QMJHL Weekly: Sept. 28-Oct. 5

Clermont, Hynes and Lévesque Are Telus Three Stars of the Week

Gatineau goalie Maxime Clermont, Victoriaville forward Brandon Hynes and Acadie-Bathurst forward Gabriel Levesque are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending Oct. 3rd.

Clermont went 2-0-1-0 with a 1.64 GAA and 0.939 Sv% in three starts last week. He made 23 saves and was the game’s first star in Gatineau’s 3-0 shutout of Drummondville on Friday night. Clermont followed that up with 26 saves in the 3-2 overtime loss to Victoriaville on Saturday and 28 saves and the second star of the game award in the Olympiques’ 4-2 win over Rimouski on Sunday.

Hynes netted two goals with his second one being the game winner 1:33 into overtime and one assist in Victoriaville’s 3-2 win over Gatineau on Saturday and followed that up with a hat trick and the second star of the game award in the Tigres’ 7-4 loss to Montreal on Sunday.

Levesque began the week with two goals, one assist and the third star of the game award in the Titan’s 4-3 loss to Rimouski on Friday and one goal, two assists and the first star of the game award in Sunday’s 4-3 win over Baie-Comeau. He finished a plus-2 for the week.

Suspensions Handed Out

On Monday the league suspended Rouyn-Noranda forward Christophe Dery for two games for his hit on a Quebec player last Friday night and Halifax defenseman Sawyer Hannay for four games (one automatic one-game suspension and three more games) as he was the aggressor in a penalty that he received when the Mooseheads played Quebec on Sunday.

Leblanc Returned To Juniors

On Monday the Montreal Canadiens announced that they have returned forward Louis Leblanc to the Montreal Juniors.

In two games with the Juniors this season Leblanc has one goal, four assists, and is a plus-1. He never scored any points with the Habs but impressed the management, media and fans alike.

QMJHL Helps Fight Against Breast Cancer

On Tuesday the league announced that all teams and Telus will join the fight against breast cancer.

For the second consecutive year all teams will wear pink jerseys at a home game in October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The jerseys will be either sold, auctioned off or put up on tickets with the proceeds benefiting the Breast Cancer foundation or a local chapter dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.

Last year the league and teams raised $120,000.

Telus will also donate $100 to La Fondation du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec (CHUQ) for every goal which is scored by any of the league’s 18 teams during the fight against breast cancer game to help the CHUQ purchase state-of-the-art equipment for breast cancer. Moreover, TELUS invites fans to visit its boutiques. The company will give $25 to the CHUQ each time a pink smart phone is purchased (BlackBerry Curve 3G, BlackBerry Curve 8530 or BlackBerry Pearl 3G – Province of Quebec only) until October 31.

The official tally will be revealed in November.

Official Schedule

Lewiston – October 8
Moncton – October 15
Saint John – October 16
Montreal – October 17
Chicoutimi – October 22
Halifax – October 23
Shawinigan – October 22-23
Gatineau – October 23
Quebec – October 23
Rouyn-Noranda – October 23
Acadie-Bathurst – October 24
Drummondville – October 24
Rimouski – October 24
Val-d’Or – October 27
Baie-Comeau – October 29
Cape Breton – October 29
P.E.I. – October 29
Victoriaville – October 29

Domingue Is CHL Goalie of the Week

On Wednesday the CHL announced that Quebec goalie Louis Domingue is the CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending September 26. He went 2-0 with a 1.50 GAA and 0.930 Sv% during that period. He made 28 saves in the 12-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Friday and 12 in the 4-1 win over Halifax on Friday.

Dominque was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes. He was at the Coyotes’ camp before being returned to the Remparts last week.

Victoriaville Acquires Belanger

On Friday Victoriaville acquired Mickael Belanger from Rouyn-Noranda for the Tigres’ 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft ninth round pick.

Under Rule 2.14.2 Belanger can’t play for the Tigres until the third trade period begins on December 19th. He can only be an affiliated player until then.

Before coming to the Huskies he played for Chicoutimi from 2008-2010 scoring five goals and adding 17 assists in 120 regular season games. He added three goals and one assist in 11 postseason contests.

This Week’s Games

Jordan Carroll and Allain Saulnier scored for Moncton in their 2-0 shutout of Cape Breton; and Robbie DeFulviis scored the game winner 57 seconds into the third period as Rouyn-Norand edged Lewiston 5-4 on Wednesday night.

