QMJHL Weekly: October 4th, 2011

Bussiers, Gauthier-Leduc, and Hudon Are Telus Three Stars of the Week

Baie-Comeau left winger Raphaël Bussières, Rimouski rearguard Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc, and Chicoutimi forward Charles Hudon are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending October 2nd, 2011. Bussieres began the week with a goal and three assists, and the second star of the game award on Tuesday as Baie-Comeau handed Victoriaville a 6-1 beating. He added another goal and the third star of the game award on Saturday as Baie-Caomeau got another 6-1 win this time over PEI; and he ended the week with another goal and assist in the Drakkar’s 6-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst. Gauthier-Leduc lent a helping hand on two goals as Rimouski thumped Moncton 7-2 on Saturday and added two goals, two assists, and the first star of the game award in the Oceanic’s 6-1 win over Drummondville on Saturday. Hudon scored twice, lent a helping hand on one more, and was the first star of the game as Chicoutimi began the week with a 6-5 loss to Victoriavlle on Wednesday; added another goal and assist as the Saguneens edged Acadie-Bathurst 3-2 on Saturday; and ended the week with one helper as Chicoutimi lost 3-2 in overtime to PEI.

Miceli and Beauregard Suspended

On Monday, September 26th the League announced that a pair of forwards—Victoriaville’s Angelo Miceli and Chicoutimi’s Alexandre Beauregard each received a one game suspension for checking from behind. Miceli received his from checking a Gatineau player from behind in the game on Sunday, September 25th; while Beauregard’s came from checking a Quebec player from behind also on September 25th.

Courteau Upholds Bolduc’s Decision Regarding Verret As A Result of Investigation

On Thursday QMJHL Commissioner Giles Courteau announced the results of the investigation into the body-check that Gatineau rearguard Guillaume Roussseauput on Rouyn-Noranda forward Anthony Verrett on September 10th. Rouyn-Noranda exercised their right to file the complaint with the League after the game. After taking into account the health of Anthony Verret and full medical report Courteau decided that an investigation was warranted in order to analyze the possibility of reopening a hearing by the Disciplinary Prefect.

Within the framework of his analysis, the Commissioner considered new elements not having been part of the initial enquiry: a representative of the Ontario Hockey League and the National Hockey League were consulted after viewing the video of the event and the opinions of a medical specialist and a general practitioner were also sought after they read the medical report.

Following the investigation, the Commissioner determined that:

•The decision taken by the Disciplinary Prefect, Raymond Bolduc, had been in accordance with the policies and procedures of the League after he took into account all available evidence in the analysis of the incident and evaluation of the case.
•Evidence resulting from all the testimonies, particularly those of the League’s officials and supervisors showed that Guillaume Rousseau, body-checked Anthony Verret by striking him with his shoulder in the stomach and not the head.
•The video of the event, studied with the help of experts in the field, produces no visible picture or angle leading to the conclusion that the impact resulting from Guillaume Rousseau’s shoulder hit was ever at Anthony Verret’s head.
•The doctors’ opinion is that the facial fracture was more the result of the player hitting the ice, than a possible impact of a shoulder hit to the face, without excluding the fact that if a shoulder hit had been brought to the face it could have equally caused a fracture of this type. Both doctors had the chance to analyze the video of the event.

Although the state and nature of the facial injury suffered by Anthony Verret was a new element that required serious analysis, it does not suggest that the League’s Disciplinary Prefect ought to review the decision made on September 12th in this matter.

Four QMJHL Teams Crack CHL Top 10

When the Canadian Hockey League announced the Top 10 rankings last Wednesday four QMJHL teams cracked the upper echelons. Saint John remained at number one; Victoriaville went from 10th to fourth; Baie-Comeau finished sixth; and Shawinigan dropped three spots to seventh.

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

Drolet Officiates 900th Game

On Friday linesman Denis Drolet officiated his 900th regular season and playoff QMJHL game when he was on the ice for the Quebec-Moncton game in Quebec City.
Dominic Bedard and Dominic Tessier were the referees; while Maxime Joannis was the other linesman. Drolet officiated his first game in Verdun on September 30th, 1988; and Chicoutimi was the visiting team. Michael Beaudry was the referees that night; while Pierre Racicot was the other linesman. For this game, Mr. Drolet will have as teammates Referees Dominic Bédard and Dominic Tessier and Linesman Maxime Joannis. He has worked 797 regular season games and 103 playoff contests putting him eighth highest among officials.

