QMJHL Weekly: September 22nd, 2010

Audy-Marchessault, Laporte and Andrews Are Three Stars

On Monday the League announced that Quebec Remparts foward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Gatineau Olympiques defenseman Hugo Laporte, and Halifax Mooseheads winger Brent Andrews are the Telus three stars of the week for the week ending September 19th, 2010.

Audy-Marchessault began the week with a seven point night as he scored twice, added five assists, and was the first star of the game in Friday’s 12-3 blasting of Lewiston and added an assist in the Remparts’ 4-1 win over Cape Breton on Saturday. He finished with a +6.

Laporte had three assists and was the second star of the game in Friday’s 6-0 shutout of Rouyn-Noranda; found the back of the net once and assisted on one other in the Olympiques’ 4-3 loss to Val-d’Or on Saturday; and finished a +2.

On Friday Andrews became the first QMJHLer in almost 10 years to score four goals in one game as he netted four in the Mooseheads’ 9-3 thrashing of Acadie-Bathurst. He went on to add another goal in Halifax’s 5-2 loss to Saint John on Saturday.

Lefebvre, Champion, and Ellis Returned To Junior Teams

On Monday the Montreal Canadiens returned forward Philippe Lefebvre to the Montreal Juniors, goalie Nicholas Champion to the Lewiston MAINEiacs, and defenseman Morgan Ellis to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. At the end of the 2009 training camp the Canadiens signed Lefebvre to a three year contract; while Champion was invited, and Ellis was drafted in the fourth round 117th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

The Games This Week

Action began with eight games on Friday as Daniel Pettersen scored three times and was the first star of the game as Moncton skated to a 5-3 win over PEI; Andrews found the back of the net on four occasions as Halifax flattened Acadie-Bathurst 9-3; Joel Champagne added the hat trick and was second star of the game in Quebec’s 12-3 trouncing of Lewiston; Ondrej Palat scored the game winner at the 12:08 mark of the second to send Drummondville past Victoriaville 2-1; Jean-Gabriel Pageau beat Mickael Audette twice and was the game’s first star in Gatineau’s 6-0 shutout of Rouyn-Noranda; Alex Emond’s game winner 3:47 into the overtime period gave Rimouski a 4-3 win over Montreal; and Joel Dube’s goal at the 10:55 mark of the first gave Shawinigan a 3-0 lead and was the game winner in the Cataractes’ 5-2 win over Val-d’Or.

Five games were on the schedule on Saturday with Guillauam Asselin leading the way for Chicoutimi with a goal and two assists, and Stefan Fournier finding the back of the net once and assisting on one more for Lewiston in the Sagueneens’ 5-4 win; Brett Hester scored twice for Val-d’Or as they nipped Gatineau 4-3; Alexandre Beauregard added a goal and assist in Rouyn-Noranda’s 3-1 win over Shawinigan; Ryan Tesink’s goal and two helpers led Saint John past Halifax 5-2; and Quebec got three goals from Champagne, Tomas Filippi, and Vincent Barnard in the final 6:03 to skate to a 4-1 win over Cape Breton.

The weekend finished with five contests on Sunday as Brandon Thibeau made 20 saves for Acadie-Bathurst as the team was outshot 31-24 in their 4-1 win over Moncton; Marc-Olivier Vachon scored twice and assisted on one other as Drummondville edged Montreal 4-3; Pier-Antoine Dion scored once and assisted on one more as Cape Breton edged Rimouski 5-4; Philip-Michael Devos found the twine once and lent a helping hand on three more as Victoriaville skated to a 6-2 win over Baie-Comeau; and Zack Phillips had the hat trick in Saint John’s 5-0 blanking of PEI.

The Leaders

Drummondville and Saint John are 4-0-0-0 with eight points each to lead the Telus West and Maritime Division respectively; while Quebec is 3-0-0-1 with seven points to top the Telus East Division.

Devos leads all scorers with two goals and eight assists in four games; while a pair of Saint John teammates finished second and third as centre Jonathan Huberdeau has nine points (4G, 5A) and left winger Ryan Tesink also has nine (3G, 6A).

Between the pipes Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson has a 3-0-0 record to go along with his 1.63 GAA and .936 SAV% to lead all goalies; while Drummondville’s Guillaume Nadeau (3-0-0, 1.30 GAA, .941 SAV%) is second; and Acadie-Bathurst’s Dereck Tait rounds out the top three with a 2-1-1 record to go along with his 3.05 GAA, and .889 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Action begins again Wednesday with three games as PEI is at home to Acadie-Bathurst; Halifax makes their way to Baie Comeau; and Moncton is in Rimouski.

All 18 teams will see action on Friday as Cape Breton hosts PEI in a Maritime Division matchup; Lewiston is at home to Acadie-Bathurst; Rouyn-Noranda is in Quebec; Val-d’Or and Victoriaville faceoff in Victoriaville; Saint John is in Montreal, Chicoutimi hosts Halifax, and Moncton makes their way to Baie-Comeau in three Maritime-Telus contests; Drummondville makes their way to Gatineau in an all Telus West contest; and Shawinigan is at home to Rimouski.

Seven games take place on Saturday with Montreal hosting Val-d’Or; Moncton in Chicoutimi; Victoriaville at home to Rouyn-Noranda; PEI finishing up their road trip to Cape Breton; Drummondville takes on Saint John at home; Acadie-Bathurst concludes their trip to Lewiston; and Quebec is at home to Halifax.

Gatineau welcomes Shawinigan; and Halifax concludes their Quebec road trip with a stop in Rimouski on Sunday.

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