QMJHL Weekly: September 26th, 2012

Drouin, Grigorenko, and Hozjan Are Players of the Week

On Monday the League announced that Halifax Mooseheads’ forward Jonathan Drouin; Quebec Remparts’ centre Mikhail Grigorenko; and Rimouksi Oceanic goalie Carl Hozjan are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending September 23rd, 2012.

Drouin began the week with a goal, assist, and the second star of the game award as the Mooseheads needed a shootout to edge their Nova Scotia rivals the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-3 on Friday. He added another goal, lent a helping hand on four more, and was once again the game’s second star as the team blasted the PEI Rocket 8-1 on Saturday.  He finished the week a +6.

Grigorenko found the back of the net once and helped out on four more as Quebec skated to a 9-4 win over Chicoutimi on Friday. He chipped in another pair of helpers and was the game’s third star in the – shutout of Baie-Comeau on Saturday.

Hozjan began the week with saves as Rimouski skated to a 5-1 win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Friday and added 17 more in the final 38:39 in relief of Philippe Desrosiers as the team trailed 3-0 but came back to win 4-3 win in a shootout over the Shawinigan Cataractes on Saturday.  He finished the week with an 0.61 GAA and was the second star of Friday’s game.

Gatineau Signs Netminder

On Monday the Gatineau Olympiques announced that they have signed Michael Nishi for the 2012-13 season.

Nishi comes to the team from the OHL having just finished a tryout with the Ottawa 67s and has also played for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Windsor Spitfires. He has a 12-9-3 record with a 3.47 GAA and 0.892 SAV% in 27 OHL games.

Lewis, Fournier Are Mooseheads’ Captains

On Wednesday the Halifax Mooseheads announced that Stefan Fournier and Trey Lewis will be the co-captains this year.

The Mooseheads acquired Fournier from the Victoriaville Tigres in the off season. Fournier is a big rugged forward who will most likely play on a line with Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. He found the back of the net on 32 occasions while lending a helping hand on 33 more in 64 games last year.

This is Lewis’s third year in Halifax and will be a mainstay on the blueline. He contributed 20 points to the Mooseheads last season.

Both Fournier and Lewis will assume duties as alternate captains when they are not wearing in the role of Captain.

Brent Andrews will serve as an Alternate Captain. Andrews is a solid two way forward who led the league in shorthanded goals last season and is entering his 4th year with the Mooseheads.

The third alternate captain will rotate on a game to game basis among the remaining roster.

Rocket Add Player

On Thursday the PEI Rocket claimied defenseman Charles Johnson off waivers from the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.
Johnson came to the QMJHL for the 2010-2011 season with the Moncton Wildcats. Over the next two seasons with the team he scored one goal and added two assists in 89 games.

The Rocket have also placed defensemen Tomas Pavelka and Alexandre Chenier-Allard on the injured list.

Games To Be Live On Telus

On Thursday the League announced that once again the entire QMJHL season will be available to fans on the Telus Network.
By 201, TELUS will have invested more than $11M since the beginning of its partnership with the QMJHL to support young hockey athletes and offer a wide range of entertainment products to Quebec’s junior hockey fans. TELUS provides multiple ways to watch the junior teams’ exciting journeys, at home and on the go:

– Every game of the regular season, as well as the playoffs, will be broadcast at montelus.com/lhjmq.

– TELUS OPTIK TV will present 25 games of the regular season from the Rimouski Oceanic, Quebec Remparts and Baie-Comeau Drakkar, in addition to several playoff games, on channels 535 (HD) and 135 (SD). The schedule is available at the following address: telusquebec.com/lhjmq.

– Sports fans can also watch the games broadcast on OPTIK TV live from their smartphones, wherever they are, through the QMJHL mobile app available for iPhone and Android.

‘’TELUS and the QMJHL share a long, 12-year history marked by the desire to promote junior hockey and its athletes. With this partnership, we also give back to community: we will invite 1,500 youngsters across Quebec and Atlantic Canada to attend games throughout the 2012-2013 season by giving free tickets to local charities,” says Ginette Paquin, Vice-President, Communications Marketing, TELUS Quebec. “Some lucky children will be selected to participate in the puck drop of some of the most important games. We hope that the hockey fever will spill over to the younger generation.

With information from the qmjhl.com

Shawinigan Raises Banner

During the pre-game ceremony on Friday former Shawinigan captain Michael Bournival and current captain Loik Poudrier raised the Memorial Cup banner to the rafters for the Shawinigan Cataractes.They were surrounded by many 2011-2012 team members including Morgan Ellis, Kirill Kabanov, Michael Chaput and Pierre Ollivier Morin.

The ceremony also featured highlights of the team’s first Memorial Cup win in franchise history over the London Knights in May.

For the Shawinigan organization, this historical night was a great opportunity to honor the different team executives who succeeded each other since the very beginning, back in 1969. Mr. Guy Suzor, the man behind the $1.00 transaction which brought the Victoriaville Bruins to Shawinigan over 40 years ago, was part of the festivities which also kicked off the Cataractes 2012-2013 season.

