QMJHL Weekly: November 8th, 2011

Zloban, Brunelle, and Larocque-Marcoux Are the Telus Three Stars

Shawinigan left winger Anton Zloban, Cape Breton forward Jonathan Brunelle, and Val-d’Or right winger Nicolas Larocque-Marcoux are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending November 6th.
Zloban scored three goals and was the third star of the game as Shawinigan lost 7-3 to Victoriaville on Friday night and followed that up with two goals and two assists in the Cataractes’ 7-1 flattening of PEI on Sunday. Zloban finished a +5 for the week.

In the series between Cape Breton and Val-d’Or that began on Thursday Brunelle scored once, assisted on three more, and was the second star of the game for Cape Breton; while Larocque-Marcoux added a goal and two assists for the Foreurs in Cape Breton’s 6-5 win; while on Saturday Brunelle scored once, lent a helping hand on two more, and was the third star of the game; and Larocque-Marcoux added a goal and assist as the Foreurs gained a split with a 5-3 win on Saturday. Brunelle finished the week a +2 ; and Larocque-Marcoux added two more assists in the team’s 6-3 loss to Halifax on Sunday and finished a +1.

Huberdeau Is CHL Player of the Week

Saint John Sea Dogs’ forward Jonathan Huberdeau is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 30th. He was the Telus Third Star of the Week for the same time period. Huberdeau added two goals and was the second star of the game as Saint John skated to a 6-3 win over Cape Breton on Friday and followed that up with another goal and three helpers as the Sea Dogs’ raised the banner on their 2011 Presidents Cup and Memorial Cup wins with a 6-0 shutout Chicoutimi on Saturday. He finished the week a +6.

Four QMJHL Teams In CHL Top 10

When the Canadian Hockey League announced the top 10 rankings on Wednesday four QMJHL teams made the grade. Saint John moved up one spot to second; Victoriaville jumped three spots to fourth; Shawinigan moved into the top 10 at eighth; and Quebec fell one spot to tenth. Halifax received an honorable mention.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 7
1 London Knights (13-2-0-1)
2 Saint John Sea Dogs (14-5-0-0)
3 Tri-City Americans (11-5-0-0)
4 Victoriaville Tigres (14-6-0-1)
5 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (10-3-0-2)
6 Sarnia Sting (11-2-0-3)
7 Kamloops Blazers (11-3-0-0)
8 Shawinigan Cataractes (13-5-1-2)
9 Kootenay Ice (11-3-0-2)
10 Quebec Remparts (11-4-2-1)
Honorable Mention: Ottawa 67’s (10-3-1-0); Spokane Chiefs (8-3-0-1); Halifax Mooseheads (12-5-0-0)

2012 IIHF World Junior Championship Exhibition Schedule Announced

On Wednesday Hockey Canada, in partnership with the host committee of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship and presenting sponsor Canadian Pacific, announced Wednesday information on the pre-tournament games ahead of this year’s World Juniors. Nine cities throughout the province – Brooks, Calgary, Camrose, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Okotoks, Olds, Red Deer and Three Hills – will play host to games from Dec. 19-23 before the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship begins Dec. 26 in Calgary and Edmonton.

Monday, December 19, 2011
7:00 CAN – FIN SB Saddledome; Calgary, AB
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
7:00 USA – RUS ENMAX Centrium; Red Deer, AB
7:00 CZE – LAT Foothills Centennial Centre; Okotoks, AB
7:30 SWE – DEN Olds Sportsplex; Olds, AB
Wednesday, December 21, 201
7:00 SVK – FIN WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex; Calgary, AB
7:30 USA – SUI Edgeworth Centre; Camrose, Ab
Thursday, December 22, 2011
7:00 CAN – SUI ENMAX Centrium; Red Deer, AB
7:00 LAT – DEN Centennial Regional Arena; Brooks, AB
7:00 RUS – CZE ENMAX Centre; Lethbridge, AB
Friday, December 23, 2011
7:30 CAN – SWE Rexall Place Edmonton, AB

Suspensions Handed Out

On Tuesday the League announced that Rimouski rearguard Pierre-Luc Pelletier was suspended five games for two incidents that happened in a game against Shawinigan on October 28th. The Shawinigan player had control of the puck and was facing the boards when Pelletier pushed him into the boards head first; however, the player was not injured. In the second incident the Shawinigan player was coming out of his zone along the boards with possession of the puck; and was traveling at a high speed in a vulnerable position. Pelletier traveled towards his opponent at a high speed hitting him and causing injury.

