QMJHL Weekly: November 3rd

Devos, Mosher and Palat Are TELUS Three Stars of the Week

Victoriaville forward Philip-Michael Devos, PEI netminder Evan Mosher, and Drummondville left winger Ondrej Palat are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending October 31st.

Devos began the week on Friday with two goals, one assist, and the third star of the game award in Victoriaville’s 5-3 win over Rimouski and flowed that up with a goal and assist and the first star of the game award in the Tigres’ 4-1 victory over Chicoutimi. He finished the week a +3.

Mosher made 28 saves and was the first star of the game as PEI shutout Halifax 3-0 on Friday and followed that up with 39 more and the second star of the game honors as the Rocket lost 3-2 in a shootout to Acadie-Bathurst on Sunday. He finished the week with a 0.96 goals-against-average and .971 SAV%.

Palat began the week by collecting one assist in Drummondville’s 5-1 victory over Baie-Comeau on Tuesday; one goal in the 3-2 loss to Chicoutimi on Wednesday; had two goals, one assist, and the first star of the game award in the 5-4 loss to Lewiston on Friday; and ended it with a goal and assist in Sunday’s 5-1 beating of Rimouski on Sunday. He finished a +2 for the week.

Domingue, Palat and Girard Are Three Stars of the Month

Palat, Quebec goalie Louis Domingue, and Shawinigan netminder Gabriel Girard are the Telus Three Stars of the Month for October.

Domingue went 10-0 as four of his wins came in overtime with a 1.96 GAA, and .913 SAV%.

Palat found the back of the net 11 times while assisting on 13 more in the 14 contests that he skated in and finished a +6.
Girard finished 5-0 with one shutout, a goals against average of 2.02, and .936 SAV%.

Bournival is CHL Player of the Week

On the heels of being named the Telus First Star of the Week for the week ending October 24th Shawinigan Cataractes’ forward Michael Bournival is the CHL Player of the Week; and Girard is the CHL Goalie of the Week for the same time period.

Bournival added three assists and Girard made 31 saves in the Cataractes’ 6-0 shutout of Lewiston on Wednesday. They were the second and third stars of that game respectively.

Bournival added four more goals, and Girad made 31 more saves as Shawinigan laid an 8-1 thrashing on the PEI Rocket on Friday. Bournival was the game’s first star and Girard the third.

Bournival added another goal and assist and was the first star of the game in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Baie-Comeau.

Bournival finished the week a +9, while Girard compiled a goals against of 0.50 and a save percentage of .984.

Fortier Joins the QMJHL

On Thursday Commissioner Gilles Courteau announced that former Chicoutimi forward Marc Fortier as Director of Recruitment.

Fortier played with the Saguenéens from 1983-1987 where he scored 164 goals and added 314 assists in 271 regular season games and added 21 goals and 58 assists in 42 post season contests. He also played 212 NHL regular season games with Quebec, Ottawa, and Los Angeles scoring 42 goals and adding 60 helpers.

Patrick Charbonneau will hold the title of CSR Director; and Marcel Patenaude has been promoted to Executive Vice-President.

Kabanov Is A MAINEiac

On Thursday Lewiston acquired Kirill Kabanov and a 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft 12th round pick from Moncton for Jordan Kennedy, Lewiston’s 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft second and fourth round picks, and their 2011 First Round European Draft pick, and 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft fourth round pick.

In 24 regular season games with the Wildcats Kabanov added 10 goals and 13 assists. He had no points in one playoff contest.
Kennedy is 0-7-0 lifetime in two seasons in Lewiston with a 9.59 GAA and 0.776 SAV%.

Quebec, Moncton, Drummondville, and Acadie-Bathurst Make CHL Top Ten

When the CHL Top Ten Rankings were announced on Wednesday Quebec, Moncton, Drummondville, and Acadie-Bathurst made the cut. Quebec remained at first, Moncton moved from eighth to sixth, Drummondville fell three spots to eighth, and Acadie-Bathurst finished 10th.

CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 6

1 Quebec Remparts (13-1-0-1)
2 Saskatoon Blades (10-3-0-0)
3 Saginaw Spirit (10-2-1-0)
4 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (8-2-0-0)
5 Owen Sound Attack (10-2-0-0)
6 Moncton Wildcats (12-4-0-2)
7 Portland Winterhawks (10-2-0-1)
8 Drummondville Voltigeurs (12-4-1-1)
9 Red Deer Rebels (9-5-0-0)
10 Acadie-Bathurst Titan (12-5-0-0)

The Games This Week

Alexandre Comtois led the way with a goal and assist as Drummondville laid a 5-1 beating on Baie-Comeau on Tuesday.
Philippe Halley’s two goals helped Gatineau skate to a 6-2 win over Halifax; Alexandre Lavoie’s goal at the 4:06 mark of the second saw Chicoutimi edge Drummondville 3-2; Nicholas Champion made 21 saves as Lewiston doubled Rimouski 4-2; and Jacob DeSerres stopped 32 of the 36 pucks sent his way as Saint John was outshot 36-32 in their 5-4 victory over Val-d’Or on Wednesday.

