QMJHL Weekly: October 23rd, 2012

Straka, MacKinnon, and Desrosiers are the Telus Three Stars of the Week

Baie-Comeau Drakkar forward Petr Straka, Halifax Mooseheads’ forward Nathan MacKinnon, and Rimouski Oceanic goalie Philippe Desrosiers are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending October 21st.

Straka began the week with one goal, two assists, and the first star of the game award as the Drakkar were edged 5-4 by the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Wednesday night. He had another goal and assist in the 5-4 win over Blainville-Boisbriand on Friday and ended the week with two goals in the 6-2 win over Saint John on Saturday.

MacKinnon found the back of the net once in his team’s 7-5 win over PEI on Wednesday. On Friday he added two goals, one assist, and the first star of the game award as Halifax nipped Sherbrooke 4-3 and ended it with one goal and one assist in the 4-3 win over Acadie-Bathurst on Sunday.

Desrosiers began the week with 33 saves and the first star of the game honors as Rimouski began the week with a 3-1 loss to Blainville-Boisbriand on Wednesday. He added 31 more and another first star of the game award in the 4-0 shutout of Shawinigan on Friday and ended it with 23 more through the first 48:47 of action in the 5-4 loss to Cape Breton on Sunday.

Coaches and Roster Announced for Subway Super Series

On Tuesday the CHL and the League announced that Rouyn-Noranda Head Coach and GM André Tourigny will be Team Quebec’s Head Coach for the Subway Super Series.

Drummondville Head Coach Mario Duhamel will be the assistant coach.

For the first game in Blainville-Boisbriand on November 5th Armada Head Coach Jean-Francois Houle will be the other assistant; while Val-d’Or Head Coach Mario Durocher will be the other assistant at the game on November 7th in Val-d’Or.

The series will be used as an identification process for Team Canada to evaluate players for the 2013 World Junior Championship team.

Tourigny has been with the Huskies for 10 years. He is also a member of the coaching staff for the 2013 Canadian National Junior Team where he will be an Assistant Coach in Russia. He was Team Quebec Coach and Team Canada Assistant Coach in 2009-10 and 2010-2011 and was the QMJHL Coach of the Year in 2005-06.

Duhamel has been with Drummondville for four years and is also an Assistant Coach with Canada’s National Junior Team this season. He participated in the 2010 SUBWAY® Super Series alongside Tourigny when the event was hosted in Drummondville. Duhamel also won gold as an Assistant Coach with Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka.

Houle is in his second season with the Armada after serving the previous two years as Head Coach of the Lewiston MAINEiacs.

Durocher is currently in his eleventh QMJHL season but working his first with the Foreurs as an Assistant Coach. He also served as an Assistant Coach for this event in 2008 during his tenure with the host Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

The roster was also unveiled on Tuesday.

Team QMJHL roster for the 2012 SUBWAY® Super Series:

Goalies
Brassard, Francois (QUE)
Fucale, Zachary (HAL)
Marcoux, Étienne (BLB)

Defensemen
Murphy, Matt (VDO)
Racine, Jonathan (MON)
Fournier, Dillon (ROU)
Culkin, Ryan (QUE)
Brouillard, Nikolas (DRU)
Ouellet, Xavier (BLB)
Melindy, James (MON)
Oligny, Jimmy (PEI)

Forwards
Mantha, Anthony (VDO)
Dea, Jean-Sébastien (ROU)
Hudon, Charles (CHI)
Huberdeau, Jonathan (SNB)
Henley, Samuel (VDO)
Paquette, Cédric (BLB)
Tesink, Ryan (SNB)
Danault, Phillip (VIC)
MacKinnon, Nathan (HAL)
Beauvillier, Francis (RIM)
Drouin, Jonathan (HAL)
Carrier, William (CAP)
Clapperton, Christopher (BLB)
Andrews, Brent (HAL)

2012 SUBWAY® Super Series Schedule
Game 1 – Monday November 5 at Blainville-Boisbriand, QC
Game 2 – Wednesday November 7 at Val-d’Or, QC
Game 3 – Thursday November 8 at Guelph, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 12 at Sarnia, ON
Game 5 – Wednesday November 14 at Vancouver, BC
Game 6 – Thursday November 15 at Victoria, BC

Roux Relieved of Duties

On Tuesday Cape Breton announced that GM Pierre Roux has been relieved of his duties with the team.
He was employed by the team for two seasons beginning as an assistant GM before becoming the GM in May 2011.