On Thursday the League suspended Baie-Comeau forward Jonathan Lessard 15 games for his hit on Quebec’s Nick Sorensen Lessard was skating in Sorensen’s direction to body-check him with his shoulder while his knee was bent forward. When Sorensen changed direction to avoid him Lessard also changed direction and violently hit him with his knee. Due to Sorensen’s change in direction, the distance between the two players did not permit Lessard to hit Sorensen with his shoulder. Instead, Lessard kneed Sorensen, causing serious injury. It is not Lessard’s first incident of being at fault.

Team Russia Roster Announced

On Wednesday the CHL announced the Russian roster that will compete at the 2011 Subway Super Series games against the QMJHL, OHL, and WHL in November. A team of 22 Russian players will make the trip to Canada for the entire series with a roster that has three players selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft including second round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning Nikita Kucherov, fourth round Chicago Blackhawks pick forward Maxim Shalunov, and fifth round Lightning pick defenseman Nikita Nesterov. Kucherov, Shalunov, and Nesterov are three of only four 1993-born Russian players making the trip for the series while the other 18 players are all 1992 birth years.

Nine Russian-born CHL players will compete in various games of the series including top 2012 NHL Entry Draft prospects Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting who will play in Ottawa, ON, November 10, and Mikhail Grigorenko of the Quebec Remparts who will compete in Quebec City, QC, November 9. Four NHL drafted OHL players will also play for Russia in the Ottawa game November 10 including Vladislav Namestnikov who was selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. 2011 second round Boston Bruins pick Alexander Khokhlachev of the Windsor Spitfires, third round New York Islanders pick Andrey Pedan of the Guelph Storm, and Winnipeg Jets prospect Ivan Telegin of the Barrie Colts will also participate in Ottawa. Defenseman Artem Sergeev of the QMJHL’s Val d’Or Foreurs and forward Anton Zlobin of the Shawinigan Cataractes will play for Russia in the series opener November 7 in Victoriaville, QC, while Saskatoon Blades’ goaltender Andrey Makarov will compete in the game November 16 in Regina, SK.

Team Russia is led behind the bench by Head Coach Valery Bragin who returns for a second straight season with the Under-20 program. Prior to last season, Bragin was Russia’s Head Coach in the 2005 World Junior Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota, capturing silver with a team that included Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin.

The 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series will take place November 7 – 17 and marks the ninth straight year that teams of CHL All-Stars have competed against Team Russia in preparation for the World Junior Hockey Championship. The SUBWAY® Super Series is an integral part of the evaluation process prior to Team Canada’s final selection camp in December. This season, Canada will be competing for their 14th straight medal at the 2012 tournament in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta.

Last season Team Russia emerged with their first series win, later sending 17 players from the 2010 SUBWAY® Super Series team to the 2011 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, NY, where they won gold defeating Canada in the final game.

Team Russia (Club):

Goaltenders
Sergey Kostenko (Metallurg, Novokuznetsk)
Pavel Suchkov (Dizel, Penza)

Defensemen:
Victor Antipin (Metallurg, Magnitogorsk); Roman Rukavishnikov (Atlant, Moscow Region); Mikhail Naumenkov (CSKA); Efim Gurkin (Salavat Yulaev, Ufa); Artem Karavaev (Sibir, Novosibirsk); Grigory Zheldakov (Spartak, Moscow); Ildar Isangulov (Salavat Yulaev, Ufa); Nikita Nesterov (Traktor, Chelyabinsk)

Forwards:
Nikita Gusev (CSKA); Nikita Kucherov (CSKA); Vladislav Kartaev (Salavat Yulaev, Ufa); Kirill Rasskazov (Avangard, Omsk); Daniil Apalkov (Metallurg, Magnitogorsk); Pavel Kulikov (Neftekhimik, Nizhnekamsk); Maxim Shalunov (Traktor, Chelyabinsk); Pavel Medvedev (Spartak, Moscow); Bogdan Potekhin (Metallurg, Magnitogorsk); Bulat Shavaleev (Ak Bars, Kazan); Valery Knyazev (Sibir, Novosibirsk); Emil Galimov (Neftekhimik, Nizhnekamsk)

Victoriaville Game Only:
Artem Sergeev (Val d’Or Foreurs); Anton Zlobin (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Quebec City Game Only:
Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec Remparts)

