday, Ryan Bourque had a goal and two helpers as Quebec beat Rimouski 5-2. Logan Shaw and Viktor Hertzberg had a goal and two assists each as Cape Breton doubled Halifax 4-2; Zack Philips led the way with two goals and one helper as Saint John doubled their New Brunswick rivals Acadie-Bathurst 6-3; Jonathan Audy-Marchessault’s goal 12:43 into the third gave Quebec a 4-3 win over Chicoutimi; Kabanov and Samuel Carrier scored in the shootout for Lewiston,while Daniel Pettersen did the same for Moncton in the MAINEiacs’ 3-2 victory; Guillaume Nadeau made 37 saves as Drummondville was outshot 40-32 in their 5-3 win over Victoriaville; Gatineau also beat PEI 5-3 as Scott Sandercock led the way with a goal and assist; Lukas Cingel scored the game winner 19:02 into the third as Baie-Comeau nipped Rouyn-Noranda 4-3; and Charles Landry did likewise for Montreal at the 16:30 mark of the third as the Juniors edged Shawinigan 4-3 on Friday.

There were only three games on Saturday as Tye McGinn led the way for Gatineau with two goals and one assist as the Olympiques beat Shawinigan 6-4; Philip-Michael Devos did the same for Victoriaville in their 6-0 shutout of PEI: and Alexandre Touchette scored the game winner for Val-d’Or 1:27 into overtime as the Foreurs edged Baie-Comeau 3-2.

Zack Phillips led the way with two goals and one assist as Saint John demolished Halifax 7-1; Olivier Roy made 22 saves as Acadie-Bathurst doubled his former team Cape Breton 4-2; Charles-Olivier Roussel scored a power play goal 32 seconds into overtime as Montreal edged Drummondville 4-3; Alex Emond had two goals and one assist as Rimouski skated to a 5-1 win over Quebec; Marek Hrivik had the hat trick plus one helper in Moncton’s 5-2 win over Shawinigan; and Jonathan Hazen found the back of the net twice and added another helper as Val-d”or dumped Baie-Comeau 4-1 to close out the week on Sunday.

The Leaders

With their 21-6-0-2 record and 44 points Saint John leads both the Maritime and overall standings. Telus East leaders Quebec also has 44 points (21-6-0-2); while there is a new leader in the West as Montreal (20-4-2-1, 43 points) have taken over from Drummondville.

Victoriaville forward Philip-Michael Devos leads all scorers as he has found the back of the net 18 times while assisting on 36 more in the 29 games that he has skated in. Coming in second is Marchessault with 14 goals and 29 assists in 29 contests; and Acadie-Bathurst centre Gabriel Levesque has found the back of the net on 11 occasions while lending a helping hand on 32 more in the 28 games that he has taken part in.

Between the pipes Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson has a 7-6-1-2 record to go along with his 2.20 GAA, and 0.928 SAV% to lead all goalies. Champion comes in second as he has won 18 games while losing two with no overtime losses and one shootout loss with a goals against average of 2.30, and a 0.911 SAV%; while Drummondville’s Guillaume Nadeau (12-3-3-1, 2.33 GAA, 0.904 SAV%) rounds out the top three.

The Games To Come

Three games will close out the month of November on Tuesday as Cape Breton is at home to Lewiston; Rimouski welcomes Victoriaville; and Montreal makes their way to Rouyn-Noranda.
On Wednesday December begins with two contests as Shawinigan is at home to Halifax; and Montreal is in Val-d’Or. Moncton hosts Lewiston in the lone game Thursday.

All 18 teams are in action on Friday as Acadie-Bathurst welcomes Maritime rivals PEI; Moncton hosts Gatineau; Lewiston is in Saint John; an all-Telus East tilt has Quebec in Victoriaville; Telus West rivals Montreal and Shawinigan faceoff in Verdun; Cape Breton begins their Quebec road trip with a stop in Baie-Comeau; Rimouski is in Chicoutimi; Rouyn-Noranda hosts Drummondville in another Telus West contest; and Halifax is at Val-d’Or. Six games will take place on Saturday as Baie-Comeau is at home to Rimouski; Cape Breton makes another Quebec stop in Chicoutimi; Moncton and PEI take to the ice in Charlottetown in an all-Maritime contest; Quebec welcomes Shawinigan; and Halifax is in Rouyn-Noranda. The week will end with five contests on Sunday. The first two games will see Acadie-Bathurst host Gatineau; while Quebec is at home to Cape Breton. The later games has Lewiston at home to Montreal; Drummondville in Val-d’Or; and Victoriaville welcomes Chicoutimi.

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