QMJHL Weekly, October 18th, 2010

Champion, Palat, and Despres Are Three Stars

Lewiston MAINEiacs goalie Nicholas Champion, Drummondville Voltigeurs’ forward Ondrej Palat, and Saint John Sea Dogs’ rearguard Simon Despres are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending October 17th, 2010.

Champion began the week with 22 saves in Lewiston’s 3-1 win over Chicoutimi on Wednesday. He followed that up with 27 more and the third star of the game award in the MAINEiacs’ 4-1 win over Baie-Comeau on Saturday and ended it with 18 more as Lewiston completed the sweep of the Drakkar with a 5-2 victory on Sunday.

Palat had a goal and assist in Drummondville’s 5-3 loss to Val-d’Or on Friday and added two goals and two assists in the Voltigeurs’ 7-1 thrashing of Gatineau on Sunday.

Despres added one assist on Nathan Beaulieu’s game winner 5:31 into the third in Tuesday’s 5-3 win over Rimouski, another assists on Steven Anthony’s game winner 8:53 into the first in Saturday’s 2-0 shutout of Rouyn-Noranda and ended the week with two more helpers as the second came on Stephen MacAulay’s game winner with 34 seconds left in the first period.

Hains Fired In Baie-Comeau

Baie-Comeau Head Coach Stephane Hains has become the first coaching casualty of the new season.

He was relieved of his duties on Friday after going 25-57 with the team since becoming head coach. It will be determined later on what his role with the team will be.

Assistant Serge Poudrier is the interim coach effective immediately.

Taverfoff Reaches 1000th Game Milestone

On Sunday David Taverfoff will become the third QMJHL official to officiate in 1000 games.

He joins Serge Carpentier and Sylvain Cloutier as the only QMJHl officials to participate in 1000 career QMJHL games. Cloutier was the supervisor of Sunday’s contest in Verdun as the Montreal Juniors faced the Val-d’Or Foreurs.

Dominic Bédard and Nicolas Dutil will be the referees, Denis Drolet will be the other linesman.

Taverfoff officiated his first QMJHL game on September 25th, 1983 in Verdun with Chicoutimi as the visiting team. François Larochelle was the referee and Yves Deschênes was the other linesman.

Taveroff has worked 881 regular season games and 118 playoffs games over 28 seasons.

Four current NHL officials originating from the Lac St. Louis region were also at the game–Dave Jackson, Marc Joannette, Pierre Champoux and Pierre Racicot. Representing the QMJHL will be Pierre Leduc, the Director of Hockey Operations, who also hails from Lac St. Louis. He will present a commemorative plaque to David Taveroff.

Quebec, Drummondville, and Acadie-Bathurst Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL rankings were announced on Wednesday Quebec, Drummondville, and Acadie-Bathurst made the cut.

Quebec is ranked first for the third straight week; while Drummondville dropped one spot to fifth; and Acadie-Bathurst finished ninth.

Top 10 Rankings

1 Quebec Remparts (9-0-0-1
2 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (5-1-0-0
3 Saginaw Spirit (7-1-0-0)
4 Saskatoon Blades (6-1-0-0)
5 Drummondville Voltigeurs (9-2-1-1)
6 Tri-City Americans (7-2-1-0)
7 Red Deer Rebels (7-2-0-0)
8 Acadie-Bathurst Titan (9-3-0-0)
9 Owen Sound Attack (5-1-0-0)
10 Kitchener Rangers (6-1-0-0)

The Games This Week

Michael Kirkpatrick had two goals and one assist for Saint John as they skated to a 5-3 win over Rimouski; and Felix-Antoine Chabot also found the back of the net twice for Victoriaville as they demolished Rouyn-Noranda 7-1 on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday Alex Lemieux scored the game winner 1:17 into the third as Halifax beat Rimouski 5-3; Michael Chaput had two goals to lead Lewiston to a 3-1 win over Chicoutimi; and Anton Sloban found the back of the net twice to lead Shawinigan to a 6-2 victory over Val-d’Or.

On Thursday Cape Breton and Rouyn-Noranda played the last of their home and home series that they began last weekend with the Screaming Eagles taking the game 4-3 in a shootout as Morgan Ellis and Pierre-Antoine Dion scored for Cape Breton.

Ten teams took to the ice on Friday as Félix Lefrançois scored the game winner at the 13:18 mark of the third as Rimouski edged Cape Breton 4-3; Brandon Gormley and Allain Saulnier scored twice each as Moncton doubled Victoriaville 6-3; Louis Leblanc was the only shooter to score in the shootout as Montreal nipped Chicoutimi 3-2; Jean-Francois Leblanc added two goals and one assist as Val-d’Or skated past Drummondville 5-3; and Alex Wall’s goal with 18 seconds left in regulation saw Quebec edge Shawinigan 3-2.