Ottawa Game Only:
Alexander Khokhlachev (Windsor Spitfires); Vladislav Namestnikov (London Knights); Andrey Pedan (Guelph Storm); Ivan Telegin (Barrie Colts); Nail Yakupov (Sarnia Sting)
Regina Game Only:
Andrey Makarov (Saskatoon Blades)

Staff:
Head Coach – Valery Bragin
Assistant Coach – Sergey Cherkas
Assistant Coach – Vladislav Krutskikh

The QMJHL, Franchises and Telus Raise $130,000 For Breast Cancer Fight

On Friday the League Commissioner Giles Courteau announced that the 17 teams, the League, and Telus raised $130 000.00 for the fight against breast cancer in October.

“More than 400 pink jerseys worn by the players and developed by our official supplier, Reebok/CCM, and their partners in this endeavor, SP Apparel, was sold with the proceeds being distributed to local, regional or national organizations dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. Furthermore, the QMJHL’s major partner, TELUS, came on board, contributing $100 for every goal scored during the fight against breast cancer games. In total 120 goals were scored, bringing TELUS’ contribution to $12,000. I would like to congratulate our clubs for their excellent work, thank our great fans for their incredible generosity and TELUS for lending their support to this very important endeavor.”

Telus is also making an additional push by supporting the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation with its campaign Passez en rose. Until December 31st, people from across the Province are invited to Telus stores to pick up a pink BlackBerry Curve 9360 offered at just $49.99 with a three-year contract. Telus will donate $25 to the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation for each item sold.

Most people know or care for someone who is or who has been afflicted by this terrible disease. Statistics show that one out of every nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and its franchises are proud to play their part in the fight against breast cancer. As a result of fundraising initiatives such as these, vital research in the field has enabled survival rates to jump 25% in the past 20 years.

Cloutier and Fiset Are SUBWAY Super Series Honorary Captains

On Sunday the Canadian Hockey League in collaboration with the QMJHL, the Victoriaville Tigres and the Quebec Remparts today announced that Stéphane Fiset and Réal Cloutier will be on hand for the 2011 Subway Super Series. Stéphane Fiset played from 1987-90 with the Tigres going 54-39-3 to go along with a 3.46 goals-against-average and .887 save percentage. He also posted 3 shutouts. Réal Cloutier played from 1972-74 with the Quebec Remparts scoring 132 goals and adding 183 assists for a total of 315 points in 126 games. He won the President Cup in each of his two seasons. He still holds the franchise record for most points in a season with 216.

Brouillard To Replace Chaput

On Sunday the League announced that Drummondville forward Marc-Olivier Brouillard will replace injured Shawinigan forward Michael Chaput for the first game of the Subway Super Series as Chaput was injured on Sunday. Brouillard has registered 11 goals and 15 assists in 22 games for the Voltigeurs so far this season.

Gormley Named Team QMJHL Captain for SUBWAY® Super Series

On Sunday the CHL in association with the QMJHL today announced the Captains and Assistants for Team QMJHL in the 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series which begins Monday night in Victoriaville, QC, followed by game two of the series to be played Wednesday November 9, 2011, in Quebec City.

Moncton’s Brandon Gormley of the Moncton Wildcats will serve as the team’s captain with Victoriaville forward Phillip Danault. Saint John’s Jonathan Huberdeau and Cape Breton’s Morgan Ellis as the assistants. This is Gormley’s fourth straight year in this event and served as an assistant captain last season. The Phoenix Coyotes prospect was selected 13th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and has recorded 15 points in 15 games this season.

Danault has 18 points in his first 19 games this season. The Chicago Blackhawks took him in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 26th overall.

Memorial Cup MVP Huberdeau was the third overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and has 28 points in 13 games this season since returning to the Sea Dogs after an extended stay at the Florida Panthers training camp.
The Montreal Canadiens selected Ellis in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Screaming Eagles’ defenseman has 12 points in 17 games this season. All four players serve as captains of their QMJHL club teams.

The Games This Week

Play began with one game on Tuesday as Michael Chaput scored the game winner at the 12:11 mark of the third as Shawinigan nipped Quebec 4-3. Olivier Archambault and Andre Bouvet-Morrisssette led the way with a goal and assist each as Drummondville doubled PEI 4-2; Michael McNamee had the hat trick as Quebec skated to a 4-1 win over Gatineau; and Peter Trainor and Alexandre Mallet added a goal and assist each as Rimouski nipped Saint John 4-3 on Wednesday. Jonathan Brunelle’s goal and three assists led the way as Cape Breton won the scoring fest with a 6-5 win over Val-d’Or on Thursday.

