QMJHL Weekly: October 11th, 2010

Roy, Mosher, and Beaulieu Are Telus Three Stars

Acadie-Bathurst goalie Olivier Roy, PEI netminder Evan Mosher, and Saint John defenseman Nathan Beaulieu are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending October 10th, 2010.

Roy is the first star as he went 2-0-0-0 with a 0.96 GAA and 0.968 SAV% in two games. He began the week with 29 saves and was the game’s first star as the Titan were outshot 31-14 in their 5-2 win over Gatineau and followed that up with 32 saves along with stopping three of four shooters in the shootout as Acadie-Bathurst shutout Drummondville 1-0. He was also the first star of that game.

Mosher made 27 saves and was the second star of the game as PEI skated to a 3-1 win over Victoriaville on Wednesday and followed that up with 31 more as PEI defeated Val-d’Or on Saturday.

Beaulieu had a goal and two assists and was the game’s third star as Saint John beat Moncton 6-2 on Friday night. He finished the week a +5

Hynes Is CHL Player of the Week

Victoriaville forward Brandon Hynes is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 3rd.

Hynes netted two goals with his second one being the game winner 1:33 into overtime and one assist in Victoriaville’s 3-2 win over Gatineau on Saturday and followed that up with the hat trick and the second star of the game award in the Tigres’ 7-4 loss to Montreal on Sunday.

Remparts Are CHL’s Top Team

The Quebec Remparts made the jump from fourth to first in the CHL rankings this week. Meanwhile, Drummondville did the opposite—dropping from first to fourth.

The Montreal Juniors are the only other QMJHL team in the top ten finishing ninth.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 3

1 Quebec Remparts (7-0-0-1)
2 Oshawa Generals (4-0-0-0)
3 Everett Silvertips (4-0-0-0)
4 Drummondville Voltigeurs (8-1-1-0)
5 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (3-1-0-0)
6 Tri-City Americans (4-1-1-0)
7 Saginaw Spirit (4-1-0-0)
8 Saskatoon Blades (4-1-0-0)
9 Montreal Juniors (5-1-2-0)
10 Owen Sound Attack (3-1-0-0)

Thomas, Despres Return to Sea Dogs

On Thursday Saint John Head Coach Gerard Gallant announced that overager Mike Thomas and Simon Despres have been returned to the team immediately.

Thomas was released from the training camp of the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons Wednesday; while Despres was sent back from the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier in the week.

Gallant also announced that Michael Kirkpatrick and Kevin Gagne, and Despres will be the alternate captains this year.

The Games This Week

On Wednesday Ben Duffy and Philippe Paradis had a goal and assist each to lead PEI past Victoriaville 3-1; Gatineau got a goal and assist from Jean-Gabriel Pageau in their 4-1 victory over Cape Breton; Alwx Belzile found the back of the net twice as Rimouski got past Chicoutimi 4-3; and Jacob Gervais-Chouinard made 32 saves as Val-d’Or was outshot 36-29 in their 4-2 win over Drummondville.

On Friday Montreal got four goals from Nicolas Chouinard in their 5-3 win over Halifax; Tomas Jurco scored twice as Saint John skated to a 6-2 win over Montreal; Olivier Dame-Malka added two goals and lent a helping hand on one more as Lewiston defeated Victoriaville 7-2; Quebec needed a shootout and goals from Ryan Bourque and Tomas Filippi to get past Baie-Comeau 3-2; Olivier Roy made 29 saves as Acadie-Bathurst was outshot 31-14 in their 5-2 win over Gatineau; Ryan Kavanagh had three helpers as Rimouski doubled Shawinigan 6-3; Ben Duffy had a goal and assist to lead PEI past Rouyn-Noranda 5-1; and Val-d’Or squeaked past Cape Breton 3-2 in a shootout as Jonathan Hazen and Jean-François Leblanc beat Francois Lacerte.

