QMJHL Weekly: October 26th, 2011

Gauthier, Gauthier-Leduc, and Huberdeau Are The Telus Three Stars of the Week

Saint John teammates Danick Gauthier and Jonathan Huberdeau and Rimouski rearguard Jerome Gauthier-Leduc are the Telus first, third, and second stars of the week for the week ending October 23rd. In Saint John’s 5-0 win over Halifax on Friday GAuthie and Huberdeau added a goal each; and Gauthier was the second star of that contest. Gauthier had the hat trick, and Huberdeau scored once and lent a helping hand on three more as Saint John routed PEI 10-3 on Saturday. Gauthier was the first star of that game and Huberdeau the second. Gauthier scored twice more and was the first star of the game; and Huberdeau added three assists and was the second star of the game as the Sea Dogs finished the week with a 6-0 drubbing of Quebec. Gauthier finished the week a +3 and Huberdeau a +6.

Gauthier-Leduc added a goal and assist and was the game’s third star on Wednesday as Rimouski nipped Val-d’Or 4-3. He added another goal and assist and was the game’s first star as Rimouski skated to a 5-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda. That goal was his eighth consecutive goal of the year and broke a 32 year old record set by Remparts’ rearguard Gaston Therrien and became the 46th defenseman in League history to net 50 career goals. He finished the week a +6.

Fucale Is Steele Subaru Scholastic Player of the Month

On Monday the Halifax Mooseheads Education Advisor Keith Simonsen announced that freshman goalie Zach Fucale is the first winner of the Steele Subaru Scholastic Player of the Month for this season. Fucale is an Eleventh Grade student at Prince Andrew High School and is described by Simonsen as a “conscientious, hard-working student who is very respectful of staff and his fellow students”. For his achievement Zach will receive a gift courtesy of Steele Subaru.

Wildcats Hosting Auction To Help Pineault

On Monday the Moncton Wildcats announced that they are holding an auction on October 27th from 6-9 pm at the Legends Lounge Restaurant in the Moncton Coliseum to help former Wildcats right winger Adam Pineault and his wife Monique, who is battling cancer. Monique, a Richibucto native whose maiden name is Gauthier, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and had a bone marrow transplant on Oct. 6 in Halifax. The 34-year-old remains in hospital there.

“Her brother was the donor for the bone marrow transplant,” said Pineault. “He was a 10 out of 10 match. It’s a miracle because the percentage chance of finding a perfect match is pretty low. The doctor said that everything to date is great. Her blood counts are where they should be and she’s progressing well. She’s doing well. She’s having side effects that are to be expected, but no serious ones.”

Tickets for the auction are free of charge and will be available at the Wildcats office beginning on Monday on a first-come, first-serve basis. There’s a limited number of tickets available due to the restaurant’s attendance capacity.

“The only thing we’re asking is that the people who attend are prepared to bid,” said Wildcats vice-president Bob Crossman. “There will be live and silent auctions. There will be finger food and entertainment during the evening. There will be Wildcats players in attendance. We have a tremendous amount of items for the auction. If anyone has an item they want to donate for the auction, they’re more than welcome to do so. They can drop it off at the Wildcats office. All things are helpful, but we’re looking for items that have a value of $250 and over.”

Monique, a former reporter for Rogers television, used to interview Wildcats players back in the days when some of the club’s home games were shown on the local cable channel.
It turned out that she was meeting her future husband when she interviewed Pineault in 2005. Pineault played two seasons for Moncton and helped the club capture its first QMJHL championship in 2005-06. He played professionally the past five seasons, including the past two seasons in the Czech Republic.

The native of Holyoke, MA – near Boston – spoke to Wildcats owner Robert Irving in June about his wife’s cancer battle. Irving wanted to help out so he put him in touch with Crossman.

“Bob Crossman has been absolutely unbelievable through this whole process,” said Pineault. “I can’t even begin to tell you how him, Bob Savoie and Larry Nelson have been throughout this whole thing. Bob Crossman told me once when you’re part of the Wildcats family you’re always part of the Wildcats family. Definitely, it was nice to hear that and a good feeling to know they care about their players as people. It’s been five years since I played here, but they still care about my wife and I.”

Wildcats centre Jonathan Roy was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2000. Irving took care of the expenses and sent him to the United States where he could be seen by top specialists.

