QMJHL Weekly: October 14th, 2013

Mantha, Whitney, and Brassard Are Three Stars

Val-d’Or forward Anthony Mantha, Victoriaville netminder Brandon Whitney, and Quebec Remparts’ netminder Francois Brassard are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending October 13th, 2013.

Mantha began the week with two goals; three assists; and the first star of the game award as the Foreurs’ 6-4 win over Victoriaville. He had the hat trick; two assists; and another first star of the game award in the 6-5 overtime win on Saturday and finished the week with a +7.

Whitney had 20 saves as the Tigres got past Gatineau 2-1 on Thursday and made 31 more and was the first star of the game in the 3-0 shutout of Shawinigan on Friday. He finished the week with an 0.50 GAA and 0.981 SAV%.

Brassard began the week with 21 saves in the 3-0 blanking of Acadie-Bathurst on Friday and ended it with 21 more in the 4-2 win over Moncton on Sunday.

Suspensions Handed Out

Two players were suspended this week by the League.

On Tuesday it was announced that Rimouski’s Jimmy Oligny received a four game suspension for elbowing a Drummondville player on October 5th.

The incident began on the edge of the boards in the faceoff area; and the Drummondville player took a golf like swing at the puck. Oligny went to him; turned to protect himself from the player’s stick; and finished his check with an elbow to the Voltiegeur’s player’s head by jumping and hitting him injuring the player.

Also on Tuesday Oligny’s teammate Guillaume McSween was given a three game suspension for kneeing a Victoriaville player on October 4th.

It happened when Rimouski was shorthanded; and the injured Tigre had the puck and went towards the crease. McSween tried to use his stick to make the player lose the puck but couldn’t; so he stretched his leg and knee forward to cut the player off. The player tried to avoid him; but McSween hit the player’s upper leg causing him to suffer and thigh and knee injury.

Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the Canadian Hockey League announced the top 10 rankings last Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the cut.

Blainville-Boisbriand remained at number one; Charlottetown moved three places to fifth; and Rimouski remained at ninth.
Gatineau was an honorable mention.

BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 4

1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (8-0-0-0)
2 London Knights (5-1-0-0)
3 Spokane Chiefs (6-1-0-0)
4 Kingston Frontenacs (6-0-0-1)
5 Charlottetown Islanders (7-1-0-1)
6 Kelowna Rockets (5-1-0-1)
7 Prince Albert Raiders (6-2-0-0)
8 Guelph Storm (4-2-0-0)
9 Rimouski Oceanic (6-3-0-0)
10 Swift Current Broncos (5-1-0-1)

Honourable Mention: Oshawa Generals (5-2-0-0); Gatineau Olympiques (6-3-0-0)

BMO Launches 2013 Ultimate CHL Fan Contest

On Wednesday BMO Financial Group and the CHL launched the 2013 BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Contest, which will be held in the hometowns of 42 CHL teams between October 13 and December 6, 2013.

Fans are invited to attend local hockey games dressed up in their team’s colours, jerseys and costumes for a chance to be named the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan. Forty-two BMO Ultimate CHL Fans will be crowned in their respective communities. From these winners, three Ultimate Fans will be named the Ultimate CHL Fan for each of their respective leagues – the OHL, WHL, and QMJHL. Each will win the grand prize – a trip for two to the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup in London, Ontario (May 23-25, 2014).

“Over the past two years, BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Appreciation Nights have helped to bring communities across Canada together in celebration of Canadian hockey and its loyal fans,” said Justine Fedak, Senior Vice President, Brand Advertising, Sponsorships & Merchandising, BMO Financial Group. “These celebrations provide BMO with an amazing opportunity to connect with CHL fans, generate increased interest in the game and build excitement towards the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup – one of the largest hockey events in the country.”

“Canadians right across the country have enthusiastically embraced BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Appreciation Nights, which is a reaffirming testament to how important CHL hockey is to local communities throughout Canada,” said David Branch, President of the Canadian Hockey League. “We are excited to build on this success as we kick off the third consecutive year of the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Contest in 42 of our Canadian communities across the country.”

