QMJHL Weekly, November 28th, 2011

MacKinnon, Lacerte, and Carrier Are Telus Three Stars

Halifax Mooseheads’ forward Nathan MacKinnon, Gatineau Olympiques’ netminder Francois Lacerte, and Baie-Comeau Drakkar rearguard Samuel Carrier are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending November 27th, 2011.

MacKinnon had a goal and assist and was the game’s first star in Halifax’s 4-1 win over Cape Breton on Thursday. He added another goal, had three helpers and was the second star of the game as the Mooseheads skated to a 6-3 win over PEI on Friday. He finished the week with two more helpers as Halifax lost 4-3 to end the week on Sunday. MacKinnon finished the week a plus-3.

Lacerte made 36 saves as Gatineau began the week with a 4-3 shootout loss to Rimouski on Thursday. He was the second star of that contest. He added another 53 saves and was the game’s first star in the Olympiques’ 3-2 shootout loss to Blainville-Boisband on Saturday and ended it with 39 more saves and another first star of the game award as Gatineau got past Acadie-Bathurst 3-2 on Sunday.

Carrier found the back of the net once, lent a helping hand on four more, and was the game’s first star as Baie-Comeau skated to a 7-3 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Friday. Her tacked on one goal, helped out on one more, and picked up the second star of the game award as the Drakkar lost 5-4 to Val-d’Or on Saturday. His one goal and four assists on Friday was the second best performance from a Drakkar rearguard since Bruno St-Jacques scored twice and added four assists in the team’s 13-5 win over Val-d’Or on December 28, 1999.

Saulnier Is CHL Player of the Week

Moncton forward Alex Saulnier is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 20th.

Saulnier had the hat trick, added 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 plus-4.

Four QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL rankings were announced on Wednesday four QMJHL teams made the cut. Quebec moved two spots to second; Saint John dropped back one to third; Shawinigan jumped one to eighth; Victoriaville moved up one to ninth.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 10

1 London Knights (18-4-0-1)
2 Quebec Remparts (20-4-2-1)
3 Saint John Sea Dogs (21-7-0-1)
4 Saskatoon Blades (18-6-0-1)
5 Tri-City Americans (16-6-0-0)
6 Plymouth Whalers (16-6-2-1)
7 Sarnia Sting (15-4-1-3)
8 Shawinigan Cataractes (17-8-1-2)
9 Victoriaville Tigres (18-9-0-1)
10 Kootenay Ice (16-5-1-2)
Honourable Mention: Ottawa 67’s (14-6-3-1), Brandon Wheat Kings (16-8-1-1), Kitchener Rangers (15-7-1-0)

Team Atlantic Roster Announced For World U17 Challenge

On Wednesday, Hockey Canada announced the Team Atlantic roster that will compete at the 2012 World U17 Challenge that will take place from December 29th, 2011 through January 4th, 2012.

Goaltenders
1 Andrew Mergl L 5’10 160 05/11/1995 Quispamsis, NB Saint John (NBPEIMMHL)
30 Jacob Fancy L 5’11 180 08/25/1995 Lower Sackville, NS Halifax (NSMMHL)

Defense
2 Matthew Murphy L 6’1 190 05/01/1995 Fredericton, NB Val-d’Or (QMJHL)
3 Jacob Arsenault L 6’4 205 03/07/1995 Petit-Rocher, NB Miramichi (MHL)
4 Ryan Graves L 6’4 205 05/21/1995 Yarmouth, NS, PEI (QMJHL)
5 Brett McNeil R 5’9 170 08/13/1995 Halifax, NS Halifax (NSMMHL)
6 Alex MacNeil R 5’11 185 02/25/1995 Halifax, NS Halifax (NSMMHL)
7 Zach Taylor L 5’11 190 02/01/1995 Dartmouth, NS Dartmouth (NSMMHL)
8 Cody Donaghey L 6’0 170 05/10/1996 St. John’s, NL St. John’s Maple Leafs (NLMAAAHL)

Forwards
10 Kameron Kielly R 5’11 170 03/07/1996 Sherwood, PEI Charlottetown (NBPEIMMHL)
11 Thomas Stavert L 5’10 180 02/20/1995 Kensington, PEI Notre Dame Argos (SMAAAHL)
12 Alex Gallant L 6’0 170 02/07/1996 Stratford, PEI Charlottetown (NBPEIMMHL)
14 Bronson Beaton R 6’0 175 03/06/1995 Springhill, NS Shawinigan (QMJHL)
15 Kelly Bent L 6’0 180 02/02/1995 Halifax, NS PEI (QMJHL)
16 Ryan Falkenham R 5’10 175 10/09/1995 Halifax, NS Halifax (QMJHL)
17 Nathan MacKinnon R 5’11 180 09/01/1995 Cole Harbour, NS Halifax (QMJHL)
18 Mike Lyle L 6’0 175 08/03/1995 Florence, NS Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)
19 Noah Zilbert R 5’8 175 07/04/1995 Fredericton, NB Fredericton (NBPEIMMHL)
20 Oilver Cooper L 6’2 190 03/27/1995 Fredericton, NB Saint John (QMJHL)
21 Mitchell Vanderlaan L 5’7 150 04/30/1995 Hanwell, NB Rothesay Netherwood Prep (Can. Prep)
22 Kris Hodge L 6’0 185 10/12/1995 Conception Bay South, NL Notre Dame Argos (SMAAAHL)
23 Jordan Kennedy L 5’11 160 05/14/1995 Corner Brook, NL Harrington College (Can. Prep)

Eric Bissonnette , Head Coach Fredericton, NB St. Thomas University (CIS)
Jeff MacDonald , Assistant Coach Stratford, PEI Charlottetown (NBPEIMMHL)
Aaron Rice , Assistant Coach Sydney, NS Cape Breton (NSMMHL)
Ryan Leland , Goaltender Coach Quispamsis, NB Saint John (NBPEIMMHL)

Kolesnikovs Suspended Until Further Notice

On Saturday, the QMJHL disciplinary prefect Raymond Bolduc announced that Blainville-Boisbriand Armada defenseman Nikita Kolesnikovs will be suspended until further notice for his hit from behind to a Rimouski player on Friday.