Jess Tanguay potted two goals for Lewiston in their 4-1 win over Baie-Comeau; Tyn McGinn’s second of the game 1:30 into the overtime saw Gatineau edge Chicoutimi 4-3; Zach O’Brien, Olivier Hotte, and Sebastien Trudeau scored for Acadie-Bathurst, while Martin Frk was the lone goal scorer for Halifax in the Titan’s 3-1 win; Philippe Paradis found the back of the net twice and assisted on one more, and Ben Duffy added a goal and two helpers as PEI romped to a 5-1 win over Victoriaville; Steven Anthony got a goal and assist as Saint John shut the door on Rouyn-Noranda 2-0; and Vincent Bernard scored the game winner 1:03 into overtime as Quebec won yet another overtime game this time by a 4-3 score over Val-d’Or.

The weekend closed out with seven games on Sunday as Petr Straka had the hat trick and one assist, and Alex Belzile scored twice as Rimouski demolished Acadie-Bathurst 8-1; Stephen MacAulay scored twice for Saint John as they doubled Victoriaville 4-2; Ben Duffy and Andrej Nestrasil had a goal and assist each as PEI skated past Rouyn-Noranda 5-2; Daniel Pettersen scored twice in Moncton’s 6-4 over Cape Breton; Val-d’Or let Montreal get a 2-0 lead before coming back to score three unanswered goals as Guillaume Maud scored the game winner with 2:39 left in regulation in the Foreurs’ 4-2 win; Etienne Brodeur led the way for Lewiston with two goals and one assist in the MAINEiacs’ 5-2 win over Baie-Comeau; and Ondrej Palat found the back of the net twice and lent a helping hand on two more as Drummondville hammered Gatineau 7-1.

The Leaders

Quebec continues to lead both the Telus East Division and overall standings with their 11-0-0-1 record and 22 points. Moncton is the Beast of the East as they have been victorious on 10 occasions while losing three, with no overtime losses and two shootout losses for a total of 22 points; and Drummondville is the best of the Telus West (10-3-1-1, 22 pts).

Quebec forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault returns to the top spot among skaters as he has scored nine goals while assisting on 19 more in the 12 games that he has skated in. Victoriaville forward Philip-Michael Devos is bumped back to second with his 27 points (6G, 21A) in 15 games; while Marchessault’s teammate Joel Champagne returns to the top three as he has beaten goalies on eight occasions while assisting on 16 more in the 12 contests that he has skated in.

Marchessault’s teammate Jimmy Appleby continues his hot streak among netminders as he once again rules the roost with his 3-0-0-1 record, 1.55 GAA, and 0.927 SAV%. Drummondville’s Guillaume Nadeau (8-2-1-1, 2.21 GAA, 0.905 SAV%) is second followed by Quebec’s Louis Domingue at third who has won eight games, lost none, with no overtime or shootout losses, has a goals against average of 2.23 and 0.911 SAV%.

The Games To Come

The week begins with one game on Tuesday as Halifax is at home to Maritime rival Acadie-Bathurst.

On Wednesday Lewiston is at home to Shawinigan; and PEI makes their way to Verdun to face Montreal.

Victoriaville hosts Montreal; and Baie-Comeau is at home to Moncton on Thursday.

Sixteen teams will take to the ice on Friday as Cape Breton and Halifax square off in a Maritime tilt at the Halifax Metro Centre; another chapter in the Battle of New Brunswick will be written as Acadie-Bathurst hosts Saint John; the Battle of Quebec will be fought on four fronts as Victoriaville hosts Gatineau, Baie-Comeau is in Chicoutimi, and Rouyn-Noranda makes their way to Val-d’Or, and Rimouski hosts Drummondville; while the other two remaining games has Gatineau at home to Lewiston, and PEI begins their Quebec trip with a stop in Shawinigan.

Moncton begins their trip through Quebec with a stop in Chicoutimi; Lewiston finishes their series with Gatineau; Baie-Comeau is in Shawinigan; Saint John makes their way to Halifax; PEI is in Quebec City to face the Remparts; and Rouyn-Noranda welcomes Val-d’Or on Saturday.

The weekend will finish with four games on Sunday Cape Breton travels to Bathurst; Moncton concludes their Quebec swing in Quebec City; Montreal is in Drummondville; and Rimouski and Victoriaville face off in Rimouski.

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