Kicking off in Chicoutimi on October 13, the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Appreciation Nights are centred on the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan contest, which will take place at local games. The contest will be open to all attendees who have purchased a ticket to the game and are over the age of 13. During the first intermission fans will be encouraged to stand up and show their team spirit. Based on their originality, enthusiasm and creativity, three lucky fans will be selected to participate in a trivia contest – specific to their CHL team – which will take place on the players’ bench during the second intermission. The first person to answer three questions correctly will be declared the BMO Ultimate Fan for his/her particular team.

The winner will receive an autographed team jersey with BMO Ultimate Fan crested on the front, a $50 prepaid MasterCard, and gain entry into the grand prize draw for the trip for two to the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup in London in May 2014.

CHL fans will also have an additional opportunity to be named the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan in the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Online Photo Contest. Between October 13 and December 6, fans can enter the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Photo Contest by submitting a photo of themselves, displaying their team pride, at facebook.com/BMOcommunity. One lucky winner will be awarded a trip for two to the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

The BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Appreciation Nights will take place in the following locations*:

13 –Chicoutimi Saguenéens
17 – Windsor Spitfires
18 – London Knights
19 – Owen Sound Attack
24 – Barrie Colts
25 –Guelph Storm; Mississauga Steelheads; Blainville-Boisbriand Armada; Drummondville Voltigeurs; Red Deer Rebels
26—Oshawa Generals; Kamloops Blazers; Prince George Cougars

2 – Belleville Bulls; Rouyn-Noranda Huskies; Val-d’Or Foreurs
7 – Acadie-Bathurst Titan
8 – Medicine Hat Tigers
9 – Shawinigan Cataractes
10 – Moncton Wildcats
15 – Kingston Frontenacs; Gatineau Olympiques; Prince Albert Raiders
16 –Peterborough Petes; Lethbridge Hurricanes; Saskatoon Blades
22 – Niagara IceDogs; Halifax Mooseheads; Vancouver Giants; Victoria Royals
23 – Moose Jaw Warriors
28 – North Bay Battalion
29 –Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds; Cape Breton Screaming Eagles; Charlottetown Islanders; Sherbrooke Phoenix; Regina Pats; Swift Current Broncos
30 –Kelowna Rockets; Kootenay Ice

6 –Ottawa 67’s; Brandon Wheat Kings; Seattle Thunderbirds (6-2-0-0)

Courtesy Canadian Hockey League.

*Note: Dates and times subject to change. Check BMOUltimateCHLFan.com for the latest updates.

The Games This Week

The week began with two games on Wednesday.

Sherbrooke got two goals from Vincent Deslauriers and singles from Alexandre Sills, Mathieu Laverdure, and Jean-Francois Plante in their 5-3 win over Chicouitmi. Sebastien Sylvestre, William Gignac, and Jeremy Bouchard scored for the Sagueneens.

Anthony Duclair scored twice; while Raphael Maheux and Alexandre Boivin added singles as Quebec doubled Baie-Comeau 4-2. Jeremy Gregoire and Denis Gorbunov replied for the Drakkar.

Two more games were played on Thursday.

Frederic Bergeron scored twice; while Ryan Tesnik and Nikita Jevpalovs had singles as Blainville-Boisbriand shutout Moncton 4-0.
Luke St-Armand had the game winner with 2:30 left in regulation as Victoriaville edged Gatineau 2-1. Maxime Pelletier had the other Tigres’ goal; while Emile Poirier scored for the Olympiques.

Six games were played on Friday.

Kyle Farrell; Timothe Simard; and Julien Pelletier scored for Cape Breton; while Kameron Kielly and Yan Pavel Laplante did the same for Charlottetown as the Screaming Eagles got past the Islanders 3-2.

Blainville-Boisbriand continued on their torrid pace stretching their streak to 10 games with a 4-3 win over Halifax. Philippe Sanche; Samuel Tremblay; Bergeron; and Marcus Hinds scored for the Armada; while Andrew Ryan; Ryan Falkenham; and Luca Ciampini found the back of the net for the Mooseheads.
Quebec got goals from Anthony Duclair; Fabrice Herzog; and Adam Erne in their 3-0 shutout of Acadie-Bathurst.

Rouyn-Noranda got goals form Alexandre Leclerc; Marcus Power; Maxime St-Cyr; and Quinn O’Brien in their 4-1 win over Sherbrooke. Plante scored for the Phoenix.

Angelo Miceli; Gabriel Gagne; and Ross Johnson scored for Victoriaville as the Tigres blanked Shawinigan 3-0.

