QMJHL Weekly, October 12th, 2011

Tremblay, Abeltshauser and Tesink Are The TELUS Three Stars of the Week

Val-d’Or goalie Francoise Tremblay, Halifax reargurad Konrad Abeltshauser, and Saint John forward Ryan Tesink are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending October 9th.
Tremblay made 19 saves on Wednesday as Val-d’Or lost a 5-4 shootout to Rouyn-Noranda. He followed that up with 28 more and the first star of the game award in the team’s 1-0 shutout of Chicoutimi on Friday; and ended it with 39 more and the second star of the game award in Sunday’s 2-0 blanking of Blainville-Boisband. He finished the week with a 1.30 GAA and 0.956 SAV%.

Abeltshauser added two assists as Halifax skated to a 7-1 win over Moncton on Wednesday; and found the back of the net twice while lending a helping hand on one more along with the first star of the game award as the Mooseheads got past PEI 6-4 on Saturday. He ended the week with anther helper as the team beat their Nova Scotia rivals Cape Breton 6-4 on Sunday. Abeltshauser finished the week a +4.

Tesink added four assists and the third star of the game award as Saint John blasted Rimouski 8-2 on Saturday and added two more goals and the second star of the game award as the Sea Dogs skated to a 6-2 win over Victoriaville and a +4 for the week.

Appleby Named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

On Tuesday the CHL announced that Baie-Comeau netminder Jimmy Appleby is the CHL Goalie of the Week for the week ending October 2nd, 2011. He went 2-0-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA over that period. Appleby made 17 saves as Baie-Comeau skated to a 6-1 win over Victoriaville on Thursday, September 29th. On Saturday he made 30 saves and was the game’s first star as the Drakkar extended their win streak to six games with a 6-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst.

Appleby, an 18-year-old from Trois-Rivieres, QC, is playing in his second QMJHL season and first with the Drakkar. So far this season he is the top QMJHL goaltender with a perfect 4-0-0-0 record including one shutout with a goals-against-average of 1.25 and save percentage of .951.

Suspensions Handed Out

Three players were suspended by the League last week. On Wednesday, Shawinigan Cataractes left-winger Félix-Antoine Bergeron received an additional one game suspension on top of the automatic one game one for hitting an Acadie-Bathurst player from behind on September 30th; while his teammate defenseman Justin Hache was suspended for two games for a check from behind which occurred on October 2nd versus the Quebec Remparts. On Thursday, Rimouski rearguard Etienne Boutet was suspended five games for his hit to the head of a Moncton player on Saturday, October 1st.

Roussel Is A Sea Dog

On Wednesday the Saint John Sea Dogs sent their 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft fifth round pick and 2013 first round pick to Blainville-Boisband for defenseman Charles Roussel. Roussel is a 209 NHL Entry Draft second round pick of the Nashville Predators and has played in the QMJHL for the past four years. He came into the league with Shawinigan for the 2007-08 season where he played for three years before joining the Montreal Junior for the 2010-11 season before the team moved to Boisband. In 243 regular season games he has scored 36 times while lending a helping hand on 109 more and adding seven more and adding 21 helpers in 42 playoff games.

Gallant and Kelly Get Three year Contracts

On Friday Saint John announced that Head Coach Gerard Gallant and Director of Hockey Operations Mike Kelly will be with the team for another three years. Gallant, a Summerside, P.E.I., native, has won the Brian Kilrea Trophy as the Canadian Hockey League’s Coach of the Year the past two seasons. Prior to joining the Sea Dogs, Gallant served as an NHL assistant coach with the New York Islanders during the 2007-08 season. He also spent seven years on the coaching staff of the Columbus Blue Jackets, serving as the team’s head coach from Jan. 1, 2004 to Nov. 13, 2006. Gallant was behind the bench as an assistant coach with Team Canada at the 2007 IIHF World Championships in Russia, capturing gold at the tournament.

Gallant played in 615 games in the NHL with Detroit and Tampa Bay scoring 211 goals and adding 269 assists in eleven seasons. Originally selected by Detroit in the sixth round (107th overall) of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, Gallant enjoyed a standout major junior career with the Sherbrooke/St. Jean Beavers and Verdun Juniors finding the back of the net on 129 occasions while lending a helping hand on 192 more in three years. Gallant also led Sherbrooke to a President’s Cup Championship in 1982, contributing 14G-24A-38P to the Beavers’ playoff drive that year.

Kelly was named the top general manager in the QMJHL for 2011. Kelly drafted key cornerstones such as Jonathan Huberdeau, Pierre Durepos, Tomas Jurco, Ryan Tesink and Stanislav Galiev, and orchestrated several notable trades, including the acquisitions of Zack Phillips and Jacob DeSerres. In his first two seasons heading up the hockey operations department, the team won 111 regular-season games. Kelly has coached at several levels throughout his career. Originally from Oakville, Ont., he most recently spent three years in the Vancouver Canucks organization (2005-2008) as an assistant coach with both the Canucks and the Manitoba Moose (AHL).

At the major junior level, Kelly has experience in both coaching and in management with the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), North Bay Centennials (OHL), and Windsor Spitfires (OHL). In 1998, Kelly led the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds to a Canadian Interuniversity Championship, winning the Father George Kehoe Memorial Award as the top collegiate coach in the country in the process. As a player, Kelly served as captain of UNB and also played professionally in Europe.

Kelly led Canada to a gold medal at the 2003 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, serving as head coach of the elite squad. He was also an assistant on Team Canada’s coaching staff at the IIHF World Junior Championships from 2000 to 2002.