Head Coach Ron Choules will become the interim GM.

Four QMJHL Teams in CHL Top 10

When the CHL announced the top ten rankings on Wednesday four QMJHL teams made the cut.
Quebec dropped one spot to second; Halifax moved two to third; Blainville-Boisbriand dropped three to fifth; and Rouyn-Noranda finished 10th.

Rimouski received an honorable mention.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 5
1 Kamloops Blazers (9-0-0-1)
2 Quebec Remparts (8-1-0-0)
3 Halifax Mooseheads (9-1-0-0)
4 Oshawa Generals (7-2-0-1)
5 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (7-2-0-1)
6 Owen Sound Attack (7-1-0-1)
7 Prince Albert Raiders (7-2-0-2)
8 Portland Winterhawks (7-3-1-0)
9 Barrie Colts (8-2-0-0)
10 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (8-2-0-1)

Honourable Mention: Calgary Hitmen (7-1-1-1); Guelph Storm (6-2-0-1); Rimouski Oceanic (7-2-0-1)

Suspensions Handed Out

On Wednesday the League suspended Cape Breton right winger Kyle Campbell for five games for his hit on an Acadie-Bathurst player on October 14th.

The hit happened in the Cape Breton zone when an Acadie-Bathurst player was along the boards, and made a pass to his teammate through the top of the face off circle. The teammate fired a shot on the Cape Breton goalie.

When he finished his follow through Campbell headed towards his opponent, turned slightly, and hit him directly on the head with the lower part of this shoulder as the injured player was in a vulnerable position and didn’t see Campbell coming,

On Friday Baie-Comeau rearguard Gabriel Verpaelst of the Baie Comeau Drakkar was also given the gate for 5 games for his hit on a Chicoutimi player on October 17th.

It happened when the Sagueneens players stole the puck from a Baie-Comeau player at the Sagueneens’ blue line and headed into the Baie-Comeau zone.

At the right circle level the Chicoutimi player took a shot that hit a Baie-Comeau player hitting him and staying near the Chicoutimi player who was bent over trying to retrieve the puck putting him in a vulnerable position; and he didn’t see Verpaelst coming.

Verpaelst was backchecking from the opposing blue line, turned towards the targeted player and stretched his arm and body to hit him.

The Games This Week

The week began with seven games on Wednesday.

Alexandre Comtois scored the game winner 1:06 into the extra frame as Sherbrooke skated to a 6-5 win over Cape Breton. Michael McNamee and Cole Hawes added a pair each; while Brandon Lesway had a single. Cape Breton got goals from Kyle Farrell who had two; and Stephen Woodworth, Michael Clarke, and William Carrier had singles.

Moncton got two goals from Dmitri Jaskin; while Jonathan Racine scored the game winner 26 seconds into overtime, and Yannick Veilleux added a single as Moncton also needed overtime to get past Acadie-Bathurst 5-3.

Steve Gillard and Matthew Bourdreau had a pair each; while Ryan Falkenham, Nathan MacKinnon, and Luca Ciampini had singles as the high flying Halifax Mooseheads skated to a 7-5 win over PEI. Matej Beran had two; and Erik Robichaud, Ben Duffy, and Josh Currie had singles for the Rocket.
Adam Erne had two goals; while Samuel Gauthier, Mikhail Grigorenko, and Pierre-Maxime Poudrier had one each as Quebec skated past Saint John 5-2. Olivier Leblanc and Jonathan Huberdeau had the Sea Dogs’ goals.
Blainville-Boisbriand got goals from Marc-Olivier Roy who had two; and Tommy Giroux who had a single as the Armada skated to a 3-1 win over Rimouski. Jan Kostalek had the lone Oceanic marker.

