QMJHL Weekly: October 9th, 2013

Poirier, Gazzola and Clapperton Are Telus Three Stars

On Monday the League announced that Gatineau forward Emile Poirier, Val-d’Or rearguard Randy Gazzola and Blainville-Boisbriand forward Christopher Clapperton are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending October 6, 2013.

Poirier began the week with one goal and one assist as Gatineau lost 5-3 to Charlottetown on Wednesday. He had another goal, assist, and was the third star of the game Saturday as the Olympiques defeated Quebec 3-1; and finished with another goal, assist, and first star of the game honors as the Olympiques finished the week with a 5-3 win over Sherbrooke on Sunday.

Gazzola had three assists on Saturday Friday in the Foreurs’ 9-4 win over Charlottetown and added three more in the 4-2 win over Shawinigan on Sunday.

Clapperton began the week with three assists and the second star of the game award as the Armada skated to a 4-1 win over Drummondville on Friday; and ended it with a goal, two assists, and another second star of the game award as Blainville-Boisbriand edged Quebec 3-2 on Sunday.

League Takes On Fight Against Breast Cancer

On Wednesday the League announced that all teams and Telus have a renewed fight against breast cancer.

There are a number of initiatives that the teams and League will introduce with the money going to either the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation or a Maritimes based division or local breast cancer chapter. The total amount raised will be revealed at the beginning of November.

For the fifth year in a row teams will wear a pink jersey at home in October; and officials will wear pink stickers on their helmets for all of October.

“This event is a key part of our social mission,” said QMJHL Commissioner Gilles Courteau. “Our goal is to extend our support to the women afflicted by this terrible disease by generating funds through the sale of prototype pink jerseys which are worn by our players during designated games in October. Thanks in large part to the hard work of our clubs, last year they were able to raise almost $140 000 and we hope to surpass that amount this year.”

Most people know or care for someone who is or who has been afflicted by this terrible disease. Statistics show that one out of every nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and its franchises are proud to play their part in the fight against breast cancer. As a result of fundraising initiatives such as these, vital research in the field has enabled survival rates to jump 25% in the past 20 years.

Here is the list of games in the fight against breast cancer:

October 4 & 6 – Blainville-Boisbriand
October 5 & 6 – Drummondville
October 11 – Charlottetown
October 11 – Rouyn-Noranda
October 11 – Val-d’Or
October 13 – Cape Breton
October 18 – Halifax
October 18 & 20 – Moncton
October 18 – Shawinigan
October 18 – Sherbrooke
October 19 – Saint John
October 20 – Acadie-Bathurst
October 20 – Gatineau
October 20 – Victoriaville
October 25 – Baie-Comeau
October 26 – Chicoutimi
October 27 – Rimouski
October 30 – Québec

With information from the QMJHL

397 CHL Grads Named to NHL Opening Day Rosters

On Wednesday the Canadian Hockey League announced that 397 graduates were named to NHL opening day rosters. That represents 55 percent of players playing in the NHL making the CHL the number one developer of talent for hockey’s highest level.

Twelve of those players played in the CHL last season and are eligible to play in the CHL this season. Four of them were taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft (Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones, Sean Monahan, and Nikita Zadorov.

178 of the 397 players are OHL grads; while 148 honed their craft in the WHL; and 71 did likewise in the QMJHL.

363 players who have returned to the CHL were at NHL training camps this season (168 form the OHL, 126 from the WHL, and 69 from the QMJHL).

CHL eligible players on Opening Day NHL rosters:

2013 NHL Draft (95-born):
Nathan MacKinnon (Halifax Mooseheads) selected 1st overall by the Colorado Avalanche
Nikita Zadorov (London Knights) selected 16th overall by the Buffalo Sabres

2013 NHL Draft (94-born):
Seth Jones (Portland Winterhawks) selected 4th overall by the Nashville Predators
Sean Monahan (Ottawa 67’s) selected 6th overall by the Calgary Flames

2012 NHL Draft (94-born):
Connor Carrick (Plymouth Whalers) selected 137th overall by the Washington Capitals
Mathew Dumba (Red Deer Rebels) selected 7th overall by the Minnesota Wild
Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec Remparts) selected 12th overall by the Buffalo Sabres
Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals) selected 20th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers
Olli Maatta (London Knights) selected 22nd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins
Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oil Kings) selected 4th overall by the New York Islanders
Morgan Rielly (Moose Jaw Warriors) selected 5th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs
Tom Wilson (Plymouth Whalers) selected 16th overall by the Washington Capitals

With information from the QMJHL

Three QMJHL Teams Make CHL Top 10

When the CHL announced the top 10 rankings on Wednesday three QMJHL teams made the cut.