The Games This Week

Alexandre Durette scored three times as Baie-Comeau blasted Victoriaville 6-1 on Tuesday. Morgan Ellis scored twice and lent a helping hand on one more as Cape Breton welcomed PEI with a 5-2 win; Tomas Jurco and Nathan Beaulieu scored once and lent a helping hand on one more each as Saint John got past Blainville-Boisband 3-1; and Brandon Hynes and Yannick Dube scored in the shootout as Victoriaville nipped Chicoutimi 6-5 on Wednesday. There were two games on Thursday as Andre Bouvet-Morrissette scored twice and assisted on one more as Drummondville doubled Rouyn-Noranda 6-3; and Olivier Daoust’s first of the year 6:27 into the third was the game winner as Moncton nipped Shawinigan 3-2.

David Rose scored once and lent a helping hand on one more as Cape Breton edged provincial rivals Halifax 4-3; Mathieu Corbeil-Theriault made 22 saves as Saint John was outshot 24-20 in their 4-2 win over Drummondville; Adam Erne had two goals and one assist as Quebec dumped Moncton 5-1; Robin Gusse made 25 saves as Rouyn-Noranda was outshot 29-21 in their 6-4 win over Blainville-Boisband; Anton Zloban scored three times in Shawinigan’s 7-3 trouncing of Acadie-Bathurst; and Artem Sergeev found the back of the net twice as Val-d’Or thumped Gatineau 5-1 on Friday.

Jonathan Lessard scored the hat trick as Baie-Comeau romped to a 6-1 win over PEI; Guillaume Asselin scored the game winner with a power play goal 9:52 into the third period as Chicoutimi nipped Acadie-Bathurst 3-2; Rimouski cruised to a 7-2 win over Moncton thanks to two goals from Alexis Loiseau; Victoriaville routed Saint John 7-0 with Brandon Hynes leading the way with two goals and one assist; and Gatineau skated to a 6-4 win over Val-d’Or as Jean-Gabriel Pageau had the hat trick on Saturday.

On Sunday Shawinigan needed a shootout and a goal from Peter Sakaris in their 4-3 win over Quebec; Blainville-Boisband got a goal and two assists each from Christopher Clapperton and Cedrick Pacquette, while Stefan Fournier added the hat trick for Victoriaville as Blainville-Boisband won the scoring fest with a 7-5 win; PEI needed overtime and a goal from Victor Provencher—his lucky seventh of the season—37 seconds in to nip Chicoutimi 3-2; and Rimouski got two goals and two assists from Jerome Gauthier-Leduc to lead them to a 6-1 win over Drummondville.

The Leaders

Victoriaville forward Yanni Gourde has taken over the scoring race with nine goals and 16 points in 20 games; while last week’s leader Acadie-Bathurst forward Zach O’Brien has moved back to second place with 10 goals and 12 assists in 10 games. Rounding out the top three is O’Brien’s teammate forward Matthew Bissonnette (9G, 10A, 11 GP). Between the pipes Baie-Comeau’s Jimmy Appleby is 4-0-0-0 with a 1.25 GAA and 0.929 SAV%; while last week’s leader Shawinigan’s Alex Dubeau has won six games, while losing one, with no overtime or shootout losses, has posted a 2.09 goals against average, and 0.929 SAV%. Baie-Comeau’s Antonio Mastropietro (4-1-0-0, 2.61 GAA, 0.909 SAV%) is third.

The Games To Come

The week begins with two games on Wednesday as Halifax is at home to Moncton; and Val-d”or welcomes Rouyn-Noranda. On Friday Moncton is in Sydney to face Cape Breton; PEI hosts Rimouski; Acadie-Bathurst is at home to Victoriaville; Rouyn-Noranda is in Quebec City; Val-d’Or makes their way to Chicoutimi; Drummonville and Gatineau faceoff in Gatineau; and Shawinigan hosts Blainville-Boisband. Halifax makes their way to PEI; Rimouski continues their swing through the Maritimes with a stop in Saint John; Blainville-Boisband and Shawinigan take to the ice in Boisband; and Quebec hosts Baie-Comeau on Saturday. The weekend will finish off with seven games on Sunday as Halifax is at home to Cape Breton; Victoriaville is in Saint John; Acadie-Bathurst welcomes PEI; Rimouski is in Moncton; Blainville-Boisband hosts Val-d’Or; Chicoutimi makes their way to Drummondville; and Rouyn-Noranda is in Gatineau.

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