“We’ve stepped up to help a number of our players over the years when various situations came up,” said Crossman. “In cases like Jonathan Roy and Adam Pineault, these were very public instances.

There have been other instances where we helped our players more quietly.

“We wanted to do something to help alleviate a lot of the expenses that Adam Pineault and his wife Monique are facing during this dreadful situation. When you play for the Moncton Wildcats you become a member of the Wildcats family.”

Courtesy of QMJHL

Four QMJHL Teams In CHL Top 10

When the Canadian Hockey League announced the top 10 rankings on Wednesday four QMJHL teams made the cut. Baie-Comeau dropped from second to third, Saint John remained at fifth; Quebec entered the top 10 at sixth; and Victoriaville remained 10th. Shawinigan received an honorable mention

Rankings
1 London Knights (8-2-0-0)
2 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (8-1-0-1)
3 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (9-4-0-0)
4 Saskatoon Blades (7-2-0-1)
5 Saint John Sea Dogs (9-5-0-0
6 Quebec Remparts (8-2-1-1)
7 Regina Pats (7-3-0-0)
8 Sarnia Sting (8-1-0-1)
9 Medicine Hat Tigers (8-3-0-0)
10 Victoriaville Tigres (10-5-0-0)
Honourable Mention:
Ottawa 67′s (6-2-1-0); Kamloops Blazers (7-2-0-0); Shawinigan Cataractes (8-5-1-1)

Roy and Jean Will Coach Team Quebec For Subway Super Series

On Thursday the League announced that Victoriaville Head Coach Yanick Jean and Quebec Head Coach Patrick Roy will coach Team Quebec for their two games as part of the Subway Super Series that will begin on November 7th. Game one takes place in Victoriaville with Jean as Head Coach; and game two will take place in Quebec City with Roy behind the bench on November 9th.
Roy will assist in game one; while Jean will be the game two assistant. Jean played for five seasons in the QMJHL from 1992-1996 all with Chicoutimi. This is his ninth season as head coach in the League and fifth behind the Tigres’ bench. Roy played with the Granby Bisons from 1982-1985 and is in his seventh season as the Remparts’ bench boss winning the Memorial Cup in 2006—the same year he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Subway Super Series features regional teams of CHL All-Stars competing against the Russian National Junior Team in a six-game event serving as an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. Last season, Team Russia emerged with the series win for the first time in eight years of this event and would later win gold over Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, NY. The roster will be announced next week.

Couturier Out As Titan GM

On Wednesday the Acadie-Bathurst Titan announced that GM Sylvan Couturier will be replaced as team GM by owner Leo-Guy Morrissette. The move comes as the result of the team’s re-organization of their hockey department. Couturier will be the second in command to Morrissette and will oversee the development of players and will be a special consultant to the team. Mr. Morrissette brings a lot of experience to the position of GM, having occupied that post for a lengthy period of time during his 27 years as team owner and General Manager. Couturier’s son Sean played in the QMJHL with Drummondville from 2008-2012 and now plays for the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.

Arseneau and Deslisle Suspended Indefinitely

On Saturday the League announced that Shawinigan left winger Vincent Arseneau will be suspended indefinitely for his hit to the head of a Victoriaville player on Friday night. He will not be allowed to take part in Shawinigan’s games until the disciplinary process is completed. On Sunday the League announced that Victoriaville forward Carl-Antoine Dion has been suspended indefinitely for checking a Shawinigan player from behind on Friday and like Arseneau won’t be allowed to play in any games until the disciplinary process is completed.

The Games This Week

When play resumed on Tuesday Brent Turnbull, Sebastien Trudeau, and Garrett Clarke scored for Acadie-Bathurst in their 3-0 shutout of Cape Breton. Peter Trainor’s goal 4:21 into the third gave Rimouski a 4-3 wi over Vald’Or on Wednesday. Mikael Tam’s lone goal of the night came 3:28 into overtime as Quebec edged Acadie-Bathurst 7-6 on Thursday.

On Friday Tomas Jurco led the way with two goals for Saint John as they blanked Halifax 5-0; Trudeau added two more goals as Acadie-Bathurst skated to a 7-4 win over PEI; Mathieu Guretin found the back of the net twice as Val-d’Or doubled Drummondville 6-3; Lukas Cingel added two goals to lead Baie-Comeau to a 6-2 win over Gatineau; Jonathan Brunelle’s goal 2:11 into overtime was the game winner as Cape Breton edged Blainville-Boisband 3-2; Yoan Pinette, Alexandre Lavoie, and Jeremy Gregoire scored for Chicoutimi as they nipped Moncton 3-2; Trainor found the twine on two more occasions and lent a helping hand on one more to lead Rimouski to a 5-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda; and Shawinigan doubled Victoriaville as Yousseff Kabbaj led the parade with a goal and assist.