Blainville-Boisbriand moved up one to the top spot; Charlottetown moved up one to eighth; and Rimouski came in ninth.

Baie-Comeau was an honorable mention

BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 3
1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (6-0-0-0)
2 Prince Albert Raiders (4-0-0-0)
3 Guelph Storm (3-0-0-0)
4 London Knights (2-1-0-0)
5 Spokane Chiefs (4-0-0-0)
6 Portland Winterhawks (2-1-0-1)
7 Kingston Frontenacs (3-0-0-1)
8 Charlottetown Islanders (5-0-0-1)
9 Rimouski Oceanic (5-2-0-0)
10 Red Deer Rebels (4-1-0-0)

Honourable Mention: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (2-0-0-1); Baie-Comeau Drakkar (3-2-0-2); Kelowna Rockets (2-0-0-1)

The Games This Week

The week began with three games on Tuesday.

Saint John got a pair of goals from Michael Abbott and singles from Olivier Leblanc and Matthew Highmore in their 4-2 win over Halifax. Ryan Falkenham and Nikolaj Ehlers did the same for the Mooseheads.

Carl-Antoine Delisle scored the game winner with a shorthanded goal 9:48 into the third; and Philippe Houdon added a single as Victoriaville nipped Chicoutimi 2-1. Laurent Dauphin scored for the Sagueneens.

Jeremy Auger, Joey Ratelle, Jerome Verrier, and Georgs Golovkovs scored for Drummondville in their 4-1 win over Quebec. Jason Houde replied for the Remparts.

Two games took place on Wednesday.

Gabriel Gagne’s goal at the 13:47 mark of the third was the game winner as Victoriaville edged Baie-Comeau 5-4. Petr Sidlik, Mathieu Ayot, Angelo Miceli, and Hudon also found the back of the net for the Tigres. Dominic Poulin had a pair; while Felix Girard and Valentin Zykov had singles for the Drakkar.

Matej Beran had two goals; while Troy Vance, Daniel Sprong, and Alexandre Goulet had singles as Charlottetown continued their winning ways with a 5-3 win over Gatineau. Jean-Simon Deslauriers, Emile Poirier, and Marc-Olivier Brouillard scored for the Olympiques.

Four teams took to the ice on Thursday.

Ivan Barbashev had the hat trick; while Mark Simpson and Christophe Lalonde had singes as Moncton skated to a 5-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst.

Dominic Poulin had the game winner with a power play goal 10:38 into the third as Baie-Comeau nipped Chicoutimi 3-2. Charles Poulin and Jeremy Gregoire added the other Drakkar goals. Sebastien Sylvester and Simon Tremblay scored for the Sagueneens.
On Friday seven games took place.

Cape Breton got goals from Nicholas Dozzi, Raphael Corriveau, Cameron Darcy, Jeremy Beaudry, and Julien Pelletier in their 5-3 win over Saint John. Nathan Noel, Will Thompson, and Steven Anderson scored for the Sea Dogs.

Adam Stevens, Alexandre Gosselin, Patrik Zdrahal, and Nicholas Blanchard found the back of the net for Acadie-Bathurst in their 4-1 win over Moncton. Mark Simpson scored the lone Wildcats’ goal.

Halifax needed a shootout to get past Sherbrooke 3-2. Andrew Ryan and Jonathan Drouin scored in regulation for the Mooseheads; and Drouin and Ehlers scored in the shootout. Jean-Francois Plante and Jean-Christophe Laflamme scored for the Phoenix in regulation; and Daniel Audette scored in the shootout.

Scott Oke added a pair; while Jean-Francois Lavoie, Peter Trainor, Simon Fortier, and Michael Joly added singles as Rimouski skated to a 6-2 win over Victoriaville. Miceli and Philippe Hudon scored for the Tigres.

Blainville-Boisbriand got goals from Nikita Jevpalovs who had two; and Guillaum Beaudoin, and Olivier Picard had singles in the Armada’s 4-1 win over Drummondville. Joey Ratelle scored the Voltigeurs’ lone goal.

