QMJHL Weekly, September 12th, 2011

Maillet, Gourde and O’Brien Are Telus Three Stars

Victoriaville forwards Philippe Maillet and Yanni Gourde and Acadie-Bathurst forward Zach O’Brien are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending September 11th, 2011.

Maillet had a goal and assist, while Gourde scored once and assisted on two more and was the second star of the game as Victoriaville opened its season with a 6-3 win over Telus East rivals Quebec on Friday. On Sunday, Maillet became the first Victoriaville player in 10 years to score five goals in one game and added two assists, while Gourde had a goal and six helpers in the 8-2 win over Rimouski. Maillet was the first star of the game and Gourde the second. Maillet finished the week a +7 and Gourde a +5.

O’Brien found the back of the net three times, assisted on one more and was the game’s first star as Bathurst flattened Saint John 8-1 on Friday, and added another two goals, three assists and was the first star of Sunday’s 7-3 win over Halifax. He finished the week a +5.

League Mourns Loss

When the plane carrying Lokomotiv Yaroslavl players to their game in Minsk crashed on Tuesday, it took the lives of the entire team, including two players who once played in the QMJHL.

Twenty-four-year-old forward Gennady Churilov played for the Quebec Remparts during the 2004-05 season, scoring 11 times and assisting on 26 more in 69 regular season games. He added another two goals and five helpers in 13 post season contests.

He spent the remainder of his pro career with Yaroslavl, tallying 46 goals and 84 assists in 302 regular season contests and six goals and 18 assists in 88 playoff games in the Kontinental Hockey League.

Twenty-one-year-old right winger Sergey Ostapchuk was one of the League’s top snipers during his tenure with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. In the 2008-09 season, he scored 29 goals and added 34 helpers in 61 games, finishing second in rookie scoring. He added another goal and three helpers in five postseason contests. He made the All-Rookie Team that year. The next year he added another 21 goals and 16 assists in 38 regualr season games. He found the back of the net twice more and lent a helping hand on six goals in 11 postseason games.

He returned to Yaroslavl for eight games for the remainder of that season and went pointless in eight contests. He had two goals and one assist in 28 games with the team last year.

Hobbs Will Captain Rocket This Season

On Friday the PEI Rocket announced that Matthew Hobbs will be their captain for this season. Ben Duffy, Pier-Antoine Dion and Charlottetown native Josh Currie will be the alternate captains.

The team also announced the 2011-2012 roster:
Goaltenders: Antoine Bibeau, Maxime Lagace, Raphael Roy
Defensemen: Kevin Boyer, Michael Abbott, Marc-Andre Levesque, Dylan Capstick, Jimmy Oligny, Matthew Hobbs, Ryan Graves, Tomas Pavelka
Forwards: Victor Provencher, Matej Beran, Pier-Antoine Dion, Kelly Bent, Alex Noel, Felipe Corbo, Josh Currie, Olivier Croteau, Louick Marcotte, Yan Pavel Laplante, Deverick Ottereyes, Alex Gallant.

Four Teams Make CHL Preseason Top 10

When the CHL announced the pre-season rankings last week, four QMJHL teams made the top 10. Saint John finished first, Shawinigan fourth, Quebec sixth and Victoriaville 10th.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 1
1. Saint John Sea Dogs
2. Niagara IceDogs
3. Portland Winterhawks
4. Shawinigan Cataractes
5. Plymouth Whalers
6. Quebec Remparts
7. Kelowna Rockets
8. Sarnia Sting
9. Red Deer Rebels
10. Victoriaville Tigres

Season Begins

The 2011-2012 season began with one game on Thursday with a battle of the New Brunswick News Rivalry Cup as the defending Memorial Cup champions Saint John went down 3-1 to their provincial rivals Moncton. Alex Saulnier led the way for the Wildcats with two goals.

There were seven games on Friday as Cape Breton went into Moncton and came out with a 3-1 win thanks to goals from Cory MacIntosh, Kyle Farrell and Jonathan Brunelle; Nathan MacKinnon and Cameron Critchlow scored in the shootout as Halifax edged PEI 6-5; Acadie-Bathrust laid an 8-1 pounding on Saint John as Zach O’Brien led the way with three goals and one assist; Yanni Gourde led the way with a goal and two assists as Victoriaville doubled Quebec 6-3; Frédéric Gamelin scored the game winner 3:56 into the third as Baie-Comeau edged Drummondville 3-2; Francois Tremblay made 23 saves as Gatineau was outshot 30-24 in their 4-1 win over Val-d’Or; Dylan Anderson and E. J. Faust had a goal and assist each to lead Blainville-Boisbriand (the former Montreal Juniors) to a 3-1 win over Rimouski; and Jessyko Bernard found the back of the net on four occasions to lead Rouyn-Noranda past Shawinigan 6-4.

On Saturday, Tommy Giroux scored the game winner with 2:59 left in the game as Chicoutimi edged Drummondville 7-6; Michael Bournival scored four times and lent a helping hand on one more as Shawinigan slammed Val-d’Or 7-0; O’Brien once again led the way for Acadie-Bathurst with two goals and three assists in the Titan’s 7-3 beating of Halifax; Antoine Bibeau made 25 saves as PEI was outshot 29-23 in their 7-4 win over Cape Breton; and Tyler Gaudet’s goal with 2:23 left in the game gave Gatineau a 5-4 victory over Rouyn-Noranda.

The week ended with three games on Sunday as Blainville-Boisbriand doubled Quebec 4-2 as Christopher Clapperton had a goal and assist; and Philippe Maillett found the twine five times while lending a helping hand on two more as Victoriaville pounded Rimouski 8-2.

The Leaders

Gourde leads all point getters with two goals and eight assists, while his teammate Maillett is second with six goals and three assists. O’Brien rounds out the top three with five goals and four assists.

Between the pipes, Shawinigan’s Alex Dubeau leads the way with his 1-1-0-0 record, 0.67 GAA and 0.973 save percentage. Blainville-Boisbriand’s Etienne Marcoux (2-0-0-0, 1.50 GAA, 0.930 SAV%) is second; while Acadie-Bathurst’s Robert Steeves is also 2-0-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and 0.918 SAV% to finish third.

The Games To Come
Play resumes with one game on Tuesday as Moncton hosts Acadie-Bathurst in an all-Maritime affair.

Gatineau hosts Rimouski on Wednesday.

On Thursday, PEI is in Moncton for a Battle of the Maritimes.

Seven games will kick off the weekend play on Friday as Cape Breton hosts Saint John, and Bathurst is in Halifax for two Maritime contests; Drummondville hosts Rouyn-Noranda, and Blainville Boisband and Gatineau take to the ice in Boisband, QC in two Telus West contests; Quebec is at home to Chicoutimi, and Baie-Comeau is in Victoriaville in two Telus East contests; and Val-d’Or is at home to Rimouski.

On Saturday, Shawinigan hosts Chicoutimi in a Telus East contest; while Rouyn-Noranda makes their way to Victoriaville.
The weekend ends off with two Maritimes contests on Sunday as Saint John hosts PEI; and Cape Breton is at home to Acadie-Bathurst.

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