The game between Chicoutimi and Baie-Comeau went the distance with Jeremy Gregoire adding a pair in regulation plus a shootout marker for the Sagueneens in their 5-4 victory. Laurent Dolphin also scored in regulation with Guillaume Asselin added one regulation and one shootout goal; and Sébastien Sylvestre the other shootout marker for Chicoutimi. Raphael Bussieres, Julien Lepage, Petr Straka; and Frederic Gamelin scored the Drakkar’s regulation goals; while Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau and Valentin Zykov scored in the shootout.

Gatineau got two goals each from Yannick Dube and Rock Regimbald; while Dominic Poulin added the single as the Olympiques skated to a 5-3 win over Shawinigan. Dylan Labbe, JC Campagna, and Emeric Hudon added the Cataractes’ goals.

The lone game on Thursday saw Drummondville edge Val-d’Or 3-2 as Jerome Verrier scored the game winner 7:22 into the third period. Olivier Archambault and Marc-Olivier Brouillard added the other goals. Anthony Mantha and Anton Zloban added the Foreurs’ markers.

The weekend began with all eighteen teams in action on Friday.

Halifax got two goals each from MacKinnon and Boudreau; while Vladislav Lysenko, Hawes, and Comtois added the Sherbrooke markers as the Mooseheads edged the Phoenix 4-3.
Duffy added a pair; while Erik Robichaud, Currie, and Alexandre Chenier-Allard added singles for PEI in their 5-0 shutout of Moncton.

O’Brien scored twice; and Samuel Robert, Christophe Lalancette, and Patrick Zdrahal added singles to lead Acadie-Bathurst to a 5-1 win over Cape Breton. Farrell added the lone Screaming Eagles’ goal.
Philip Halley scored twice; and Petr Sidlik, Jean-Francois Leblanc, Carl-Antoine Deslisle, and Angelo Miceli added singles as Victoriaville doubled Quebec 6-3. Ryan Culkin, Marc-Antoine Carrier, and Grigorenko scored for the Remparts.

Mantha and Vincent Dunn added a pair each; while Henley, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, and Julien Leduc added singles as Val-d’Or skated to a 7-4 win over Gatineau. Michael Abbott, Dube, Emile Poirier, and Tomas Hyka added the Olympiques’ markers.

Felix Girard, Gamelin, Bussieres, and Straka scored for Baie-Comeau in regulation; while Straka and Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau added the shootout markers to give the Drakkar a 5-4 win over Blainville-Boisbriand. Mitchell Robillard, Paquette, Nikita Jevpalovs, and Robert MacKenzie added the Armada regulation goals with Roy scoring the shootout one.

Huderdeau was the lone shootout scorer and added one in regulation as Saint John nipped Chicoutimi 4-3. Jason Seed and Jakub Izacky added the other regulation goals for the Sea Dogs; while Gabriel Gagnon, Dauphin, and Gregoire scored for the Sagueneens.

Anthony Delucia, Peter Trainor, Beauvillier, and Maxime Gravel scored for Rimouski in their 4-0 shutout of Shawinigan.

Tomas Torok scored three times; while Archambault, and Olivier Caouette had singles to lead Drummondville to a 5-4 win over Rouyn-Noranda. Dea, Maxime St-Cyr, Denis Kamev, and Sven Andrighetto scored for the Huskies.

Four games were played on Saturday.

Baie-Comeau got goals from Straka who had a pair; and Samuel Noreau, Carl Gelinas, Paquin-Boudreau, and Zykov had singles in the Drakkar’s 6-2 win over Saint John. Izacky and Ryan Tesink had the Sea Dogs’ markers.

Jevpalovs scored both Blainville-Boisbriand’s goals; while Dauphin found the back of the net for Chicoutimi as the Armada got past the Sagueneens 2-1.

Gabriel Desjardins scored 1:34 into overtime as Rouyn-Noranda won their scoring fest with Gatineau 7-6. Also scoring for the Huskies were St-Cyr with two; and Justin Guenette, Mathieu Brisbois, Mathieu Lemay, and Andrighetto with singles. Dube had a pair; and Gabriel Bourret, Olivier Knight-Rouleau, Poirier, and Martin Reway had one each for the Olympiques.

