QMJHL Weekly: September 18th, 2013

DeLuca, Veilleux and Carrier Are Telus Three Stars

Rimouski forward Anthony DeLuca; Victoriaville goalie Steven Veilleux; and Gatineau rearguard Alexandre Carrier are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending September 15th, 2013.

DeLuca found the back of the net twice in the 5-4 win over Baie-Comeau on Friday and finished off the weekend with two more goals; an assist; and the first star of the game honors in the 4-3 overtime win against the Drakkar on Saturday.

Veilleux began the weekend with 24 saves in the Tigres’ 4-1 win over Shawinigan on Friday and made 19 in the 1-0 win over Quebec on Sunday for his first QMJHL shutout.

Carrier added four assists and was the second star of the game on Sunday as Gatineau skated to a 6-2 win over Sherbrooke. One of the assists came on Taylor Burke’s game winner 16:21 into the second period. It was the first four assist game in the QMJHL since Steven Deslisle had four in a game in January 2009. He finished the week a +4.

Burke Back As Gatineau Captain

On September 3rd the Gatineau Olympiques announced that Taylor Burke will be the team captain for the second consecutive year.

Emile Poirier; Simon Tardif-Richard; and Alexander Carrier will be the alternates.

Three QMJHL Teams Ranked In Pre-Season Rankings

When the CHL announced the final pre-season rankings three QMJHL teams were ranked in the top ten and one was given an honorable mention.

Baie-Comeau was ranked second; while Rimouski came in fourth; and Quebec seventh. Gatineau was given an honorable mention.

BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Pre-season

1.London Knights
2.Baie-Comeau Drakkar
3.Portland Winterhawks
4.Rimouski Oceanic
5.Guelph Storm
6.Prince Albert Raiders
7.Quebec Remparts
8.Edmonton Oil Kings
9.Kingston Frontenacs
10.Kootenay Ice

Honourable Mention:

Barrie Colts; Gatineau Olympiques; Kelowna Rockets

Teams Donate To Lac-Mégantic Future Fund

All 18 teams in the QMJHL donated $31 061.00 to the Lac-Megantic Fund.

QMJHL Ambassador and Hall of Famer Charles Henry presented the cheque to Lac-Megantic mayor Colette Roy Laroche prior to the September 6th preseason game between Sherbrooke and Blainville-Boisbriand.

The Phoenix donated all generated preseason revenue to the fund; while the other 17 teams

The Games This Week

The season opened with one game Thursday as Moncton blanked the reigning Memorial Cup champions Hailfax 4-0. Cody Drover had a pair; while Ivan Barbashev and Ryan Penny had singles.

All 18 teams were in action on Friday the 13th.

Acadie-Bathurst welcome Cape Breton with a 4-1 win thanks to goals from Alexandros Soumakis, Raphael Lafontaine, Adam Stevens, and Riley Scott; while Raphael Corriveau scored the lone Cape Breton marker.

The newly minted Charlottetown Islanders (formerly the PEI Rocket) handed the Mooseheads their second loss in two games with a 5-2 win thanks to goals from Alexandre Goulet with a pair; and Kameron Kielly, Jack Nevins, and Matej Beran had singles. Andrew Ryan and Danny Moynihan scored for Halifax.

Saint John skated to a 5-3 win over Moncton. Michael Abbott, Nathan Noel, Noah Zilbert, Kelly Bent, and Stephen Anderson scored for the Sea Dogs; while Conor Garland, Barbashev, and Christophe Lalonde scored for the Wildcats.

Chicoutimi needed overtime and a goal from William Gignac at the 2:29 mark to get past Quebec 4-3. Raphael Mahoux, Brent Turnbull, and Fabrice Herzog added the other Sagueneens’ markers; while Loie Leveille, Samuel Roussy, and Thomas Gobeil added the Remparts; markers.

Victoriaville got goals from Mathieu Ayotte, Michael Rheume, Angelo Miceli, and Gabriel Gagne in their 4-1 win over Shawinigan. Frederick Gaudreau scored for the Cataractes.