Eight games took place on Friday as Nicolas Deslauriers’ goal 7:17 into the third saw Gatineau nip Cape Breton 2-1; Travis McIssac scored twice in PEI’s 3-0 shutout of Halifax; Brandon Gormley, Thomas Flynn, Alex Saulnier, and James Melindy scored for Moncton in their 4-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault’s goal with 2:20 left in the second was the only goal of the game as Quebec got past Chicoutimi 1-0; Philip-Michael Devos led the way with two goals and one assist as Victoriaville skated to a 5-3 victory over Rimouski; Louis Leblanc was the only shooter to score in the shootout as Montreal edged Baie-Comeau 5-4; Jess Tanguay and Etienne Brodeur added a goal and assist each as Lewiston nipped Drummondville 5-4; and Stanislev Galiev had two goals and two assists as Saint John blasted Val-d’Or 7-3.

On Saturday Michal Bournival found the back of the net twice and assisted on one more to lead Shawinigan to a 5-1 victory over Rimouski; Viktor Hertzberg, Morgan Ellis, and Taylor MacDougall all scored in the shootout for Cape Breton as they gained a split in their series with Gatineau with a 2-1 win; Charles Bety scored twice for Halifax in their 5-2 win over Moncton; and Simon Despres’ goal 2:04 into the third gave Saint John a 3-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda.

Zach O’Brien turned a trick on his old St. John’s, NL Major Midget AAA teammate Evan Mosher as he scored the winning goal in the shootout as Acadie-Bathurst edged Maritime rivals PEI 3-2; Joël Champagne added the game winner 1:18 into overtime as Quebec went into Baie-Comeau and came out with a 3-2 victory; Devos added another goal and assist in Victoriaville’s 4-1 win over Chicoutimi; Sean Couturier, Marc-Olivier Vachon, and Ondrej Palat found the twine once and assisted on one more each as Drummondville drummed Rimouski 5-1; and Saint John slammed the door on Rouyn-Noranda 7-0 thanks to Galiev and Michael Kirkpatrick scoring two goals and one assist each on Sunday.

The Leaders

There’s a new team atop the Maritime Division standings as Saint John has a 15-3-0-1 record giving them 31 points. Quebec is 15-1-0-1 to also lead the Telus East Division with 31 points; while Drummondville is 12-6-1-1 with 26 points to lead the Telus West Division.

Devos leads all scorers with 10 goals and 29 assists in 20 games; while Audy-Marchessault is second as he has also found the back of the net ten times while lending a helping hand on 22 more in the 17 games that he has skated in; while Couturier enters the top three with 13 goals and 18 assists in 21 contests.

Domingue leads all goalies with a record of 12-0-0-0, a 1.88 GAA and .916 SAV%; while Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson is 6-0-0-1 with a goals against average of 2.20, and a .926 SAV%. Drummondville’s Guillaume Nadeau (8-2-1-1, 2.21 GAA, 0.905 SAV%) rounds out the top three.

The Games To Come

Four games will take place on Wednesday as Cape Breton is at home to Chicoutimi; Shawinigan s in Acadie-Bathurst; Quebec goes across the border to Lewiston; and Victoriaville welcomes Baie-Comeau.

On Thursday night Baie-Comeau continues their swing through the Telus West division with a stop in Drummondville; and Victoriaville is at home to Val-d’Or.

Eight games will take place on Friday as Chicoutimi begins their swing through Eastern Canada with a stop in Halifax; while Shawinigan does likewise in PEI; an all-New Brunswick affair will see Moncton in Bathurst; Saint John and Cape Breton faceoff in a Maritime contest at Harbour Station; Telus West meets Telus East as Val-d’Or is in Lewiston for two games Friday and Saturday; Quebec and Montreal begin a home and home series that starts in Verdun on Friday and ends in Quebec City on Saturday; Drummondville and Gatineau take to the ice in Gatineau in a Telus West battle; and Rimouski makes their way to Rouyn-Noranda for two games Friday and Saturday. Three other games will be played on Saturday with Gatineau hosting Baie-Comeau; Shawinigan continues to make their way through the Maritimes with a stop in Halifax; and Chicoutimi is in Saint John.

The weekend finishes with four games on Sunday as Chicoutimi concludes their swing through Atlantic Canada with a game in Bathurst; Cape Breton hosts Moncton in a Maritimes Division contest; Montreal is at home to Baie-Comeau; and Drummondville is in Victoriaville.

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