Five games took place on Saturday night with one going to overtime and two ending in a shootout. In the overtime contest Jonathan Audy-Marchessault beat Christopher Gibson with 44 seconds left in the extra frame to give Quebec a 3-2 win over Chicoutimi. In one shootout contest Acadie-Bathurst got goals from Jonathan Lessard and Sébastien Trudeau in their 1-0 win over Drummondville; and Daniel Pettersson, Thomas Flynn, and Brandon Gormley scored for Moncton with Philippe Lefebvre and David Rose doing likewise for Montreal in the Wildcats’ 3-2 win. In the other two games that never went the distance Philippe Paradis scored once and assisted on two more for PEI as they went into Val-d’Or and came out with a 5-2 win; and in the battle of the basement dwellers Telus West’s Rouyn-Noranda came out on top of a 4-2 win over Maritime cellar dwellers Cape Breton by a score of 4-2 as Branden Eden had two assists.

The weekend closed out with six games on Sunday as Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice in Saint John’s 5-2 win over Montreal; Marek Hrivik scored once and assisted on one more to lead Moncton to a 5-1 win over Halifax; Yanni Gourde had two goals as Val-d’Or doubled Lewiston 4-2; Trent Samuel-Thomas, Ondrej Palat, and Juline Tremblay scored for Drummondvile, while Charles Hudson replied for Chicoutimi in the Voltigeurs’ 3-1 win; Maxime Clermont made 35 saves for Baie-Comeau, but it was not enough in the Drakkar’s 4-3 loss to Gatineau; and Sebastien Trudeau and Jonathan Lessard had a goal and assist each as Acadie-Bathurst continued their winning start to the season as they triumphed 4-2 over Shawinigan.

The Leaders

Drummondville continues to lead the Telus West Division and overall standings with their 9-2-1-1 record and 20 points. Nineteen points (9-0-0-1) gives Quebec the lead in the Telus West; while a 9-3-0-0 record and 18 points puts Acadie-Bathurst in charge of the Maritimes Division.

There is a change in the order of the top two scorers this week as Victoriaville centre Philip-Michael Devos has moved from second to take over the scoring lead with five goals and 18 assists in 11 games played; while Quebec centre Audy-Marchessault drops to second with eight goals and 14 helpers in 10 games. Acadie-Bathurst centre Gabriel Levesque moves into the top three as he has found the twine on seven occasions while lending a helping hand on a baker’s dozen more in the 12 contests that he has skated in.

There is also a change at the top among netminders with Quebec’s Jimmy Appleby (3-0-0-1, 1.55 GAA, 0.927 SAV%) taking over the top spot from Gatineau’s Clermont (4-1-1-1, 1.97 GAA, 0.918 SAV%) who falls to second. Drummondville’s Guillaume Nadeau enters the top three as he has posted a 7-1-1-1 record to go along with his 2.05 GAA and 0.911 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Action begins with two games on Tuesday as Saint John welcomes Rimouski; and Victoriaville is at home to Rouyn-Noranda.

Rimouski continues their swing through the Maritimes with a stop in Halifax; Chicoutimi is in Lewiston; and Val-d’Or and Shawinigan faceoff in Shawinigan in another chapter of the Battle of Quebec on Wednesday.

The lone game on Thursday has Rouyn-Noranda and Cape Breton continuing their home and home series from this past weekend in Sydney.

Five games will be played on Friday as Rimouski makes another Eastern Canadian stop in Cape Breton; Victoriaville is at Moncton; Chicoutimi makes their way to Montreal; Val-d’Or and Drummondville take to the ice in Drummondville; and Quebec is in Shawinigan.

On Saturday Lewiston is at home to Baie-Comeau; Gatineau welcomes Chicoutimi; Halifax and Acadie-Bathurst square off in Bathurst; Victoriaville and PEI play in Charlottetown; Rouyn-Noranda is in Saint John; and Quebec welcomes Val-d’Or.

The weekend ends with 14 teams taking to the ice on Sunday with Saint John hosting Victoriaville; Rimouski finishing up their Maritime swing with a stop in Bathurst; Cape Breton and Moncton faceoff at the Moncton Coliseum; PEI is at home to Rouyn-Noranda; Val-d’Or makes their way to Montreal; Lewiston is at Baie-Comeau; and Drummondville hosts Gatineau.

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