Jason Fuchs, Maxime St-Cyr, Francis Perron, and Liam O’Brien lit the lamp post for Rouyn-Noranda; while Frederick Gaudreau, Matthew Boudreau, and Francis Beauvillier scored for Shawinigan as the Huskies edged the Cataractes 4-3 in overtime.

Anthony Mantha and Anthony Richard had a pair each; and Samuel Henley, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Maxime Presseault, and Timotej Sille scored for Val-d’Or as the Foreurs blasted Charlottetown 9-4. Bradley Kennedy, Daniel Sprong, Jack Nevins, and Deverick Ottereyes scored for the Islanders.

Six games were played on Saturday.

Gregoire had a pair; while Gabriel Verplaest and Zykov had singles as Baie-Comeau doubled Chicouitmi 4-2. Dauphin and Nicolas Roy had the goals for the Sagueneens.

Falkenham scored twice including the game winner 2:29 into overtime; while Timo Meier had a single as Halifax nipped Victoriaville 3-2.
Ratelle, Guillaume Gauthier, Nikolas Brouillard, Cameron Askew, and Dexter Weber scored for Drummondville as the Voltigeurs edged Rimouski 5-4. Anthony DeLuca had two; while Trainor and Alexis Loiseau had singles for the Oceanic.

Emile Poirier, Marc-Olivier Brouillard, and Martin Reway scored for Gatineau in their 3-1 win over Quebec. Cody Donaghey added the lone Remparts’ goal.

Marco Sedlar scored twice in regulation; while Sprong and Goulet had singles as Charlottetown needed a shootout to get past Rouyn-Noranda 5-4. Sprong and Anthony Cortese scored in the shootout. Jean-Sebastien Dea; Steven Mercier, Marcus Power, and Francis Perron scored for the Huskies in regulation; while Perron got the lone shootout marker.

Val-d’Or doubled Shawinigan 4-2 as Mantha, Louick Marcotte, Aube-Kubel, and Anthony Beauregard scored for the Foreurs; and Felix-Antoine Bergeron and Kris Hodge did the same for the Cataractes.

Five games ended the weekend on Sunday.

Saint John needed a shootout to get past Bathurst 5-4. Joey Richard scored twice for the Sea Dogs; while Abbott and Noel had singles; and Noel, Mackenzie Brown, Spencer Smallman, and Noah Zilbert had the shootout goals. Alexandros Soumakis, Christophe Boivin, Dominic Beauchemin, and Robert Pelletier scored for the Titan in regulation; and Zdrahal, Stevensk and Boivin scored in the shootout.

Lalonde had a pair; while Garrett Johnson had a single as Moncton skated to a 3-1 win over Cape Breton. Julien Pelletier scored for Cape Breton.

Daniel Walcott scored a power play goal 1:40 into the overtime as Blainville-Boisbriand got past Quebec 3-2. Tremblay and Christopher Clapperton scored for the Remparts.

Jonathan Drouin scored a power play goal with 6:48 left in regulation as Halifax edged Drummondville 3-2. Meier had the other two Mooseheads’ markers; while Christophe Lalancette and Verrier scored for the Voltigeurs.

Elie Berube, Derek Sheppard, Vaclav Karabacek, Poirier, and Simon Tardif-Richard scored for Gatineau; while Alexandre Sills, Chase Harwell, and Plante scored for Sherbrooke as the Olympiques skated to a 5-3 win over the Phoenix.

The Leaders

Charlottetown leads the Maritimes Division with their 7-1-0-1 record; while Telus East leaders Victoriaville is 6-3-1-0 with 13 points; and Telus West leaders Blainville-Boisbriand has won all eight games they have played on the season.
Clapperton leads all scorers with six goals and 14 assists; while Mantha is second with 11 goals and seven assists; and Power rounds out the top three as he has found the back of the net six times and lent a helping hand on 10 more.

Between the pipes Blainville-Boisbriand’s Guillaume Decelles is 4-0-0-0 with a 1.71 GAA and 0.929 SAV%. Backstopping his way into second place is Saint John’s Sebastien Auger (3-2-0-1, 2.15 GAA, 0.942 SAV%); while Halifax’s Zachary Fucale has won six; lost three; and has no overtime or shootout losses, posts a goals against average of 2.40; and 0.905 SAV%.

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