Season Begins With One Game

The 2012-2013 regular season began with one game on Thursday as the defending champions the Saint John Sea Dogs went down 3-1 to their New Brunswick rivals the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Raphael Lafontaine, Robert Davis, and Brandon Hynes scored for the Titan; while Stephen MacAulay added the Sea Dogs’ marker.

On Friday the Halifax Mooseheads spoiled the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles home opener with a 4-3 overtime win. Jonathan Drouin led the way with a goal and assist; while Nathan MacKinnon scored the game winner with a power play goal 1:17 into the extra frame. The PEI Rocket got three goals from Josh Currie in their 6-2 win over the Moncton Wildcats; with Alex Saulnier and Ross Johnson adding the Moncton goals. Saint John gained revenge on Acadie-Bathurst with a 3-2 overtime win thanks to Oliver Cooper’s goal 3:32 into the extra frame. Kevin Gagne also had a goal and assist; while Hynes and Matthew Bissonnette scored for the Titan. Anthony Duclair had the hat trick for the Quebec Remparts; while Guillaume Asselin led the way for the Chicoutimi Saguneens with a goal and two assists as the Remparts cruised to a 9-4 win. Rimouski welcomed the Sherbrooke Phoenix to the league with a 5-1 win as Peter Trainor led the way with two goals. Brett Hester was the lone goal scorer in the shootout as Val-d’Or edged Victoriaville 4-3. Valentin Zykov led the way for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar with a goal and two assists in their 4-1 win over the Gatineau Olympiques. Christopher Clapperton found the back of the net twice to lead the Blainville-Boisband Armada to a 5-3 win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Jean-Sebastien Dea had all three Huskies goals. The last game of the night saw the Drummondville Voltigeurs nip the defending Memorial Cup champions the Shawinigan Cataractes 4-3 as Jeremie Malouin led the way with two goals for the winners; while Frederick Gaudreau did the same for the Cataractes.

On Saturday Sebastien Sylvester, Laurent Dauphin, and Guillaume Asselin all had a goal and assist each for Chicoutimi in their 6-0 drubbing of Gatineau. Alexis Loiseau scored the shootout winner as Rimouski edged Shawinigan 4-3. Sven Andrighetto added a pair as Rouyn-Noranda edged Victoriaville 2-1. The night ended with Stefan Matteau adding a goal and assist to lead Blainville-Boisband to a 3-2 win over Val-d’Or.

The weekend ended with four games on Sunday.

Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and two assists as Halifax flattened PEI 8-1. Logan Shaw had the hat trick as Quebec routed Baie-Comeau 5-0. Monton got shootout goals from Dmitri Jaskin, Yannick Veilleux, and Ivan Barbashev as they squeaked past Cape Breton 5-4. Lukas Balmelli scored the game winner with 1:19 left in regulation as Drummondville nipped Sherbrooke 2-1.

The Leaders

Through the first weekend of play Halifax forward Jonathan Drouin leads the way with two goals and five assists; while Quebec forward Mikhail Grigorenko is close behind with a goal and five helpers; while Rouyn-Noranda centre Jean-Sebastien Dea rounds out the top three with five points (3G, 2A).

Between the pipes Rimouksi’s Carl Hozjan is 2-0-0-0 with a 0.61 GAA and 0.978 SAV%; while Drummondville’s Louis-Philip Guindon has won one game while losing none, no overtime losses, and no shootout losses with a goals against average of 1.00 and 0.955 SAV%; and Acadie-Bathurst’s Jacob Brennan (1-0-1-0, 1.94 GAA, 0.938 SAV%) rounds out the top three.

The Games To Come

The week begins with four games on Wednesday as Saint John and Moncton begins the 2012-13 New Brunswick News Media Cup with a game in Saint John; and Acadie- Bathurst hosts Cape Breton in two Maritime Division games. In the Battle of Quebec Sherbrooke is at home to Rouyn-Noranda; and Victoriaville is in Chicoutimi.
Seven games will take place on Friday as Gatineau begins their trip to Atlantic Canada with a stop in Halifax; Cape Breton is in Moncton; Victoriaville welcomes Shawinigan; PEI makes their way to Bathurst to face the Titan; Blainville-Boisband is at home to Sherbrooke; Rouyn-Noranda makes their way to Drummondville; and Chicoutimi is in Rimouski.

Twelve teams will take to the ice on Saturday as Victoriaville plays host to Baie-Comeau; Quebec is in Sherbrooke; Blainville-Boisband is at home to Rouyn-Noranda; Val-d’Or is in Drummondville; Cape Breton is in Halifax; and Gatineau makes another Maritime stop in Saint John.

The weekend will end with five games on Sunday that will see Gatineau finish up their Atlantic Canadian swing with a stop in PEI; Quebec is at home to Val-d’Or; Acadie-Bathurst welcomes Rimouski; Baie-Comeau is in Chicoutimi; and Moncton and Saint John complete another chapter in the New Brunswick News Media Cup in Moncton.

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