Rimouski got past Baie-Comeau 5-4 thanks to goals from Samuel Courtemanche, Guillaume McSween, Simor Fortier, Michael Joly, and Michael Thibault. Alexis Varnier, Campbell Pickard, Alexandre Chenevert, and Gabriel Verplaest scored for the Drakkar.

Emil Aronsson, Julien Bahl, Christopher Clapperton, Frederic Bergeron, and Marcus Hinds added the goals for Blainville-Boisbriand as the Armada skated to a 5-2 win over Sherbrooke. Mitchell Lundholm and Jean-Francois Plante scored for the Phoenix.

Drummondville doubled Rouyn-Noranda 6-3 thanks to goals from Jeremy Auger, Guillaume Gauthier, Nikolas Brouillard, Olivier Caouette, and Matthew Boudens; while Steven Mercier, Marcus Power, and Matthew Lemay scored for the Huskies.

Jean-Simon Deslauriers scored twice; while Vaclav Karabacek, Jake Coughler,and Simon Tardif-Richards had singles as Gatineau skated to a 5-2 win over Val-d’Or. Guillaume Gelinas and Maxime Pressault scored for the Foreurs.

Four games were played on Saturday with three of them needing extra time to decide the outcome.

Rimouski edged Baie-Comeau 4-3. Anthony DeLuca scored twice; while Samel Lebarg added a single in regulation; and Alexis Loiseau added the lone shootout goal for the Oceanic. Julien Lepage, Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau, and Alexandre Ranger added the Drakkar markers.

Clapperton scored with 22 seconds left in overtime as Blainville-Boisbriand got past Rouyn-Noranda 2-1. Danick Martel added the other goal in regulation. Maxime St-Cyr scored for the Huskies.

Matthew Bursey and Anthony Cortese scored in regulation for Charlottetown; while Bradley Kennedy scored in the shootout as the Islanders edged Cape Breton 3-2. Jason Bell and Julien Pelletier scored for the Screaming Eagles.

Jerome Verrier scored twice; while Mitch Graham, Cameron Askew, Giovanni Fiore, Alexandre Roy, and Georgs Golovkovs added singles as Drummondville romped to a 7-2 win over Val-d’Or. Guillaume Gelinas and Pierre-Maxime Poudrier added the Foreurs’ markers.

The weekend ended with four games on Sunday.

Alexandros Soumakis, Raphael Lafontaine, Adam Stevens, and Anthony Gingras scored for Acadie-Bathurst in their 4-1 win over Saint John. Oliver Cooper scored for the Sea Dogs.

Janne Puhaka, Simon Tremblay, Samuel Roussy, Laurent Dauphin, and Thomas Gobeil scored for Chicoutimi; while Simon Boudreau, Felix-Antoine Bergeron, and Matthew Boudreau scored for Shawinigan as the Sagueneens skated to a 5-3 win over the Cataractes.

Taylor Burke had the hat trick; while Tardif-Richard had a pair; and Brouillard had the single as Gatineau skated to a 6-2 win over Sherbrooke. Dominic Talbot-Tassi and Jean-Christophe Laflamme scored for the Phoenix.

Nick Marois scored the game’s lone goal with 5:47 left in the game as Victoriaville nipped Quebec 1-0.

The Leaders

After the first weekend of play all three division leaders have perfect two and zero records.

Acadie-Bathurst leads the Maritimes Division with their 2-0-0-0 record; while Telus East leaders Victoriaville; and Telus West leaders Drummondville have the same record.

Rimouski’s DeLuca leads all scorers with two goals and three assists; while Burke is second with a hat trick and one helper; and Burke’s teammate Brouillard rounds out the top three as he has found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on three more.

Between the pipes Victoriaville’s Steven Veilleux is 2-0-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA and 0.977 SAV%. Backstopping his way into second place is Blainville-Boisbriand’s Guillaume Decelles (1-0-0-0, 0.93 GAA, 0.964 SAV%); while Acadie-Bathurst’s Jacob Brennan has a 1-0-0-0 record, 1.00 GAA, and 0.971 SAV% to round out the top three

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