Charles Hudon and Alexandre Beauregard scored twice each as Chicoutimi skated to a 5-2 win over Gatineau; Loik Poudrier and Peter Sakaris both the lit the lamp post as Shawinigan blanked Cape Breton 2-0; Ryan Penny led Moncton with a goal and assist as the Wildcats skated to a 6-2 win over Drummondville; Alexandre Grenier scored the game winner 4:04 into overtime as Halifax made up for their 5-0 loss to Saint John on Friday night with a 4-3 win over Quebec; Danick Gauthier had the hat trick for Saint John in the team’s 10-3 drubbing of PEI; and Alex Belzile had two goals as Rimouski doubled Rouyn-Noranda 4-2.

On Sunday Danick Gauthier scored twice to lead Saint John to a 6-0 shutout of Quebec; Raphaël Bussières and Samuel Carrier scored in the shootout for Baie-Comeau, while Alexandre Lavoie did the same for Chicoutmi in the Drakkar’s 5-4 victory; Alex Micallef’s goal with 48 seconds left in regulation gave Blainville-Boisband a 5-4 win over Moncton; Cedrick Henley s two gaols led Val-d’Or to a 5-4 win over Rouyn-Noranda; and Yanni Gourde scored twice and lent a helping hand on two more as Victoriaville skated to a 5-2 win over Cape Breton.

The Leaders

There is a new leader atop the League overall standings as Maritimes Division leaders Saint John have won 12 games, while losing five, with no overtime or shootout losses giving them 24 points, Baie-Comeau (l1-4-0-0, 22 points) tops the Telus East Division, and Val-d’Or leads the Telus West Division at 9-7-0-2 and 20 points. Among the skaters the order from last week has not changed as Acadie-Bathurst forward Zach O’Brien continues his lead in the scoring race with 16 goals and 18 assists in 17 games; while Victoriaville forward Yanni Gourde is second with 34 points (11G, 22A); and O’Brien’s teammate Matthew Bissonnette rounds out the top three with 14 goals and 16 assists in 18 contests. Between the pipes Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil is 9-2-0-0 with a 2.11 GAA and 0.915 SAV%; while Shawinigan’s Alex Dubeau (9-3-1-1, 2.38 GAA, 0.915 SAV%) is second; and Victoriaville’s Brandon Whitney rounds out the top three as he has a perfect record of 7-0-0-0 to go along with his 2.52 goals against average and 0.896 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Play resumed with one game in the League on Tuesday night a Yanni Gourde added a goal and three assists as Victoriaville skated to a 5-1 win over Val-d’Or. There is two games on Wednesday as Blainville-Boisband is at home to Halifax; and Rouyn-Noranda welcomes Baie-Comeau. On Thursday Chicoutimi is in PEI; and Baie-Comeau makes their way to Shawinigan. Fourteen teams take to the ice on Friday as Moncton is at home to PEI, and Saint John welcomes Cape Breton in two Maritimes Division contests; Quebec welcomes Baie-Comeau; Acadie-Bathrust starts their Quebec trip with a stop in Victoriaville; Drummondville makes their way to Gatineau; Rimouski is in Shawinigan for a Telus East affair; and Halifax is in Val-d’Or.

On Saturday Chicoutimi continues their swing through Atlantic Canada with a stop in Saint John; Acadie-Bathurst continues their swing through Quebec with a stop in Drummondville; Rouyn-Noranda and Gatineau take to the ice in a Telus West affair in Gatineau; Shawinigan makes thri way to Quebec for a Telus East contest; and Halifax concludes their Quebec swing with a stop in Val-d’Or. The weekend concludes with five games on Sunday as Chicoutimi finishes up their Eastern Canadian road trip with a game in Moncton; Cape Breton and PEI faceoff in Charlottetown in a Martimes Division battle; Acadie-Bathurst finishes up their Quebec trip with a game against Blainville-Boisband in Boisband; Drummondville hosts Rouyn-Noranda in a Telus West affair; and Victoriaville is in Rimouski for a Telus East contest.

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