Mantha scored twice; while Guillaume Gelinas, Anthony Richard, Samuel Henley, and Maxime Presseault added singles as Val-d’Or skated to a 6-4 win over Drummondville. Christophe Lalancette, Guillaume Gauthier, Charles-David Beaudoin, and Jerome Verrier scored for the Voltigeurs.

On Saturday 12 teams took to the ice.

Gregoire and Gabryel Paquin-Beaudreau scored for Baie-Comeau as the Drakkar edged Gatineau 2-1. Poirier scored the lone Olympiques’ marker.

Chicoutimi needed overtime and a goal from Janne Puhakka 12 seconds in to get past Acadie-Bathurst 3-2. Puhakka also scored in regulation along with Loik Levieille; while Alexandros Soumakis and Dominic Beauchemin did the same for the Titan.

Moncton got goals from Conor Garland, JC Campagna, Christopher Caissy, and Christophe Lalonde in regulation; and Garland and Camagna scored in the shootout as the Wildcats edged Rimouski 5-4. Anthony DeLuca, Samuel Courtemanche, Samuel Morin, and Michael Joly scored for the Oceanic in regulation; while DeLuca added the shootout marker.

Ryan, Darcy Ashley, and Timo Meier scored for Halifax in their 3-0 shutout of Saint John.

Verrier scored a pair; while Gauthier, and Matthew Boudens had singles for Drummondville; and Jeremy Lauzon and Power scored for Rouyn-Noranda as the Voltigeurs doubled the Huskies 4-2.

Mantha had the hat trick; while Richard, Louick Marcotte, and Henley had singles as Val-d’Or needed overtime to get past Sherbrooke 6-5. Cole Murphy, Dominic Talbot-Tassi, Simon Desbiens, Daniel Audette, and Tim Wieser added the Phoenix markers.

Six games finished out the weekend on Sunday.

Daniel Sprong, Jack Nevins, Alexandre Goulet, and Laplante scored for Charlottetown in their 4-1 win over Saint John. Olivier LeBlanc was the lone Sea Dogs’ goal scorer.

Jeremy Beaudry had a pair; while William Carrier scored the game winner 52 seconds into overtime; and Bradley Lalonde and Justin Hache also had singles as Cape Breton nipped Blainville-Boisbriand 5-4 in overtime. Nathaneal Halbert, Tyler Brown, Danick Martel, and Marcus Hinds lit the lamp post for the Armada.

Quebec doubled Moncton 4-2 as Brent Turnbull, Herzog, Erne, and Nick Sorensen added the Remparts’ markers. Ivan Barbashev and Caissy got the Wildcats’ goals.

Alexis Vanier and Gregoire scored twice each; while Bokondji Imama, Charles Poulin, Alexandre Ranger, and Valentin Zykov added singles as Baie-Comeau throttled Acadie-Bathurst 8-1. Adam Stevens spoied the Drakkar’s shutout with the lone Titan goal.

Poirier had the game winner 30 seconds into the third as Gatineau edged Chicoutimi 3-2. Taylor Burke and Vincent Dunn had the other Olympiques’ goals; while Hudon and Victor Provencher had the Sagueneens’ markers.

Peter Trainor had two goals; and DeLuca, Joly, and Frederik Gauthier had one each for Rimouski in their 5-1 win over Shawinigan. Frederick Gaudreau scored for the Cataractes.

The Leaders

Charlottetown leads the Maritimes Division with their 8-2-0-1 record; while Telus East leaders Victoriaville is 8-3-1-0 with 17 points; and Telus West leaders Blainville-Boisbriand are 10-0-1-0.

Mantha leads all point getters with 16 goals and seven assists; while Clapperton falls to second as he has scored six goals and lent a helping hand on 15 more; while; and DeLuca moves into the top three with 18 points (8G, 10).

Between the pipes Blainville-Boisbriand’s Etienne Marcoux is 5-0-0-0 with a 1.80 GAA and 0.917 SAV%. Backstopping his way into second place is Saint John’s Sebastien Auger (3-4-0-1, 2.36 GAA, 0.936 SAV%); while Halifax’s Zachary Fucale has won six; lost four; and has no overtime or shootout losses, posts a goals against average of 2.56; and 0.898 SAV%.


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