Four QMJHL Teams In CHL Top 10

When the CHL announced their top 10 rankings last week four QMJHL teams made the cut. Baie-Comeau moved from sixth to second; Victoriaville went from fourth to fifth; Saint John dropped from first to sixth; and Shawinigan went down one spot to eighth.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 3
1 London Knights (4-0-0-0)
2 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (8-1-0-0)
3 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (5-0-0-0)
4 Regina Pats (4-1-0-0)
5 Victoriaville Tigres (7-3-0-0)
6 Saint John Sea Dogs (5-4-0-0)
7 Tri-City Americans (3-1-0-0)
8 Shawinigan Cataractes (7-3-0-0)
9 Kelowna Rockets (2-0-0-0)
10 Ottawa 67′s (3-1-1-0)

The Games This Week

On Wednesday, Darcy Ashley found the back of the net four times and lent a helping hand on one more; while Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and three assists as Halifax romped to a 7-1 win over Moncton; and Rouyn-Noranda needed a shootout and goals from Maxime St-Cyr and Denis Kamaev to get past Val-d’Or 5-4.

On Friday, Devon MacAusland’s goal 9:44 into the third was the game winner as Moncton edged Cape Breton 3-2; Jerone Gauthier-Leduc found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on one more as Rimouski skated to a 4-1 win over PEI; Philippe Haley scored twice to lead Victoriaville to a 5-3 win over Acadie-Bathurst; Michael McNamee added a goal and assist as Qubec doubled Rouyn-Noranda 4-2; Benjamin Casavant’s goal with 45 seconds left in the first period was all that Val-d’Or needed to shut out Chicoutimi 1-0; Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice and assisted on one more to lead Gatineau to a 6-3 win over Drummondville; and Blainvile-Boisband needed a shootout and goals from Alexandre Lemieux, Dylan Anderson, and Raphael Pouliot to nip Shawinigan 4-3.

Konrad Abeltshauser scored twice and assisted on two more, and Alexandre Grenier had a goal and assist to lead Halifax to a 6-4 win over PEI; Stephen MacAulay had two goals and one assist, Danick Gauthier scored twice, Charles-Olivier Roussel had a goal and two assists, Zack Phillips found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on one more, and Tomas Jurco had the single as Saint John routed Rimouski 8-2; Michael Chaput and Peter Sakaris had a goal and assist each, and Maximilien Le Sieur and Jonathan Racine added singles as Shawinigan doubled Blainville-Boisband 4-2; and Mikhail Grigorenko had the hat trick plus a helper, and Nick Sorensen had a goal and two assists to lead Quebec to a 4-3 win over Baie-Comeau.

On Sunday, Brad Cuzne and Alex Cote scored twice each to lead Halifax to a 6-4 win over Cape Breton; Ryan Tesink led the way with two goals for Saint John in their 6-2 victory over Victoriaville; Zacj O’Brien and Christophe Losier had a goal and two assists each from Acadie-Bathurst skated to a 7-1 win over PEI; Brandon Gormley had the hat trick as Moncton doubled Rimouski 6-3; Benjamin Casavant and Artem Sergeev both added goals for Val-d’Or in their 2-0 win over Blainville-Boisband; Lukas Sedlak’s goal with 49 seconds left in overtime gave Chicoutimi a 5-4 win over Drummondville; Alexandros Soumakis and Christian Ouellet scored twice each in Gatineau’s 5-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda; and Anthony Duclair led the way with two goals and one assist for Quebec as they skated to a 5-1 win over Shawinigan.

The Leaders

Telus East leaders Shawinigan (8-4-0-1) have 17 points to lead overall; while Saint John leads the Maritime Division with their 7-4-0-0 record and 14 points; while Telus West leaders Val-d’Or also has 14 points (6-5-0-2). Acadie-Bathurst forward Zach O’Brien has taken back the scoring lead with 12 goals and 15 assists in 13 games; while last week’s leader Victoriaville forward Yanni Gourde drops to second with 26 points (9G, 17A); and O’Brien’s teammate Matthew Bissonnette rounds out the top three with 11 goals and 12 assists in 14 contests.

Among netminders, Shawinigan’s Alex Dubeau re-gains the top spot with his 7-2-0-1 record, a 2.43 GAA, and 0.918 SAV%; while Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil-Thériault (6-1-0-0, 2.48 GAA, 0.912 SAV%) is second; and Victoriaville’s Brandon Whitney has won five with no losses, ties, or overtime ties, has a goals against average of 2.70 and 0.882 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Play will resume with one game on Tuesday as Acadie-Bathurst is at home to Cape Breton in an all Maritime matchup. Three games are on the schedule on Wednesday as Moncton is at home to Blainville-Boisband; Baie-Comeau is in Chicoutimi; and Saint John makes their way to Gatineau. On Thursday, Drummondville begins their Atlantic Canadian swing with a stop in Cape Breton; Blainville-Boisbnad does likewise in Halifax; and Victoriaville is in Quebec City to face the Remparts.

There are four games on Friday, as Moncton travels to PEI; Gatineau is in Victoriaville; Rimouski welcomes Baie-Comeau; and Saint John continues their Quebec road trip with a stop in Rouyn-Noranda.

On Saturday, Rimouski welcomes Telus East rivals Baie-Comeau; Moncton is in Bathurst to face the Titan; Cape Breton welcomes Blainville-Boisband; Drummondville continues their Eastern Canadian swing with a stop in Halifax; Gatineau and Chicoutimi take to the ice in Gatineau; Saint John makes another Quebec stop in Val-d’Or; and Rouyn-noranda is at home to Shawinigan.

Three games will finish out the schedule on Sunday as Drummondville is in PEI; Shawinigan makes their way to Val-d’Or; and Chicoutimi is in Victoriaville.

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