Victor Provencher and Alexis Pepin were all the offense that PEI needed to blank Sherbrooke 2-0.
The week ended with five games on Sunday.

MacKinnon, Boudreau, Darcy Ashley, and Stefan Fournier all scored for Halifax; while Raphael Lafontaine had a pair; and Myles McGurty had one for Acadie-Bathurst as the Mooseheads nipped the Titan 4-3.
Alex and Allain Saulnier, Jaskin, Mitchell Deruelle, and Veilleux each found the back of the net for Moncton; while McNamee, Comtois, and Jean-Christophe Laflamme added the Sherbrooke goals as the Wildcats welcomed the Phoenix with a 5-3 win.

Logan Shaw, Brandon Shea, and Marc-Antoine Carrier added the Quebec goals; while Nikolas Brouillard and Jerome Verrier replied for Drummondville as the Remparts nipped the Voltigeurs 3-2.
Clarke, Raphael Corriveau, Bronson Beaton, Alexandre Lavoie, and William Carrier notched the Cape Breton markers; while Etienne Boutet, Beauvillier, Jess Tanguay, and Jean-Francois Plante did the same for Rimouski in the Screaming Eagles’ 5-4 win.

Phillip Maillet scored the game winner 2:23 into overtime and added one more in regulation; while Philip Danault added a single for Victoriaville; while Emeric Hudon scored twice, and Vincent Arseneau scored once for Shawinigan as the Tigres nipped the Cataractes 4-3.

The Leaders

Halifax leads both the Maritime Division and overall standings with their 12-1-0-0 record and 24 points. Telus East leaders Quebec are in second place as they are 10-2-0-0 with 20 points; while Telus West leaders Blainville-Boisbriand also have 20 points (9-2-0-2).

Dea leads all point getters with his 16 goals and 11 assists in the 13 games that he has played in; while Andrighetto has found the back of the net 11 times while assisting on 15 more over 13 games; and Danault (12G, 13A) in 14 games played rounds out the top three.

Between the pipes Blainville-Boisbriand’s Storm Phaneuf has a 5-1-0-0 record to go along with his 1.34 GAA, and 0.939 SAV% to lead all goalies. Backstopping his way into second place is Rimouski’s Carl Hozjan (6-1-0-0, 1.97 GAA, 0.929 SAV5); while PEI’s Antoine Bibeau has won six games; while losing one, with no overtime or shootout losses, has a goals against average of 2.02 and a 0.927 SAV% to round out the top three.

The Games To Come

Play begins with two games on Tuesday as Shawinigan welcomes Blainville-Boisbriand; and Val-d’Or makes their way to Rouyn-Noranda.

On Wednesday Drummondville begins their Atlantic Canadian trip with a stop on Halifax; while Rimouski is in Val-d’Or.

Four games will take place on Thursday as PEI welcomes Chicoutimi; Quebec rolls out the welcome mat for Baie-Comeau; Acadie-Bathurst is in Victoriaville; and Gatineau is at home to Moncton.

Seven games will kick off the weekend action on Friday. Drummondville continues their Nova Scotia trip with a game in Cape Breton; Quebec welcomes Shawinigan; Baie-Comeau is in Sherbrooke; Moncton begins their Quebec trip with a stop in Blainville-Boisbriand; Val-d’Or is at home to Rimouski; Gatineau welcomes Acadie-Bathurst; and PEI is in Saint John.

Ten teams will take to the ice on Saturday. Sherbrooke is at home to Moncton; Blainville-Boisbriand takes on Acadie-Bathurst in Boisbriand; Cape Breton and Drummondville play the second game of their two games series in Sydney; Halifax is at home to Chicoutimi; and Rimouski is in Rouyn-Noranda.

The weekend will end with five more games on Sunday as Quebec is at home to Gatineau; Chicoutimi is in Saint John; Baie-Comeau welcomes Victoriaville; PEI is in Halifax; and Rimouski and Rouyn-Noranda finish their two game set in Rouyn-Noranda.

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