On Friday Tomas Flippi added two goals and two assists in Quebec’s 8-2 thrashing of Cape Breton; Tomas Jurco and Jonathan Huberdeau both scored in the shootout for Saint John, while Martin Frk did the same for Halifax in the Sea Dogs’ 5-4 win; Evan Mosher made 23 saves in PEI’s 4-2 win over Baie-Comeau; Jean-Christophe Laflamme, Louis-Marc Aubry, and Nicolas Chouinard scored for Montreal in their 3-1 win over Chicoutimi; Maxime Clermont made 23 saves as Gatineau shutout Drummondville, 3-0; Petr Straka added a goal and assist as Rimouski edged Acadie-Bathurst, 4-3; and Etienne Brodeur found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on one other as Lewiston blasted Rouyn-Noranda, 8-0.

Loik Poudrier had two goals to lead Shawinigan to a 5-0 shutout of Chicoutimi; Brandon Hynes beat Maxime Clermont twice and assisted on one more as Victoriaville nipped Gatineau, 3-2; Alex MacDonald had two goals, and Devon MacAusland had a goal and two assists as Moncton doubled Baie-Comeau, 6-3; and Cedrick Henley scored twice and lent a helping hand on one more as Val-d’Or trumped Lewiston, 4-1, on Saturday night.

On Sunday Pascal Amyot added a goal and assist for Halifax in their 6-1 drubbing of PEI; David Gilbert’s game winner 1:21 into the third saw Acadie-Bathurst nip Baie-Comeau, 4-3; Viktor Hertzberg scored the game winner with nine seconds left in regulation as Cape Breton edged Saint John, 2-1; Alex Wall had a goal and two assists to lead Quebec to a 5-4 win over Moncton; Louis Leblanc found the back of the net twice and assisted on two more as Montreal skated to a 7-4 win over Victoriaville; Dave Labrecque had a goal and assist for Shawinigan as they got past Drummondville, 3-2; Gatineau doubled Rimouski, 4-2, as Samuel Morneau scored once and lent a helping hand on one more; and Etienne Brodeur’s goal 2:15 into overtime gave Lewiston a 5-4 win over Val-d’Or.

The Leaders

With their 7-1-1-0 record and 15 points Drummondville leads the Telus West standings; while Quebec (7-0-0-1, 15 points) is the Telus East leader. Six wins, two losses, no overtime losses, and two shootout losses gives Moncton 14 points and the Maritime Division lead.

Quebec right winger Jonathan Audy-Marchessault is the points leader with six goals and 14 assists in eight games played; while Victoriaville centre Philip-Michael Devos has found the twine on five occasions while lending a helping hand on 14 more in eight games; and Audy-Marchessault’s teammate centre Joel Champagne has 17 points (7G, 10A) also in eight games.

Between the pipes based on goals against average Clermont is 2-0-1-1 with a 1.45 GAA and 0.947 Sv% to lead all goalies; while Quebec’s Jimmy Appleby who has won three games with no losses, no overtime losses, and no shootout losses, has a goals against average of 1.47, and 0.932 SvV% is second; and Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson (4-1-0-0, 1.78 GAA, 0.941 SvV%) is third.

The Games To Come

Action starts with one game on Tuesday as Rouyn-Noranda welcomes Drummondville.

There are four games on Wednesday. Two Maritime teams take to the ice in Quebec with PEI in Victoriaville and Cape Breton making their way to Gatineau. There are two All-Quebec tilts as Rimouski hosts Chicoutimi while Drummondville is in Val-d’Or.

Sixteen teams take to the ice on Friday as Montreal is in Halifax; Moncton is at Saint John; Lewiston welcomes Victoriaville; Quebec and Baie-Comeau face off in Quebec City; Gatineau and Acadie-Bathurst are in Gatineau; Rimouski is at home to Shawinigan; PEI continues their Quebec swing with a stop in Rouyn-Noranda; and Cape Breton does likewise in Val-d’Or.

On Saturday Quebec and Chicoutimi face off in a Telus East battle; and four Maritime-West battle takes place when Acadie-Bathurst makes their way to Drummondville, Moncton hosts Montreal, Val-d’Or hosts PEI, and Cape Breton is in Rouyn-Noranda.

The weekend ends with six games on Sunday as Saint John is at home to Montreal; Moncton is in Halifax; Victoriaville finishes their trip to Lewiston in a Telus East battle; two East-West contests has Chicoutimi at home to Drummondville and Baie-Comeau in Gatineau; and Acadie-Bathurst concludes their Quebec trip with a stop in Shawinigan.

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