There were seven games on Friday with two of them ending in overtime. James Melindy’s goal 3:23 into the overtime gave Moncton a 2-1 win over Halifax in one game on the Mooseheads’ annual Department of National Defense Appreciation Night; while Josh Currie’s goal 56 seconds into the extra frame saw PEI win the score fest over Gatineau with a 7-6 win.

Vladislav Shalimov added a goal and assist to lead Val-d’Or to a 5-3 win over Cape Breton; Bouvet-Morrissette added two goals and lent a helping hand on one more as Drumondville went into Bathurst and skated away with a 5-2 win; Louis Domingue made 37 saves as Quebec was outshot 38-23 in their 4-1 win over Chicoutimi; Stefan Fournier added the hat trick in Victoriaville’s 7-3 win over Shawinigan; and Huberdeau found the back of the net once and added two assists as Saint John slammed the door on Baie-Comeau 7-0.

Nathan Beaulieu scored the game winner 14:52 into the third period as Saint John nipped Baie-Comeau 3-2; Rimouski needed a shootout and goals from Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc and Alex Belzile to dispose of Drummondville 4-3; Yanni Gourde scored once and lent a helping hand on two more as Victoriaville doubled PEI 4-2; and Jess Tanguay led the way with a goal and an assist as Blainville-Boisband skated to a 3-1 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday.

Nathan MacKinnon scored twice and assisted on one more as Halifax doubled Val-d’Or 6-3; Vincent Barnard’s goal with 32 seconds left in regulation saw Quebec nip Rimouski 3-2; Moncton needed a shootout and a goal from Brandon Gormley to edge Acadie-Bathurst 4-3; Sven Andrighetto found the twine once and lent a helping hand on three more as Rouyn-Noranda skated to a 5-2 victory over Blainville-Boisband; and Kirill Kabanov and Anton Zlobin each added two goals and assisted on two more as Shawinigan dumped PEI 7-1 on Sunday.

The Leaders

Victoriaville leads both the Telus East Division and overall standings with their 16-6-0-1 record and 33 points. Hot on their heels is Martimes leader Saint John who have 32 points on their 16-6-0-0 record with Drummondville leading the Telus West Division with 10 wins, 10 losses, and one each overtime and shootout loss.

Among skaters there is no change in the top three this week as Victoriaville forward Yanni Gourde is the top point getter with 13 goals and 28 assists in 23 games played; while the first place finisher from last week Acadie-Bathurst forward Zach O’Brien remains in second place with 19 goals and 18 assists in 22 games; while his teammate and fellow forward Matthew Bissonnette rounds out the top three with 34 points (16G, 20A) in the 23 contests that he has skated in.

Between the pipes Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil is 12-3-0-0 with a 2.01 GAA and 0.920 SAV%; while Quebec’s Louis Domingue is second as he has won eight games with two losses, one overtime loss, and one shootout loss; has a goals against average of 2.30 and 0.931 SAV%; and Victoriaville’s Brandon Whitney is a key reason that his team is tops in the League as he moves into the number three spot with his 9-0-0-0 record; 2.41 GAA, and 0.903 SV%.

The Games To Come

Play will resume with seven games on Friday as Baie-Comeu is in Halifax; PEI welcomes Maritime rival Saint John; Blainville-Boisband and Drummondville face off in a Telus West tilt in Drummondville; two Telus East affairs will see Victoriaville in Chicoutimi and Shawinigan at home to Rimouski; Quebec is in Rouyn-Noranda; while two more Telus West foes Gatineau and Val-d’Or take to the ice in Val-d’Or.

On Saturday Shawinigan is at home to Drummondville; Victoriaville welcomes Telus East foes Rimouski; Baie-Comeau continues their swing through the East with a stop in Moncton; a Maritime tilt will see Halifax in Saint John as the race for the top spot in the Maritime Division heats up; a Telus West contest has Gatineau making their way to Rouyn-Noranda; and Val-d’Or welcomes Quebec.

The weekend will end with five games on Sunday as Baie-Comeau finishes up their Eastern swing with a stop in Saint John; Moncton hosts Cape Breton, and PEI is at home to Acadie-Bathurst in two Maritime contests; and the Battle of Quebec will be fought on two fronts as Blainville-Boisband makes their way to Chicoutimi, and Rimouski is in Drummondville.

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