He will not be allowed to take part in any of the Armada’s team games until the disciplinary process is completed.

The Games This Week

In the lone game Mikhail Grigorenko added three goals to lead Quebec to a 4-1 win over Saint John on Tuesday.

On Thursday Nathan MacKinnon and Matthew Boudreau added a goal and assist each to lead Halifax to a 4-1 win over Cape Breton; Josh Currie scored once and lent a helping hand on two more as PEI skated to a 7-2 win over Moncton; Peter Trainor’s goal 12:08 into the third gave Rimouski a 4-3 win over Gatineau; and Christophe Losier added two for Acadie-Bathurst in the Titan’s 8-5 win over Rouyn-Noranda.

Gabriel Desjardins scored twice as Halifax doubled PEI 6-3; Scott Oke chipped in a goal and assist to lead Saint John past Cape Breton 5-2; Emil Sylvegard did the double double with a pair of goals and pair of assists as Drummondville tripled Quebec 6-2; Alexandre Mailet had the hat trick to lead Rimouski to a 5-3 win over Blainville-Boisband; Michael Bournival and Anton Zloban scored in the shootout for Shawinigan, while Guillaume Asselin did the same for Chicoutimi in the Cataractes’ 3-2 victory; Carl Gelinas scored a pair as Baie-Comeau trashed Rouyn-Noranda 7-3; and Anthony Mantha and Cedrick Henley scored in the shootout for Val-d’Or, while Zach O’Brien did the same for Acadie-Bathurst in the Foreurs’ 5-4 victory on Friday.

On Saturday Yannick Veilleux scored twice to lead Shawinigan to a 6-3 win over Rimouski; Philippe Maillet had the hat trick as Victoriaville skated to an 8-5 win over Drummondville; Zack Phillips added a goal and assist as Saint John completed the sweep of Cape Breton with a 4-1 victory; Jess Tanguy and Xavier Ouellet scored in the shootout for Blainville-Boisband, while Tomas Hyka did the same for Gatineau in the Armada’s 3-2 win; and Mathieu Guertin scored the game winner 1:09 into the third period as Val-d’Or edged Baie-Comeau 5-4.
The weekend ended with four games on Sunday that saw Anthony Duclair, Martin Lefebvre, and Frederick Roy score for Quebec in their 3-1 win over Chicoutimi; Moncton needed a shootout and a goals from Brandon Gormley and James Melindy, while Cameron Critchlow did the same for Halifax in the Wildcats’ 4-3 victory; Christian Ouellet and Hyka added a goal and assist each as Gatineau edged Acadie-Bathurst 3-2; and Jeffrey Noonan made 35 saves as Rouyn-Noranda was outshot 38-19 in their 4-3 win over Baie-Comeau.

The Leaders

Saint John is in the top spot in both the Maritimes and overall standings as they are 23-7-0-1 with 47 points; while Quebec sits on top of the Telus East standings and are second overall with 45 points (21-5-2-1); and Telus West leaders Gatineau are 14-10-1-3 with 32 points.

O’Brien tops the scoring race with 26 goals and 26 assists in 29 games; while last week’s leader Drummondville forward Yanni Gourde drops back to second as he has found the back of the net 16 times while helping out on 34 more in 29 contests; and O’Brien’s teammate forward Sebastien Trudeau rounds out the top three with 15 goals and 35 helpers in 30 contests.
Between the pipes the top two from last week remains the same as Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil is 17-4-0-0 with a 2.21 GAA and 0.916 SAV%; while Quebec’s Louis Domingue is second as he has won 12 games with three losses, one overtime loss, and one shootout loss; has a goals against average of 2.31 and 0.930 SAV%; and Quebec’s Jimmy Appleby is third with his 7-8-1-0 record; 2.61 GAA, and 0.898 SAV%.

The Games to Come

Play will resume with two games on Tuesday as Moncton hosts Saint John; and Rimouski welcomes Gatineau. Drummondville is at home to Blainville-Boisband on Wednesday. The month of December begins with three games on Thursday as Quebec makes their way to Cape Breton; Gatineau is in Moncton; and PEI welcomes Acadie-Bathurst.

On Friday Gatineau continues their Nova Scotia swing with a stop in Halifax; Shawinigan has a stop in Bathurst; Blainville-Boisband is in Baie-Comeau; Chicoutimi and Rimouski take to the ice in Rimouski; Rouyn-Noranda hosts Drummondville; and Victoriaville pays a visit to Val-d’Or.

Six games will be played on Saturday as Bathurst welcomes Chicoutimi; Moncton is in Cape Breton; Halifax hosts Quebec; Shawinigan makes another New Brunswick stop in Saint John; Victoriaville is in Rouyn-Noranda; and Val-d’Or hosts Drummondville.

The weekend will end with four games on Sunday that will see Saint John at home to Chicoutimi; Gatineau is in Cape Breton; PEI is at home to Quebec; and Baie-Comeau makes their way to Boisband to face the Armada.

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